CHELSEA is said to have made a £33m bid for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.
But that was expected to be turned down, with the Catalans making a £50m bid for the midfielder.
De Jong has appeared in 24 games for Barca this season, but has not reached his full potential.
The Spanish giants paid £65m to bring him back from Ajax in 2019.
Based on El NacionalChelsea are chasing the Dutchman, and if they make an offer of around £42m, that could work.
Manchester United have been is linked with a move for midfielders who can replace Paul Pogba.
Pep Guardiola can also lure De Jong to the Etihad Stadium with Manchester City, one of the few clubs that can comfortably afford the transfer fee.
De Jong, 24, was previously considered untouchable but his decline in form means Barcelona could be more open for sales, reports Fichajes.
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If the former Ajax star leaves, Barcelona will be able to call on people ready to replace.
Young graduates Pedri and Gavi have impressed this season with another youngster, Nico, also highly regarded by the club.
Nico is tipped to be the next Sergio Busquests and has been awarded a new contract that includes a £430m release clause last summer.
United also association with teen when he was only 16 years old, it shows that he has a big future ahead of him.
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