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Chelsea may look to make use of Frenkie de Jong’s ‘best friend’ of their bid to hijack Manchester United’s deal for the Barcelona midfielder. The Blues are currently pushing to sign Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, who himself is regarded as keen on reuniting with former Ajax pal De Jong – a player who can be understood to be on the Thomas Tuchel’s radar.

Despite United having reportedly agreed a fee within the region of £56million plus add-ons with Barcelona for the Dutch midfielder, the cash-strapped Catalan club’s president Joan Laporta has since declared the La Liga giants have “no intention” of selling De Jong this summer. The Spanish chief added that the player himself is decided to stick with the Nou Camp club.

In keeping with the Guardian, Chelsea are understood to be monitoring developments between United and De Jong, and will goal the 25-year-old if his planned move to Old Trafford falls through. Spanish outlet Sport at the moment are insisting the Blues may look to 2 aspects as a way to persuade the Barcelona midfielder to go to Stamford Bridge as a substitute.

Considered one of those is exploiting his friendship connections inside football to their advantage. Chelsea are currently working on a deal to sign Juventus centre-back De Ligt – a player who’s regarded as considered one of De Jong’s ‘best friends in football’.

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Should the Blues capture the defender, it has been speculated that they could seek to make use of the Netherlands internationals’ presence to their advantage by hoping he can tempt De Jong to hitch him in west London. De Ligt is known to be desirous to play alongside his close friend at club level once more, having enjoyed great success together at Ajax.

It is assumed Tuchel’s side could also use the lure of Champions League football next season to influence the midfielder to decide on them over United. Playing in Europe’s elite club competition is reportedly high up on De Jong’s list of priorities and will not be something the Red Devils can offer next campaign.

On Saturday, Laporta confirmed several clubs were eager about signing the midfielder this summer, nonetheless the Barcelona president revealed he would do “every thing” in his power to stop the previous Ajax star from departing in the present window. Addressing De Jong’s future, Laporta admitted: “There are various clubs that want him, not only Manchester United.

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