No going back: Barcelona have decided to sell Frenkie de Jong | OneFootball
No going back: Barcelona have decided to sell Frenkie de Jong
Regardless of what has been said in the media, journalist Alfredo Martinez, while writing in his column for SPORT, has said that Barcelona have decided to sell Frenkie de Jong for the good so much so that they believe there is no way back from here.
The only thing that remains is to set a price for the talented midfielder, for whom the team paid €75 million in 2019.
It’s no secret that Barcelona are looking to add numbers and for that, the likes of Bernardo Silva, Jules Kounde, Marcos Alonso and Robert Lewandowski have been identified as solid targets.
But for Barcelona to even pull off a deal of that magnitude, they would need a strong financial influx apart from the undeniable source of selling their assets.
Take Bernardo Silva for instance. If Barça are to go all out for the Portuguese, they would need to shell as much as €90 million for him alone.
It’s not the say that de Jong’s sale is only being looked upon as an economic criterion. If anything, his departure connects several dots.
Barcelona were never a selling club, but things have changed over the years. It’s understood that they are, in fact, willing to listen to offers for their 25-year-old midfielder.
If not, they would have told Manchester United to back out right away when they submitted their first offer that was thought to be worth €60 million plus add-ons. As it turns out, the Blaugrana have set the asking price at €80 million, below which every offer will be rebuffed.
For the player, his personal preference has always been to continue at Barcelona and while Manchester United do have economic and sporting powers, the lack of Champions League football is hurting their pursuit.
As of today, there is a growing sense of belief that Barcelona will manage to assemble a strong squad for the 2022-23 season and it seems de Jong will not be a part of it.
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