‘He’d rather go to Chelsea than Manchester United’ – Chelsea backed to hijack deal

Frenkie De Jong
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Manchester United have struggled all summer to try to sign up Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

Barcelona are keen on selling the midfielder, but De Jong doesn’t want a move to Manchester United, even though United are ready to meet his transfer demands.

Former Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor, has urged Chelsea to beat Manchester United to this signing, claiming that De Jong will rather move to Chelsea than Manchester United.

“I did say last week that Spurs are looking in a better position at the moment with the signings they’ve made,” he told talkSPORT Breakfast.

“Chelsea are catching them now, Koulibaly is a great centre-back, Kounde will add to their defence, with Thiago Silva, maybe as a back three.

“I still feel like they may still need a midfielder, there’s talk of maybe De Jong, maybe hijacking that move from Manchester United, and I think he’d choose Chelsea over Man United if he had the choice.

“So I still think they need another midfielder and another striker, but the defence will be sorted with this signing.”

He added: “I’ve been talking about Manchester United not being as much of a pull for a while now and their fans don’t like it. They can’t handle the straight facts.

“De Jong, if he’s leaving Barcelona, he does not want to go to Manchester United. There are quotes that have come out that he would rather Bayern Munich, he would rather Chelsea.

“Because if I’m choosing a team in the Premier League and I’ve got the chance of Chelsea or Manchester United, I’m choosing Chelsea.

“I’m in London, I’ve got Thomas Tuchel who’s won the Champions League recently, you’re playing Champions League football this season, you’ve got a better squad of players.

“Manchester United have got [Cristiano] Ronaldo who doesn’t want to be there, he’s not turned up for pre-season.

“You’ve got players that aren’t performing. You’ve lost top players like [Paul] Pogba.

“They’ve got problems and it’s going to take them a while to get a chance of winning the Premier League or the Champions League.

“Does De Jong want to go from Barcelona, who will be playing Champions League football, to Manchester United, who aren’t going to be?”