Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed that Manchester United midfield target Frenkie de Jong is not for sale. The Premier League side reportedly offered £56m plus add-ons for the midfielder. De Jong made 46 appearances last season and has four years remaining on his contract at the Nou Camp. Erik ten Hag is looking to reunite with de Jong where the duo helped Ajax to the domestic double as well as the semi-finals of the Champions League.
“[Frenkie De Jong] is a Barca player. And unless we feel the need or the interest to sell him we won’t do it. Frenkie de Jong isn’t for sale. We know he has offered. And if at a given moment we are interested in selling him then we would think about it,” Barcelona president Joan Laporta said about Frenkie de Jong. “But right now we won’t sell him. Even more, we are acquiring another Franck. Franck Kessie.”
“I do think he will eventually join United, but the main problem is the player. De Jong wants to stay at Barcelona but the club sees with fresh eyes the possibility of selling him,” Alvaro Montero said. “They acknowledge that doing so will bring in a lot of money, and looking at the squad he is someone who can perhaps attract one of the biggest fees in the current market.”
“De Jong is an amazing player but if Barcelona sells him, it would be a good operation. His value means they are taking the positives from a bad situation. If they were to have sold Ansu Fati, nobody in the club nor the fans would understand it,” he added. “Ansu Fati is the future and they don’t have a replacement. But the fans are understanding of selling De Jong as they’ve got Gavi, Pedri, and Busquets. Were Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal or either Gerard Pique or Ronald Araujo to be sold, it would be very different as they don’t have the same depth in those areas.”