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Frenkie De Jong - Barca's Financial Woes

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2022/07/06/frenkie-de-jong-transfer-manchester-united-held-17m-deferred/

Manchester United’s protracted pursuit of Frenkie de Jong is being held up by money owed to the Netherlands midfielder by Barcelona in wages he agreed to defer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite Barcelona president Joan Laporta’s claims that De Jong is not for sale, United reached a broad agreement with the Catalan club last week over a fee for the Dutchman that would see them pay an initial €65 million (£55m) with around a further €20m (£17m) payable in add-ons.

De Jong joined Barcelona from Ajax on a five-year contract in 2019 on a fixed annual salary worth £12m but he agreed to reduce his salary by £9.4m in 2020/21 and by £4.3m last season meaning he is owed £13.7m in basic wages.

He is also believed to be owed another £3.4m in waived bonuses for playing in at least 60 per cent of Barcelona’s matches over the previous two seasons.

De Jong extended his contract at the Nou Camp by a further two years to 2026, which allowed Barcelona to spread the deferred payments over a longer period.

But De Jong’s prospective move to Old Trafford means Barcelona face the prospect of having to foot a bill in excess of £17m in wages owed to the player and has left new United manager Erik ten Hag facing an agonising wait to land his priority summer transfer target.

Barcelona really are a mess huh, they owe Frenkie 17mil in wages. Full text from article will be posted in comments.

posted on 7/7/22

wrong thread

posted on 7/7/22

Total money spent by clubs in the top 5 leagues in this transfer window so far.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Premier League: €733m
🇮🇹 Serie A: €327m
🇩🇪 Bundesliga: €252m
🇫🇷 Ligue1: €195m
🇪🇸 La Liga: €136m

🇵🇹 Liga Portugal: €113m

Out of the €136m spent by La Liga clubs, Tchouaméni cost €80m.

comment by TBW (U6489)

posted on 7/7/22

La Liga getting rekt then

posted on 7/7/22

comment by TBW (U6489)
posted 19 minutes ago
La Liga getting rekt then
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being money conscious because of the relegations imposed by La Liga, and the budget they set for the clubs

posted on 7/7/22

in this state and trying to buy lewandowski, raphinha & de ligt

posted on 7/7/22

comment by TBW (U6489)
posted 25 minutes ago
La Liga getting rekt then
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and yet English clubs haven't won a European final against Spanish clubs for over 20 years....17 finals and counting

all that despite their huge financial advantage

posted on 7/7/22

comment by RB&W - Whiteside has done it again (U21434)
posted 2 hours, 50 minutes ago
comment by Garner be a star (U13920)
posted 3 hours, 50 minutes ago
to add to this, I have always found barcelona a nasty club despite their previous saint like portrayal

they often used nasty tactics to get players they are interested in to lower their transfer value below market value. Madrid on the other hand were always prepared to pay market or above market value for players they are interested in.

My spanish mates have always told me how cheap catalans are. And this is another example. Imagine trying to manufacture a situation so that you don't have to pay FDJ the money they owed him and risking the money the so desperately need in the process.
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do you mean how cheap FC Barca are or do you really mean, Catalans. In general.
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I meant catalans including people from barcelona

It is a stereotype that I am sure does not always apply but something I have often noticed with barcelona when it comes to paying a fair transfer fee.

posted on 7/7/22

comment by Garner be a star (U13920)
posted 4 minutes ago
comment by RB&W - Whiteside has done it again (U21434)
posted 2 hours, 50 minutes ago
comment by Garner be a star (U13920)
posted 3 hours, 50 minutes ago
to add to this, I have always found barcelona a nasty club despite their previous saint like portrayal

they often used nasty tactics to get players they are interested in to lower their transfer value below market value. Madrid on the other hand were always prepared to pay market or above market value for players they are interested in.

My spanish mates have always told me how cheap catalans are. And this is another example. Imagine trying to manufacture a situation so that you don't have to pay FDJ the money they owed him and risking the money the so desperately need in the process.
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do you mean how cheap FC Barca are or do you really mean, Catalans. In general.
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I meant catalans including people from barcelona

It is a stereotype that I am sure does not always apply but something I have often noticed with barcelona when it comes to paying a fair transfer fee.
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yes catalans are often stereotyped in Spain, as being v tight with money and somewhat obsessed with it.

"the Jews of Spain"...is how they're often seen

posted on 7/7/22

Well it all doesn't matter if Cheslea comes in, matches our bid, and pays FDJ a bonus to compensate for the loss of earnings. He'll be a Chelsea player by the end of the weekend.

comment by TBW (U6489)

posted on 7/7/22

comment by peks - 1974 (U6618)
posted 1 hour, 28 minutes ago
comment by TBW (U6489)
posted 25 minutes ago
La Liga getting rekt then
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and yet English clubs haven't won a European final against Spanish clubs for over 20 years....17 finals and counting

all that despite their huge financial advantage
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Yeah amazing job from the minnows that are Barca and real, plucky little clubs

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