- Joan Laporta and Frenkie de Jong have reportedly agreed on a deal that will see the midfielder accept a salary cut
- Barcelona tried to force Frenkie de Jong to either accept a move to Manchester United or to stay and accept less money
- Frenkie de Jong is adamant that he won't accept a salary cut, a move that has angered some fans and management
Barcelona have not given up in their quest to get Frenkie de Jong to accept a salary cut.
The Blaugrana have been forcing the Dutch international to accept a new deal with a reduced wage since the transfer window.
At that stage, Barca gave de Jong two choices; either to join Manchester United or remain with Barcelona and agree to a reduced salary. De Jong chose to stay at the club but refused to accept a wage cut.
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Daily Mail earlier reported that club president, Joan Laporta was attempting to convince the player to accept a salary reduction and had agreed on a deal with him.
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Initially, it was reported that an agreement was close to being finalised, but Barca Universal states that new reports indicate de Jong is unlikely to accept a pay cut this year.
The Dutch international is currently one of the highest-paid players at the club. According to his current deal, de Jong will receive a gross salary of €37.5 million this season, making him the second-highest paid player in La Liga.
De Jong inked his current deal before Laporta took over the club's reins. Barca originally wanted to take the legal route, claiming that his contract was illegal, but have since decided to convince the player to accept a wage cut.
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Frenkie de Jong's future at Barcelona was very uncertain during the recent transfer window, but the Dutch midfielder survived the cut.
Barcelona were desperate to sell de Jong, with Manchester United agreeing on a deal with the Spanish club for the player, Sports Brief reported earlier.
De Jong refused to join the English side, putting him at loggerheads with the coach and management at Barcelona.