Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said further talks are planned with Frenkie de Jong in a bid to break the deadlock over a possible move to Manchester United.
Athleticism reported earlier this month that United had agreed to pay a guaranteed €75m (£63m, $75m) fee for De Jong, with a potential additional €10m ( £8.47m, $10m) in add-ons.
De Jong is Erik ten Hag’s priority signing this summer but while it is understood that the Barcelona hierarchy have told the player they need to sell him in order to balance his excessive wage bill, the Dutch international must a deferred salary payment of its current value €17 million, which blocked the agreement.
De Jong came on as a second-half substitute in Barcelona’s 1-0 pre-season Clasico win over Real Madrid in Las Vegas and while Laporta confirmed the Spanish club had turned down offers for his services, he agreed that further discussions were needed.
“He’s our player, he’s a high quality player. We like him a lot,” Laporta told ESPN.
“We need to clarify some aspects of his position, but at the moment he is playing for Barcelona.
“He has offers but at the moment we haven’t accepted the offers because we want to talk to him to find out exactly what he wants.”
Barcelona signed De Jong from Ajax for £86million in 2019 and he has since made almost 100 league appearances for the Catalan club.
Under Ten Hag, he played in the Ajax side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2018-19, where they beat Real Madrid and Juventus to reach the final stages of the competition .
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