Frenkie de Jong may finally be edging close to a Camp Nou exit after his situation at Barcelona worsened. The Holland international is reportedly unhappy at the club after snubbing a move to the Premier League last summer.
Dragged into the center of transfer rumors last summer, Frenkie de Jong pulled volumes of media spotlights on his Barcelona future in the just-concluded transfer window.
After the blitz of reports linking him to a Premier League move, de Jong finally settled at Barcelona despite reported inconsistencies in his deal with the Catalans.
The former Ajax midfielder and Manchester United prime target was among the players urged by Barcelona to take pay cuts if they must stay at Camp Nou.
Barcelona reportedly owed him £17m and had urged him to reduce his wages if he wants to stay at the club.
There were also reports that the club had reached an agreement with Manchester United to sell him to the Old Trafford club.
However, Frenkie de Jong was candid of his decisions concerning his Barcelona future.
He made it clear that he wanted to stay at the Camp Nou club and is not planning to join any Premier League club.
Despite his resolve to stay at the club, one thing is evident with the way things stand at Camp Nou – Frenkie de Jong has fallen off Xavi Hernandez’s pecking order at the club.
He has started only three La Liga matches so far and has been used as a substitute in Barcelona’s Champions League matches.
Xavi Hernandez prefers Gavi, Pedri, and Sergio Busquets to De Jong in the Barcelona midfield, and this has seen his game time at Camp Nou dropped.
Also, Xavi had pushed him to play in the defensive role sometimes instead of his preferred midfield position.
The Dutch playmaker is reportedly unhappy at how Xavi is using him sparingly this season, making only 10 appearances in all competitions, all as substitutes, and not starting in big matches.
As things stand, the Holland international may be reconsidering his options at Camp Nou as his situation worsens.
Also, Xavi is not considering him as the best replacement for Sergio Busquets, with the likes of Pedri and Gavi given preference by the Spain-born tactician.
Meanwhile, Manchester United have rekindled their interest in signing the out-of-favor midfielder as reported by ESPNC.
Erik Ten Hag spent almost the entire last summer pursuing a deal for Frenkie de Jong, which failed to go through.
Despite the deadlock, the Red Devils are reportedly planning to initiate an attempt again to sign him in January.
With his worsening Barcelona situation, he may likely give in this time to his former manager Erik Ten Hag who is currently in charge of United.