Chelsea are ready to ‘hijack’ Manchester United’s move to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
United have agreed an initial fee of €65m (£55m) with Barcelona for the midfielder, though the Spanish side’s financial situation has complicated a deal.
The deal has allegedly been held up due to wages owed to De Jong, who deferred wages and bonuses to help ease the financial pressure at the club during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chelsea are now hoping to capitalise with Spanish journalist, Gerard Romero, having revealed that the west Londoners are interested in a deal for De Jong.
New co-owner Todd Boehly wants to begin his reign with a statement and the Blues are keen to secure deals for both De Jong and former Ajax teammate Matthijs de Ligt, who is keen to leave Juventus.
Chelsea’s interest will come as a major blow to United, who have struggled to conclude a transfer. Thomas Tuchel’s side can provide Champions League football to the midfielder, whilst the Express are reporting that the Blues are prepared to offer Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta in part-exchange.
The Spanish defenders have been linked with moves to Barcelona and each is believed to be keen on a switch to the Camp Nou.