Journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that Liverpool are not in talks to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
This week, it was reported by the Spanish media that the Reds had made a bid for the Dutch international in the region of £60 million, but Romano claims that Jurgen Klopp’s side hasn’t begun talks yet, and it is expected that the player will stay at the Camp Nou this summer:
“So far I have no news on Frenkie de Jong and Liverpool. There is no negotiation in progress as things stand and I have been repeating since July that nothing will change if Frenkie does not change his mind, that is, to stay at Barca. Liverpool’s salary structure also means this is not an easy deal.”
Further, Romano claims that Chelsea are the team most likely to sign de Jong if the 25-year-old changes his mind about leaving Barcelona before the transfer deadline day:
“Let’s see if the player changes his mind, but my feeling is that it is Chelsea who are really pushing for him.”
Although this most recent development will likely dismay Liverpool fans, it is not entirely surprising.
As Romano also points out, de Jong would also be demanding a sizeable salary, which is not something the Reds would accept considering the wage structure that they have in place.