Manchester United continue to push to hire the services of Frenkie de Jong but the latest reports suggest that the deal is complicated and can drag on for a while.
Yesterday, Barcelona president said that the Dutch international is not for sale. However, as per The Telegraph, deferred wages and bonuses are the main concerns behind the delay in completion of the move.
The renowned British news source have mentioned that Man Utd have reached a broad agreement with Barca (£55m cash + £17m add-ons) to sign De Jong but the 25-year-old midfielder still has to receive pending payments from the Catalan club, which is why the deal is being held up.
It is stated that the Netherlands star agreed a contract worth £230,000 a week (£12m a year) when he moved to the Nou Camp but during the pandemic, he accepted to reduce the salary by £9.4m in 2020/21 and by £4.3m last season.
Overall, the Blaugrana have to pay in excess of £17m in deferred wages and bonuses to the former Ajax man and therefore, Ten Hag’s painful wait to sign his priority target continues.
For the La Liga giants, the quickest way to solve that problem would be to seal the deal with Man United and pay-off the amounts to De Jong.
However, the Spanish side are playing hard-ball and insisting the player is not for sale, perhaps to raise the fixed fee.
Thus far, the Old Trafford club have only completed one signing this summer by bringing in Tyrell Malacia and it seems likely that he will be the only new arrival to travel when the squad leaves for the pre-season tour tomorrow.