Joan Laporta: Barcelona rejects €100 million offer for Frenkie de Jong
At FC Barcelona’s General Assembly, club president Joan Laporta revealed that the Catalan giants had a wonderful opportunity to cash in on their star midfielder, Frenkie de Jong, in the past by accepting a massive €100 million offer. Despite obvious attempts to unload him during the previous summer transfer window, they chose to keep the Dutch dynamo at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona was in financial trouble last year and sought De Jong’s departure as a possible solution. Talks with Manchester United are said to have resulted in an agreement for a possible deal. However, the 26-year-old midfielder declined to leave the club and chose to stay.
Laporta has now revealed that it was Barcelona’s decision not to sell De Jong, showing his importance to the team.
He stated, “We had the opportunity to sell Frenkie de Jong for €100 million. We didn’t want to accept the proposal in order not to lose part of our capacity as Frenkie is a key player.”
De Jong’s commitment to the club has paid dividends, as he has proven himself as a major member of the team under manager Xavi, acquiring the role of a crucial starter and being chosen one of the club captains this season.
Barcelona is already in the process of discussing a new long-term contract with the Dutch international, maintaining his future at the club until 2026, owing to his importance to the squad.
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