Report: Chelsea are the only side who 25-year-old would leave current club to join, he's really 'hurt' at the moment

Reports suggest that Frenkie de Jong would only be willing to leave Barcelona if it is to join Chelsea.

According to Sport, the Dutchman is still firmly against a move to Manchester United, despite the Red Devils’ summer-long ambition to bring him in.

The 25-year-old has frequently pledged his allegiance to the Catalan side, however they remain insistent to sell him in order to register new signings.

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Xavi’s side are currently in the process of finalising a deal for long-term Blues target Jules Kounde, after already prizing Raphinha from within their grasp.

With links to Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso also not going away, the clubs could be set to be locked in negotiations for the remainder of the window.

De Jong would leave for Chelsea

However, the Blues could look to do their own business, with Sport claiming the highly-rated Dutchman would only leave the Nou Camp if it’s for a move to Stamford Bridge.

The report goes on to say his current situation has ‘hurt’ him, with it being no secret that his current club want him out this summer.

The Blues hold the advantage over Erik Ten Hag’s side in negotiations, with them being able to offer Champions League football in the upcoming season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is also notably put off the fact the Old Trafford won’t be hosting Europe’s elite this season, with Chelsea owner Todd Boehly reportedly keen on making the statement signing this summer.

De Jong would be a fantastic addition to Thomas Tuchel’s midfield options, which have currently yet to really be rumoured to be strengthened.

With Jorginho’s contract situation currently up in the air, the club would do well to bring in a midfielder excellent in possession, with the potential to transition to a midfield three in the coming months relying on the signing of a suitable asset.

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.