Gary Neville has advised Frenkie de Jong to take legal action against Barcelona as his Man Utd transfer saga rumbles on for another week.
There have been reports that the Catalan giants owe the Netherlands international as much as £17m in deferred wages and bonuses from the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Despite that, Barcelona seem to have found a magic money tree, bringing in Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen on free transfers and spending north of £90m on Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski.
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While so far not paying De Jong the money they owe him, reports have also claimed that they are trying to make him take a pay cut close to 50 per cent of his wages to allow them to register more players.
And former Man Utd defender Neville – who owns League Two side Salford City – thinks De Jong should take “legal action” to make sure he gets his money.
Neville tweeted: “De Jong should consider legal action v Barcelona and all players should be behind him! A club spending fortunes on new players whilst not paying the ones they have under contract their full money is immoral and a breach. @FIFPRO should be all over bullying like this and stop it.”
Much to the disappointment of everyone interested in football, there is no sign of the De Jong transfer saga ending anytime soon – but Man Utd appear willing to wait as long as it takes to get a deal done this summer.
Goal insist that Man Utd have received ‘encouraging feedback’ over a potential transfer with the report pointing out that ‘they would never have wasted so much of the window’ if that hadn’t been the case.
Suggestions that the Red Devils were still hanging around the like a bad smell, despite De Jong’s reported lack of interest in joining them, seems ludicrous at this stage.
Goal add that the ‘size of the fee was the only issue’ with Man Utd chiefs Richard Arnold and John Murtough striking a deal recently for £63m plus a further £8m in add-ons.
And the only remaining ‘sticking point’ is De Jong’s ‘personal battle’ with Barcelona over the deferred wages owed to him.
The report continues:
‘United strongly believe he is willing to reunite with Ten Hag – even if his preference is to remain at Barca.
‘Personal terms will not be an issue and are expected to be wrapped up swiftly, once De Jong and Barca settle.
‘Old Trafford sources say Ten Hag is willing to wait beyond the start of the season to land his man. It all points to the ongoing belief that De Jong will be a United player.’
With Erik ten Hag ‘clear’ on how he would like to play next season, the Dutchman told Murtough during ‘critical talks’ that De Jong was absolutely key to his thinking.