They have talked about this a lot in recent months, but there are few opportunities to implement it and the situation is complicated. Of course, with the above plan, they will not intend to improve anyone’s salary, but the salary adjustment will also make it difficult for Blaugrana to negotiate contracts with key players. The two names that could be most affected are Robert Lewandowski and Frenkie de Jong, two of Barca’s absolute priorities, and also the club’s top salary earners.
Deco has contacted Frenkie de Jong’s representatives to discuss a contract extension. His idea was to complete this work before the end of the year, but things did not go so smoothly because the Dutchman was in no hurry to talk, as had happened before.
His contract ends in 2026 and Barca will consider extending it for almost a lifetime in another long-term contract, which will agree on the amount the team must pay the player. It is a complex operation, in which Barca will clearly demonstrate its commitment to the Dutchman, but will also require sacrifice from De Jong because in the next two years he will receive less money a little bit.
De Jong was upset last summer when Barca tried to sell him to Manchester United. His relationship with the board has been severely damaged and the midfielder has expressed that publicly. Time has eased everything, but De Jong is not ready to go into the water. If he does not agree to negotiate, they still have a long time to reflect, but the two sides will definitely reach an agreement. De Jong loves Barcelona and Barca considers him one of the best midfielders in the world. However, if he starts next season without signing an extension, things could change.
With Lewandowski it’s different. He signed a contract with a high salary and next season he will be paid the highest salary when playing in the final year of his contract. He is the head of Barca’s project and his current physical condition allows him to play at his highest level for a few more years, despite his age. In the summer, Barca will have to talk to him to make a decision because no matter what, they will not want him to leave without receiving anything at the end of his contract.
Lewandowski is happy in Barcelona, he made a lot of effort to come to Calatan. It is likely that a 1-year extension will be considered, although it is this player who will be the one holding the reins in the context of the Saudi Arabian teams lurking.
Thanh Vu | 08:57 October 18, 2023