Frenkie de Jong and representatives made Chelsea know their stand today despite Joan Laporta questioning transfer discussions
According to reports, Frenkie de Jong’s agents have bad news for Chelsea because the Dutchman wants to stay at Barcelona. The news comes after more crucial transfer talks in which Barcelona president Joan Laporta attempted to bring in super-agent Pini Zahvi before being blocked by De Jong’s camp.
The long-running transfer controversy involving De Jong has reached a critical juncture, with Manchester United and Chelsea waiting for a resolution. Both Premier League clubs are interested in the 25-year-old, who is thought to be Barcelona’s top earning.
This creates a difficulty for Laporta, as the club is now unable to register fresh additions owing to a shortage of salary bill space. Xavi is set to take command of the club’s opening game of the La Liga season on Saturday evening, although he may be missing a number of key players.
Barcelona is pressuring De Jong to take a lower salary, as has previously been done by Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele, while Chelsea is preparing to strike.
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According to ESPN, De Jong’s management has made it “obvious” that he has no plans to leave Barcelona.
The Dutchman described playing at the Camp Nou as a “childhood fantasy” when United expressed interest earlier this summer, but supporters booed him when he came for training on Wednesday.
A waiting crowd chanted in Spanish, “Lower your pay, b****,” while negotiations went on behind the scenes. Laporta, who has openly said that the club wants De Jong to stay, although on reduced terms, is said to have attempted to bring Zahavi into discussions with Chelsea.