Chelsea have thrown Manchester United's long-winded pursuit of Barcelona midfielder into significant doubt after entering the race for his signatur
Chelsea have thrown Manchester United’s long-winded pursuit of Barcelona midfielder into significant doubt after entering the race for his signature. The Blues are going full steam ahead with a sensational hijack that wouldn’t capitulate Erik ten Hag’s plans for his first season at Old Trafford.
According to Gerard Romero, who first broke United’s interest in De Jong, Chelsea are doing ‘everything’ to sign the 25-year-old this summer. New owner Todd Boehly wants to start his reign at Stamford Bridge with a statement by bolstering Thomas Tuchel’s squad by reuniting De Jong and former Ajax teammate Matthijs de Ligt.
And Spanish outlet Relevo add that after Chelsea ‘bursted’ into the picture for the Netherlands international, two players Barcelona are interested in are ‘on the table’. The La Liga giants want to return Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso to their homeland ahead of the 2022/23 season.
While the report states De Jong and the two Chelsea stars are part of ‘independent operations’, all three names are being discussed in the same negotiations. The west London club are said to be ‘very interested’ in the proposition and could be set to tarnish the core of their Premier League rivals’ summer transfer plan.
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