Frenkie de Jong will be sold, could be Man United vs Chelsea battle: The Athletic – Man United News And Transfer News

The Athletic claims there are “causes to suppose” that Chelsea have joined Man United within the race to signal Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

The gifted midfielder is thought to be United boss Erik ten Hag’s high switch goal this summer season and a deal reported to be €65 million plus €20 million in bonuses was stated to be broadly agreed.

Delays to finishing the deal appear to have centred round €17 million in again pay owed to the participant by Barça as a result of he deferred his wage throughout the Covid disaster.

The Spanish media have been pushing the story this week that this has allowed Chelsea to enter the fray, though of their Speak of the Devils podcast this week, Athletic reporters appeared skeptical as as to if it was true.

Many within the UK believed Chelsea’s identify was being utilized by the Catalans to get United to enhance their supply.

Nonetheless, the identical outlet now admits that there may very well be some fact to the hearsay.

“Chelsea proprietor Todd Boehly visited Catalonia final Thursday and had dinner at Through Veneto restaurant with Barcelona executives together with Laporta, director of sport Mateu Alemany and sporting advisor Jordi Cruyff,” reporter Pol Ballus writes.

“Reviews declare Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso had been the most popular names on the desk. There are causes to suppose De Jong may have been mentioned too.”

De Jong continues to be reluctant to go away however Barça face the prospect of getting to pay him €88 million by the tip of his contract, at a time when their wage invoice must be slashed by nearly 50%.

President Joan Laporta has stated the Dutchman can keep however he must take a large pay lower. Ballus nonetheless believes {that a} sale is the one logical means ahead.

“The closest assembly level for each side could be to comply with a switch. A number of membership sources are satisfied a transfer will occur.

“’De Jong is mainly the one sale Barca can shut with a sure worth,’ one shut supply stated.”

If Chelsea’s curiosity actually is real, this might imply the long run might be determined by the place the 25 12 months outdated would favor to play.

It has been reported that on this case, his choice could be to affix the Dutch revolution at United, though Chelsea can supply Champions League soccer this season.


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