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Barcelona 'Could Unilaterally Lower' Frenkie De Jong's Salary Through Government Rule

Josh Lawless

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Barcelona 'Could Unilaterally Lower' Frenkie De Jong's Salary Through Government Rule

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Barcelona could resolve the Frankie de Jong saga by activating article 41 of the government workers statutes.

Despite signing Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde, the Blaugrana are strapped for cash and need De Jong to take a hefty pay cut.

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There's talk that Barca want the Netherlands international, one of the club's highest earners, to reduce his salary yet again.

De Jong has already done just that in the past and is reportedly owed €17 million in deferred wages.

Although heavily courted by Erik ten Hag and Manchester United, it's understood that De Jong does not wish to leave the Nou Camp.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

However, a new report from Mundo Deportivo claims there is a rather severe legal measure that Barca could utilise in order to get their wish.

They could invoke the legal clause, which enables companies to make “substantial modifications to working conditions when there are proven economic, technical, organizational or production reasons.”

This is a measure that could technically be applicable to the entire squad and De Jong or any player in question, would have three options that could make things even messier.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

He could accept the stance, reject and exact legal action or alternatively, turn it down before terminating the contract and receive compensation.

It should be stressed that it is unlikely that Barca will follow this path.

De Jong has been with Barca for pre-season as normal, albeit being deployed as a centre-back by manager Xavi Hernandez.

President Joan Laporta has further talks planned with De Jong and the squad return from the United States.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, meanwhile, has slammed Barcelona's treatment of De Jong and encouraged him to take legal action.


He said their actions has been "immoral" and called for players' union FIFPro to get involved.

Topics: Barcelona, Frenkie De Jong, Manchester United

Josh Lawless
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