The president spoke during Raphinha’s presentation about a player who might leave Camp Nou this summer.
The club won’t sell Frenkie de Jong, according to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, unless they consider it’s the right move. As former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag looks to reunite with his ex-charge at Old Trafford, the midfielder has emerged as a key target for Manchester United this summer.
But as Barca looks to get the best deal for their star, United’s efforts to sign De Jong have so far been ineffective.
What did Laporta say regarding the talks with De Jong?
The club’s president denied on Friday that Frenkie must be sold before the introduction of Barca’s newest acquisition, Leeds United and Brazil winger Raphinha.
“We are at a player’s presentation who will change Barcelona’s history. I understand that Xavi will go on tour, but he will be the one to make that decision.
Will Barca keep pursuing Lewandowski?
This summer, Camp Nou has been heavily connected to Bayern Munich’s lethal shooter Robert Lewandowski, but Laporta advised patience while negotiations went on.
He continued, “He is a Bayern player, and we have great respect for Bayern, therefore I won’t say anything about the matter because it would be improper.
We will make an effort to comply with the demands of our coaching staff. We won’t be coerced because there are numerous aspects to take into account.
“We are making a lot of effort to assemble a competitive team. As one of the coach’s requests, Raphinha is being introduced today. I want to thank the coach for prioritizing Barca over other offers.
“With regards to players under contract, we have contacted their clubs but out of respect for Bayern we will not put a number on those negotiations. We have to be discreet out of respect for Bayern.
“We don’t want to go into that, but their answer has not arrived yet.”