Liverpool are set to miss out on the signing of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer.
What’s the word?
That is according to reporter Ben Jacobs, via GIVEMESPORT, who claims that Jurgen Klopp’s side are not “actively pursuing” the Netherlands international at this moment in time, with the deadline now just a few days away.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jacobs said:
“Talking to Barcelona sources, there doesn’t appear to be anything in this.
“And it is now being made clear by a lot of suitors that I’m speaking to, whether historical ones or active ones that have looked at De Jong, that he’s just not going to leave, which is in fairness to him, what he said or window.
“Now, the manner in which he stays, whether that is just staying, whether that’s a pay cut, whether that’s somewhere in the middle, not the pay cut that Barcelona want, but some kind of reduction, whether that’s pay cut, but deferred wages paid first; there’s lots of different kinds of scenarios.
“And we wait and see whether that is done before the window, whether that’s done after the window, but I think from Liverpool’s perspective, they’re not significantly, or at the moment, actively pursuing De Jong.
“Because they, like many, now know how difficult that is going to be with the expectation at the time of recording that De Jong will stay at Barcelona. So, it’s probably a non-starter that one.”
Amidst Liverpool’s midfield injury crisis, the signing of a progressive midfielder who can provide stability through ball distribution is needed.
Whilst Manchester United have spent all summer being distracted by the 25-year-old’s situation at Barcelona, you get the gist that Liverpool’s representatives could have prised the former Ajax man away from Camp Nou even within the last few days of the window.
It may come as a blow for fans who are desperate to see their side bolster the engine room with a world-class addition like de Jong, but it is worth noting that Klopp has other options with the likes of Youri Tielemans and Konrad Laimer just two cheaper and more versatile assets, with both in the final 12 months of their respective contracts.