BARCELONA have reportedly told Frenkie de Jong to LEAVE the club if he does not accept his salary being slashed in HALF.

The transfer saga around the Dutch midfielder, 25, has been rumbling on all summer.


Last month, United had a £71.5million bid accepted but De Jong's wage dispute with Barcelona and reluctance to move to Old Trafford held up the deal.

Then earlier this week it was reported that Chelsea were set to complete a £67.6m deal for the Holland international.

Now, according to Sport, Barcelona have given him an ultimatum as his future prepares to be decided in the next 24 hours.

The Catalan giants have told De Jong that they can offer him HALF the salary he was offered when he signed a contract renewal in 2020.

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And if he does not want to accept those terms then Barca are keen for him to leave.

Man Utd and Chelsea remain the two main options for De Jong if he leaves the Nou Camp.

It was reported earlier this week that Barca were alleging the contract renewal he signed under the previous regime had "evidence of criminality".

It is also understood that they are prepared to go to court to fight the deal – which saw De Jong take a pay cut for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons under the provision he would be paid back in the following four campaigns.

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His current Barca contract runs until 2026 – with the club said to owe him £14.6m in unpaid wages.

Meanwhile, Man Utd legend Gary Neville has said it would be more than just embarrasing if the Red Devils end up missing out on De Jong and he then signs for Chelsea.

He said: "If they [United] don’t get him, it’s embarrassing but if he goes to Chelsea, it’s horrific.

"If he doesn’t want to come the deal would have been switched off a few weeks ago.

"Because of the relationship the player has with the manager, there must be some communication between them that’s saying, ‘wait for me, I’m coming’."

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