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Report outlines why De Jong’s Man Utd move is being held up

Frenkie de Jong’s move to Manchester United is being held up due to wages owed to the midfielder by Barcelona.

United last week agreed a deal with Barcelona to sign De Jong for an initial fee of €65m (£55m), with a potential further €20m (£17m) in add-ons.

 

Erik ten Hag had hoped to complete the signing of the former Ajax midfielder before the club’s pre-season tour, with the Red Devils set to fly to Thailand on Friday. United are due to play a friendly with Liverpool in Bangkok on Tuesday before flying to Australia for the remainder of their summer tour.

However, the Telegraph are reporting that the deal has been held up due to wages owed to De Jong, who deferred wages and bonuses to help ease the financial pressure at the club during the Covid-19 pandemic.

De Jong is understood to be owed around £17m. He agreed to reduce his salary by £13.7m across the past two seasons, whilst he is owed a further £3.4m in waived bonuses for playing in at least 60% of Barcelona’s fixtures across that period.

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, said this week that the club ‘don’t want’ to sell De Jong, though a deal is expected to be finalised once a resolution is found to the complicating financial factors.

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