CHELSEA targets Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are in crunch talks with Barcelona to sort out their futures.
Chelsea are now in a race with Manchester United for Dutch midfielder De Jong, who was verbally abused by a number of Barca fans as he arrived at the club’s HQ for training.
Barcelona need to sell more players to balance the books and allow their summer signings to be registered ahead of their first game against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Barcelona would prefer him to stay but only if he agrees to take a significant pay cut and accept a £6m settlement for his deferred wages.
The club even alleged there had been criminality in the terms agreed in the contract made by the previous board.
That sparked a furious response from the Dutch players’ union, who said De Jong might be the target of extortion.
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The Gabon striker, who has three years left on his contract, had a string of disciplinary issues with Arsenal but Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel worked with him at Dortmund.
The Blues are already confident of signing Leicester’s Wesley Fofana and have been quoted £12m for Inter Milan’s teenage star Cesare Casadei — even though he has yet to play for the first team.
Chelsea have already spent a massive £178m this summer under new owner Todd Boehly.
The German striker, 26, yesterday completed his £20m return to RB Leipzig — two years after he arrived for £48m.
Werner was slammed by fans after scoring just 23 goals in 89 games.
Yet he said: “I had a good time in England — I learnt a lot and got to know a new league. But I’m really pleased to be back.”