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Cash-strapped Barca look to cut Frenkie de Jong’s salary

Barcelona have approached Frenkie de Jong’s entourage in an effort to lower the Dutchman’s wage and free up funds for upcoming transfer moves, according to reports.

The cash-strapped Catalan club, having already apprised De Jong’s agents of potential illegalities in his contract last summer in a bid to force him out, are eager to boost their treasury ahead of the January transfer window.

Despite battling with financial adversity for several years, Barcelona used economic levers last summer to make monetary improvements and attract the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha.

According to Sport, Barcelona wants to free up De Jong’s contract either by reducing the wage or letting him go altogether.

During Manchester United’s pursuit of the Dutchman last summer, De Jong made clear his intention to remain at the Nou Camp and play out his contract, which expires in June 2026

Sport understands that there are no positive relations between the midfielder’s entourage and Barcelona, but the club would be willing to extend his contract past 2026 on a reduced wage.

Barcelona also expect injection of cash both from Gerard Pique’s retirement and from the foreseeable departure of Sergio Busquets in June.

It is thought that Jordi Alba and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who are among the highest earners at the club, could also be at risk of salary reductions as well.

Barcelona are keen to recruit a new right-back in January to add to Hector Bellerin and Sergi Roberto.

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