According to reports from the Guardian, Chelsea are monitoring the negotiations between Manchester United and Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong with the Blues looking to hijack a potential deal. The Netherlands international is rumored to leave Barcelona for United this summer.
Barcelona signed Frenkie de Jong in the summer of 2019 from Ajax for an initial fee worth €75 million and since then, the Dutch midfielder has cemented his status as one of the stars for the Spanish giants due to his ability on and off the ball. The 25-year-old has made 137 appearances for the Blaugrana while scoring 12 goals and 17 assists across all competitions. But the Catalan club’s ongoing financial woes off the pitch mean that they would have to sanction some sales to generate revenue and kickstart their summer transfer strategy.
Manchester United have identified the Dutch midfielder as their priority transfer target this summer and negotiations are underway between both parties to complete a deal for the player. According to reports from the Guardian, Chelsea are keeping an eye on the transfer developments between United and Barcelona with the London club keen on recruiting the former Ajax midfielder if a deal cannot be struck.
It is understood that United are close to agreeing to a fee of €65m plus add-ons for De Jong with negotiations underway for the player's contract although Chelsea waiting in the wings to make a move if Leeds United winger Raphinha snubs a move to the London club in favour of Barcelona.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel is a keen admirer of the Netherlands international and will aim to lure the midfielder to Stamford Bridge. The Blues could seal a deal quickly if they choose to follow up their interest as they could offer the attractive proposition of playing in the Champions League for De Jong.