Gary Neville says he was told Frenkie de Jong prefers Chelsea switch over Manchester United

Gary Neville says he has been told that Frenkie de Jong would rather join Chelsea than Manchester United this summer.

United’s pursuit of De Jong has dragged on throughout the summer window, seemingly in the belief that Barcelona would eventually need to sell.

For much of the window, there have seemingly only been two options on the table for the Dutchman; staying at the Camp Nou or making the move to Old Trafford.

But Chelsea are ramping up their attempts to hijack the deal, according to the Daily Mirror, as their new ownership regime looks to make waves in the transfer market.

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Neville says De Jong prefers Chelsea

Neville recently went to Miami to watch Inter Miami – owned by David Beckham and managed by his brother Phil – play them.

He has said on Twitter that he was told there that De Jong prefers a move to London and Stamford Bridge than coming to United.

Chelsea can offer Champions League football and the capacity to live in London, which is attractive to plenty of players, especially those coming from abroad.

That is not especially promising for United, although it seems like Chelsea would still have plenty to do to make De Jong their player.

Neville has taken to Twitter lately to discuss the De Jong deal on more than one occasion, with the negotiations dragging on for so long.

He joked about reports last month that the Dutchman has a number of reservations about coming to Old Trafford, which would also follow with what he is saying now.

Neville also criticised Barca for their treatment of De Jong, with the unpaid wages he is still apparently owed unresolved.

That would be a barrier for Chelsea to get past too, and their transfer business this summer has been hampered by Barcelona, with targets Raphinha and Jules Kounde heading to the Camp Nou rather than the Blues.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.