Chelsea is prepared to spend £200 million or more this transfer window and sign up to six players in order to challenge for the title in their first season under new owner Todd Boehly, The Telegraph reports.
We’ve got all the details on their stunning spending spree below, plus confirmation of Gareth Bale’s move to the MLS and more.
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CHELSEA HOPE FOR CITY DOUBLE IN BIG SPENDING SPREE
Their list includes three centre-backs: Nathan Ake of Manchester City, Jules Kounde of Sevilla and Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus. Forwards Raheem Sterling of Manchester City and Richarlison of Everton are also on the list, while impending free agent Ousmane Dembele could choose to sign. French right-back Jonathan Clauss (Lens) has also reportedly been discussed.
Chelsea has prepared a second bid for Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, with a deal for their top target close to being completed, according to multiple reports.
And according to The Telegraph, the club is now looking for a double deal from the Premier League champions, hoping to sign defender Nathan Ake. The Blues are in need of defensive reinforcements after the departures of centre backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, and Ake is a left-sided defender who can also play at fullback or as a defensive midfielder if needed.
Ake was previously at Stamford Bridge for seven years, departing at age 22, and is reportedly open to a return.
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Chelsea has also started talks with Juventus over centre-back Matthijs de Ligt – a Dutch teammate of Ake – but his whopping release clause worth €120m is proving problematic.
Juventus is somewhat strapped for cash and seeking to offload players to make room for Paul Pogba, who will command among the highest wage in the squad.
That could see De Ligt, who pockets about £200,000 a week and is contracted until mid-2024, exit for around €80m, per the Daily Mirror.
But Juventus is also reportedly hoping for a player-plus-cash deal, with transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio claiming the Blues have offered attacker Timo Werner as part of a deal.
Elsewhere, Chelsea reportedly remain in negotiations over Sevilla’s Jules Kounde – who has been on their wishlist for some years – for a deal valued around €60m.
Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele’s Barcelona contract expires on June 30, with the star flyer set to make a decision in the coming days. Chelsea is one of many clubs hoping to poach the winger, who has battled with injuries over the years at the Catalan club.
The Blues are also keen on signing Richarlison of Everton, but the club will have to fight Tottenham for his signature, with Spurs recently submitting a bid for the Brazilian attacker.
And the club is resigned to missing out on Cristiano Ronaldo, with Manchester United declaring the forward is not for sale – despite his agent reaching out to the Blues to sound out a move last week.
CECH LEAVES CHELSEA OVER SQUAD CALLS
Petr Cech became the latest member of Chelsea’s senior management team to leave the club on Monday following a change in ownership.
Long-serving chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia also departed Stamford Bridge last week in the wake of a takeover from American Todd Boehly’s consortium.
Cech, who won 13 major honours with Chelsea during his playing career as a goalkeeper, became the club’s technical and performance advisor when he retired in 2019.
“It has been a huge privilege to perform this role at Chelsea for the past three years,” Cech said in a club statement.
“With the club under new ownership, I feel now is the right time for me to step aside.
“I am pleased that the club is now in an excellent position with the new owners, and I am confident of its future success both on and off the pitch.”
His decision was reportedly a result of Chelsea’s decision to loan record signing Romelu Lukaku back to Inter Milan just one year after making a move in the opposite direction for £98 million.
CITY LEGEND RETURNS HOME
Former Manchester City captain Fernandinho has returned to his first club and signed for Athletico Paranaense, the Brazilian club said on Monday.
The 37-year-old midfielder, who left City at the end of last season following a trophy-laden nine-year stint in England, signed a two-and-a-half year contract.
“It is with great satisfaction that I return home … Knowing that I can apply a little bit of everything I achieved in these years playing in Europe,” said Fernandinho in a press conference to unveil his arrival in the southern city of Curitiba.
Born in Parana state, whose capital is Curitiba, Fernandinho began his career at Athletico as a teenager in 2002 before moving to Ukraine to join Shakhtar Donetsk in 2005.
BALE DEAL CONFIRMED … BUT WALES HOMECOMING LOOMS
Wales captain Gareth Bale has signed a 12-month contract with Los Angeles FC that features options through 2024, the Major League Soccer squad announced Monday.
Bale confirmed his plans on social media over the weekend after his departure from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
“I am extremely excited for this move to LAFC,” Bale said.
“This is the right place for me and my family and the right time in my career and I cannot wait to get started working with the team and getting ready to win more trophies in Los Angeles.” The 32-year-old forward, a five-time UEFA Champions League winner, spent nine years with Real Madrid.
“Gareth is one of the most dynamic and exciting players of his generation,” LAFC co-president and general manager John Thorrington said.
Bale had been close to a deal with Welsh club Cardiff City, who compete in England’s second-tier Championship, and that club has stated they remain hopeful of signing him in 12 months.