Chelsea is pushing to take their transfer spending close to a record £300million this summer as they finally step up their pursuit of a number of big-name targets with the Premier League season about to begin.
Talks are to take place with Barcelona over the potential signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and, separately, and more immediately, hijacking Manchester United’s protracted attempts to acquire midfielder Frenkie de Jong for an initial £63million.
Chelsea Bidding For Wesley Fofana
At the same time, Chelsea is bidding for Wesley Fofana although they are currently falling significantly short of Leicester City’s apparent valuation for the center-half which is understood to be around £80million.
However, despite Leicester’s determination to keep Fofana – they insist he is not for sale – Chelsea is hopeful a compromise can eventually be reached and believe that the 21-year-old Frenchman is keen to join them despite signing a new five-year contract in March.
Sources are even more confident that Chelsea is close to signing Marc Cucurella for a fee of £52.5million even though Brighton continues to claim a final agreement is yet to be reached for the defender who nevertheless handed in a transfer request. Cucurella is also not training with the first-team squad ahead of Brighton’s opening game away to Manchester United on Sunday.
Having already signed Raheem Sterling from City for an initial £47.5million, Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £34million, and Carney Chukwuemeka for £20million from Aston Villa – which was announced on Thursday – it means that the new Todd Boehly-led regime is prepared to commit close to an astonishing £300million in fees this summer.