Chelsea have allegedly made an offer of £33 million for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong but it is likely to be rejected, with the La Liga giants holding out for £50 million for the transfer flop.
He has featured in 24 games for Blaugrana this season but has clearly failed to live up to his much-hyped potential.
Xavi’s side paid £65 million to bring him in from Ajax three years ago.
According to El Nacional, the Blues are chasing the Netherlands international, and if the club up their offer to around £42 million that could prove fruitful.
Manchester United have been mentioned with a move for the player who could serve as a successor for Paul Pogba.
Pep Guardiola could also entice him to the Etihad with Manchester City one of few sides who would be able to pay the transfer fee.
The 24-year-old was previously considered untransferable but his decline in form means the Catalan club may be more open to his sale, report Fichajes.
If the former de Joden ace was to leave, the Spanish outfit would be able to call on ready-made successors.
Youth graduates Gavi and Pedri have impressed this campaign with another talent, Nico, also rated highly by Barcelona.