Joan Laporta admits Frenkie de Jong might nonetheless be a part of Man Utd

Barcelona membership president Joan Laporta has admitted that whereas he’ll do every little thing in his energy to maintain Frenkie de Jong, he refused to rule out the opportunity of him leaving Manchester United.

90min understands Man Utd and Barcelona have agreed an €85m price for the midfielder, however the deal is being held up by De Jong’s insistence on receiving round €20m in deferred wages. Still, the Red Devils stay affected person of their pursuit.

Laporta has been vocal concerning the 25-year-old’s future in current weeks, typically insisting he needs the Dutchman to remain on the Camp Nou, however when requested by CBS Sports if he might categorically affirm that De Jong is not going to full the switch window at Man Utd, he admitted it was nonetheless attainable.

“In football you never know. I can’t say categorically. It all depends on the different parties. But in principle I can say that there is a big possibility that he will stay, and I can say that as president I will do my best to him to stay in Barcelona,” stated Laporta.

He added: “The first thing to say is that we want Frenkie to stay at Barcelona. We love the player and him as a person. I want him to stay at Barcelona. He is a high-quality player and a good guy. I also know that he wants to stay.”

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Asked concerning the want for De Jong to take a pay minimize, Laporta stated: “Everything we do with Frenkie is the same as the rest of the squad. The signings that come in have adjusted their salary to the new structure. But Frenkie has a contract and we respect that .We can’t force him to lower his salary, it’s his decision

“We are making an attempt to administer the soccer membership in a cautious and sustainable approach. So now we have to have these conversations and we do it in a relaxed and thought of approach. We have defined the scenario and are grateful to any participant who may help us. It was the identical with Dembele and I’m very grateful to him. And after months of talks, he accepted a renegotiation of his wage and he will be happy with his determination.

“[If De Jong doesn’t take a pay cut] Then he continues. Have a contract. We will respect that decision. For us he is a Barcelona player. We’re counting on him.”

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