Barcelona president Joan Laporta has, on Sunday, provided a fresh insight into the club’s stance on the potential sale of in-demand midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The name of Dutch international De Jong, of course, has taken its place centre stage in the media headlines throughout the summer to date.
This comes with the 25-year-old having been identified as a prime target on the part of Premier League giants Manchester United.
With Barcelona in need of fresh funds amid something of a financial crisis at the Camp Nou, the widespread assumption was therefore that an agreement between the two clubs would quickly be found.
And yet, to this point, no such deal has been struck.
This comes with the powers that be at Old Trafford having failed to meet the considerable demands of their counterparts in Catalunya.
And, if the latest comments on the part of the aforementioned Laporta are anything to go by, then it appears as though such hesitation on United’s part could cost them dear.
Speaking to the media on Sunday, Barca’s president, inevitably, was asked for an update on De Jong’s future.
And Laporta was not at all shy in confirming that the Blaugrana, despite ‘offers’ from across Europe, ‘want him to stay’ through the 2022/23 campaign.