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Barcelona’s desperation to sign Frenkie de Jong could offer Chelsea a bit of karma

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Jul-28 02:47 first published at 02:47 AM


It may be little consolation to Chelsea fans that Barcelona’s financial irresponsibility may finally catch up with them after missing out on Raphinha and Jules Kounde, but it may provide some karma at the end of a disappointing summer. According to Barcelona-based reporter Alfredo Martnez, if Frenkie de Jong refuses to leave or accept a wage cut due to La Liga’s financial restrictions, the Spanish giants will have a difficult time signing players like Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Kounde. In general, no one in the wider football community should sympathize with Barcelona. Werner, Timo The Juventus transfer provides Kai Havertz with an ideal Chelsea opportunity. Their desperation to win one transfer window in the face of financial turmoil reflects a dysfunctional culture that refuses to face its own reality, instead focusing on beating out European rivals to targets, even if the consequences could be severe. As Gary Neville correctly pointed out, the club’s bullying culture toward De Jong is shameful, and the desire to sell off more parts of the club in order to buy new players while owing money to those they already have is truly abhorrent. Of course, given that this is an established European club with a long history, don’t expect many inquests or widespread condemnation, as you might see with Manchester City or PSG, who are frequently portrayed as the bad guys of modern football. It has taken some people weeks to even look in the direction of the Camp Nou, which is quite surprising given the size of the club in question. However, their actions clash with a broader narrative about who are football’s heroes and villains. When Barcelona’s irresponsible actions led to the loss of Lionel Messi to PSG last summer, there was some form of mourning over the fact that the Argentine, who had been valued at £700 million by Barcelona to deter any interest, had lost one of the richest sportsmen of all time to another rich club. We were supposed to be sympathetic rather than condemning. You might hear more excuses now that Barcelona’s insanity is the result of a broken transfer market that forces them to spend and risk their future. That is complete nonsense. They should be playing the players they have, and if, as happened last summer, De Jong puts them in a no-win situation, there will only be one party to blame. READING NEXT Frank Lampard is alarmed by Thomas Tuchel. Chelsea’s realization raises serious concerns about Everton. Denzel Dumfries’ departure suggests Chelsea’s desire for two aces, with Jules Kounde’s future uncertain. Todd Boehly must be decisive and respond to Chelsea transfer message from Thomas Tuchel. Jurgen Klopp predicts Arsenal and Chelsea will win the Premier League. The president of Barcelona may have hinted at a Chelsea transfer offer for Frenkie de Jong.

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