This summer, Manchester United have shown an unrelenting interest in signing Frenkie De Jong, but now another Premier League powerhouse has joined the chase.
It’s believed that Frenkie de Jong prefers a transfer to Manchester United over Chelsea.
Todd Boehly, the new owner of the Blues, has flown to Barcelona to talk about possible transfers.
According to The Mail, Boehly met with Barca personnel in a restaurant to talk about De Jong.
The Dutch club is reportedly willing to offer Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta to the Catalan club as makeweights in a potential trade for the midfielder.
Chelsea have also talked about a straight exchange for the two Blues defenders with Sergino Dest and Memphis Depay of Barcelona.
The Catalan giants have already signed Andreas Christensen on a free transfer from Stamford Bridge, but Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are also rumored to be on their radar.
Boehly met with Barcelona director Mateu Alemany, consultant Jordi Cruyff, and president Joan Laporta in their presence.
On the other hand, Chelsea are rumored to be eager to sabotage United’s protracted pursuit of De Jong.
However, their efforts may be quickly foiled by the fact that the Dutchman strongly prefers a move to Manchester.
De Jong would welcome a reunion with former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag if he moved to Old Trafford.
The midfielder’s transfer to the Red Devils is reported to have been set for a cost of roughly £70 million, but negotiations have subsequently bogged down.
The Red Devils are equally as eager to complete the deal.
The Dutch international saw the Catalan giants as his ideal destination and had no desire to leave them.
The player might leave La Liga, but Ten Hag’s charm offensive has made sure that if he does, it will be for Manchester.
De Jong would love to reunite with his former Ajax manager despite the London club’s late admission.
Barcelona actually owes De Jong £17 million in incentives and postponed payments due to the epidemic, which is the cause of the delay.
De Jong’s tenure with Barcelona has been relatively uneven, with brief, isolated instances of his best play.
Although De Jong would prefer a transfer to United over Chelsea, it’s not obvious if either of those options would be more appealing to him than simply remaining where he is.
His genuine ambition, according to rumors, is to stay at the Camp Nou, which Joan Laporta has said he supports in public but which isn’t believed to be the case in private.
The pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt by Chelsea appears doomed to failure because the central defender is more likely to sign with Bayern Munich, which might provide a further blow to Chelsea’s transfer negotiations.
After losing Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, a fan favorite, and the anticipated departures of Azpilicueta and Alonso, the Blues are in serious need of defensive reinforcements.
Raheem Sterling’s move to Chelsea from Man City is almost complete after both parties reached an agreement on a £45 million transfer fee and Raheem Sterling’s personal terms.
Leeds United winger, Raphinha, is still holding out on a transfer to Barcelona despite Chelsea’s deal with Elland Road‘s administration, so an update on that pursuit is also anticipated in the coming days.