In a fresh twist, Frenkie de Jong could still end up leaving Barcelona before the transfer window closes as German champions Bayern Munich are considering a late loan swoop for the Dutchman.
This claim comes from journalist Gerard Romero, who states that the Bavarian giants could be looking at striking a deal similar to the one that they had for Philippe Coutinho a few years ago.
De Jong’s future has been a topic of hot debate all through the summer, as Barça hope to offload the 25-year-old midfielder as they seek to get rid of his massive wages from their payroll to facilitate player registration and also bring in top target Bernardo Silva.
However, the former Ajax ace, who has been a subject of an €85 million bid from Manchester United this summer, does not plan on leaving Barcelona as he feels settled at the club and the city and wishes to succeed at Camp Nou.
To that end, de Jong has already turned down Manchester United’s overtures, especially due to the fact that the Red Devils not playing in the Champions League this season.
But, with Barça desperate to get him out, the Netherlands international could change his stance in the final days of the transfer window, especially if a club of Bayern Munich’s stature come calling.
Previous reports have indicated that de Jong could be open to joining Die Roten as he would be playing Champions League football and vying for trophies.
Bayern have strengthened their midfield this summer with the signing of Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax. The return to form of Marcel Sabitzer has also helped Julian Nagelsmann’s side, but Leon Goretzka’s fitness problems could warrant the addition of another midfielder.
Bayern Munich had previously signed Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona during the 2019/20 campaign and went on to win the Champions League that season. However, they did not exercise the option of signing him permanently.
De Jong’s case could turn out different though, considering that the Bundesliga champions have been long-term admirers of the 25-year-old. With a week left before the window closes, there could be major developments at Camp Nou.