PSG End Interest in Barcelona Star after Champions League Showing

Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong and Ronald Araujo | Imago

PSG End Interest in Barcelona Star after Champions League Showing

Ayoola Kelechi 18:14 - 21.04.2024

The French side will not be making a move for the Barcelona star this summer despite earlier interest

As Barcelona looks to navigate their financial challenges ahead of the upcoming season, the club has identified the need for significant player sales. Among the players rumoured to be on the chopping block is Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who has long been coveted by clubs across Europe.

De Jong's High Earnings and Transfer Speculation

Frenkie de Jong's impressive performances and high wages at Barcelona have made him a prime candidate for a potential departure. With his name frequently linked with moves away from the club in recent years, the Dutch midfielder's future has been the subject of much speculation.

Frenkie de Jong is the highest-paid player in Barcelona | Imago
Frenkie de Jong is the highest-paid player in Barcelona | Imago

In recent weeks, Bayern Munich has emerged as a potential destination for de Jong, with the German club reportedly expressing interest in securing his services. The Bavarian giants could have a clear path to pursue de Jong, given recent developments in the transfer market.

PSG's Shift in Focus

However, Paris Saint-Germain's recent actions have reshaped the landscape of de Jong's potential transfer. Following their Champions League quarterfinal victory over Barcelona, PSG has shifted their attention away from de Jong. The French powerhouse is now focused on securing a replacement for Kylian Mbappe, who is set to depart for Real Madrid.

Barcelona's elimination from the Champions League at the hands of PSG, with de Jong featuring in the second leg, appears to have influenced PSG's decision to end their interest in the Dutch midfielder. As PSG sets their sights on a new target, de Jong's future becomes increasingly uncertain.

Financial Implications for Barcelona

Barcelona had reportedly been open to offers in the region of €80 million for de Jong. However, with PSG no longer in the running, Barcelona may face challenges in finding a suitor willing to meet their valuation. As a result, de Jong could remain at Barcelona for at least another season, potentially offering stability amid the club's ongoing transition.

While PSG's decision marks a significant development in the transfer saga surrounding Frenkie de Jong, the midfielder's future remains uncertain as Barcelona continues to explore options to address their financial situation.

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