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Manchester United and Chelsea’s hopes of landing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong could soon be reignited, with Xavi set to ask the player to go away with a view to fund his side’s remaining transfer business, in keeping with reports. The uncertainty around De Jong’s future at Barcelona has snowballed into the saga of the summer, with United still believed to be attempting to snap him up despite his desire to stay on the Nou Camp prematurely of the brand new season.

Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in signing De Jong, with Thomas Tuchel hoping so as to add midfield reinforcements before the Premier League campaign gets underway in early August. Barcelona remain open to selling the player with a view to raise some much-needed funds and Xavi is about to plead with him to vary his stance against a move elsewhere over the approaching days, in keeping with Relevo.

It’s claimed that Xavi is preparing to ask a handful of Barcelona players to go away the club following their pre-season friendly win over Real Madrid in the USA on Saturday night. One among those in query is alleged to be De Jong, who has previously insisted that his personal preference can be to remain at Barcelona for the foreseeable future.

Barcelona want to finance a big-money move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who’s believed to be edging towards a move to the Nou Camp after initially looking set to hitch Chelsea after weeks of protracted negotiations. Xavi’s plan is to money in on De Jong as a matter of priority and use the funds raised to snap up Kounde with a view to improve his defensive ranks ahead of the brand new season.

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Xavi has already hinted that he can be trying to sell De Jong within the not-too-distant future despite his admiration for the player, who he still holds in the best regard but knows that a move away would profit the club’s transfer plans for the campaign ahead.

“I do not send messages, I actually have spoken with him,” said the Barcelona boss after Saturday’s victory over Real Madrid. “I value him very much, for me he’s a fundamental footballer.

“But then there’s the economic situation and fair play. He can provide us loads in central [midfield], I like him in that position.”

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It stays to be seen whether De Jong will ultimately be shipped out by Barcelona over the following few days if he can eventually be convinced to hunt a latest challenge elsewhere. United are said to have already settled on a transfer fee with the Catalan giants but are yet to agree personal terms with the midfielder and his representatives despite the pull of a reunion with Erik ten Hag, who managed him during his time at Ajax.

De Jong has been a top goal for United for the reason that end of last season but a move to Old Trafford still appears to be a way off at this stage of proceedings. The Red Devils can be eager to secure his signature before the return of Premier League football with a view to bed him into their first-team preparations prematurely of their first competitive fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion.

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