'Extraordinary' player tells teammates he prefers Chelsea move

Report: ‘Extraordinary’ player has told his teammates he would like to join Chelsea if he leaves his club this summer

Reports from Spain suggest that Frenkie de Jong has claimed he would prefer to join Chelsea if he is forced to leave Barcelona this summer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the Dutchman has told his teammates that Stamford Bridge has the potential to be a good location for him next season, although his desire is still to stay at the Nou Camp.

De Jong has been involved in one of the biggest transfer sagas in recent memory, with more than three months of uncertainty surrounding his future,

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It has become apparent that Barcelona need to address their financial woes by selling the 25-year-old, with them still trying to register signings from their own busy window.

This is despite Xavi being a massive fan of the midfielder, with him describing him in the past as “extraordinary.”

They have paid big money for former Chelsea targets Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski, as well as the free transfer of Andreas Christensen among others.

De Jong prefers Chelsea move

This has seen the Netherlands international become surplus to requirements to Xavi’s side, with Mundo Deportivo claiming that the Blues having Champions League football makes them favourites for the deal over fellow Premier League side Manchester United.

The Red Devils have been touted as great admirers of De Jong throughout the summer, and have based their entire transfer window around signing him.

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However, their lack of Champions League football on offer as well as their own transfer issues has seemingly made De Jong hesitant to take the plunge to join his former manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

While the signing is in a position Chelsea don’t actively need to recruit in, the opportunity to try and prize someone the quality of De Jong away this easily does not come around often, so the club should seriously consider putting a lot in to getting it over the line.

Better yet, the signing would end rival club United’s interest in the central midfielder, sending them back to the drawing board.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released