REPORTS: Chelsea ‘could be close’ to sign Barcelona duo after latest talks
According to latest reports coming out of Spain suggest that Chelsea are not far from meeting Barcelona’s valuation for Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
The Blues are also holding talks with his teammate Ronald Araujo. Chelsea are hoping to bolster their defense in preparation for the potential departure of Antonio Rudiger and/or Andreas Christensen.
Spanish outlet El Nacional reports that Chelsea and Barcelona are just £8 million apart in their valuations of De Jong.
However, Chelsea have reportedly made an opening offer of £33m which the Catalans rejected; the Spanish giants value the Dutch playmaker at around £50m.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will entertain an offer in the region of £41 million as they continue to walk the financial tightrope. Chelsea may also have to contend with Bayern Munich, who are also interested in the Blaugrana star.
Spanish publication Sport reported that Chelsea are at the head of many Premier League sides hoping to nab 22-year-old Barcelona defender, Ronald Araujo.
The defender is out of contract at the Camp Nou in 2023 and has been unable to agree an extension with Barcelona. Chelsea have reportedly called the Barcelona defender and have offered to discuss a potential move in the summer.