Xavi will let Frenkie de Jong leave for Manchester United on one condition
Spanish newspaper Marca reported Manchester United have made an official offer for Frenkie de Jong.
Barcelona are ‘seriously considering’ the proposal, and current manager Xavi has a view too.
Xavi will let Frenkie de Jong leave if…
Mundo Deportivo report Xavi is prepared to let Frenkie de Jong leave for Manchester United, providing certain conditions are met by Barcelona.
Principally, Xavi wants Barcelona to sign a new player to offset De Jong’s departure.
Barcelona ‘admit’ the chance of De Jong leaving the club is increasing, the report states, adding: “Xavi accepts his departure if he doesn’t weaken the squad and someone better arrives.”
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Finding ‘someone better’ than De Jong may not be possible on a one to one basis, but it is fair to say Barcelona may find a player better suited for their system than the Dutchman.
The player Xavi reportedly has his eye on is Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, while it also states a move for Robert Lewandowski would please the manager, even though they play in very different positions.
The report adds De Jong would reluctantly accept Barcelona’s decision to let him leave, and is waiting for a decision from the club, expected before the Netherlands’ final international game this weekend.
Agent trip significant
Frenkie de Jong’s agent Ali Dursun is scheduled for a meeting in Barcelona ‘in the next few days’.
His expected presence is described as potentially ‘significant’ over settling De Jong’s future, although it is said it is not impossible that other sides like PSG or Bayern Munich enter the fray.
Manchester United are in pole position at present, with Erik ten Hag pushing to convince him to join by telling him he will build his team around him.