According to journalist David Ornstein, Chelsea has sat down to negotiate with Barcelona about the case of midfielder Frenkie De Jong. The London team is ready to meet the £ 71 million fee for the Dutch international and is confident of getting the nod of the Catalan giants. Coach Thomas Tuchel is continuing to strengthen his squad after having Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina.
Frenkie De Jong is said to prioritize a move to Chelsea over MU
With Chelsea jumping in, it will be a big disadvantage for MU when “The Blues” can provide the main kick for De Jong in the Champions League – something the “Red Devils” cannot have after only ranked 6th in the Premier League. England last season. In addition, Chelsea’s position in recent seasons is much better than that of MU, in Chelsea the Dutch player will have more opportunities to compete for titles than joining MU, the team is in the middle of nowhere. reconstruction under coach Erik ten Hag. In a recent statement, former MU player, Gary Neville said De Jong will prioritize joining Chelsea over the Old Trafford team.
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Barcelona are said to be keen to sell De Jong this summer to ease the financial burden and can sign up for new contracts before La Liga’s deadline on August 13. On the other hand, Barca will also save a large amount of money when De Jong is one of the highest salaries in the team. In the hands of coach Xavi, there are many cards capable of filling the void left by De Jong if he moves to the Premier League.
Despite Chelsea’s competition, De Jong is still MU’s top transfer target with new coach Ten Hag eager to reunite with the former Ajax midfielder. MU promises to be ready to turn the Dutch midfielder into the club’s highest-paid player with a salary of up to £ 450,000 / week. Spain’s Sport newspaper reported that the “Red Devils” were also willing to pay the £ 17 million De Jong owed by Barcelona during the epidemic period.
However De Jong has so far continued to reject MU’s efforts, despite revealing that he is delighted by their interest. Coach Erik ten Hag’s team needs to take drastic action quickly if they don’t want to lose the transfer target they have been pursuing for 3 months to a direct competitor in the English Premier League.
Besides Frenkie de Jong, Chelsea have just signed left-back Marc Cucurella after accepting an offer of more than £50 million made by Brighton. After a relatively quiet period in the transfer market, Chelsea seems to have started to accelerate and continuously receive positive signals from transfer targets.