Chelsea is prepared to rival fellow Premier League rival Manchester United to the signature of wantaway Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong, according to report.

De Jong has been linked away from Camp Nou in the previous month with Manchester United leading the race to get the deal done.

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag aim to reunite with the midfielder after their time at Ajax before he joined Barcelona a few seasons ago, the manager is keen on working with his compatriot at Old Trafford and making him his fourth summer signing following Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez.

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Barcelona is willing to do business with the La Liga giants willing to raise funds and seek to balance their books ahead of the coming season.

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez admits he does not know what the future of De Jong is at the club president Joan Laporta has given light to the midfielders suitors and the Premier League duo aim to complete the deal before the end of the transfer window with both showing dire interest to land the former Ajax midfielder.

De Jong does not fancy a move away from Camp Nou, not only because of his desire club but also for the reason that the club still owed him some cash in deferred wages.

De Jong only played one of Barcelona’s pre-season matches which is the 2-0 win against New York Red Bull on Sunday.

Chelsea has secured the signature of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly from Manchester City and Napoli respectively and more are expected before the window slams shut.


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