Chelsea are willing to match Manchester United’s £72m bid for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and are also considering to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Barcelona allow both players to leave this month.
Manchester United agreed a £72m fee to sign De Jong last month but he is owed £17m in deferred wages and will not agree to leave until he is paid. Barcelona want him to stay but only if he agrees to take a significant pay cut and accept a £6m settlement for his deferred wages.
Unlike United, Chelsea can offer De Jong Champions League football.
In January, Aubameyang left Arsenal for Barcelona on a free transfer. His contract has three more years to run.
Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public, he is keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
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