“Cut the pay you bastards!”  – Manchester United and Chelsea target Frenkie de Jong abused by Barcelona fans – Onemic9ja
“Cut the pay you bastards!” – Manchester United and Chelsea target Frenkie de Jong abused by Barcelona fans – Onemic9ja

“Cut the pay you bastards!” – Manchester United and Chelsea target Frenkie de Jong abused by Barcelona fans – Onemic9ja

The Catalan club are trying to convince the midfielder to leave (Photos: Sport / Twitter / Getty)

Frenkie de Jong was subjected to shocking abuse from fans when he arrived at the club’s training complex on Wednesday as he continues to be linked with a move.

have tracked the Dutch midfielder throughout the summer and agreed a £73million fee with Barca last month, although De Jong has so far turned down a move to Old Trafford.

The Dutchman is happy and settled in Barcelona and is unwilling to swap the sun and beaches of Catalonia for Manchester, while he is unwilling to move down to .

There is also the issue of back wages Barca still owe De Jong, which stands at around £14m – a rate the Catalan club are keen to receive from any buying club.

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United’s inability to convince De Jong or resolve the wage issue has opened the door for Chelsea in recent weeks, and now the west Londoners too.

However, De Jong still harbors significant reservations about leaving Camp Nou for the Premier League, reiterating his desire to stay and fight for his place at Barca.

But the situation now threatens to turn ugly, with Barca believing the pressure is on De Jong to leave and even informing the midfielder last month that he is over the contract extension he signed in October 2020 – when a different board was in charge.

De Jong’s preference is to stay at Barcelona (Image: Getty)

Barca are also unable to register some of their new signings until they have sold more players and reduced their wage bill, with supporters now beginning to resent players who won’t leave.

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Martin Braithwaite – another player who refused to take a pay cut – was booed by the Camp Nou crowd earlier this week when the team was introduced to the supporters, and now De Jong has also been subjected to abuse.

When he drove into the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training ground in Barcelona on Wednesday, there were fans at the entrance who booed and jeered as he drove up.

In a video from the Spanish newspaper, repeated cries of “Take a pay cut, you bastards!” can also be heard from some particularly hostile Barcelona supporters who seem to have fully bought into the board’s narrative of the situation.

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Now that the fans have started to turn against him because they simply want his contract honored, De Jong may have a break to reconsider whether he still wants to stay at the club.

Barcelona’s board, however, have no intention of paying him the £14m he is owed – in part because it would hamper their attempts to balance the books – and that remains a big stumbling block.

United have lost hope of a deal but Chelsea are still pushing, although they will likely have to offer De Jong a hefty signing fee and a higher-than-normal wage to make up for any possible loss of earnings – and convince him that his future lies in west London.

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