Frenkie de Jong has had a protracted transfer saga with Barcelona and Manchester United.
After lengthy negotiations between Barcelona and Manchester United, the two clubs have finally agreed a deal worth €85million (£72m) for De Jong – with £63m of that paid up front and the rest in bonuses.
However, Frenkie de Jong isn’t keen on leaving Nou Camp anytime soon.
According to reports, De Jong has told his Barcelona team-mates there is no chance he will leave Camp Nou for Manchester United.
The Netherlands international is settled in Catalunya and has reportedly told his agent to inform Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough to give up their pursuit.
Barcelona, though, are pushing hard for De Jong to leave because his sale is now considered necessary in order to comply with financial fair play rules and allow them to register their new signings.
While De Jong doesn’t want to leave, Barcelona are pushing for a deal, in order to comply with financial fair play rules and allow them to register their new signings ahead of the new season.
Barca officials had met with De Jong on Thursday, and explained to the Dutchman how important it is to the club’s finances that he accepts United’s offer.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, De Jong has told his Barcelona team-mates: “It is impossible for me to leave. How am I going to leave Barca?”
De Jong and his fiance love the city, and the couple only recently bought a house in the Pedralbes neighbourhood and they feel very settled in Catalonia – which has further made him not want to leave.