Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is reportedly ready to forego almost £6 million in outstanding wages to seal a move to Manchester City instead of United this summer.
De Jong’s future has been called into question, with a number of European clubs interested in him, but It will likely be a two-horse race for his signature, from either side of the Manchester divide.
Erik ten Hag wants to reunite with his former Ajax pupil at Manchester United, but Pep Guardiola remains keen on taking him to Man City.
Guardiola wanted De Jong before he chose the more lucrative package on offer by Barcelona. Now, with Fernandinho set to quit City in the summer, a midfielder is back on their wanted list.
The Barcelona star has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford ever since it was announced that Erik ten Hag would be joining the club at the end of the season, with the pair having previously worked together at Ajax.
But The Sun claim that de Jong would prefer a move to the Etihad, and is even willing to write off a bumper payout to make it happen.
The 25-year-old is understood to be on a wage packet of around £400,000-a-week after tax, and was one of a number of Barcelona players who defered a significant percentage of their salary during the height of the pandemic to help alleviate the club’s financial pressures.
But now it is suggested that de Jong would be willing to walk away from the money owed to him entirely if it means he can join City this summer. He wants his next club to be playing in the Champions League next season.
However, the report claims Barcelona are demanding Raheem Sterling or Bernardo Silva – both who have attracted interest from the Catalan side over the past 12 months – are part of any deal.
The report comes after Barcelona boss Xavi refused to rule out selling de Jong this summer as they continue to come to terms with their dire financial situation, but insisted he remains key to his plans.