The Dutch midfielder has no interest whatsoever in moving to Manchester United
Frenkie de Jong is living through his most difficult moments at Barcelona, conscious that the club wants him to depart. In these circumstances the Dutch midfielder, who is not interested in signing for Manchester United, may not mind choosing Chelsea as an alternative.
Frenkie de Jong’s minutes as a centre back in the clash against Inter Miami can be interpreted in different ways. Of course one way will be as a sign that it will be hard for him to get minutes in the centre of the pitch when Xavi has plenty of other options there. Or simply that Barcelona are sharing out pre-season minutes and that when the squad is complete, Frenkie will get his time in midfield.
In any case he knows that he's on the market and he does not want to go to Old Trafford.
The Dutch midfielder is not interested in the city of Manchester nor the way that United work; a club that he believes has had erratic behaviour over the last few months and above all will not be in the Champions League next season. That is of course his main issue.
Frenkie’s first choice would be to stay at Barcelona because he loves the city and the club.
However given the circumstances he wouldn't mind signing for another big side in Europe like Bayern Munich; a club which hopes to win it all in a city which has its attractions.
Although the Premier League is not a competition which he loves he also wouldn't shut himself off to a move to Chelsea.
The Blues have an interesting sporting project and will be in the Champions League next season. Under Thomas Tuchel De Jong believes he will be in with a chance of winning big trophies. And of course London is a city which is very attractive to live in.
Chelsea know that Manchester United and Barcelona reached an agreement over a fee for Frenkie de Jong and for now that is on hold because the player does not want to move.
There is also the economic aspect. Frenkie de Jong is owed a huge amount of money from his contract which he deferred some of his earnings in to help the club.
Barcelona will have to pay him if he doesn't move and the Dutch international wants to receive that money whatever happens.