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Chelsea’s tussles with Barcelona in the transfer market will continue up until the closure of the window next week.

Frenkie de Jong’s long-awaited departure from Camp Nou will be a rushed job, with the Dutchman waiting for a compromise over wages the Catalan club owe him.

The 25-year-old is already owed £17million in amortisations and back payments by the club, and his future is unlikely to be resolved until that matter is worked out.

He has already fought off strong advances from Manchester United, but could be tempted to join Chelsea for Champions League football if he is frozen out in Spain.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be returning to the Premier League, if Barcelona will agree a fee below €30m (£25m) for their French-born striker.

Barcelona are keen to offload players because of a high wage bill, and to free up funds to allow them to register incoming stars.

The two prestigious clubs have been involved in a number of transfer battles during this window.

First, Barcelona got the better of Chelsea when they signed Raphinha from Leeds, despite the Blues believing the player was theirs.

Jules Kounde then chose to remain in La Liga, switching from Sevilla to the Nou Camp, rather than moving to London – although he has still not yet been registered to play in La Liga, because of Barcelona’s financial issues.

Barcelona were also thought to be interested in Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, although he signed a new contract at Stamford Bridge, but may still move for current Blue, and former Real Madrid youth player, Marcos Alonso.

Alonso may form part of any deal which would see Aubameyang coming back to London after his stint with Arsenal.

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