Manchester United of England football club has agreed to pay Barcelona 75 million euros ($75 million) plus another potential 10 million euros in variables for the 25-year-old De Jong, according to a club official who spoke under condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the deal.
Frenkie De Jong, who is under contract with Barcelona through June 2026, would still need to agree to the transfer to the English Premier League side. So far, he is reportedly reluctant to leave Camp Nou.
But the Barcelona official with knowledge of the agreement said coach Xavi Hernández has told Frenkie De Jong that he will not be a key part of his squad. Barcelona would prefer for a definite deal to be reached immediately before the team leaves on Saturday for a preseason tour in the United States.
Barcelona has been working to reduce its payroll as it seeks to reduce its debt. De Jong’s salary, the club official said, was no longer in line with its new financial priorities.
De Jong has made 140 appearances, mostly as a regular starter, since Barcelona bought him from Ajax in 2019 for 75 million euros (then $85.5 million).
Ousmane Dembele And Raphinha To Head Barcelona Attack Next Season
Barcelona FC Coach Xavi Hernandez wanted to sign both Dembele and Brazilian international Raphinha – and he’s gotten both of them. Raphinha joined the club from Leeds United yesterday afternoon and now Dembele’s signature has also been confirmed. Both players add real dynamism to Barcelona’s frontline and are exciting arrivals.
Ousmane Dembele’s future has been up in the air for months. His previous deal expired at the end of June and his representatives had been shopping him around to the rest of the European elite – but the 24-year-old wanted to stay in Barcelona and work with Xavi.
Barcelona finished 13 points behind Real Madrid last season and failed to win any silverware – that’s unacceptable at Camp Nou. Laporta has been working hard all summer to give Xavi the tools to cut that gap next season and return Barcelona to its rightful place – competing for major honours in Spain and Europe.
“I’m very happy about the signing of this new contract,” Dembele said. “Barcelona has been the club of my life since I was a kid. I’m excited about this new season. I’m going to give it my all.”