Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong has had a long-running transfer saga this off-season.
The 25-year-old Dutchman has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou due to Barcelona’s financial problems, despite their off-season spending to land the likes of Robert Lewandowski.
The Catalans need to offload players before they can register new signings and De Jong is redundant given the requirements.
Chelsea have opened talks with Barcelona in a bid to hijack Manchester United’s move for Frenkie de Jong, according to The Athletic.
Manchester United have been actively chasing the Dutch midfielder in the off-season, but the latter has been unwilling to leave the Blaugrana for Old Trafford, leading to an impasse.
De Jong, who is still owed back wages by Barcelona, is reportedly more open to a move to Chelsea than United.