Chelsea are reportedly set to rival Manchester United for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong
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Chelsea ‘enter the race for Frenkie de Jong’ with Manchester United set for competition in their pursuit of the Barcelona midfielder… and the Blues ‘are willing to include Cesar Azpilicueta AND Marcos Alonso in a £51m players-plus-cash-deal’

  • Chelsea are reportedly set to rival Man United for Frenkie de Jong this summer
  • The Blues have entered the race for De Jong, who is one of United’s top targets
  • They are even willing to include Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso in a deal
  • But Barca would instead prefer to receive their £70million asking price upfront 

Chelsea are set to rival Manchester United for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer, according to reports in Spain. 

United have been heavily linked with a move for the Dutch midfielder, who is believed to be a top target for new head coach Erik ten Hag. 

Yet in a potential blow for the Red Devils, Spanish outlet Sport are reporting that Chelsea have now entered the race for De Jong.

Chelsea are reportedly set to rival Manchester United for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong

Chelsea are reportedly set to rival Manchester United for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong

Their report suggests the Blues are even prepared to offer captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso as makeweights in a £51million players-plus-cash deal with Barca, signalling their intent to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

Alonso, who has 12 months to run on his current deal, has hinted at a return to Spain in recent months, while Azpilicueta’s future is also in doubt despite triggering a one-year contract extension at the end of last season.

However, Barca are understood to have heard Chelsea’s players-plus-cash proposal and would prefer to simply receive cash upfront.

The Catalans have slapped a £70million price tag on De Jong this summer, a fee United have so far been unable to meet in full.

The Blues are ready to include Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso (left and right) in a deal

The Blues are ready to include Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso (left and right) in a deal

United, whose new boss Erik ten Hag worked with De Jong at Ajax, have made him a top target

United, whose new boss Erik ten Hag worked with De Jong at Ajax, have made him a top target

Yet earlier this week Sportsmail sources indicated that an agreement between the Red Devils and Barca is ’90 per cent complete’ with only the finer details of the deal left to iron out.

It is believed United will pay around £55million upfront for De Jong as part of a fee which could eventually rise to £70million.

Though with Chelsea now keen to beat their Premier League rivals to the signing, Barca may look to spark a bidding war between the two sides this summer. 

The west London club are also said to have asked Nou Camp officials about the availability of Memphis Depay, although a potential deal for De Jong is more of a priority. 

Thomas Tuchel is still waiting on his first signing of the summer at Stamford Bridge, with a host of defenders, attackers and now midfielders on his wish list.

Sportsmail understands Chelsea are nearing the £55million signing of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, who has finalised a contract worth £315,000-a-week in SW6.

Sterling’s City team-mate and former Blues defender Nathan Ake is also a target, while Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is another player on Tuchel’s radar.

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