Transfer gossip: Arsenal learn midfielder price; De Jong cheaper for Chelsea

Man Utd target Frenkie de Jong spits water out

Frenkie de Jong is a £71m target for Chelsea but Arsenal will have to pay more for Moises Caicedo. Plus, Newcastle want Mason Mount.


Yesterday we would have written that Chelsea would not have a chance of luring Frenkie de Jong to the Bridge without Champions League football but maybe Graham Potter is going to do a Thomas Tuchel and win the damned thing. They finally got a slice of luck against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.

Now Fichajes claim that Chelsea are planning a summer move for the Dutchman who is still thought to be a target for Manchester United, who look rather more likely to be in the Champions League next season. The Blues will apparently pay £71m for De Jong; he doesn’t want to leave but Barcelona might well pile on the pressure as they need to save money this summer and he is very much a sellable asset.


There was giddy talk on Tuesday about Arsenal moving for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has dismissed that idea, saying: “I don’t have it confirmed, as of now. Arsenal have Gabriel Jesus, Nketiah, Balogun and also, Osimhen’s price tag will be really huge. I think Arsenal have different priorities for this summer, including a new midfielder.”

And they will need all their money for that midfielder, if Football Insider are to be believed. They claim that Brighton will demand over £90m for Moises Caicedo after they rather cleverly gave him a new contract. They’re clever, those damned Seagulls.


We have written much on these pages about Mason Mount being linked with Liverpool – we think the Chelsea midfielder is looking for love – but MailOnline claim that Newcastle United are interested, seeing the England man as a relatively cheap way of making a marquee signing.

The report says: ‘They admire Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Florian Wirtz and Leicester winger Harvey Barnes, and still want cover and competition for Fabian Schar at right centre-back.

‘Mount could be available for cheaper than expected this summer given his contract situation and Chelsea’s determination not to see him depart on a free like defenders Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen did last summer.’

We think Barnes might be rather more achievable than Mount, somehow.


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