Chelsea have made an offer to FC Barcelona for their midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The Dutchman has been the main transfer target for Chelsea’s domestic rivals Manchester United who, despite a proposal accepted by the Catalans, were unable to convince the 25-year-old of their sporting project due to his lack of Champions League football.
This week it was reported that Chelsea have entered the race for the playmaker.
And although some outlets have claimed the west Londoners will try to save themselves from the embarrassment of United by first speaking to the player and persuading him to change his allegiance before putting in any money on the table, SPORT say on Saturday that an offer has already been drawn up.
It involves Chelsea paying around 70 million euros ($71.3 million) for De Jong, but also offering left-back Marcos Alonso, whom Barca have been looking for for some time, as part of a deal. partial exchange.
For Barca, this potential sale would represent some kind of profit on the 75 million euros ($76.4 million) they paid Ajax for De Jong’s services in 2019.
In case De Jong doesn’t want to move to the English capital, however, after recently buying a €5 million ($5.1 million) mansion in Barcelona with his fiancée, Chelsea are reportedly willing to sell Alonso to the Blaugrana for less euros. 10 min ($10.2 min).
SPORT say this weekend has been set aside to get the De Jong operation going, but Chelsea admit it will be difficult to convince De Jong to change his mind and change his mind given his intention to stay to see the potential fruits of Barca coach Xavi Hernandez’s work at Camp Nou.
Yet given the news on Friday night that La Liga will still not allow Barca to register their new players, including former Chelsea targets Raphinha, Jules Kounde and Robert Lewandowski, as well as their ex-defender Andreas Christensen, the club need De Jong to leave in a hurry as time passes until their season opener against Rayo Vallecano on August 13.
According to reports from England, De Jong is in conflict with his agents who are pushing him to go to England or not to take the pay cut Barca need him if he wants to continue his association. to Pedri in midfield next season.