As we near the end of the month of January, rumors regarding a potential transfer for Frenkie de Jong continue to swirl, with Chelsea and Liverpool apparently joining Manchester United in their chase of the Barcelona midfielder.
Frenkie de Jong, at 25 years old, was one of the most talked-about players during the most recent transfer window. Erik ten Hag tried to sign his former Ajax pupil with both Manchester United and Barcelona.
Frenkie de Jong has started six of the Blaugrana’s 14 matches this season after electing to stay at Camp Nou despite the LaLiga club pushing him to go to help alleviate their finances. It is possible that the Dutch international would make the switch in January if they are eliminated from the Champions League tournament early and if he is offered more playing time in the Premier League.
Frenkie de Jong Is Highly In Demand
De Jong nixed the transfer after Barcelona and United settled on a deal worth an initial €65 million plus add-ons, but he still has not signed with Old Trafford. Since he is still under contract with Barcelona until 2026, unless the Catalan club is frantic to get a transfer done, that number is unlikely to decrease.
Liverpool has made no secret of their desire for midfield reinforcements and is rumored to have contacted De Jong’s representatives, while ESPN reports that Chelsea’s interest has been piqued by the injury status of N’Golo Kante, who will reportedly miss around four months after surgery on his hamstring. It has been reported by Football Italia that Juventus are willing to trade 24-year-old American midfielder Weston McKennie for €20 million in January.
The Evening Standard reports that Arsenal is interested in signing French international and Eintracht Frankfurt center-back Evan Ndicka, 23. Ndicka is currently under contract until the end of the season. Reports from the Daily Mail indicate that Wilfried Zaha will turn down a new contract offer from Crystal Palace in order to join a top-six Premier League club when his current contract expires at the end of the season.