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New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is planning ‘heavy investment’ in their squad to turn them into a Prem title force again, according to the Evening Standard.
The American billionaire was confirmed as the successor to Roman Abramovich on Saturday and will kickstart their summer transfer plans once the takeover deal is rubberstamped.
Boehly is set to be cleared to complete his Chelsea takeover before the end of the season.
It needs Prem and government sign-off, and with all parties keen to draw the saga to a close it looks like the deal will be ratified before the Blues host Watford in their final game of the season on May 22.
But Boehly’s first bit of business won’t involve bringing RB Leipzig Christopher Nkunku to Stamford Bridge.
That’s because Leipzig’s CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has no intention of selling the £62million rated forward this summer.
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano tweeted a quote from Mintzlaff which says: “We have clearly discussed it internally: we won’t let Nkunku leave this summer, we told him and his agent.”
Elsewhere, Chelsea’s Jake Clarke-Salter is wanted by top clubs across Europe including Leeds and PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer.
Clarke-Salter is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer but Thomas Tuchel‘s side do have the option to extend his deal for another 12 months.
And finally, Chelsea have been urged to make a double swoop for Harry Maguire and Declan Rice this summer.
Both England stars will be welcome additions to the Blues’ squad, insists pundit Richard Keys.
Keys explained: “They need a centre-back. Harry Maguire? What would he cost? £40/50 million? I’m pretty sure he’d jump at the chance of a new start. The obvious one in midfield would be Rice. Kante has all but run himself to a stand still.
“Rice would be a perfect replacement. Would West Ham sell? Of course they will if the money is right. I’d give you £150m for him all day long. If Rice pushes hard it might not take that much.”