Barcelona appeared to almost openly put Frenkie de Jong up for sale last summer, but things have changed recently.
As rumours circulated and the club appeared to almost openly put Frenkie de Jong up for sale last summer, Barcelona’s perfect relationship with him was on the verge of disintegrating. De Jong, however, dug in and steadfastly resisted moving, creating a somewhat precarious circumstance.
De Jong publicly discussed the pressure he had experienced from the club through the media last month, accusing them of leaking his contract.
Jordi Cruyff, the sporting director, told the Catalan newspaper that any speculation about selling De Jong had long since ended. He was also questioned about whether he thought de Jong had singled him out during the Dutchmen’s remarks. Cruyff was setting a tone of peace. Although Cruyff does not explicitly state it, his own allusion to being forced into decisions is equivalent to an admission by the club that de Jong’s departure was taken into consideration.
President Joan Laporta had already refuted Vice President Enric Masip’s claim that she had consistently supported de Jong’s continuity. The fact that Laporta was mentioned in such detail rather than the club could be interpreted as a hint that other board members were possibly preparing a sale. Even though Laporta represents Barcelona in the media, Camp Nou frequently serves as the site of many political intrigues.