CHELSEA have reportedly made a bid of £33million for Barcelona flop Frenkie de Jong.
But it is expected to be rejected, with the Catalans holding out for £50m for the midfielder.
De Jong has featured in 24 games for Barca this season, but has failed to live up to his much-hyped potential.
The Spanish giants paid £65m to bring him in from Ajax in 2019.
According to El Nacional, Chelsea are chasing the Dutchman, and if they up their offer to around £42m that could prove fruitful.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the midfielder who could serve as a replacement for Paul Pogba.
Pep Guardiola could also entice De Jong to the Etihad with Manchester City one of few clubs who would be able to comfortably afford the transfer fee.
De Jong, 24, was previously considered untouchable but his decline in form means Barcelona may be more open to a sale, report Fichajes.
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If the former Ajax star was to leave, Barcelona would be able to call on ready-made replacements.
Youth graduates Pedri and Gavi have impressed this season with another youngster, Nico, also rated highly by the club.
Nico is tipped to be the next Sergio Busquests and was given a new contract which included a £430m release clause last summer.
United were also linked with the teenager when he was just 16 years old, which suggests he has a big future ahead of him.
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