‘You’d choose Chelsea over Manchester United – they’ve got problems!’ – Gabby Agbonlahor says Blues should hijack Frenkie de Jong transfer

    Chelsea should hijack Manchester United’s move for Frenkie de Jong, says Gabby Agbonlahor, who believes the player would rather a move to Stamford Bridge.

    The Red Devils have been trying to sign Barcelona midfielder De Jong all summer, but there are fears the deal could collapse.

    Agbonlahor thinks Chelsea should target De Jong

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    Agbonlahor thinks Chelsea should target De Jong

    Man United have agreed a fee worth up to £71.5million with the Spanish giants but it is not clear whether the Dutchman wants to reunite with Erik ten Hag at the Premier League club.

    And Agbonlahor believes Premier League rivals Chelsea should now target the midfielder, claiming any player would be more open to a move to west London.

    The Blues have already signed Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling, this summer, as well being close to a deal for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

    And a move for De Jong would see their squad become strong enough to rival the likes of Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham, says Agbonlahor.

    “I did say last week that Spurs are looking in a better position at the moment with the signings they’ve made,” he told talkSPORT Breakfast

    “Chelsea are catching them now, Koulibaly is a great centre-back, Kounde will add to their defence, with Thiago Silva, maybe as a back three.

    Tuchel could steal the midfielder from Man United

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    Tuchel could steal the midfielder from Man United

    “I still feel like they may still need a midfielder, there’s talk of maybe De Jong, maybe hijacking that move from Manchester United, and I think he’d choose Chelsea over Man United if he had the choice. 

    “So I still think they need another midfielder and another striker, but the defence will be sorted with this signing.” 

    He added: “I’ve been talking about Manchester United not being as much of a pull for a while now and their fans don’t like it. They can’t handle the straight facts. 

    “De Jong, if he’s leaving Barcelona, he does not want to go to Manchester United. There are quotes that have come out that he would rather Bayern Munich, he would rather Chelsea. 

    “Because if I’m choosing a team in the Premier League and I’ve got the chance of Chelsea or Manchester United, I’m choosing Chelsea. 

    Sterling signed for Chelsea from Man City this summer

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    Sterling signed for Chelsea from Man City this summer

    Koulibaly further strengthens the Blues’ squad

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    Koulibaly further strengthens the Blues’ squad

    “I’m in London, I’ve got Thomas Tuchel who’s won the Champions League recently, you’re playing Champions League football this season, you’ve got a better squad of players. 

    “Manchester United have got [Cristiano] Ronaldo who doesn’t want to be there, he’s not turned up for pre-season. 

    “You’ve got players that aren’t performing. You’ve lost top players like [Paul] Pogba. 

    “They’ve got problems and it’s going to take them a while to get a chance of winning the Premier League or the Champions League. 

    “Does De Jong want to go from Barcelona, who will be playing Champions League football, to Manchester United, who aren’t going to be?” 

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