De Jong breaks silence on Man Utd & Chelsea

Frenkie de Jong
Frenkie de Jong

FC Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong has broken his silence on Manchester United and Chelsea's reported interest in him during the most recent transfer window.  

With Blaugrana looking to raise funds through player sales, the Dutchman was involved in a lengthy transfer saga over the past few months, with reports suggesting he was at the top of new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag's wish list and that the two clubs had reached an agreement on a fee of €85 million (R1.4 billion) for the potential transfer.

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However, the move did not progress from there, with it being claimed the midfielder, before he would consider leaving Barca, demanded the €17 million (R296 million) in deferred wages he was owed after extending his deal during the pandemic, while the 25-year-old was also believed to desire a move to a team playing in this season's UEFA Champions League.

This seemingly saw Chelsea join the race for the player's signature, with Spain-based journalist Gerard Romero reporting that the Blues offered the Netherlands international a contract worth €18 million (R314 million) a year to join them.

New Blues co-owner Todd Boehly would end up spending the money in other areas, with Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria signing on loan on deadline day, while United opted to sign Casemiro from Real Madrid instead.

De Jong has now shed light on the drawn-out transfer saga involving the Premier League giants.

"Chelsea and Man United interest? I already decided in May that I wanted to stay at Barcelona," the midfielder said, he said in a press conference, per the Daily Mail.

"I never changed this decision during the summer.

“I can't give too much details away.

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"But look... the club has its own ideas and I have my own ideas too, and sometimes this clashes with each other.

"But at the end of the day things went okay."

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