Barcelona make new Frenkie de Jong plan as Chelsea decision sees swap deal collapse.
The futures of Frenkie de Jong and Bernardo Silva have become more complicated as a result of Chelsea’s decision to step up their efforts to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona.
The decision of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave Barcelona amid a transfer approach from Chelsea will have an impact on midfielder Frenkie de Jong’s future at the club.
As confirmed by president Joan Laporta, the Blues are increasing their efforts to sign Aubameyang in the final weeks of the transfer window. This move may have an impact on Bernardo Silva’s future at Manchester City, who is a top target for Barcelona.
Both Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in De Jong. Manchester United and the player have already agreed on a transfer fee, but a deal has not yet been finalized. United manager Erik ten Hag recently gave the order to hold off on a deal while United has made a new approach to the Dutch international.
Blues executives are now strong contenders to sign De Jong from under United’s noses after speaking with Barca and his representatives. Chelsea, in contrast to United, can provide the player with Champions League football and the chance to live in London, both of which are thought to appeal.
Chelsea, however, is more assured in their attempts to use De Jong’s Barca teammate Aubameyang, who is no longer a guaranteed starter at Camp Nou since Robert Lewandowski’s signing in the summer. In accordance with his contract with the team, Aubameyang’s salary has also increased this season, which has given Barca the incentive to let him go as a starter who is not guaranteed.
As part of Chelsea’s efforts to sign Aubameyang, an intermediary named Eugenio Botas has been in Barcelona all week. He has frequently been seen with Mateu Alemany, the director of football at Barcelona, and Jordi Cruyff, the organization’s director of sports. Mundo Deportivo has described the specifics of these discussions.
Due to their financial limitations, Barca has yet to register their new acquisition Jules Kounde with La Liga, leaving them with no choice but to release players from their wage obligations. They still need to have room to maneuver in order to sign Marcos Alonso of Chelsea, with whom they have an agreement in principle.
However, the potential departure of Aubameyang, as well as the expected departure of Memphis Depay (who has been in talks with Juventus) and the potential sale of right-back Sergino Dest, may mean that De Jong stays at the club after all on his current terms, which would cause Barca’s move for City star Silva to also fail.
This financial predicament has also made it possible for Chelsea to sign Aubameyang, in a sensational move that would occur just over six months after he transferred from Arsenal to the Camp Nou. Lewandowski, Ferran Torres, and Raphinha’s arrivals this year have increased competition for attacking players.
As Chelsea looks to replace Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner this summer, Aubameyang and Blues manager Thomas Tuchel, who were once teammates at Borussia Dortmund, may reunite at Stamford Bridge. Blues’ wingback After Marc Cucurella’s arrival at Stamford Bridge pushed him further down the left-side of the defense’s pecking order, Alonso is expected to join Barca.