After getting the green light to register Jules Kounde and inching closer to parting ways with Martin Braithwaite, Barcelona are set for more good news.
According to Gerard Romero, Frenkie de Jong is closer to accepting a salary cut and staying at Barcelona rather than leaving the club this summer.
The 25-year-old’s future has been a topic of huge debate all summer, with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea vying for his signing.
Barça, for their part, were open to a sale as his departure would help reduce their salary mass and generate significant transfer funds. The Catalans even had an agreement with Manchester United to sell him for a fee of €85 million, including add-ons.
However, despite the club’s best efforts to get him off the books, de Jong remained firm on his stance that he wants to stay at Camp Nou.
But to continue as a Barcelona player, the Netherlands international was told that he would have to take a pay cut. However, de Jong was once again reluctant to this suggestion as well, given that he had already agreed to reduce his wages over the past couple of seasons.
Indeed, the midfielder is already owed €16 million in deferred salary payments and was understood to be unwilling to sacrifice any more of his salary.
However, it seems like he has now mellowed down on his stance and is closer to agreeing on a reduction in his wages and continuing as a Barcelona player.
This is certainly a positive development for the Blaugrana as it would help them register the full-backs that they are planning on signing before the transfer window slams shut in less than a week.
De Jong has been with Barcelona since 2019 when he signed from AFC Ajax in a deal worth €86 million. He is contracted with the club until the summer of 2026.
And, despite all the rumours and speculations, it seems like he will be staying put at Camp Nou for the time being and taking a pay cut to help the club.