Frenkie de Jong Next Club Odds: Chelsea 13/8 favourites as Manchester United chances fade

Frenkie de Jong Next Club Odds: Chelsea 13/8 favourites as Manchester United chances fade

Having been linked with a move to Manchester United all summer, former Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong is now odds on with some bookmakers to join Chelsea.

The rumour that is refusing to go away this summer is Frenkie de Jong to leave Barcelona. The 25-year-old Dutch international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United (2/1) this summer but Chelsea have snuck in as favourites (13/8 best price) to land the deep lying midfielder. 

Barcelona’s financial struggles have continued into this season, and they may need to get de Jong off the books before they can register any of their new signings. Barcelona owe de Jong north of €17 million in deferred wagers, which is halting any move to the Premier League. 

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Xavi has been adamant that he will remain a Barcelona player but with de Jong apparently refusing to take a pay cut, his exit may be the only option. 

Manchester United have been the club mentioned alongside his name all summer, but with the issue of deferred wages owed to him and the fact that United aren’t in the Champions League this season, de Jong is rumoured to be against the move. 

Chelsea are reportedly ready to capitalise on this and have become the bookies favourites (13/8 best) to sign de Jong this summer. Chelsea have been in a transfer battle with Barcelona all summer and have lost out on both Raphinha and Jules Kounde to the Catalan side. Ironically, they now look to Barcelona’s own squad to strengthen their midfield ranks.

An outside choice to sign de Jong is Bayern Munich at 25/1. Bayern have recently signed Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus for €60 million and may look to capture his Dutch and former Ajax teammate to complete the pair. 

It is worth noting that de Jong is not a sure thing to be leave, he still sits at 6/5 to stay at Barcelona. This may result in him taking a pay cut or taking a fraction of his deferred wages, but a Barcelona stay is still a real possibility. 

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