Barca fly out to the U.S. on Saturday where they will face Inter Miami, Real Madrid, Juventus and New York Red Bulls in friendlies later this month. First team coach Xavi Hernandez is not travelling with the squad for administrative and passport reasons. He is expected to be able to travel to Miami in the coming days.
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De Jong was a doubt to be on the plane after ESPN reported that Barca and United had agreed to an initial fee of around €65 million for the midfielder.
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However, sources told ESPN that personal terms have not been agreed, and there is also the issue around wages owed to the Dutchman after he took a pay cut to help Barca through the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to sources, United remain sure the Netherlands international is open to joining the club but his representatives are still trying to encourage Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea to join the race to sign him.
De Jong would rather join a Champions League club if he has to leave Barca, although his preference is to stay at Camp Nou despite the LaLiga side's insistence he has to move to help the club solve their financial issues.
The LaLiga side have also reached an agreement for the transfer of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, sources have confirmed to ESPN.