Since Todd Boehly took over ownership of the team in May 2022, Chelsea has spent over £600 million on moves
They had a busy summer transfer season, signing players like Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Marc Cucurella in high-priced deals. But their spending binge didn’t stop in January; they continued to splash cash to acquire Mykhailo Mudryk and Enzo Fernandes, the latter of whom cost them a staggering £106 million. However, they will continue to pursue more well-known stars this summer. SPORT claims that Boehly is preparing a raid on Barca to obtain Frenkie de Jong.
Over the years, N’Golo Kante has been one of their most crucial players, but his fitness has lately come into question. Only two Premier League starts have been made by the 31-year-old this season, and the Frenchman has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Kante’s future is unclear because his current contract expires this summer. The French international may end up signing an extension, but Stamford Bridge still has a serious need for a new midfielder. They are interested in signing De Jong, but the Premier League powerhouses may find it challenging to conclude the deal. The 25-year-old signed the Blaugrana from Ajax in 2019 and has been at Camp Nou ever since.
With more than 170 senior appearances under his belt, he has been among the most significant players on the Spanish squad. The Netherlands international is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders in the world due to his superb technique, dribbling skills, and passing ability. This season, the adaptable playmaker has been a crucial component of Xavi’s squad.
With 33 games across all leagues as a regular starter and two goals to his credit. Barca shouldn’t even consider moving De Jong, according to Xavi. According to reports, the athlete is happy at Barca and doesn’t want to go anywhere else. Last summer, Manchester United tried to sign him, but they were unsuccessful in getting him to play in the richest football division. The Red Devils and the Catalans came to an agreement, but De Jong remained in Spain.
Will Chelsea succeed in luring De Jong more successfully than United? They are among the top clubs in England and have the resources. However, they are not likely to place in the top four this year, which means they might not play in the Champions League the following year. They will have a difficult time persuading the Netherlands international to join them this summer without offering European games.