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Transfer news: Chelsea go for De Jong to hijack Man Utd move

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Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. | PHOTO: Getty Images |
  • Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong has had a long-running transfer saga this off-season.
  • The midfielder has been link with a move away from Camp Nou this summer but no club has been able to activate his release clause
  • The Catalans need to offload players before they can register new signings and De Jong is surplus to requirements.


Premier League side Chelsea have opened talks with La Liga side Barcelona in a bid to hijack Manchester United’s move for Frenkie de Jong, SporstLeo understands .

The 25-year-old Dutch international has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou amid Barcelona’s financial issues, despite their off-season spending landing Robert Lewandowski among others.

Manchester United have actively pursued the Dutch midfielder this off-season but he has been unwilling to leave the Blaugrana for Old Trafford, creating a stand-off.

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Chelsea have joined Manchester United in pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and have opened talks with the La Liga giants in a bid to bring the midfielder to the Premier League. | PHOTO: Getty Images |

De Jong, who is still owed deferred wages by Barcelona, is more open to moving to Chelsea than United, according to the report.


Chelsea are also considering a move for Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claims Fabrizio Romano. The Blues have already held talks with former Arsenal man’s representatives.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang'

Chelsea re considering going for Barcelona forward and ex-Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. | PHOTO: Getty Images |

Sky Sports reports that Manchester United’s pursuit of 19-year-old Slovenian forward Benjamin Sesko is heating up, having held initial discussions with his club, Austrian champions Salzburg. Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea has also spoken to Sesko’s agent.

Chelsea remains keen on Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana and will offer him £200,000 per week according to the Mail. The Foxes want £85million for the Frenchman.

The Sun reports that West Ham has agreed to a £35m deal with Lille for Belgian midfielder Amadou Onana. The Hammers still need to thrash out a personal agreement with Onana.

Juventus are interested in signing Udinese left-back Destiny Udogie according to Il Bianconero, while the Daily Mail claims Antonio Conte’s Tottenham are also keen on him.

Diario Sport reports that Rayo Vallecano president Raul Martin Presa has reached a deal with Diego Costa, who wants to return to Spain after time in Brazil.

Borussia Dortmund could be set to spend € 30 million to sign Almeria forward Umar Sadiq according to Mundo Deportivo. Dortmund are looking for cover as Sebastian Haller is absent due to a testicular tumour.

Nathan Sialah is a journalist by profession with interest in politics, sports, cryptocurrency and human interests with 5 years experience in Radio and Digital Journalism. This has helped Sialah develop a responsible approach to any task he undertakes or any situation that he is presented with.

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