Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola
Major reports from Barcelona earlier this week indicated that Frenkie de Jong is willing to leave the team this summer. The Dutch midfielder has previously stated that he wants to stay in Catalonia for many more years, but it now seems as though he is ready to leave at the end of the current campaign.
On the other hand, it has also been said that Barcelona is willing to let de Jong go, particularly since his departure would help the team’s financial problems before the upcoming campaign. Given that MD provided an update on the contract negotiations that occurred between the parties earlier in the campaign, it appears that he disclosed the rationale behind both of these changes in posture.
According to the report, three months ago, Barcelona extended a contract offer to de Jong. The contract, which would expire in 2029 would result in a pay decrease from what he will make in the upcoming seasons. The Dutchman hasn’t replied yet, though, which may be a clear sign that he wants to go.
It will be interesting to follow De Jong’s condition in the upcoming months, particularly in the summer. Although Barcelona will be determined to collect as much as possible to help their financial issues as much as possible, a sale appears to be the best option for all parties.
In the summer, Real Madrid will be searching for a new left-back. Ferland Mendy is supposed to be sold, while Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich is supposed to be signed in his place. The 23-year-old’s contract is slated to expire at the end of the following season, thus he might be available for a reduced price.
Los Blancos won’t, however, find it simple to tie up Davies. Liverpool and Manchester City are also eager to sign the Canadian international this summer, and Bayern is pushing hard for a renewal.
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One possibility that Real Madrid might take into consideration is bringing back Theo Hernandez, who left the team in 2019 to play for AC Milan. The 26-year-old is regarded as one of, if not the best left-back in the world overall. Diario AS questioned him about relocating to Los Blancos.
“At Real Madrid I have great friends and fantastic memories of both the club and its fans, but now I’m a Milan player, I feel very good here and I don’t think about other things. I’m totally focused on what I have to do every day with this shirt”.
“We never know what life is going to bring, but I live in the present for emotions and professionalism. No one knows the future. There are still a lot of games to play this season with Milan and I’m really just thinking about what I have to do on the pitch.”
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