De Jong, who is currently on a contract worth £164,000-per-week at the Nou Camp, has found himself at the centre of a tug-of-war throughout the transfer window.
What’s the latest news involving de Jong?
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has already spent just shy of £170million since the summer window opened for business, but it seems he could be closing in on his next big-money signing.
That is because, according to Spanish sources, the Blues are edging towards agreeing a deal worth close to £68million with Barcelona for de Jong.
Chelsea are still waiting on a decision from the Dutchman as to whether he is willing to head to Stamford Bridge.
But the west Londoners are facing competition from Manchester United, who are reportedly not giving up in their attempts to acquire de Jong.
Although the Red Devils reached a £63million agreement with Barcelona last month, the deal failed to go through, allowing Chelsea to potentially pounce.
What has Simon Phillips said about de Jong?
Phillips understands that Chelsea are optimistic that they will win the race for de Jong’s services ahead of the September 1 transfer deadline.
The journalist is aware that the 25-year-old would rather head to Stamford Bridge than Old Trafford, boosting the Blues’ hopes.
Phillips told GIVEMESPORT: “We’re now seeing it being released that Chelsea are actually talking about a fee with Barcelona and being close to agreeing a fee, which is what some reports are saying now.
“I’ve always been told that there’s optimism on Chelsea’s side that he would be open to moving to Chelsea. Out of the two clubs, it’s always been Chelsea over Manchester United.”
Would de Jong be a coup signing for Chelsea?
Considering Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag previously managed de Jong during their time together at Ajax, it would be a huge statement if Chelsea were to beat their Premier League rivals to his signature.
The 44-cap Netherlands international would undoubtedly be an exciting addition to the Blues’ midfield as well.
He has vast amounts of experience and has also shown that, despite being more known for his defensive work, he is capable of contributing in the attacking third of the pitch.
Although it is understood that Barcelona are still refusing to pay the £14.2million owed to de Jong following the restructuring of his contract, leading to question marks over whether a deal will be possible, Chelsea should fight to get a deal over the line for a midfielder who has been described as ‘phenomenal’ by former Premier League striker Kevin Campbell.