'Anything can happen': Manager suggests his 'great player' could leave, after claims Chelsea are pushing to sign him

Barcelona manager Xavi has admitted that Frenkie de Jong could still leave the club this summer.

Chelsea have been reported to be interested in signing the Dutchman, who has made it clear so far in this window that he doesn’t want to move on.

The 25-year-old has been involved in one of the biggest transfer sagas of the last few years, with the Catalan club seemingly adamant that he has to leave this summer.

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The midfielder, who has been described by Xavi as a “great player”, has been the topic of conversation at Old Trafford throughout the window, with them convinced that he is the player to sort out their midfield issues.

Despite this belief, they are yet to make any progress in convincing De Jong that a move to Old Trafford would be beneficial to him.

With this, Chelsea have become of interest to the Spanish side as a club that could sign the Netherlands international, with them being able to offer Champions League football as well as a manager proven to be capable of winning it.

Xavi admits De Jong could leave

However, Xavi has claimed that everything is still up in the air regarding his future, with them wanting him to reduce his salary in order for him to stay.

He said: “I don’t know what will happen to Frenkie de Jong. Until August 31st anything can happen.

“He knows what I think and what the club want and need. Of course I’m counting on him, he’s a great player.”

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Barcelona have needed to take action regarding De Jong due to currently being unable to register their new signings, which include Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha.

The option for him to reduce his wage is unlikely, especially given the fact that he is owed a massive amount that he’s already differed.

While the signing doesn’t seem on paper like a priority for the Blues, the opportunity to sign a midfielder this easily as good as De Jong doesn’t come around often, and should be considered definitely.

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.