Premier league news Chelsea open 'direct talks' with Barcelona for Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong Last spor news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Chelsea look set to wage a transfer battle against Manchester United for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with the Blues' Premier League rivals already agreeing a £71m fee for the Dutch star
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Chelsea have initiated direct talks with Barcelona regarding the signing of talented midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer. The Blues began their transfer business by signing Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. The club confirmed the arrival of 18-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire on a six-year deal before returning to the MLS side on-loan for the 2022/23 campaign. football.london understands Carney Chukwuemeka is expected to follow Sterling, Koulibaly and Slonina through the door at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea confirmed they had reached an agreement to sign the Aston Villa talent in a £20million deal, subject to a medical being completed. Todd Boehly is continuing to back Thomas Tuchel in the transfer market, shown by their latest transfer pursuit of Brighton's Marc Cucurella with the player's camp making it clear he is open to a move to Stamford Bridge, football.london understands. READ MORE: Chelsea shirt numbers available to Carney Chukwuemeka as Todd Boehly closing in on £20m transfer Chelsea are now looking at securing a deal for Barcelona star De Jong after the Dutch midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer. The Blues have opened direct talks with Barcelona and are optimistic about striking a deal for the 25-year-old, according to The Athletic. However, they are behind their Premier League rivals, with United already agreeing a £71million fee for the midfielder. football.london understands Chelsea have a long-term interest in De Jong, and now it seems the club are acting on that interest as they look to wrap up a deal for the Netherlands international. Chelsea owner Boehly arranged a meeting with Barcelona representatives to discuss a number of topics last month, one of which could have been De Jong's future at the Catalan club.
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. Xavi said: "I don't know if he's going to stay here. "I have never sent Frenkie a message. There is still time, and a lot of things can still happen." Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville recently dropped a major hint regarding the future of De Jong with Barcelona. In a post on Twitter, Neville said: "I was in Miami when Barca were there playing two weeks ago, and I got told (third hand) De Jong preferred staying at Barca or Chelsea and London. It wasn't a concrete source, but this follows that thought." Tensions are thought to be high between the two European heavyweights after Barca pipped the Blues to the signings of both Raphinha and Jules Kounde earlier in the transfer window. Barca remain interested in signing Chelsea duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, but Tuchel has publicly admitted he wishes to block any move for the former this summer, with both Spaniards entering the final year of their deals. football.london understands Chelsea are pursuing a £50million deal to sign Cucurella from Brighton, with Levi Colwill potentially heading in the opposite direction on a season-long loan deal. The Blues have missed out on Nathan Ake and Jules Kounde this summer, whilst the club remain interested in Josko Gvardiol and Denzel Dumfries. READ NEXT: Chelsea can use Kai Havertz transfer success to secure £80m Thomas Tuchel Premier League dream Chelsea news and transfers LIVE: All the latest updates and rumours from Stamford Bridge Full Chelsea Premier League fixture list for 2022/23 Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea face fresh questions after summer of change Chelsea's Kyle Walker-Peters transfer option makes sense but raises huge £38m question
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