De Jong “wants to stay” in Barcelona

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Frenkie de Jong
De Jong celebrated with his teammates after adding Barcelona’s sixth goal against Pumas UNAM

Frenkie de Jong “wants to stay” at Barcelona despite interest from Manchester United, says club president Joan Laporta.

De Jong came on at half-time and scored in Barcelona’s 6-0 friendly win over Pumas UNAM on Sunday.

“He is a high-quality Barça player and we want him to stay,” said Laporta.

“He has offers but we want him to stay and he wants to stay too.”

De Jong has been linked with a move to Chelsea but is also a key target for new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, whose team lost 2-1 at home to Brighton on Sunday in his first game in office.

Reports have suggestedexternal link Barcelona want De Jong to lower his salary if he stays at Camp Nou, amid the club’s financial problems.

The club is currently involved in a disagreement with De Jong over the Dutchman’s deferred wages over the past two years which are now due.

Barcelona have so far spent more than £120 million this summer on new signings Robert Lewandowski, Refinha i Jules Koundewith Andreas Christensen i Frank Kessie arriving with free transfers.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso is also close to joining the club.

Barcelona raised transfer money this summer by selling shares in its domestic television rights and in-house production company Barca Studios.

However, the club have been unable to register the players in the League requesting that more money be raised.

Should Barcelona fail to register their new signings in time, they will not be available for their season opener against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Lewandowski shines on debut

Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski scored 344 goals in 374 games for Bayern Munich

Four of Barcelona’s new arrivals featured during their 6-0 friendly win over Mexican side Pumas, with Lewandowkski impressing on his debut.

The Polish striker, who joined Bayern Munich for £42.6million last month, opened his account in the third minute with a neat finish from a tight angle, while providing two assists for Pedri .

Raphinha, who moved from Leeds this summer in a deal worth up to £55m, was also in the starting line-up, while Kessie and Kounde came on as second-half substitutes.

Goals from Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and De Jong completed the scoring.

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