Frenkie de Jong has been added to the list of midfielders who have been linked with a transfer to Liverpool, as they are now in desperate need of midfield reinforcement.
Liverpool have submitted a £60 million bid to sign the Dutch international in this summer transfer window according to Futbol Total (via The Mirror).
De Jong has been linked with a move away from Barcelona in the past few months, but he has so far refused to leave and insists that he wants to stay and play at the Nou Camp.
The Catalan club has made several big signings, but they still have to stay under the La Liga salary limit.
The 25-year-old’s salary is one of the highest in the team, according to today’s version of Sport (news image provided below), and Barcelona has given him two options.
The club will push to sell him before the transfer market closes next week, or he can accept a pay cut to stay.
De Jong and his agent Dursun believe that the player has already given up a huge chunk of his salary (during the pandemic), and does not want to reduce wages but also wants to stay.
The midfielder, who is also wanted by Man United and Chelsea, is surely in a complicated situation.
He mainly plays in the No. 6 role and Barca normally start captain, Busquets, in that position. On the other hand, they have also lured Ivorian play breaker, Franck Kessie, to strengthen the midfield this summer.
The former Ajax man is still under contract for more than three years and makes a staggering income of almost £340,000-a-week (Football Transfers).
Frenkie isn’t comfortable at Barcelona at the moment with everything including his contract terms not going as planned, along with the Spanish side’s determination to kick him out.
But with Liverpool offer still very much on the table, the chances are high that he would opt for a move to Anfield.