Barca tell Frenkie de Jong to ‘slash wages or leave’ ahead of Man Utd’s deadline

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has reportedly been told to either take a pay cut or leave with a potential move to Manchester United hanging in the balance.

Erik ten Hag's side have already agreed a £55million deal (potentially rising to £72million) with the Catalan club, though it's understood De Jong has no intention of leaving.

That could all change in the coming days however in light of cash-strapped Barcelona's brutal ultimatum, and with United reportedly losing patience and threatening to pull out of the deal, De Jong will have to decide quickly.

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The 25-year-old is the Red Devil's top transfer target this summer with Ten Hag keen to build his new team around his former Ajax protégé.

Barcelona reportedly owe the player £17million in unpaid wages as a result of a wage deferral he agreed to during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, but recently informed him that the money won't be paid back any time soon unless United sign him and agree to cover some of it.

The La Liga giants are on the verge of completing a £60million move for Leeds United star Raphinha and are pushing ahead in their pursuit of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski too, meaning they'll have to sell players in order to balance their (already rather questionable) books.

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De Jong was reportedly told that his sale was a purely economic issue and that manager Xavi still considers him an important member of the squad with Mundo Deportivo claiming the midfielder was told he needs to slash his wages if he wants to stay.

United have set a deadline for the deal, informing both player and club that a decision needs to be made by the end of the week, otherwise they will pursue other targets.

Chelsea are believed to be monitoring the situation, and unlike United can offer the player Champions League football next season, but the Stamford Bridge are yet to formalise their interest with a bid.

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