La Liga chief gives Chelsea big boost in Frenkie de Jong transfer pursuit

Frenkie De Jong
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La Liga President Javier Tebas has warned Barcelona must reduce their wage bill next season, which means the Spanish giants could be forced to sell some of their key players including Frenkie de Jong.

Barcelona looked to be facing exactly that situation this summer but were able to sell off rights and other assets to sustain the arrivals of the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

However, Tebas has warned that Barcelona selling rights and other assets may not possible again next year and insists they must reduce their wage bill next year with the Spanish side in debt of around €1billion.

“Barca has to reduce the wage bill,” he said (via the Express). “Next year there will be no levers and they will have to reduce the salary limit that may correspond to them, which will be 400-odd million euros.”

Lionel Messi was forced to leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 amid the club’s financial woes and with the La Liga president warning Barcelona must reduce their wage bill next season, the Spanish side might have to sell key players next summer.

Chelsea were interested in signing De Jong during the summer and remain interested in signing the midfielder should he become available next year.