Chelsea ready to sign Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Barcelona allow both players to leave
Chelsea are willing to fit Man Utd’s agreed £72m bid for Barcelona midfielder De Jong; Aubameyang solely left Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal in January; Chelsea are assured on signing Leicester’s Wesley Fofana and have been quoted £12m for Inter Milan’s Cesar Casadei
Manchester United agreed a £72m rate to signal De Jong last month however he is owed £17m in deferred wages and will not agree to leave till he is paid. Barcelona choose him to remain but solely if he agrees to take a great pay reduce and accept a £6m contract for his deferred wages.
Chelsea are willing to suit United’s £72m provide and unlike United, they can provide De Jong Champions League football.
Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He has three years left on his contract. Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he is eager to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
Tuchel’s priority is to signal a centre-back and a ahead this month and Chelsea are increasingly assured that they can agree a deal to signal Leicester defender Wesley Fofana and are preparing a third offer. Leicester do not prefer to sell Fofana however they would locate it difficult to flip down an provide close to £80m.Meanwhile Inter Milan are asking Chelsea to pay £12m for 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei – even although he has not but played for their first team.
Chelsea have a twin-track strategy of buying players for now and the future this summer. Last week they signed 18-year-old midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa in a £20m deal. They have additionally signed 18-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire and 18-year-old winger Omari Hutchinson from Arsenal.