Frenkie de Jong’s future has dominated the headlines in recent months with the Barcelona midfielder having become one of the sagas of the summer.
Manchester United are chasing a deal for the Netherlands international, as the Red Devils look to improve a midfield that has lacked quality and composure in recent campaigns.
Barcelona’s financial situation has proven a complicating factor in an agreement being reached however, and other clubs are monitoring developments.
We’ve decided to look at how the bookmakers assess De Jong’s situation, here are the five favourites to sign the Dutchman.
Paris Saint-Germain 33/1
Paris Saint-Germain are long-term admirers of De Jong, having expressed an interest in signing the midfielder before his move to Barcelona in 2019.
The French champions are 33/1 odds to revive their interest in the midfielder, given the club’s bloated resources in midfield at present.
A win at camp nou feels always good😁 pic.twitter.com/YUzC3aHlsi
— Frenkie de Jong (@DeJongFrenkie21) May 11, 2022
Christophe Galtier was named as the new manager at PSG this week and will want to put his own stamp on the squad, while Luis Campos has been appointed as sporting director.
The Parisians are hopeful of moving in a new direction as the club look to breathe life into their project, following a series of failings in the Champions League.
Manchester City – 33/1
Manchester City are priced at equally distant odds of 33/1.
Pep Guardiola’s fascination for midfielders has seen him linked with De Jong in the past, though the Premier League champions have already strengthened their options this summer with the arrival of Kalvin Phillips from Leeds.
Unless there are notable departures – with Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan tentatively linked with potential exits – a deal appears unlikely.
Chelsea – 3/1
Chelsea have emerged as late contenders to secure De Jong’s signing, as new co-owner Todd Boehly looks to back Thomas Tuchel this summer.
The west Londoners have been linked with both De Jong and former Ajax teammate Matthijs de Ligt, with the latter keen on an exit from Juventus.
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Chelsea boast strong depth in midfield, but N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are each into their thirties and approaching the end of their contracts next summer. De Jong would represent a replacement for either of that duo and appears well-suited to a deep-lying pivot position in Tuchel’s midfield.
Manchester United – 6/4
De Jong has been linked with Manchester United ever since Erik ten Hag’s appointment was confirmed, having flourished under his compatriot’s guidance at Ajax.
United’s need for midfield additions and De Jong’s availability have appeared a natural fit, with the Red Devils reported to have agreed an initial fee of €65m (£55m) for the midfielder.
Barcelona’s complicated financial situation has since stalled the deal however, allowing rival clubs to enter the race with Chelsea deemed the biggest threat.
Missing out on De Jong would be a huge blow following a frustrating summer window so far, with the midfielder familiar with the new manager’s methods and an upgrade on the club’s current options.
To stay at Barcelona – 5/4
De Jong’s preference has reportedly been to remain at Barcelona, though the midfielder is unlikely to accept a reduced wage to remain at the Camp Nou.
The Catalans confirmed the free transfer arrival of Franck Kessie this week, a deal which could pave the way for De Jong’s exit as Barcelona look to raise transfer funds.
The club’s president, Joan Laporta, claimed this week the club ‘don’t want’ to sell De Jong, having previously claimed the Spanish side would ‘do everything’ to keep the Dutchman at the club.
Barça president Laporta: “Frenkie de Jong is Barcelona player – we don’t want to sell him unless we have no other choice”. 🚨🇳🇱 #FCB
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“There are clubs that want him, not just United. We have no intention of selling him, he wants to stay. Frenkie is considered as one of the best midfielders in the world by all the experts. We are happy to have him,” Laporta said, as per the Mirror.
“I’m going to do everything I can in my power so that Frenkie stays here, but there’s also a salary issue and that would have to be adjusted.”
The reported issue over De Jong’s deferred wages is also problem that needs resolving if a sale is to be agreed.