Barcelona and Chelsea are close to reaching an agreement for midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with a report from Diario SPORT confirming that the Premier League side is willing to pay more than €80 million including variables for the Dutchman.
The aforementioned outlet has confirmed that the figures have already been put on the table and the conditions very much match Barcelona’s valuation of the player.
Hence, both the Blaugrana and the Blues are assured that a favourable agreement will be reached.
However, for the Catalan team to finalize the operation, they must convince the midfielder to leave in the summer. For now, the team has already approved his departure but the player has been reluctant to part ways.
Now, there are several facets to the story. For once, he still believes that he can be a potent weapon for Xavi but from an economical standpoint, it is getting difficult for Barcelona to continue with the Dutchman with his current figures.
For that, they have put forward a proposal that if he wishes to continue, he must lower his current wages
Meanwhile, it must also be noted that the team still owes him a significant amount of money as part of his deferral wages, which is one of the reasons why he has ruled out the exit so far.
As of today, Barcelona have decided to listen to Chelsea’s proposal, something that they also did with Manchester United with whom an agreement in principle was reached.
Chelsea made their entry after Manchester United decided to explore other options. And now that they are willing to pay €80 million for the midfielder, Barcelona will look to convince him to assess the option.
It is understood that while de Jong is, in fact, an important member of the team, he holds the key for Barcelona to register their new signings.
Furthermore, if anything goes south in that regard, Barcelona will have to ask de Jong to leave. However, with a valid contract until 2026, the player holds the key to everything.