Barcelona manager, Xavi insists he ‘really likes’ Frenkie de Jong but has suggested the club could sell the Manchester United and Chelsea target in order to avoid financial fair play.
La Liga giants are playing a dangerous game as they continue to splash the money on summer additions despite being in more than £1bn of debt.
Raphina and Robert Lewandowski are the latest big-money arrivals at the Nou Camp, with deals for Sevilla’s centre-back Jules Kounde and Portuguese midfielder, Bernardo Silva also in the works.
Given the spending spree, the Catalan giants could look to offload a number of first-team players before the transfer deadline, with De Jong attracting interest from Premier League giants Chelsea and Man Utd.
Xavi views Dutchman as a ‘key player’ at Catalan giants, however, admits a decision over his future could be taken out of his hands given the teams financial situation.
‘We’ve had private conversations that are very important, that I will not reveal here,’ Xavi said after Barcelona’s 1-0 win over La Liga rivals Real Madrid on Sunday.
‘He’s a key player, but then there’s the economic situation and Financial Fair Play.’
Manchester United have been rumoured about a move for De Jong throughout the summer, however, the midfielder himself is keen on remaining at Nou Camp.
Chelsea have also expressed interest in signing De Jong as Tuchel wants to strengthen his midfield area ahead of the 2022/23 season.