Xavi states that Barcelona’s financial situation may prompt the selling of Frenkie De Jong

Barcelona coach Xavi believes Frenkie de Jong is an “essential” player at the Camp Nou but admits that the club’s economics may force a move to the Premier League.

Manchester United has been linked with a bid for the sophisticated Dutch midfielder. The playmaker has been at the LaLiga club since his £70 million transfer in 2019, and he is one of their most valuable assets.

United have been identified as potential suitors by incoming manager Erik Ten Hag. Of course, the two were teammates at Ajax, and transfer specialist Gerard Romero recently said that a transfer was 95 percent complete.

He believes United would pay £69 million for a player who has 40 caps for the Netherlands.

Romero may have acted prematurely, but United’s interest is believed to be genuine. With the departures of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, United’s need for a central powerhouse is obvious.

And De Jong’s condition is becoming more evident.

According to ESPN, De Jong would love to remain at Camp Nou. Xavi has previously said that the midfielder’s “talent” makes him the club’s “present and future.”

While admitting De Jong is essential to his goals, Xavi has recently intimated that money may take center stage.

“[De Jong] is a very important player for me,” Xavi said during a press conference on Saturday. “With the exception of when I rotated [the squad], he’s virtually always been a starter.” He is an important player, but the club’s financial status must be considered.

“Not just with Frenkie, but in general.” He’s a player I really like, but we’ll see how things go.”

Barcelona’s financial situation

However, the LaLiga club’s financial predicament may force the sale of De Jong or any of their other assets.

Due to well-publicized financial issues, they were forced to split ways with seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi in the summer of 2021.

In August 2021, the club’s debts had climbed to €1.35 billion, and president Joan Laporta reported that wages were accounting for 103 percent of the club’s profits.

The club lost £412 million in the previous year, leaving them with a negative net value of £386 million. Covid-19 reduced revenue by 26%, forcing Laporta to cut wages.

With Messi’s departure, he was able to save £171. In addition, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Busquets have agreed to pay cuts.

Philippe Coutinho has been loaned to Aston Villa, while Samuel Umtiti has agreed to a new deal on less favorable terms.

Watch Fabrizio Romano talking about the Frenkie De Jong transfer story:

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