Joan Laporta claimed that the club did well by not selling Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United last summer.
- Barcelona rejected €100m offer for Frenkie de Jong
- Man Utd wanted to sign him last summer
- Laporta said De Jong not for sale
WHAT HAPPENED? The Barcelona president revealed that they had received a huge offer of €100m for the Dutch midfielder last summer. The club decided against selling De Jong which Laporta thinks was the right decision.
WHAT THEY SAID: Speaking to Onze TV3, Laporta said, “Last year we had €100m offer for Frenkie de Jong… and we did well not selling him. There are players who should not be on the market.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Manchester United were keen on signing the midfielder and were in advanced talks with Barcelona over the possible transfer of the player. Barca had been willing to sell for a large fee but De Jong made it clear he was not interested in leaving. The Red Devils went on to sign Casemiro from Real Madrid.
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WHAT NEXT FOR BARCELONA? The Catalan giants are set to regroup next month before heading to USA for pre-season where they will face Juventus, Arsenal, Real Madrid and AC Milan.