Chelsea are understood to be making progress in their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, and should the Blues land the Dutchman this summer, they already have a number of players who he could provide the perfect complement for. Thomas Tuchel’s side are expected to discover more about their chances of signing the former Ajax star this week when he is scheduled to hold vital talks with his cash-strapped Catalan employers.
Should De Jong fail to reach an agreement with Barcelona to see him take a salary cut and the club stump up the money owed to the midfielder in deferred wages, a Nou Camp exit is anticipated. Manchester United have been pushing to capture the 25-year-old for some time now, however, Chelsea appears the more likely destination should De Jong depart.
The Netherlands international is understood to be eager to compete in the Champions League this season, which is something the Blues are able to offer and United aren’t. With Tuchel’s side having looked underwhelming in pre-season and the Chelsea boss demanding his team have “got to get better” following their narrow 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday, the hope is that De Jong can elevate the standards at the club and coax the best out of some of his potential peers at Stamford Bridge.
With that in mind, Express Sport takes a closer look at a number of the Blues squad who could benefit from De Jong’s arrival.
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