Barcelona financial issues a boost for Manchester United amidst Ansu Fati and Frenkie de Jong interest
Manchester United have been handed a boost in their potential pursuit of Ansu Fati and Frenkie de Jong due to the financial issues at Barcelona.
La Liga chief Javier Tebas has told the Blaugrana to reduce their wage bill by around £177 million amidst the Red Devils’ interest in their Spanish forward and 25-year-old midfielder.
As a result, the Catalan outfit may be forced to sell some of their superstars, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (h/t Manchester Evening News).
For now, Barcelona have decided to offload Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto at the end of the season. Their current contracts will expire then.
The Blaugrana want to bring some players in the summer of 2023. As a result, some high earners at the La Liga club may be shown the door to facilitate the incoming.
De Jong has long been associated with a move to United. The Holland international has been a key player for the Camp Nou side over the years. However, the Spanish giants can count on some other quality players like Pedri, Gavi and Frank Kessie in the middle of the park.
As for Fati, the Red Devils have been linked with him recently. The 20-year-old has found game time hard to come by under Xavi. The Spain international has had to compete with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele and Ferran Torres for game time.
The Old Trafford side could evidently do with more talent in the engine room as well as in the attack. Casemiro and Christian Eriksen’s backups on the bench leave a lot to be desired, while Erik ten Hag has only two natural number nines at his disposal, with Wout Weghorst on loan.
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However, it remains to be seen whether Barcelona will make De Jong and Fati available in the coming months. Considering the players the Baluagrana have on their books, it would not be a surprise to see top clubs from around Europe raid their squad.