Report: Bayern Munich in conversation with FC Barcelona about Frenkie de Jong

According to a report by Spain’s El Nacional, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona will have more talks about a transfer for Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong after a first meeting:

Bayern Munich want to take advantage of the economic crisis that Barca is going through. And Julian Nagelsmann hasn’t slowed down at all when it comes to demanding multiple cracks from the blaugrana squad. It’s an ideal time to test the availability of some of its stars, taking advantage of the desperation to get urgent money.

And the big favorite to leave is Frenkie de Jong. For starters, he has a large number of clubs interested in his contract, and they shouldn’t have to struggle to find a way out. Second, because his market value is very high and his sale would be a lot to consider. And finally because his performance has never lived up to expectations.

At Camp Nou they are really not happy with the Dutch international and he is not at ease either. From a financial point of view, he rejected superior proposals to be able to wear the blaugrana, and they promised him a very ambitious project.

El Nacional also reports that the clubs have already held initial talks and will meet again when the teams meet for a Champions League match in Munich on December 8:

The first talks between de Jong and the current Bundesliga champion have already taken place. But they expect to leave everything very advanced in the month of December, concretely from the eighth day. This is the date Barça will visit the Allianz Arena, which corresponds to the sixth day of the Champions League group stage.

El Nacional also indicates that De Jong’s greatest support was Ronald Koeman, who was recently fired. With a number of young and cheap options that may be ready to take over the midfield, he wants to get rid of De Jong’s salary.

The latest nugget – and the one that makes this rumor unlikely from Bayern Munich’s perspective – if that FC Barcelona wants to get back the €86 million it spent in 2019 to buy De Jong from Ajax. At this stage it seems hard to believe that Bayern Munich would spend that much on another midfielder.

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