Todd Boehly touches down in Barcelona as Chelsea owner attempts to hijack Man Utd’s Frenkie de Jong transfer swoop

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CHELSEA owner Todd Boehly has landed in Barcelona as he prepares to try and hijack Man Utd’s bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.

The Red Devils appeared to be closing in on a move for the Dutchman after weeks of speculation.

De Jong's future at Barcelona has been up in the air for months

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De Jong’s future at Barcelona has been up in the air for monthsCredit: AFP
Boehly was snapped arriving at the restaurant in Barcelona

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Boehly was snapped arriving at the restaurant in BarcelonaCredit: Twitter

But now a video on social media has emerged of Boehly in Barcelona amid reports Chelsea are ready to swoop in.

And according to The Mirror, he is there to try and steal away the man who is thought to be worth around £56million.

Boehly headed into a restaurant for a meeting in the Spanish city, with Barca president Joan Laporta spotted going into the same establishment along with club chiefs Jordi Cruyff and Mateu Aleman.

When asked by a journalist from Cope why he was in Barca, Boehly smiled and replied: “We’re here for a meal.”

Just yesterday, Laporta was adamant that De Jong would remain at the club.

He was quoted as saying: “Frenkie is not for sale. He is a Barcelona player.”

He then went on to add: “There are offers but that’s not the case [that he is leaving]. We don’t want to sell.”

But the De Jong business is just one of several deals expected to be discussed between Barcelona and Chelsea.

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Blues defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso are both being linked with moves to the Nou Camp.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Barca want to complete a deal for Azpilicueta as soon as possible.

They are prepared to offer the 32-year-old a two-year contract with the option for a further season.

Personal terms have been agreed between Barcelona and both Azpilicueta and Alonso.

However, the Spanish giants are not keen to pay a large fee for the players as the pair are out of contract next summer.

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