Frenkie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong has been included as part of the Barcelona squad for their pre-season tour of the US – despite the club agreeing a £63 million fee with Manchester United for his services.

The Dutchman has been United’s number one target this summer, with new manager Erik ten Hag wanting to reunite with the former Ajax star and make him the lynchpin in the Red Devils’ midfield.

As reported by Sportsmail earlier this week, United’s Richard Arnold and John Murtough have been in Spain to thrash out a deal with Barca sporting director Jordi Cruyff, director of football Mateu Alemany and sports vice-president Rafa Yuste.

However, De Jong is reluctant to make the move to the Premier League club and is keen on staying at the Nou Camp.

There could be a stumbling block for the 25-year-old though, with Barcelona reportedly telling De Jong that he will be required to take a significant cut on his £5m-a-year salary if he wishes to stay at the club.

It is believed the midfield star is ‘not open to’ that after already agreeing to defer around £17 million of his wages during the pandemic.

Barca had been considering leaving De Jong at home amid doubts over his future in Spain.

Barcelona have taken a 28-man squad to their tour of the States, which includes new signings Raphinha, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen.

Raphinha finally joined Barca this week after a protracted transfer that almost saw the Brazilian sign for Chelsea before securing the £55 million switch to Spain, which he has described as his dream move.

Xavi’s side also look to be on the verge of finally finalising a deal for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.

A fee of £42 million has been agreed with the German giants and the Polish star is set to fly out today to seal the move.

There could also be further exits out of the Nou Camp door, with Martin Braithwaite, Samuel Umtiti, Oscar Mingueza, Riqui Puig and Neto all left out of the pre-season squad and seemingly not part of Xavi’s plans.

The Spanish giants are scheduled to play four games during their tour of the US, including a clash with David Beckham’s Inter Miami, glamour matches with Real Madrid in Las Vegas and Juventus in Dallas before finishing up with a match against New York Red Bulls.


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