Joan Laporta wants De Jong to stay amid Man United links

Frenkie De Jong has been heavily linked to a move to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils seemed to have reach an agreement with Barcelona over a transfer worth an initial €65 million rising to €85m.

Although De Jong prefers to stay put at Camp Nou, Barcelona needs to offload him to register and sign new players in the summer window.

There have been rumours circling around that the Catalan giants expect De Jong to lower his wage demands to bring the overall wage bill down but the midfielder will unlikely to do so.

Club president Joan Laporta reiterated his desire to retain De Jong’s services beyond this summer while presenting Barcelona’s new signing Franck Kessie on Wednesday.

“Frenkie is a Barcelona player and, save there was the need to let him go him, he is not available,” Laporta said.

“We do not want to sell him. There are offers for him and if at any moment it was in our interests, we could do a deal, but that is not the case. We don’t want to sell him.”


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