Cash-strapped Barcelona 'want to REDUCE Frenkie de Jong's salary as they look to free up funds for a new right-back in January'... after they warned Dutch star's agents of potential illegalities in his deal last summer in bid to force him out
- Barcelona are reportedly seeking ways to reduce Frenkie de Jong's contract
- The club 'has approached the midfielder's entourage with new terms in his deal'
- Barcelona warned De Jong of potential illegalities in his contract earlier this year
- He made it clear he wanted to stay amid interest from Man United last summer
- The Spanish giants are looking to sign a new right-back in the January window
- Gerard Pique's exit and Sergio Busquets' expected departure will free up funds
The cash-strapped Catalan club, having already apprised De Jong's agents of potential illegalities in his contract last summer in a bid to force him out, are eager to boost their treasury ahead of the January transfer window.
Despite battling with financial adversity for several years, Barcelona used economic levers last summer to make monetary improvements and attract the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha.
Barcelona are seeking ways to reduce Frenkie De Jong's current contract according to reports
President Joan Laporta and the club reportedly approached De Jong's agents with new terms
According to Sport, Barcelona wants to free up De Jong's contract either by reducing the wage or letting him go altogether.
During Manchester United's pursuit of the Dutchman last summer, De Jong made clear his intention to remain at the Nou Camp and play out his contract, which expires in June 2026.
Sport understands that there are no positive relations between the midfielder's entourage and Barcelona, but the club would be willing to extend his contract past 2026 on a reduced wage.
The Dutchman made clear his intention to stay at the Nou Camp amid interest from Man United
Barca want to buy a right-back in January to add to Hector Bellerin (L) and Sergi Roberto (R)
Barcelona also expect an injection of cash both from Gerard Pique's retirement and from the foreseeable departure of Sergio Busquets in June.
It is thought that Jordi Alba and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who are among the highest earners at the club, could also be at risk of salary reductions as well.
Barcelona are keen to recruit a new right-back in January to add to Hector Bellerin and Sergi Roberto.
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