As per reports in Britain, the issue of deferred wages is perhaps stopping the player from completing his move to Man United (via The Independent and The Mirror).
However, reports in Spain have consistently indicated that the midfielder does not want to join the Red Devils. AS and El Pais have covered interesting stories today (news image provided below).
As per El Pais, if De Jong complies with the conditions until the end of his contract at the Nou Camp, he will be earning 14 million euros gross per year and 2 million in bonuses.
On the other hand, Man Utd are ready to agree a contract that will make the 25-year-old earn (£22million) 26 million euros gross per year, £110million in the next five years.
However, the news source have mentioned that despite being offered a massive raise, the former Ajax midfielder has turned United down.
As per AS, club president, Joan Laporta, has asked De Jong to cut his salary by 4 million euros if he wishes to stay with the Catalan giants.
The Netherlands star has insisted he does not want to join Man Utd because they will not be playing in the Champions League.
The Madrid-based media outlet have mentioned that the ball is in the court of the Dutchman, who is not going to take the drastic pay cut, especially after witnessing Barcelona pay huge fees and wages to secure new signings.
If the player refuses to lower his wages then the Blaugrana will push to ensure he ends up leaving this summer.
Barca have been activating financial levers to fund big money signings and even after luring Lewandowski, Raphinha, Kessie, Christensen, Dembele (new deal), they are not done yet. It is clearly baffling how they are consistently telling De Jong that they cannot afford his salary.
Man Utd must realize that ‘No’ means ‘No’. Ten Hag should not insist on signing a player who does not want to join. Instead, the Dutch coach must move to sign an alternative.
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