Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong will not be sold this summer, according to president Joan Laporta.
The international player from the Netherlands has been closely connected with a move to Manchester United for a number of weeks.
The Catalan giants need to considerably strengthen their financial situation before they can sign their own transfer targets, which has led to speculation.
The 25-year-old has been identified as a potential source of rapid cash, with the assumption being that Barcelona may recover somewhere around £70 million.
However, it looks that Laporta is prepared to keep De Jong on staff rather than seize the chance to profit from his signature.
Laporta stated the following during a news conference to officially introduce Franck Kessie: “No, you can’t buy Frenkie. The player belongs to Barcelona. His transfer is not what we want.”
Not just United, but other teams are interested in him. He wants to stay, so we have no intention of selling him. All analysts rank Frenkie as one of the top midfielders in the world. We appreciate having him here.
“I’ll do all in my power to keep Frenkie here, but there’s a wage issue and that would have to be changed,” Laporta said.