Frenkie de Jong move complicated by £5m being disputed by player's agent: Report
Manchester United hope to complete a move for Frenkie de Jong this week, The Telegraph report, with a £69 million transfer fee expected to be agreed between the two clubs.
According to newspaper Sport, the hold-up in negotiations is also being complicated by a dispute over De Jong’s wages.
It is claimed De Jong has not received a bonus payment of around £5 million which was promised to him when he signed in 2019.
This is on top of his annual salary of £13.75 million, more than £300,000 per week.
De Jong move complicated
De Jong’s agent is reportedly pursuing Barcelona for the bonus fee, which it is felt they are owed out of principle.
Barcelona do not intend on paying the fee as a lump sum, but hope that it ‘could somehow be included in the midfielder’s transfer to Manchester United’.
Sport report Barcelona are ‘looking for the formula’ to please all parties, well aware that if they upset or annoy De Jong, he could dig in and refuse to move, denying the club a £69 million windfall.
This could be one reason why Barcelona have been digging in over a fee for the midfielder, looking to extract every penny they can out of United.
There is also a warning here, that the resolution is still yet to be found, and that it could delay a switch if there is no settlement between club and player.
It also sheds light on why negotiations have taken so long, that there are more complex issues at play than simply agreeing a transfer fee for the player.
A separate report from Marca report United are closing in on De Jong, and Erik ten Hag is said to have played a crucial role in opening the player’s eyes to a move.
Ten Hag has already spoken to the player and promised his former Ajax ace he can be the ‘conductor’ in United’s midfield, to help win him over on the project ahead at OId Trafford.