Report: Chelsea ‘optimistic of striking a deal’ for Man Utd transfer target

Frenkie De Jong
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Chelsea are currently engaged in direct talks with Barcelona to discuss a potential move for Frenkie de Jong, who is also a target for Manchester United, according to The Athletic.

United already have an agreement in place with Barca to sign de Jong this summer for a fee of £63million plus an additional £8.47million in bonuses (The Athletic). However, the Red Devils have failed to convince the midfielder of a move so far.

Now, the Blues are planning to scupper their rivals’ plans by trying to hijack the move in this transfer window. In fact, Thomas Tuchel’s team are said too be ‘optimistic of striking a deal’ and completing a move for the Dutch international ahead of Erik ten Hag’s side.

The 25-year-old has been the priority for the Manchester club throughout this summer transfer window.

Their inability to offer Champions League football has made de Jong hesitant to join them despite ten Hag’s presence paving the way for the Stamford Bridge outfit to also enter the race (Daily Mail).

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The Mancunians have spent a long time chasing after de Jong this summer, and losing him to one of their direct rivals would undoubtedly deal a damning blow indeed. After all, they have put in a considerable effort in trying to finalise a move, which has not yet materialised, even after the agreement with the Blaugrana side.

The Blues, on the other hand, could use another midfielder in their ranks even if they have signed Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa recently in a deal worth £20million in total (Fabrizio Romano). After all, two of their key players, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante, will see their current contracts expire next summer (The Express).

Jorginho has been inconsistent over the last campaign or so, while Kante has struggled to keep himself fit in the past few years. As such, de Jong would be a suitable option to bolster their midfield to prevent a similar scenario to what happened in defence this summer with Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

The Old Trafford outfit, meanwhile, would need some extra incentive to convince de Jong about joining them. It has been claimed that they are open to matching his current £450,000-a-week salary while also paying the £17million deferred wages (Sport), which could perhaps tempt the midfielder on top of teaming up with ten Hag once again in his ideal role.