Chelsea set to hijack Manchester United move for Frenkie de Jong

Chelsea are monitoring the situation of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and could make a move if his transfer to Manchester United falls through, according to The Guardian.

The Red Devils have long been linked with the Netherlands international and have now reportedly agreed a fee of €65m with the Blaugrana, meaning negotiations are now centred around De Jong’s personal terms. He is open to moving to Old Trafford despite previously stating that he is in no rush to leave Barcelona, who are in need of extra funds.

However, the former Ajax player reportedly wants to play in the Champions League, which is something he won’t be able to do yet at Man United.

Chelsea had watched De Jong closely before he joined Barcelona and Thomas Tuchel is said to be a big admirer of his, and while it isn’t certain a move will be made it is felt this could be more straightforward than trying to sign West Ham United’s Declan Rice.

The Blues’ priorities are defence and attack as they have been linked with Manchester City duo Nathan Ake and Raheem Sterling, Leeds United’s Raphinha, Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

However, there is some uncertainty around their midfield despite the plan to use Conor Gallagher, as Jorginho and N’Golo Kante could leave after Saul Niguez returned to Atletico de Madrid following his unsuccessful loan.

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Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly set to demand a £43m transfer fee if they are to let defender Presnel Kimpembe leave this summer.

Tuchel will be aware of Kimpembe’s capabilities after managing during his time at PSG, and the French international will also have a friend in the playing squad.

Thiago Silva has reportedly been texting Kimpembe asking him to join the club, as relayed by Football.London.

The pair played together in France, and the connection they have off the pitch may be beneficial to Chelsea.

The Ligue 1 side are willing to move on the 26-year-old centre-back, who came through the clubs academy before making his professional debut for PSG in 2015, and it is reported that there is interest from both Juventus and Chelsea.

According to Foot Mercato, Chelsea are interested in signing Kimpembe, and PSG are demanding in the region of £43m to allow the defender to leave the club.

Kimpembe has been a key player in recent seasons, having made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 last year, while he is also a regular in the France national team.

And amid speculation that Juventus could part ways with Matthijs de Ligt, who has also been linked with Chelsea, Kimpembe could be his successor at the Allianz Stadium if the club open negotiations at PSG’s starting point.