Barcelona are reportedly blaming LaLiga’s financial rules for placing a £70million asking price on Manchester United number one target, Frenkie de Jong.
The two clubs has been on the negotiation table as United try to seal a deal for the Holland midfielder, who is new manager Erik ten Hag’s primary transfer target this summer.
The Red devils are ready to dish out £60m for De Jong, with the possibility of a further £5m in add-ons, but the catalan club wish to gain back the £65m used to lure the player from Ajax in full.
Barcelona’s financial issues have denied them the access to new signings with key players asked to take pay cuts.
They can only reinvest in their squad a third of what they make through player sales or save in wages.
That’s despite members voting last week to free up cash by selling off a portion of the club’s television and merchandising rights.