The Catalan club could extend his deal if it helps satisfy all parties
Barcelona are making a renewed attempt to negotiate a salary adjustment with Frenkie de Jong's camp. The relationship between the parties is not great, but the Catalan club hope the formula could lie in another contract extension.
Barça are clear further cuts are needed to keep moving forward financially and sportingly. Gerard Piqué's departure is important in that sense, as is the likely exit of Sergio Busquets in June.
From there, the objectives are to reduce some of the highest contracts caused by past deferrals and the most urgent is that of De Jong, although the cases of Jordi Alba and Marc Ter Stegen are also on the table.
With De Jong deferred his salary during the pandemic and therefore it grows every year now. It will be higher again next season,
Barça already warned his agents of the possible illegality of the contract, signed under Josep Maria Bartomeu, in a clear tactic to pressure him to leave last summer, but both the agents and the players decided to continue for another year at Camp Nou.
It is quite clear to the Blaugrana that De Jong does not want to leave, so they want to force a long-term agreement that is good for all parties. De Jong's entourage has already been contacted, but there is no white smoke, far from it.
For Barça, it is key to be able to reach an understanding now, which would open the door to the possible arrival of a right-back in January. If there is no agreement now or in the summer, Barça would be willing, again, to listen to offers for him.