Manchester United's quest to sign Frenkie de Jong has reportedly been held up due to an issue over deferred wages.
Despite Laporta's statement, Erik ten Hag is still keen to reunite with his former Ajax player, but a potential transfer looks to have hit a further stumbling block due to an issue over deferred wages.
According to The Telegraph, Man United's pursuit of the 25-year-old is being held up by money owed to De Jong, which had been deferred due to the pandemic.
Having agreed to reduce his salary in the last two seasons, De Jong is reportedly owed £13.7m in basic wages, while Barcelona also need to pay the Netherlands international another £3.4m in bonuses, which have previously been waived.
The report suggests that the Catalan giants need to pay the Man United target the outstanding amount before any transfer can be agreed.
De Jong, who joined Barcelona in 2019, currently has a contract with the club until 2026.