Barcelona’s wage bill is already heavily bloated, leaving no room for the club to sign or register new players at the moment.
Given the situation, the Catalans are trying hard to get rid of players who do not belong in manager Xavi Hernandez’s plans as they look to trim their salary bill so as to be able to add new players to the roster.
However, at the same time, the Blaugrana might also have to consider offloading some of their highest earners, which could explain their efforts to sell Frenkie de Jong this summer.
The 25-year-old has been a mainstay in the side since joining from AFC Ajax back in 2019. While Xavi sees him as a key part of the setup, Barcelona’s financial situation has compelled them to consider offloading the Netherlands international.
De Jong is seen as one of the most sellable assets at the Catalan club and can fetch a significant transfer fee. At the same time, getting his massive wages off the payroll could be crucial for the Catalans as well.
Indeed, as reported by Catalunya Radio, de Jong’s salary is set to rise to a massive €19 million per year next season. Given the circumstances that the Catalan giants find themselves in footing that salary would be a huge financial burden on the club.
Furthermore, president Joan Laporta is planning to introduce a €10 million per year cap on player wages, and the Dutchman would be way over that limit.
So, while from a sporting perspective, de Jong has a vital role to play, selling him would provide Barcelona with a huge economic relief with regard to the wage bill, while also helping them rake in funds from the transfer fee.
Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign the former Ajax prodigy, and even though he had initially appeared reluctant to move, recent reports have suggested that de Jong has given the green light to the transfer.