Manchester United have already signed Tyrell Malacia with free agent Christian Eriksen prone to be subsequent by the doorways. A deal for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez appears to be progressing nicely. Nonetheless, new supervisor Erik ten Hag’s precedence from Day One has been the signing of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, somebody he sees as being key to his new sporting mission.
It was extensively reported that the deal was near completion with the Premier League membership having agreed on paying €65 million up entrance with round €20 million extra in add-ons. There was a broad understanding that the Catalan giants had agreed to that proposal with the main points of the add-ons nonetheless to be found out.
And it appeared like easy crusing however Barca president Joan Laporta‘s feedback sophisticated the scenario additional. He even advised that the membership would do all the things of their energy to carry on to their prized asset however that might contain De Jong accepting a wage reduce.
The participant’s entourage has made it very clear that won’t occur. In keeping with Marca, the Dutch worldwide is already owed some huge cash together with wages due in addition to completely different loyalty bonuses.
Mounted & bonuses
No matter Laporta is saying is a ruse as Marca have revealed the extent of cash owed to the previous Ajax star. This is among the essential the explanation why the membership is negotiating a switch with the English giants.
De Jong has 4 years left in his contract with the Catalan membership and he’s owed a complete of €88.58 million in mounted wages whereas numerous bonuses and incentives will add one other €20.8 million to the funds checklist.
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These bonuses embody €2 million annually if he performs 60 per cent of the membership’s matches which takes it as much as €8 million in complete. Within the occasion the Camp Nou outfit declare all of the Spanish titles on provide and attain the Champions League closing, a most of €12.8 million shall be added (€3.2 million per yr).
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the footballing economic system throughout the globe and Barcelona have been no exception. All their gamers agreed to take a big pay reduce to be able to facilitate the sleek operating of the membership. Nonetheless, these wages have been alleged to be paid again as soon as issues normalised.
And now that issues are again beneath management, the midfield maestro is owed some huge cash. His unique contract stipulated a assured €14 million a yr as wages.
As soon as the pandemic struck, 12 per cent was deducted unilaterally throughout the board and the Dutchman acquired €12.32 million. Because the pandemic worsened, so did the wage.
In 2021-21, the Dutch worldwide acquired €3 million in complete and the next season he bought €9 million. Which suggests a backlog of €16 million which must be paid. The plan is to pay €4 million along with his unique mounted wage annually.
On high of all that, there are loyalty bonuses he has in his contract totalling €15.58m euros.
The participant is because of obtain €21 million this season.
The 2023/24 season can be the best as De Jong is liable to get €27.7 million which incorporates all bonuses. That would go greater in case of variable situations being met.
Sale a necessity
All this has meant the La Liga giants have recognized the diminutive midfielder as the best choice to boost capital. They might be saving lots on his monumental wages which might free the wage invoice, which means new gamers could be added to the roster. United’s provide of €65 million would additionally assist the membership go after Xavi’s high goal Bernardo Silva of Manchester Metropolis.
In keeping with The Athletic, July 30 is the day Barca have set themselves to supply a monetary replace to La Liga relating to subsequent season’s wage restrict. And Laporta wants to unravel the membership’s monetary woes by then or new signings can’t be purchased and already introduced gamers like Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen can’t be registered.
The clock is ticking for each Barcelona and United.