Chelsea are interested in signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and may be able to do so at a discount because the Spanish club is also interested in two of their players.
The player has so far resisted Manchester United’s attempts to sign him, but Chelsea has just entered the battle to sign him, so a transfer away from Camp Nou may soon be on the horizon.
Frenkie de Jong, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United throughout the summer, is now reported to be seriously on Chelsea’s radar.
The 25-year-old midfielder’s £71 million price tag might be lowered if the Blues and Barcelona reach an agreement on a trade.
Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are supposedly both available for €25 million from Chelsea, and a deal to buy both players is growing more plausible by the second.
Thomas Tuchel, the club’s current coach, is still a tremendous fan of de Jong.
In fact, the German coach is pressuring the team to sign the Dutchman, especially with the uncertainty surrounding N’Golo Kante’s future simmering.
The Frenchman is presently serving the final year of his Stamford Bridge contract, and there aren’t many signs that he might get an extension.
De Jong is currently the subject of negotiations between Chelsea and Barcelona, and there is a potential that he will visit Stamford Bridge shortly.
According to reports, the Spanish club wants him off their books since he is one of their biggest earners and would fetch a high transfer fee.
Barcelona is expecting to advance in its chase of Azpilicueta, 32, and Alonso, 31, according to the Spanish publication SPORT.
According to reports, Chelsea has requested £20.9 million for the two, which Barcelona may not be able to pay given their debt and expenses.
This summer, Xavi’s team has already spent more than £130 million on players like Jules Kounde, Raphinha, and Robert Lewandowski.
The likes of Franck Kessie and former Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen were also persuaded to move to the Camp Nou by the Spanish powerhouses on free transfers.
Azpilicueta or Alonso are apparently not worth more than €10 million (£8.5 million) to Barcelona.
Chelsea are believed to be maintaining their asking price at the moment, but if they add defenders Wesley Fofana from Leicester and Marc Cucurella from Brighton, that price may decrease.
Fofana is reportedly interested in moving to Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea are currently outbidding Manchester City for Cucurella.
Azpilicueta could be replaced by Fofana because he frequently plays center back for the Blues. Cucurella is a left-back like Alonso.
If Chelsea can negotiate a low price for De Jong, they might also be open to letting Barcelona purchase Azpilicueta and Alonso.
De Jong remains United’s top transfer target despite Chelsea’s interest, with new manager Ten Hag eager to reunite with his former Ajax midfielder.
Even if the transfer issue has continued for more than three months, Manchester is still interested in signing the Dutch international.
The Dutchman is still refusing to travel to Old Trafford, despite Man Utd and the Spanish team agreeing to a £71 million deal for him.
For De Jong, Chelsea might suggest a £50 million deal
Barcelona would receive cash in addition to the release of both targets, and the midfielder from their payroll. And the Blues would acquire one of Europe’s best central midfielders.