Xavi and Frenkie de Jong have had a meeting in recent days to discuss the future of the Dutch midfielder at FC Barcelona

The Catalan technician asked his player to lower his salary and make a financial effort to stay.

The resumption of the season is approaching and Frenkie de Jong is still a FC Barcelona player. In recent weeks, the Dutch midfielder has been linked to numerous departure rumours, which send him to Manchester United or to the side of Chelsea. But the former Ajax Amsterdam player refused to leave. This time, according to As , Xavi asked ‘FDJ’ to lower his salary to stay.

Under contract until June 2026, Frenkie de Jong would have taken advantage of the system put in place at the time of Bartomeu to see his salary climb to 30 million euros gross annually. The new salary grid at the Catalan club imposes a limit of 20 million. Xavi would therefore have invited the 25-year-old to make a big financial effort.

FC Barcelona must submit to the financial fair play of its championship to register new recruits. If he counts on Frenkie de Jong , Xavi needs his midfield to accept this drop. Without that, management will be forced to sell the Dutch international.

De Jong looks ready to make an effort

The two men would have come out satisfied with the meeting. If new financial levers should be raised soon, Barça still needs this effort from Frenkie de Jong, who arrived at the club in the summer of 2019. The person concerned would therefore not be opposed to this request. 

“Frenkie de Jong is our player, we really like him. We’ve had offers for Frenkie but we haven’t accepted so far because we want to talk to him and find out exactly what he wants,” he said. explained for his part Joan Laporta recently. We must clarify certain aspects of his situation.”

Source: AS

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