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Frenkie de Jong ’empties out’ Barcelona locker with Man United transfer inevitable

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Frenkie de Jong has reportedly emptied his locker at Barcelona’s training ground as his move to Manchester United edges closer.

The 25-year-old has cleared his belongings from Ciutat Esportiva after Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag turned his head towards Old Trafford, according to AS.

De Jong had wanted to stay in Catalonia beyond the summer transfer window, but Barcelona’s well-documented financial predicament is forcing the midfielder out.

Ten Hag identified De Jong as his top transfer target shortly after his appointment as manager, and following weeks of intense speculation, talks are now set to intensify over the coming days, as Camp Nou chiefs hope to shift the player quickly.

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While Mirror Football understands that United are not willing to be Barcelona’s financial bail-out in order to secure a deal, the news from Spain serves as a huge boost to Ten Hag’s chances of getting his man.

It is added in the report that Barcelona would accept €80 million (£68.8m) to sell De Jong, similar to the sum which the LaLiga giants paid Ajax for his services in 2019.

The Red Devils are believed to be the only club to have made formal contact over the Netherlands international, who has publicly stated that his priority is to remain at Barcelona, but refused to deny talks with Ten Hag.

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The new United boss developed De Jong at Ajax while guiding the Amsterdam side to the Champions League semi-finals three years ago.

Although the deep-lying playmaker has struggled to make the same impact at the Camp Nou, De Jong’s performances in a variety of positions at club level and in a more natural box-to-box role for Holland have kept his stock high.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has even claimed that the maestro is worth far more than Barcelona’s valuation, recently declaring: “Frenkie de Jong does bring an extra quality, of course. That is why he is also worth €112 million [£95.3m].”

De Jong remained coy on his future throughout the international break, shining on the pitch as the Netherlands won three of their four Nations League matches, only failing to beat Poland at home.

“You are always flattered when teams show interest in you as a player,” he told a news conference following a slick display in Tuesday’s dramatic 3-2 win against Wales.

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“But I think I am at the biggest club in the world at the moment and feel fine there so there is no news.”

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Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report

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As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

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The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

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Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

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Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m

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Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

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For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

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To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

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Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

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With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

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The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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