The Barcelona coach, Xavi Hernandez, does not know if Frenkie de Jong will stay at FC Barcelona; the president, Joan Laporta, would like him to continue, but not at any price, so the future of the Dutch midfielder is up in the air, especially because of the expense he means for the club. The 25-year-old midfielder, who has a contract until June 2026, will earn 88.58 million euros gross until then, not including bonuses for titles, according to Marca.
Each of the four seasons has in its contract also a title bonus of 3.25 million euros. And those amounts are currently unaffordable for Barcelona’s payroll. “I don't know if he will stay. There is a long time left and many things can still happen” said Xavi Hernandez a few days ago.
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“If putting him at center-back is a signal for him to leave? I don't need to send signals on the pitch, because I speak directly with the players” the coach stressed. Not only his salaries play against Frenkie de Jong, also his performance since he arrived at Barcelona in the summer of 2019.
Barça paid almost 86 million euros for him, for one of the players called to mark an era at Camp Nou, but his performance has generated doubts. In 138 games played, he has scored 13 goals and distributed 17 assists, numbers that reinforce the idea that Frenkie is not a decisive player.
Another option for Barcelona
Barcelona wants to resolve this issue as soon as possible and is dedicating time and efforts to the issue, because it is clear which would be the replacement for De Jong if it manages to sell him for a minimum of 80 million. A Manchester City player, Bernardo Silva.