Manchester United have reportedly struggled to complete the Frenkie de Jong deal due to the wages Barcelona owe him.
Jacque Talbot recently tweeted that De Jong couldn’t make a transfer request due to his salary, with the club offering to pay part of the €3.5m and asking him to leave the rest.
See below for a detailed Twitter thread attempting to explain the whole saga, which has been rather back and forth in recent weeks…
Says Man United and Frenkie de Jong move will happen. The player was unable to submit a transfer request as he would forfeit the salary owed to him by Barcelona. As previously reported, the club offered to pay around €3.5m and asked if he would leave the rest.
— Jacques Talbot (@jac_talbot) July 14, 2022
Talbot explains that it was clear from the start that the Red Devils needed the midfielder at Old Trafford, so the Spanish giants were happy that the 20-time league winners covered most of the wages due.
Although it was the 25-year-old’s initial choice to stay with Barca, Erik ten Hag used his relationship with De Jong to persuade him to move to Manchester.
It looks like one of the hottest transfer sagas of the year could be a big publicity stunt, probably to scoop as much money out of Barcelona’s coffers as possible.
The Catalans need to cut spending this window, especially after signing Raphinha from Leeds United.
One thing is sure; only time will tell what happens between Manchester United, Barcelona and Frenkie de Jong.