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Chelsea and Barca are close to reaching an agreement, just need De Jong’s confirmation?

One of the most notable transfers of this summer will take place in the near future and the Dutch midfielder holds the right to activate it. 

One of the most notable transfers of this summer will take place in the near future and the Dutch midfielder holds the right to activate it. 

The latest information has just been published in The Times that Barcelona and Chelsea are very close to reaching an agreement to transfer midfielder Frenkie de Jong. However, coach Thomas Tuchel as well as the half-green leadership of London are still patiently waiting for the final decision from the player born in 1997.

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Previously, De Jong was the target of Manchester United after this team appointed new captain Erik ten Hag. The Dutch strategist desperately needs De Jong’s presence at Old Trafford to help the style of play that he intends to apply in the best possible way.

However, not less than once, the former young star Ajax Amsterdam affirmed his desire to wear the Barcelona shirt and was completely indifferent to the invitation of his old teacher. £63m was said to be the last offer that Manchester United sent to Barcelona and then almost silently withdrew from the deal.

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Unlike the Red Devils, Chelsea joined later, but proved to be much more willing to spend thanks to the pocket money of new owner Todd Boehly. Even the American billionaire personally called De Jong to convince De Jong to move to Stamford Bridge with a commitment to be ready to pay the entire salary that Barcelona has not paid for the 25-year-old midfielder.

As for the Catalan giants, they have no reason to refuse extremely attractive offers from Chelsea or Manchester United. Barcelona need to solve the De Jong case to be able to lower the salary fund and thereby register the powerful rookie group they have just recruited before the prescribed La Liga deadline.

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Besides, many sources have confirmed that if the midfielder is successful, Barcelona will not have to pay the salary owed to De Jong for the past two years. In the event that the Dutch player firmly refuses, President Joan Laporta will bring the case before the law. Since then, the relationship between the two sides has become more and more tense.

“I don’t know what will happen to Frenkie. Until August 31, anything can happen,” coach Xavi Hernandez told TV3 when asked if De Jong will leave Barcelona this summer. “He knows what I think and what the club wants and needs. Of course I’m counting on Frenkie, he’s a great player.”

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