While speaking at FC Barcelona’s General Assembly, club president Joan Laporta revealed that they had an opportunity to sell Frenkie de Jong last summer.
Nevertheless, the relationship between De Jong and the club is not good at all. The reason being is that the club attempted to offload the Dutchman last season as they were in a financial crisis.
Manchester United offered €100 million for De Jong last summer
As soon as the club received an offer from the Premier League giants, the club thought of offloading De Jong. Ex-Sporting Director Mateu Alemany was the main man who thought that selling De Jong would give the club a big financial boost.
Nevertheless, De Jong’s stance was firm, and he refused to leave the club as he dreams of playing here for the rest of his career, as he has adapted to the city as well.
Furthermore, Laporta also revealed that in the end that Barcelona did not force him to leave the club even though they could have earned €100 million from his exit.
One of the club’s members asked Laporta about the situation, he said: “We had the opportunity to sell Frenkie de Jong for €100 million. We didn’t want to accept the proposal in order not to lose part of our capacity as Frenkie is a key player.”
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The Dutch international was very close to leave the club just a year ago. However, now, he is one of the most important puzzle of Xavi’s squad.
The 26-year-old, who has a contract with the club until 2026, has also been named one of the club captains this season.
Mateu Alemany forced to sell him and that completely broke Barcelona’s relations with his agents. However, Deco has been in contact with his agents and want to build a healthy relationship with them.