Club chief makes statement as Chelsea prepared to make 'big' bid for midfielder

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has provided more updates on the club’s stance over Frenkie de Jong’s situation amid reported interest from Chelsea.

After Saturday’s win over Everton, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel opened up on his plan to bring in more players this summer.

He argued that it is not only about the quality, but also “fresh minds” that new signings could bring to the team.

While a new midfielder does not seem to be a priority for Chelsea at the moment, they have been working on a potential deal for De Jong, according to Fabrizio Romano.

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“Chelsea had contacts with the player and Barcelona’s sides and are ready to go big for Frenkie de Jong,” the Italian transfer expert said on his YouTube channel on Saturday.

“But they want to wait for the green light from Frenkie’s side [before submitting] an official proposal.

“Otherwise, they would not submit a proposal.

“Chelsea know that they can reach an agreement with Barcelona.”

Laporta makes De Jong claim amid reported Chelsea interest

Chelsea are reportedly not the only club interested in the Netherlands international with Manchester United reportedly “desperate” to sign the midfielder.

However, it remains unclear whether there is a race in the first place as Barcelona president Laporta clarified the club’s stance over De Jong’s situation.

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“He is a Barcelona player, and we do not want to sell him,” the Blaugrana chief told TV3 (via Voetbal International) when asked about De Jong.

“There have been offers for him, but we want him to stay, and Frenkie himself would like to stay.”

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