Chelsea moved in to pole position to sign Frenkie de Jong if reports from yesterday are to be believed. The latest updates suggest Manchester United are still in the race.
As per today’s version of Sport (news image provided below), the Red Devils are waiting for talks between Barcelona and De Jong to breakdown completely before moving in to convince the midfielder.
The Spanish media outlet have claimed that Man Utd are ready to pay more than 80 million euros (£68million) fee to hire the services of the former Ajax player.
Barcelona have told the 25-year-old that he needs to return to his previous contract and take a 50-percent pay cut to stay at the Nou Camp.
If he disagrees, then the Catalan side will do everything possible to offload him to United or Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
The two Premier League clubs “respect” the current contract that the midfielder has with the Blaugrana and are prepared to offer huge wages to ensure that he does not lose money.
For now, the pressure on De jong is at its peak, he is in anger but still wants to stay with Barcelona. The Dutchman needs to make a decision soon.
Man Utd and Chelsea are waiting for the final decision before moving in to secure his signature. For the latest updates, watch this space.