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Barça studies putting Frenkie de Jong up for sale to make money

Frenkie de Jong this season has not just started. The Dutch midfielder, who reached the FC Barcelona in the winter market of the 2018/19 season – from Ajax Amsterdam, in exchange for 75 million fixed euros plus 11 million variable -, it is far from its best version. However, the Barça coaching staff, now headed by Xavi Hernandez, continues to trust him and sees the 24-year-old Arkel footballer as a key player in midfield alongside Sergio Busquets.

But the truth is that the performance of the player, who faces his third season with the Barça shirt – landed almost three years ago in Can Barça with the band of the most expensive transfer of a Dutch player, exceeding the 84 million that Liverpool paid in December 2017 for the central Virgil van Dijk—, has gone from more to less in recent months, which has had an impact on the group and eventually on the results.

Xavi trusts him blindly, in a transition stage for a Barça that, in addition to experiencing a dire economic situation – it has a real net debt of 1,350 million euros – is going through a delicate sports reality after Leo Messi’s free march to Paris Saint-Germain, the poor performance of the team in general and the plague of injuries that plague the team.

On an economic level, the accounts do not come out and that is why the Board of Directors that presides Joan Laporta I would be willing to sell to whoever is needed in order to meet the expenses and be able to restructure the team. And one of the names marked in red would be that of Frenkie de Jong, whose market value has risen slightly despite its poor performance this year – according to the specialized portal Transfermarkt, it is from 90 million euros-, with which the entity could make cash and, incidentally, release salary mass – it is speculated that the player charges some 9.5 million euros net per season-.

In fact, The beach bar, the night sports program of Atresmedia, goes further by ensuring that Barça is already looking to release De Jong, who is currently the player with the best poster in the culé squad. For its part, the newspaper The Sun He assured three weeks ago that Bayern Munich came to offer 70 million by the Dutchman – a proposal that Barça consider insufficient by all means -, while the Manchester City I would also walk in his footsteps.

Rumors aside, the truth is that Frenkie de Jong, despite being quite far from his best version today, is considered a fundamental piece of the backbone of the Barça of the future with players from the quarry such as Ansu Fati, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez, in addition to Pedri.

It should be remembered that a year ago, in October 2020, the Dutch midfielder renewed for two seasons, until June 2026, maintaining his termination clause in 400 million euros, in a macro-operation in which three other players from the Barça first squad also extended their contracts: Gerard Piqué (until 2025), Clement Lenglet (2026) and Marc-André ter Stegen (2025).

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