Barcelona have reportedly threatened legal action over Frenkie de Jong’s contract after the Spanish giants claimed to have found evidence of crime among “the parties that signed the upgraded deal”.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Catalan club, are hoping to sell the Dutch star or bring the deal back to what it was to solve their financial problems.
De Jong is strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United, although Chelsea recently emerged as a potential candidate for his services.
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Meanwhile striker Timo Werner is almost ready to finalize his deal with RB Leipzig after arriving in Germany for his medical.
The 26-year-old rose to football stars during his first spell at the club and became one of the biggest names in the transfer market before being snatched by Chelsea two years ago.
While Chelsea may lose Werner, the Blues are strongly linked with another rising star who could sign them for a world record.
Here’s all the news and gossip in the latest edition of our Rumor Mill!
BARCA THREATS LEGAL MEASURES
Barcelona’s financial problems urgently need a solution after La Liga rejected their bid to register new players, including star recruit Robert Lewandowski.
Frenkie de Jong has been linked with two of the biggest clubs in England, and a transfer represents a possible solution to their money drama.
But the de Jong saga in Barcelona has taken a dramatic new turn, with the club reportedly threatening legal action over the stars’ renewed deal.
De Jong signed a two-year contract extension with the club on October 20, 2020, meaning he stayed with the club longer but lowered his salary in the short term.
The Netherlands international is believed to owe €18 million ($26 million AUD) in deferred wages, which the club hopes to cancel.
David Ornstein has reported that the deal presented by the club’s previous board dealt with alleged “crime” and “provides grounds for legal action against those involved”.
Previously, Barcelona president Joan Laporta had insisted he wants De Jong to stay with the club.
“Frenkie is our player and we want him to stay at Barcelona, he also wants to stay,” said Laporta.
“With him and his team-mates, we have a very strong midfield. He has offers, but we want him to stay.”
RED DEVILS SIGN FRENCH MIDDLE FIELD
Manchester United had identified midfielder Fabian Ruiz as a possible alternative to De Jong and it appears the deal is progressing as Erik ten Hag looks set to complete his fourth signing.
the guard revealed that an agreement has been reached between Juventus and Manchester United for £15 million ($26 million AUD).
Rabiot has had an award-winning playing career to date, having won Ligue 1 five times with Paris Saint-Germain, and is also a Serie A winner.
WERNER COMPLETES RELOCATION
Chelsea striker Timo Werner is about to return to RB Leipzig after arriving in Germany for his medical.
Werner had a disappointing stint with the Blues, but will return to the club where he really made a name for himself in world football.
The 26-year-old scored 90 goals and provided 40 assists in his 156 appearances for RB Leipzig before leaving in 2020.
CHELSEA BIG SPENDING CONTINUES
Leicester defender Wesley Fofana could wear another navy jersey this season as Chelsea prepare to launch a world record bid this week.
Football Londonunderstand that the Blues will try to sign their second centre-back of the English summer, following the announcement of Kalidou Koulibaly.
Fofana is believed to be pushing for a departure from the Foxes, even though coach Brendan Rodgers has insisted he is not for sale. According to the report, Chelsea are preparing a bid that would break the world record for the highest fee paid to a defender – currently the 87 million euros ($A127 million) Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019.
ONE OR THE OTHER
Barcelona will not sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay as both players are still linked with transfers away from the Camp Nou.
Football insider Fabrizio Romano has said there have been no talks between Chelsea and Barcelona about Aubameyang, although he is on their “list”.
The former Arsenal captain could be primed for a sensational return to England with London rivals Chelsea, although he is happy in Spain.
Meanwhile, Depay is reportedly in negotiations with Juventus interested in taking over his services.
BOLOGNA MAKE IT CLEAR
Bologna director Marco di Vaio has made it quite clear that the Italian club wants to keep striker Marko Arnautovic amid rumors of an offer from Manchester United.
The Red Devils had reportedly rejected an offer for the 33-year-old striker.
“Man United on Arnautovic? We are proud of Man United’s interest in Marko, but we have no intention of selling him,” said Di Vaio.
“We want to keep him in Bologna, as the president said, he is an important part of our project – there is not even a price tag.”