When asked if Frenkie de Jong was offered to Chelsea during an interview with CBS Golazo, Barcelona president Joan Laporta replied: “No, no, no.
“We [himself and club owner Todd Boehly] had a very nice dinner in Barcelona and we talked in general about football. He is a very successful businessman.
“He is involved in sport with the Lakers and Dodgers and now with Chelsea. He looks like a man who knows what he wants to do and it was a very nice dinner.”
Laporta was then asked about De Jong joining Manchester United and he said: “In football, you never know. I can’t say categorically.
“It all depends on the different parties. But in principle, I can say there is a strong possibility he stays, and I can say as president I will do my best for him to stay at Barcelona.
He added: “The first thing to say is we want Frenkie to stay at Barcelona. We love the player and him as a human being.
“I want him to stay at Barcelona. He’s a high-quality player and a good guy. I also know that he wants to stay.”
Despite all of Laporta’s sweet words, he’s made no mention of why the deal is in limbo. And that is because of the £17 million in unpaid wages they owe Frenkie.
Our hopes of signing the 25-year-old look grim but we will have to wait and watch.