According to reports, Barcelona has requested that Frenkie de Jong terminate his current contract and return to his earlier agreement, claiming that the provisions of his former contract with the LaLiga side contained criminal activity.
The Catalan giants have written to De Jong, according to The Athletic, claiming that they have discovered proof of criminal activity on behalf of the people that signed his contract renewal on October 20, 2020.
The Dutchman has extended his contract at Camp Nou until 2026. Because of the financial impact of the covid-19 epidemic, and 2021/22 seasons
As a result, he is entitled €18 million (£15.2 million) in postponed payments, which will be distributed over the next four campaigns.
Barcelona, however, reportedly informed the former Ajax player in a letter delivered to De Jong on July 14 that they believe
“they are in a position to initiate criminal proceedings to establish what happened in relation to the signing of his contract and ascertain where responsibility resides for the supposed wrongdoing”.
The Catalan club’s intention to restore De Jong’s contract to the terms he previously agreed to when he joined the team in 2019 is also reportedly covered by the letter.
Former president Josep Bartomeu took the choice to renew De Jong’s contract as one of the final decisions before he and the club’s whole board of directors stepped down.
According to The Athletic, Barcelona’s former board of directors is certain that the 25-year-old’s contract renewal was perfectly legal. They further insist that it was unanimously approved by all parties concerned, including LaLiga.
Despite this, the current board has apparently identified their predecessors for alleged crime, raising the possibility that De Jong and his representatives would be implicated as well.
Manchester United reportedly had a proposal accepted for De Jong this summer, but the Dutch international is refusing to leave until the remainder of his deferred payments are paid.
Barcelona are currently unable to recruit a number of new players, including star striker Robert Lewandowski, and would be willing to let him leave the club.
De Jong, who has 138 appearances and 13 goals for the Catalan club, has also piqued Chelsea‘s interest this summer window.