Report: Boehly looking to negotiate 25-year-old's price down, if he manages it Chelsea might sign him

Chelsea are reportedly looking to negotiate the best deal possible in their pursuit to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

According to the Evening Standard, Blues co-owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly has been in transfer negotiations with Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

It is understood Chelsea are trying to agree a fee for De Jong that’s less than the £71million Manchester United agreed to pay for him earlier this summer, with a move to Old Trafford not yet materializing.

The report explains Chelsea hope they might be able to sign the 25-year-old if a figure is agreed, with club manager Thomas Tuchel keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

As it stands, the Holland international is refusing to reduce his salary at the Camp Nou, which is something Barcelona are asking for amid their financial problems.

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Frenkie de Jong deal

Chelsea’s success rate when spending big in the transfer market during recent years is very dodgy.

De Jong, who’s still got his peak years ahead of him, is definitely an exciting target that could shine at the Bridge for many years.

He’s a central midfielder who can break lines with his dribbling, as well as help run games in possession with his passing.

However, the ex-Ajax star is untested in the pace and power of the Premier League.

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It’s been claimed previously De Jong would prefer to join Chelsea over Man United if he’s forced to exit Spain in this window. There’s no question the tougher competition for places would be at Stamford Bridge, though.

The fact both Conor Gallagher and Mateo Kovacic were named on the bench during the weekend’s victory against Everton highlights the midfield depth the Blues have.

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