'I know for a fact': Harry Redknapp claims he's been told 'extraordinary' player really wants to join Chelsea this summer

Harry Redknapp has told The Byline that Frenkie de Jong really wants to join Chelsea this season, instead of making the move to Manchester United

The Netherlands international still does not know where he’ll be playing football next season, with his current club Barcelona insistent that he leaves this summer.

This has left United eager to revitalise their midfield with the Dutchman, chasing him for the entire transfer window.

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Despite this, he has been hesitant to commit to the Red Devils, citing a lack of Champions League football as the reason why he doesn’t want to join.

This is reportedly seeing Barcelona offer the player Xavi described as ‘extraordinary’ to the Blues, in the hope he would be willing to accept a switch to London.

Redknapp says De Jong wants Chelsea

Redknapp meanwhile has claimed that someone at Old Trafford has informed him that United are beginning to accept that they won’t sign the 25-year-old this summer.

He said: “Now it looks like De Jong wants to go to Chelsea. I know that for a fact. Man United are not gonna get him. I’ve had that confirmed from someone right at the very top for United, he really wants to go to Chelsea. So if Man United don’t get him, I don’t know where they’re going, but if Chelsea get him he’ll be a fantastic signing for them.”

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The midfielder would no doubt be a great addition to the Blues options, with the futures of long-term stars Jorginho and N’golo Kante uncertain.

The Blues and Barcelona have seen their paths cross a number of times during this window, with Jules Kounde and Raphinha choosing to join Xavi’s side instead of Thomas Tuchel’s.

However, business could be about to continue between the sides, with Barcelona also confident that they will complete a deal for Marcos Alonso imminently.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.