Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in signing Frenkie de Jong. (Photos courtesy of Getty) According to reports, Frenkie de Jong will only agree to leave Barcelona this summer to join Chelsea, but the Blues are hesitant to match Manchester United’s offer for the midfielder.
De Jong is currently on a pre-season tour of America with Barcelona’s first team, and he met with the club’s hierarchy earlier this week.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta and Nou Camp manager Xavi hoped the talks would resolve the situation, but De Jong’s future remains uncertain.
De Jong has made 140 appearances for Barcelona since joining from Ajax in 2019 and is eager to continue playing a key role in the club’s rebuilding under Xavi.
However, Barcelona, which is in dire financial straits, sees De Jong as an ideal player to sell, as his departure could raise around 80 million euros.
The situation is further complicated by the fact that Barcelona still owes De Jong around 17 million euros in deferred wages and will require him to take a pay cut if he stays.
According to Sport, De Jong is ‘confused’ and ‘hurt’ by the developments, especially given Barcelona’s continued spending on summer signings.
De Jong’s preference is to remain in Barcelona. (Image courtesy of Getty) It is also claimed that if De Jong is forced to leave Barcelona, he will only join Chelsea because he has reservations about joining Manchester United.
De Jong worked under new United manager Erik ten Hag at Ajax, which was one of the reasons United was said to be leading the race to sign him.
According to reports in Spain, De Jong still has reservations about the Red Devils and would seek a move to Stamford Bridge if he was exiled by Barcelona.
Chelsea is interested in signing De Jong but is unwilling to meet Barcelona’s asking price of 80 million euros.
Despite Blues manager Thomas Tuchel pleading with the club to back him up with more new signings and warning Todd Boehly that the team might not be ready for their Premier League opener next weekend, the team is still not ready.
‘My season analysis does not change as a result of this game,’ Tuchel said after Chelsea’s 4-0 loss to Arsenal. ‘Unfortunately, it demonstrated my point.
Joan Laporta, President of Barcelona (Image courtesy of Getty) ‘The last week demonstrates my point. I would much rather not be correct. ‘I tried everything to prove myself wrong, but at the moment I believe I was correct.’ I look at last season and parts of the game where we struggled, parts of the season where we struggled, and then we got sanctioned and players left us, and some players are attempting to leave us, and this is where we are. So we issued an urgent call for quality players, a large number of quality players. We have two quality players, but we are not competitive in this manner. Unfortunately, it was visible today.’ MORE: Graeme Souness blasts Manchester United’s board and says two players sum up the club’s decline MORE: Juventus identifies Manchester United star as possible replacement for top transfer target
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