Chelsea could use Frankie de Jong’s ‘best friend’ to hijack Manchester United’s deal for the Barcelona midfielder. The Blues are currently pushing for the signing of Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, who sees himself eager to reunite with former Ajax pal de Jong – a player also understood to be on Thomas Tuchel’s radar. Is.
Cash-strapped Catalan club chairman Joan Laporta has announced that the La Liga giants’ D There is “no intention” to sell Jong. Heat. The Spanish chief said the players themselves are determined to stay with the Nou Camp club.
According to the Guardian, Chelsea are understood to be monitoring developments between United and de Jong, and could target the 25-year-old if his planned move to Old Trafford fails. Spanish outlet Sport is now insisting that the Blues could look to two factors in order to convince the Barcelona midfielder to move to Stamford Bridge.
One of them is taking advantage of his friendly relations within football to his advantage. Chelsea are currently working on a deal to sign Juventus centre-back de Ligt – a player widely regarded as one of de Jong’s ‘best friends in football’.
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If the Blues catches the defender, it is speculated that they may try to use the presence of the Netherlands international to their advantage, hoping that he will allow de Jong to join West London. can tempt. De Ligt is understood to be looking forward to playing with his close friend at club level once again, having enjoyed great success together at Ajax.
It is believed Tuchel’s team could use the lure of Champions League football to persuade the midfielder to choose him instead of United next season. Playing in Europe’s elite club competition is reportedly at the top of de Jong’s list of priorities and is not something the Red Devils can offer next campaign.
On Saturday, Laporta confirmed that several clubs are interested in signing the midfielder this summer, although the Barcelona president revealed he is “doing everything” in his power to prevent the former Ajax star from leaving in the current window. will do. Addressing de Jong’s future, Laporta admitted: “There are many clubs that want him, not just Manchester United.
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