Barcelona have turned to agent Pini Zahavi to assist persuade Frenkie de Jong to go away the club and accept Chelsea’s transfer offer. The Spanish report suggests Manchester United aren’t even within the running for De Jong’s destination if he departs the Nou Camp this summer, despite their window-long pursuit.
Barcelona have attempted to assuage their financial circus by cashing in on the 25-year-old midfielder in recent months. The La Liga giants agreed an initial £63million take care of United for his signature in July, while Chelsea have since indicated that they might be willing to match the offer.
But De Jong’s stance has remained unmoved throughout the fiasco. He doesn’t want to provide up his dream of playing for Barcelona – especially considering the club still owe him between £14m and £17m in deferred salary payments from when he took a pay cut through the heights of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In keeping with Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona proceed attempting to force him out of the club to assist register all their recent summer signings ahead of the brand new La Liga season. And Blaugrana president Joan Laporta has now enlisted the assistance of Zahavi to persuade the Netherlands international to simply accept a move to Chelsea.
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Zahavi’s clients include Barca recent boy Robert Lewandowski and United’s Alex Telles. It’s interesting wording, considering Chelsea aren’t the Premier League outfit with a deal in place. But reports have indicated De Jong can be unwilling to give up Champions League football, something Chelsea are in a position to offer this season, unlike Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
Despite Laporta’s efforts, the report adds that De Jong has continued to point his desire to remain in Catalonia, each actively and passively, and he’s preparing as normal for Saturday’s La Liga opener against Rayo Vallecano. Although, he is not expected to start out, with Xavi Hernandez set to favour a midfield trio including Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Gavi.
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United have focused on other transfer business after agreeing a transfer fee for De Jong with Barcelona, and their hopes of luring him to M16 now hang within the balance. The Red Devils’ ongoing pursuit of Juventus star Adrian Rabiot is unrelated, and Ten Hag hopes he’ll be one in all two midfield arrivals before the September 1 deadline.
Links to Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic have also resurfaced, with reports claiming he may very well be targeted in its place if De Jong becomes off the cards. United are also understood to be enthusiastic about recruiting a goalkeeper, right-back and forward in the approaching weeks.
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