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Chelsea transfer gossip: Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong and Ronald Araujo on Blues radar


Chelsea are not far off from meeting Barcelona’s valuation for Frenkie de Jong according to reports in Spain, while they’ve also held talks with representatives of his teammate Ronald Araujo

Chelsea are interested in Barcelona's Frenkie De Jong (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 18: Frenkie De Jong of FC Barcelona with the ball during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Elche CF at Camp Nou on December 18, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

With their Premier League title hopes all but over following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Man City, Chelsea can turn their attention to winning the FA Cup, League Cup, and trying to retain the UEFA Champions League.

And while Thomas Tuchel will be fully focused on this season’s goals, the Blues hierarchy have no doubt already started planning for next season’s title assault.

Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and according to reports in Spain a deal could be close for the Dutchman, with speculation over his future at Camp Nou continuing to grow.

There’s also stories of Chelsea looking at another Barca star in defender Ronald Araujo, as they plan for life without Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, both of whom are out of contract in the summer.

Here’s the latest Chelsea transfer gossip…

Blues move for De Jong

Chelsea’s midfield for the future looks extremely bright with Billy Gilmour and Conor Gallagher sent to return at the end of the season.

But the addition of Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong could be on the cards if the two clubs can agree on a fee.

According to Spanish outlet El Nacional, the pair are £8million apart in the valuation of the former Ajax star.

The report claims that Chelsea’s opening offer of £33m has been rejected with the Spanish giants valuing the Dutch playmaker closer to £50m.

But they are prepared to accept an offer in the region of £41m as they continue to struggle financially.

Araujo a summer option

Another Barcelona player who could swap Spain for west London is defender Ronald Araujo.

Spanish publication Sport claim that the Blues are one of many Premier League sides hoping to nab the 22-year-old.

Araujo’s contract runs out in 2023 and while the two sides are currently discussing an extension, they are not close to striking a deal.

And Chelsea have reportedly have called the player to discuss a potential move in the summer when he enters the final year of his contract.

Kepa keen to stay a Blue

One player who looks set to stay at Stamford Bridge is goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Spanish shotstopper is currently deputising for Eduardo Mendy while he represents his national side at the African Cup of Nations.

Though demoted to second-choice goalkeeper last season, Kepa is believed to be happy with his opportunities at Chelsea according to an interview with DAZN as quoted by Football.London.

Lazio are said to be sniffing around the 27-year-old but the latest quotes from the keeper look set to scupper any hopes of a January move.

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