On January 25th, we carried a report from Sport, who explained Frenkie de Jong and his entourage are aware of the ‘great interest’ shown by Chelsea in the Barcelona player.
The Blues are not the only English side to have looked at the midfielder as Liverpool are in the picture, if the latest report from Sport is to be believed.
Barca sacked Ronald Koeman and replaced him with Xavi Hernández earlier this season. The former Everton manager’s departure didn’t go down well with the 24-year-old since it was the Dutch coach who helped his compatriot recover his best version.
Sport states the Netherlands international ‘doesn’t feel comfortable in the fixed-inside position since he really likes driving the ball to overcome rival lines and, with Xavi, he seemed lost in some games’.
This saw reports linking him with a move away from the Camp Nou due to the ‘interest of Liverpool and Bayern Munich’. The Reds and the Bavarian club are two of his suitors who are ‘willing to pay’ to secure the player ‘at the end of the season’.
De Jong has always received support from Barca, but there were a few within the club, who favoured his sale. He was the ‘clear candidate’ to help the Camp Nou side raise funds.
The ex-Ajax man is now regaining prominence under Xavi and ‘feels much more liberated in the team’s new scheme’. De Jong is happy at Barcelona and can see himself having a long-term future with them.
Despite receiving ‘important offers’, the Dutchman now wants to continue at the club.
Should Liverpool or Bayern Munich put the required money on the table, Barcelona’s stance will be interesting, and that would inevitably influence De Jong.