Frenkie de Jong is confused, essentially dismayed since Barcelona opened the door for him to leave the Camp Nou. “How can a footballer be, who had come to mark an era, and who now feels that they want to take him out of the way?” asks a Barcelona employee. The destabilization of De Jong did not start at the start of the summer transfer window. The Dutchman has the feeling, as explained by those around him, that since last October the Barça club has started movements to put his name on the market. Situation, of course, with which the then coach Ronald Koeman did not agree -De Jong was his right eye- and with which Xavi Hernández is not convinced either.
“He is a top player”, they highlight in the coaching staff. In fact, De Jong is the only Barcelona player who has exceeded more than 1,000 passes in the rival field (1,049), with an accuracy percentage of 89.42%. The table is led by Toni Kross, with 1,298 passes and a success rate of 93.91%. However, the sports management advises the departure of the Dutchman. And that idea has been transferred to Xavi’s working group. “We cannot transfer the youth players. They are the ones who generate the most enthusiasm in the fans. From here, who has a market in the club? Frenkie? Yes. Is he one of our best players? Also. But our reality is what it is and they explain to us that we have to prioritize”, they assure the coaching staff.
The five players with the best market value for Barça, according to the Transfermarkt website, are Pedri (19 years and 80 million), De Jong (25 and 60), Ansu Fati (19 and 60), Gavi (17 and 60) and Araujo (23 and 50). The sixth on the list is the latest big investment: Ferran Torres (22 and 45), former Valencia player, discarded by City, and for which a bankrupt Barça paid 55 million in the winter market. If the transfer of De Jong materializes, the sports management of Barça has Carlos Soler in its sights. The change of the Dutch for the Spanish, in any case, does not finish convincing Xavi. De Jong was the third player who played the most games in the 2021-2022 campaign, 47 only behind Busquets (51) and Ter Stegen (49).
Although De Jong has one of the highest salaries in the squad, his departure is not a priority in the economic area either. “If we don’t transfer it for more than 70 million, the operation is not favorable for the club. Between what is owed to Ajax and the pending amortization, that figure must be exceeded, ”says a Barcelona source. Manchester United, City and PSG are pending De Jong’s situation. The only one that has made an offer for now is Erik ten Hag’s team: 60 million plus 10 in variables (Barça paid 75, plus 11 in 2019). In fact, the United manager has phoned De Jong. Ten Hag coached De Jong alongside Van de Beek, Mazraoui, Neres, Ziyech and De Light at Ajax. A generation called to conquer Europe, still in the waiting room.
But De Jong wants to succeed at Barcelona. And he remembers it every time they put a microphone on him. “You are always flattered when teams show an interest in you,” the Netherlands footballer said this week. “But”, he clarified; “Right now I’m at the biggest club in the world and I feel good.” According to Barça, the sports area has already informed the player that he has to leave. De Jong, however, replied: “I have no news.”
The Dutchman and his partner are “happy” in Barcelona, as explained by those around him. They already have their vacations planned in Formentera and Ibiza (they will meet Koeman), and a few months ago they bought a new house. Still without ascendancy in the Camp Nou dressing room, De Jong trusts the work of Xavi Hernández. “Of course he wants more protagonism, but he feels that he has improved a lot with Xavi,” say the same sources. The Barcelona coaching staff has spent a lot of time developing the Dutchman’s game. The footballer, as underlined in the Barça sports city, has an implicit competition with Pedri. “He wants more protagonism”, they warn. That’s why De Jong frowns every time Xavi changes him. In fact, he went from being the player with the most minutes in the 2020-2021 campaign (4,494) to fourth place in the last year (3,529). “For us his ambition is positive. He is a footballer who is always willing to learn ”, they say in the coaching staff. For Xavi it is De Jong’s progress as a midfielder. “He has to mark an era”, highlights the Barça coach.
The economic area wants the Dutchman, also Xavi; however, the sports area opens the door for you. De Jong is a jewel in the market. He, however, does not even think about moving from Barcelona.
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