Transfer Talk, August 1, 2022: Chelsea set to hijack Manchester United’s Frenkie de Jong deal


chelsea are ready to hijack that of Manchester United move for Barcelona midfielder Frankie de Jong.

United’s pursuit of the 25-year-old Dutch international has been one of the sagas of the summer, with the Red Devils looking certain to land their man in recent weeks.

However, despite Barca’s willingness to sell and a fee of £67million said to be agreed between the clubs, finalizing personal terms proved difficult.

De Jong had no intention of leaving Camp Nou and was unimpressed with Barca’s conduct during the negotiations.

He also has doubts over a move to Old Trafford – and a Spanish outlet sport say Chelsea will now look to capitalize on that reluctance by launching their own bid.

The Blues have added Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly to their ranks this window but have otherwise endured a frustrating period.

Still, new owner Todd Boehly is desperate to back his manager Thomas Tuchel and once deals are done for other defensive targets, he’s keen to plan a raid for Barca’s No.21.

De Jong is extremely reluctant to miss out on Champions League football next season, suggesting the west Londoners would have an advantage in that regard.

He is also believed to prefer the idea of ​​living in the English capital over Manchester, although United are yet to throw in the towel.

Financially, they are ready to meet Barca and De Jong’s demands with new boss Erik ten Hag, clearly expressing his admiration for his compatriot, whom he worked with at Ajax.

If United or Chelsea move the midfielder away from Catalonia, the Blaugrana will turn their attention to the Manchester City star Bernardo Silva.

Having seen an offer for James Madison postponed last week Newcastle are ready to make a £35m transfer for his Leicester team-mate Harvey Barnes according to Daily Mail.

The temperature claim Everton continue to push hard on a movement to bring Idrissa Gueye back at Goodison Park – the Senegalese midfielder having left Merseyside to join Paris Saint-Germain in 2019.

Roberto Firmino attracts the attention of Italian giants Juventus according to Echo of Liverpoolalthough the Brazilian striker supposedly has no intention of leaving Anfield.

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