Chelsea transfer targets De Jong and Aubameyang to hold crunch talks with Barcelona as double exit nears

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CHELSEA targets Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are in crunch talks with Barcelona to sort out their futures.

De Jong’s agents jetted into Barcelona on Wednesday to talk to the club, with both parties in a financial stand-off.

Aubameyang, who only signed from Arsenal in January, has also instructed his  advisers to speak to the LaLiga giants to decide on his next move.

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.

Reports from Spain claimed the supporters insulted him with the taunt, “Lower your salary, b****!”

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.

Manchester United agreed a £72million fee to sign De Jong last month but he is owed £17m in deferred wages and will not agree to leave until he is paid.

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.

Chelsea are willing to match United’s agreed £72m bid for De Jong, while their interest in Aubameyang is a shock.

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 club’s American backers have invested in Raheem Sterling from Man City  for £50m, Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £34m, and Marc Cucurella from Brighton for £62m.

The club have also recruited Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa for £20m and Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire for £12m.

Meanwhile, Timo Werner claims he “had a good time” at Chelsea despite failing to hit his best form.

The German striker, 26, yesterday completed his £20m return to RB Leipzig — two years after he arrived for £48m.

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