As La Liga president Javier Tebas announced Xavi’s side cannot recruit any new stars until they balance their books, Manchester United could start Barcelona’s collapse by signing two of their top players this summer. Man Utd’s pursuit of Barca midfielder Frenkie de Jong received a major boost on Thursday.
Man Utd to incite Barcelona’s demise as La Liga boss approves stunning double deal amid £177m accusation
Barcelona and De Jong negotiated with United for months last summer. The Dutchman preferred staying at Camp Nou. De Jong’s future has changed due to two events. The first is that Erik ten Hag’s Man Utd has impressed him much. They won the Carabao Cup and could win more this season. Man Utd eliminated Barca from the Europa League last week and will play Real Betis in the final 16.
FA Cup participation continues. De Jong also wants to play with Casemiro at Old Trafford. Man Utd have improved under the former Real Madrid player. Ten Hag wants more Barca stars than De Jong. He wants promising winger Ansu Fati, but Arsenal and Liverpool will compete for him. De Jong has played 31 times for Barca this season.
Barca no longer needs Fati. Club officials see him as a potential star. De Jong and Fati joining Man United could hinder Xavi’s Catalan success. Tebas has effectively given Man Utd the go-ahead by announcing that Barca must sell £177million worth of players soon.