Chelsea go all out for Real Valladolid's Ivan Fresneda as Barcelona wait

Chelsea go all out for Real Valladolid's Ivan Fresneda as Barcelona wait

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The full-back is in high demand but has been prepared to wait for Barça until now

Maximum tension for Iván Fresneda. Chelsea have entered fully into the bidding for the player, as explained by 'ESPN' and confirmed by SPORT. The English club have taken advantage of the Blaugrana's inaction to try to sign one of the most promising full-backs on the market. They have no doubts about the operation and are going to present an offer, so Barça could lose a player they had tied up in a matter of days.

Chelsea's move has already reached the Barça offices and has generated some tension. Both the club's sporting director, Deco, and the majority of Barça's scouts were clearly in favour of this signing, considering that he could be a decisive player for the future. The coaching staff preferred Joao Cancelo and entered into an unpredictable negotiation with Manchester City. It seems that everything is going well, but the reality is that it has not been possible, for now, to finalise his transfer when Barça expressly asked the agent, Jorge Mendes, that everything be defined for better or worse this week.

Barça's initial idea was to sign Fresneda and have him in the squad to secure his future while waiting for Cancelo, but the cost of the Portuguese player makes it difficult to combine the two operations. Deco was betting on bringing him in and, in the case of getting Cancelo, loaning him out for a year so that he could continue his training. There are Champions League teams willing to pay his wages for a season to have him on loan and they are waiting for the resolution of the case.

In fact, Barça made a first offer for Fresneda of eight million euros plus five million euros in add ons and Valladolid rejected it. Despite everything, the differences are minimal and an agreement seemed quite feasible. Everything came to a halt due to the insistence of the coaching staff to go for Cancelo and there have been no further talks with Valladolid, who would be happy to sell the player to Chelsea for a higher price.

If Barça still have an option for Fresneda, it is because the player has decided to wait and prioritise the Blaugrana over other teams, including Chelsea. But there is a limit to patience and next week he could feel free to negotiate with any club. If Barça make a move they could block the deal, but for now they have not done so while they have not reached a final agreement for Cancelo either. There are absolutely decisive days ahead for the full-back.

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