Frenkie de Jong’s future at Barcelona has been dominating the headlines as the club have been trying to offload him all summer long.
The Blaugrana cannot afford his increased wages in the future and also believe that his departure would help register new signings without problems.
Barça already have an agreement with Manchester United to sell this midfielder worth 85 million euros. Chelsea have also shown interest in the 25-year-old player. But throughout the saga, de Jong has been steadfast in his stance that he does not wish to leave the club this summer.
However, that could change in the coming weeks as Mundo Deportivo report that de Jong is seemingly warming to the idea of playing for Chelsea in the near future.
While the 25-year-old is still intent on continuing at Camp Nou, de Jong reportedly admits in the dressing room that Chelsea could be a ‘good option’ for him.
For their part, Chelsea have shown great interest in the Dutch international and have opened negotiations with Barcelona over a transfer. However, they are yet to make a concrete offer as they want to get permission from the midfielder himself before things get going.
The report also states that the Blues would be willing to spend big on de Jong and offer him a lucrative salary while taking care of his deferred wages.
Manchester United is not an option that de Jong is willing to consider because if he were to leave Barcelona, he only wants to join a “top” team playing in the Champions League. So he privately acknowledged that Chelsea could be a good choice for him in that scenario.
Should he stay at Barca, the club want him to accept a reduced salary and are even prepared to go the legal route to achieve this, as they believe the contract extension he signed in 2020 involved an element of “criminality”. under the previous regime.
Currently, the saga is far from over as Manchester United continue to try to convince de Jong while Chelsea wait to receive the green signal from him.