We are not forcing him out – Joan Laporta says

Frenkie De Jong
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Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer. Interestingly, De Jong doesn’t want to leave the club.

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.

According to reports, De Jong has told his Barcelona team-mates there is no chance he will leave Camp Nou for Manchester United.

Reports claim Barcelona 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.

Barca officials had reportedly 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?”

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has now come out to say that the club aren’t obliged to sell Frenkie de Jong.

“It is not true that the club is obliged to sell Frenkie,” the president explained on Friday during the presentation of Barca’s latest signing, Leeds United and Brazil winger Raphinha.

“We are at the presentation of a player who will make history at Barca. Xavi will be the one who decides whether he goes on tour, but I understand that he will.”