Fifpro, the global players’ organization, is reportedly watching Barcelona’s handling of Frenkie de Jong amid the club’s salary dispute with the midfielder.
Barcelona wants to sell De Jong this summer, and Manchester United is anxious to sign him, but he refuses to leave until the conflict is resolved. The Spanish club owes the Dutch international £17 million in salaries, which he agreed to defer in order to improve the club’s finances during the coronavirus outbreak.
According to The Times, Barca wants him to accept only £6 million (€7 million) of what is owed to him. That would cost the Dutchman £11 million.
According to the report, Fifpro sources admitted that they are actively monitoring the situation, but they claim that these incidents are becoming more often and are indicative of a failing system.
It comes after Gary Neville pushed De Jong to sue Barcelona for unpaid pay, especially given that the club has been shelling out on transfer fees and wages on new players in the meanwhile.
Despite the club’s well-documented financial problems, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, and Andreas Christensen have all arrived at the Nou Camp this summer.
‘De Jong should consider taking legal action against Barcelona, and all players should support him!’ Neville tweeted about it.
‘It is immoral and a breach of contract for a club to spend millions on new players while failing to pay its existing players in full.
‘FIFPRO should be all over this bullying and put a stop to it.’
Manchester United negotiated a £63 million deal with Barcelona to sign the 25-year-old, but he has apparently informed the Red Devils that he will not be joining them this summer.