Chelsea is certain to defeat Manchester United for Frenkie de Jong.
When it comes to Frenkie de Jong, Chelsea “are confident of defeating Man United.” as negotiations for a £71 million deal with Barcelona begin… despite a three-month pursuit, Erik ten Hag is expected to miss out on his top target.
Chelsea reportedly believes they can defeat their opponents. Frenkie de Jong to Man United
The Blues and Barcelona are currently in contract negotiations for the Dutch midfielder.
The 25-year-old continues to be Erik ten Hag’s top target for Man United.
After starting negotiations with Barcelona, Chelsea is reportedly confident in stealing Frenkie de Jong from Manchester United.
De Jong can continue to play in the Champions League this year if the Blues match United’s agreed-upon fee of £71 million for the Holland international.
The priority target of Erik ten Hag’s first summer, however, is still De Jong, who is hesitant to move to Old Trafford and play in the Europa League.
Chelsea and Barcelona are in negotiations for the summer transfer of midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
Man United is still looking for a player manager. Erik ten Hag chose to attack first.
The Athletic reports that Thomas Tuchel’s team is now in direct contact with the Catalan powerhouses and is hopeful of striking a deal to sign the 25-year-old.
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 though the transfer saga has continued for more than three months, United is still interested in signing the Dutch international.
With the Catalan giants, Thomas Tuchel’s team is currently in negotiations and hopeful of reaching an agreement.
Erik ten Hag still favors a reunion with former Ajax star De Jong, so he remains at the top of United’s list.
By matching his current weekly salary of £450,000, United is willing to make the Dutch midfielder the highest-paid player at the team.
According to Sport in Spain, they are also ready to pay the £17 million in deferred wages that De Jong is owed by Barcelona.
Despite admitting that he is flattered by United’s interest, De Jong has so far rejected their advances because he is reportedly content at Barcelona.
De Jong has turned down a move to Manchester so far because he wants to remain with Barcelona.
However, the Catalan giants must take their financial situation into account. If they want to please LaLiga and sign a slew of new players, the midfielder would be the obvious departure.
The Spanish powerhouses have made no secret of the fact that they want to get rid of de Jong so they can use the money to sign players like Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski, and Jules Kounde this summer.
It is believed that by selling De Jong, Barcelona will also be able to sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City.
The deal is still pending, though, because Barca still owes De Jong somewhere around £17 million in back wages after delaying them during the pandemic.
Barca wants to offload de Jong to make room for new acquisitions like Robert Lewandowski.
Barcelona lacks the funds to reimburse de Jong despite selling off a variety of TV rights and other assets to pay for their summer shopping binge. They wouldn’t be able to register some of their signings if they did.
De Jong is entitled to the money he is owed, and with good reason. The president of Barca, Joan Laporta, has suggested that de Jong should take a significant pay cut if he really wants to stay because the club would like to keep him but realizes that’s an unlikely scenario.
Given that Barcelona and the Blues are presently engaged in a transfer war, Barcelona might also prefer not to sell to the Blues.
After Barca snatched Jules Kounde from Chelsea’s grasp, the English club moved to obstruct Marcos Alonso’s move to Barcelona.
Barcelona and Chelsea have a tense relationship now that Jules Kounde has been acquired by the Spanish team. In what is turning into an increasingly fractious and difficult set of negotiations, the Blues are also reportedly reluctant to allow fellow defender Cesar Azpilicueta to complete his move to the Nou Camp.
After Chelsea’s offer was accepted, Kounde, a defender for Sevilla, was snatched up by Barcelona for £55 million. Earlier in the summer, Barca had pulled off a similar heist to sabotage Chelsea’s attempt to sign Raphinha from Leeds United.