Chelsea offer £59m plus player in bid to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona | Football

Chelsea have made a new move to sign Frenkie de Jong

Chelsea have made a new move to sign Frenkie de Jong (AFP via Getty)

Chelsea have bid €70 million (£59 million) plus Marcos Alonso for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to reports in Spain.

Barcelona remain keen to sack De Jong before the summer transfer window closes in order to improve their finances.

The Spanish club urgently need to cut their wage bill after being told by La Liga that they are currently unable to register their new summer signings, including Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie.

De Jong, meanwhile, is holding his ground and has made it clear that he wants to stay at Barcelona for another season.

Manchester United have been pushing all summer to sign De Jong, but despite reaching a €85m deal with Barcelona, ​​the Netherlands international doesn’t seem keen on a move to Old Trafford.

It is clear that De Jong prefers a move to Chelsea as they can offer Champions League football and according to Sport Thomas Tuchel’s side has now made a bid of €70m plus Alonso for the midfielder.

Frenkie de Jong wants to stay with Barcelona this season

Frenkie de Jong wants to stay with Barcelona this season (Getty)

The report says Chelsea are “convinced” that Barcelona will accept their proposal, but that they have yet to reach an agreement with De Jong.

Should De Jong turn down a move to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea would be willing to sell Alonso in a separate deal worth less than €10m (£8.4m).

During a speech last week, Barcelona president Joan Laporta made it clear that De Jong would have to accept a pay cut in order to stay at the Camp Nou.

“He wants to stay and we want him to stay. That’s the most important thing,’ said Laporta.

‘What is clear is that we have a new salary scale and all players have to fit in that. We try to make these players understand the reality of the club.

‘We have a salary mass of more than 40 percent. We all have to make an effort.

“We will do everything we can to make him stay and we hope the player will do everything we can to stay.”

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