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  • Updated: May 15, 2022

Xavi Points Barca's Finances Could Force De Jong's Sales

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Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez points to the club’s dire financial situation that could force them to consider selling Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer.

De Jong joined Barca for €75 million from Ajax in 2019 and while he has been a solid performer and a regular starter at Camp Nou, the Dutchman has not quite lived up to expectations.

With the likes of Pedri, Gavi, Nico Gonzalez and Sergio Busquets all competing for spots in midfield, Barcelona could view the 25-year-old De Jong as an opportunity to raise funds.

"He is a very important player, he has been a starter almost always. He is a fundamental footballer," said Xavi in a press conference on Saturday.

"Then there is the financial situation of the club, which we depend on. He should be a big part of this era of the club but we’ll see what happens."

LaLiga have set Barca’s spending limit at minus €144 million for the upcoming summer transfer window, after financial losses were found to be €242 million more than expected.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta said at the start of the season the club were €1.35 billion in debt, with LaLiga rules stating they would have to save four euros for every one spent on new additions.

"The circumstances of the club dictate everything," said Xavi. "We depend on the financial situation. In a few days we will know where we are and we have to start planning now."

Barca are, though, interested in Robert Lewandowski, the 33-year-old striker who said on Saturday he will not be extending his Bayern Munich contract, which expires in June 2023.

Asked about buying older players, Xavi said: "It doesn't stop me. I signed Dani Alves at 38. It’s not about age, it’s about performance."

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La Liga Santander 2021/2022 TABLE

La Liga Santander
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 38 86
2 Barcelona 38 73
3 Atletico Madrid 38 71
4 Sevilla 38 70
5 Real Betis 38 65
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Frenkie de Jong
Frenkie
de Jong
NL Netherlands (the)
  • HEIGHT

    180cm

  • WEIGHT

    74kg

  • AGE

    25

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Futbol Club Barcelona commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça is a Spanish professional football club base...

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