Chelsea will reportedly be forced to cough up major cash if they are serious in signing Frenkie de Jong.

According to SPORT, only an ‘astronomical’ fee will make Barcelona even consider selling the midfielder in the summer.

De Jong’s contract with the Spanish side does not expire until 2026, meaning anybody coming in for his signature better have a mountain of money ready.

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But Chelsea are apparently prepared to at least make a dive for the Dutchman, who’s future at the Camp Nou is still undecided.

It’s not been an entirely happy marriage between Barca and the 25-year-old since his move from Ajax in 2019.

Whilst De Jong has repeatedly insisted he is happy being with the La Liga outfit, his feelings towards the chain of command haven’t quite been so measured.

“One day a paper published details from my contract. I didn’t leak it and only one other party knew about this, so it had to be the club who did this,” he said in an interview only yesterday.

“I found it very annoying that the club did this, but I had no further influence on things.”

Frenkie de Jong finding it difficult at Barca

Clearly the relationship between the board and the player is not a pretty once.

Hence why Chelsea seemingly sense an opportunity to save De Jong from his obvious frustrations.

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It will of course come at a price to do so, and Xavi may be the first to try and persuade the Holland international to stay put.

“He’s an extraordinary footballer. A midfielder that is not afraid to receive the ball in difficult areas, I’ll repeat it, he’s a very good player,” said the Barca boss a few years ago.

Xavi has remained a big admirer of De Jong since becoming the manager of the Catalonian club.  

He’s featured in all but one Spanish top flight game this term, and that was due to injury.

Yet, if Boehly does arrive at Xavi’s front door with a bucket load of Wonga, he might not be able to deny De Jong a move to the Premier League.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."