Barcelona manager Xavi has reiterated his desire to keep Frenkie de Jong this summer but accepted that the club’s financial woes could force them to do some unwanted business.

De Jong has long been linked with a move to Manchester City, while rivals United have recently been credited with an interest as Erik ten Hag, who turned the young midfielder into a star at Ajax, prepares to take over at Old Trafford this summer.

Xavi has repeatedly stressed that he does not want to see De Jong leave Barcelona, but during a press conference on Saturday, he admitted that things may well be taken out of his control.

“Is De Jong non-transferable? Yes, for me he is a very important player, he has been a starter in nearly every game apart from when he needs to rest,” Xavi said.

“He is fundamental to the team, but then there is the economy to consider.



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