Manchester United have been primarily interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong this summer. Now, United are not the only club interested in signing the player. Chelsea have joined the party and have now expressed a desire to sign the player. Thomas Tuchel is looking to add some creativity and depth to the middle of the pitch at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel has set his eyes on Frenkie De Jong as the man for the job.
However, Chelsea have made it abundantly clear that if they are to sign the midfielder, it’ll be a quick transfer. They have asked for guarantees that the transfer will not be like the situation with Manchester United. The Manchester United-Frenkie De Jong saga has stretched over the entire summer transfer window. De Jong still remains the priority signing for United. However, he is reluctant to join them because United are not going to play in the Champions League this summer.
It is very clear that Barcelona are trying to get rid of the player this summer. Xavi has played the holding midfielder as a central defender in the pre-season despite the arrival of Jules Kounde. However, De Jong is adamant about not leaving Barcelona this summer. This is mainly because Barcelona still owes him €17m in deferred wage payments. Yet part of the reason for not leaving might also be because De Jong wants to play in the Champions League this summer. However, with new suitors, Chelsea can provide Champions League football. This means that there is a chance that De Jong goes to Stamford Bridge. Moreover, According to Sport, Thomas Tuchel is personally endorsing the arrival of the midfielder to Stamford bridge.
Chelsea increasing the depth of midfield.
Chelsea midfielder duo Jorginho and Ngolo Kante have just one year left on their contracts. As things stand, contract extension discussions have not started yet. However, with their recent purchases, it is clear that Thomas Tuchel is looking to strengthen the midfield for the future. They have recently signed Carney Chukwuemeka as a long-term midfield prospect. Moreover, Connor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour have made a comeback to Stamford Bridge. If Chelsea are able to sign Frenkie De Jong, they are set in the midfield department for the years to come.
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