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Chelsea encouraged after new round of De Jong talks with Barcelona

Chelsea are closing on an agreement with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong.

Sport says the London club would be in a position to exceed the €80million (£68.8million) figure which Barça are asking for the Dutchman.

Chelsea have been keen on the midfielder all summer and it's understood there has been a lot of movement in the discussions for de Jong - with the Blues in constant contact with his agent in the hope of closing a deal soon.

The same outlet reported last week that the 25-year-old was refusing to consider a move away from the Camp Nou - a decision he's now U-turned on.

De Jong was wanted by Manchester United and the Premier League giants agreed a £63m deal with Barcelona last month but he had no intention of joining a club that cannot offer Champions League football.

Since then, Barcelona have been trying to convince de Jong to take a reduction to his salary but the Dutchman is not agreeing to their demands.



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