Due to the massive sums, they will be required to pay Frenkie de Jong over the next four years of his present deal with the club, it is rumored that Barcelona must sell him this summer.
The Dutchman’s future has been the subject of speculation this summer, as Manchester United and the Spanish powerhouses have reached an agreement in principle. At one point, it seemed as though the transfer would be a formality.
Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, put a wrench in the works last week by claiming that the Catalan club had “no intention” of offloading De Jong this summer.
Laporta may be optimistic about the midfielder’s future, but a story in the Spanish newspaper Marca has explained why Barcelona does want to move the player.
The Madrid-based newspaper claims that if De Jong completes the final four years of his current contract, Barcelona will pay him £75 million in salaries.
According to the article, the massive financial deal that the club initially gave the midfielder in 2019 is what makes this sum seem so outlandish. This is estimated to cost about £12 million annually.
Football teams, particularly Barcelona, experienced financial difficulties around that time due to the epidemic, thus they postponed paying De Jong until their financial situation had improved.
De Jong is rumored to have drastically cut his pay over the pandemic-affected seasons, from £12 million to £2.5 million in 2021–22 to £7.75 million last year.
According to rumors, De Jong’s fixed pay could double by the following campaign. According to Marca, if he was paid £7.75 million last season, his salary might increase to over £15 million next year due to his deferred payments. Additionally, they claim that he will owe £2.5 million in bonuses.
His pay will rise even more in the upcoming season (2023–2024). According to the Spanish daily, De Jong’s annual remuneration might top £23 million.
All of these numbers come before the so-called “variables,” according to Marca. These will be given to the Dutchman if he fulfills certain requirements, the club wins championships, or even merely makes it to the Champions League final.