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Chelsea ready to sign Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Barcelona allow both players to leave | Football News

Chelsea are poised to sign Frenkie De Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Barcelona allow both players to leave this month.

Manchester United agreed last month to pay De Jong £72million to sign him, but he is owed £17million in deferred wages and will not agree to leave until paid. Barcelona want him to stay, but only if he agrees to a significant pay cut and accepts a £6m settlement for deferred wages.

Chelsea are happy to accept United’s £72million offer and, unlike United, can offer De Jong Champions League football.

Aubameyang and De Jong celebrate Barcelona’s goal against Napoli

Aubameyang joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He has three years left on his contract. Thomas Tuchel is hesitant to talk about Aubameyang in public, but he is eager to work again with the player who scored 79 goals in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

Tuchel’s priority this month is to sign a centre-back and forward, and Chelsea are confident they can agree a deal for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana and are preparing a third offer. I don’t want to sell Fofana, but it would be hard to turn down an offer of nearly £80m.

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) on the touchline during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.
Thomas Tuchel worked with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) at Dortmund

Meanwhile, Inter Milan are asking Chelsea to pay £12m for 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

Chelsea have taken a twin-track approach to signing current and future players this summer. Last week, they acquired his 18-year-old midfielder Khanychuk Emeka from Aston Villa for his £20million deal. They also signed 18-year-old goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire and 18-year-old winger Omari Hutchinson from Arsenal.

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With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Frenkie de Jong and Wesley Fofana all closely linked to Chelsea, could Thomas Tuchel bring in three new signings before the transfer window ends?

Is Aubameyang a truly destructive character?

Sky Sports News Senior Reporter Melissa Reddy said:

“Many people who know Aubameyang will say nothing negative about his actions. It doesn’t mean there is.

“It’s just part of his personality. He’s a little flamboyant. In fact, he was quite popular in the dressing room.”

“Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta understood that he was trying to create a culture of excellence and he could not allow anyone, especially the captain and the club’s senior players, to consistently disregard the rules.

“So he had to face it and the direction he wanted to go was to go with a younger team.

“Thomas Tuchel has said in the past that he had nothing but happy memories of the player and enjoyed the time spent together.

“Jürgen Klopp also called him a nice player, a warm heart and a great person.

‘It makes sense for Chelsea’

Manchester United are working on all midfield options

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - JULY 19: FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong (21) in action against FC Barcelona on July 19, 2022 at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During a pre-season friendly between Inter Miami CF. (Photo credit: David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
De Jong was chased by Manchester United all summer

Manchester United, meanwhile, continue to work on all midfield options due to the complexity of signing De Jong.

United have not given up on De Jong and believe they still need a deal. Central midfield has been a preferred position all summer for United, who are essentially in a broad deal for Juventus midfielder Adrian Rabiot. Contracts with both Rabiot and De Jong have not been ruled out.

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