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Chelsea’s summer transfer window is really expected to get started now.

All the Blues’ Premier League top six rivals with the exception of Manchester United have made a signing at this point whilst the west Londoners had been going about their business relatively quietly so far.

However, with Romelu Lukaku’s loan exit to Inter Milan all but confirmed with the exception of a medical being done, it is expected that Todd Boehly’s sole priority will then turn to spending some of the £200million transfer budget on incoming business.

With this in mind, football.london brings you all the latest transfer rumours as the window is starting to heat up for Thomas Tuchel’s side amid the big Raheem Sterling update that was delivered last weekend.

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The Frenchman’s potential £10million transfer to the Blues has been complicated at this early stage by Barca’s ‘complicated’ pursuit of Chelsea icon Cesar Azpilicueta. Goal exclusively revealed that interim sporting director Boehly had initiated contacts with Lens to sign Azpilicueta’s heir with the view that he would be a direct replacement for the Spanish international.

However, certain dominoes have to fall before Tuchel can get his new defensive signing in through the door and the latest on Barca’s pursuit of the 32-year-old makes worrying reading if you are a supporter who wants to see Clauss come through the doors this summer. This is because as per Spanish outlet EL Golazo De Gol, Barcelona are currently seeing the signings of Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso as ‘complicated’. Until both their futures are sorted out, it is unlikely that we will see any real movement on the Clauss front.

The Frenchman’s potential £10million transfer to the Blues has been complicated at this early stage by Barca’s ‘complicated’ pursuit of Chelsea icon Cesar Azpilicueta. Goal exclusively revealed that interim sporting director Boehly had initiated contacts with Lens to sign Azpilicueta’s heir with the view that he would be a direct replacement for the Spanish international.

However, certain dominoes have to fall before Tuchel can get his new defensive signing in through the door and the latest on Barca’s pursuit of the 32-year-old makes worrying reading if you are a supporter who wants to see Clauss come through the doors this summer. This is because as per Spanish outlet EL Golazo De Gol, Barcelona are currently seeing the signings of Chelsea defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso as ‘complicated’. Until both their futures are sorted out, it is unlikely that we will see any real movement on the Clauss front.

Christian Pulisic

Liverpool could still sign another attacker this summer after Sadio Mane’s move to Bayern Munich was finally confirmed. The expectation was that Darwin Nunez would be the natural replacement for the Senegalese but even if he was to be, the exits of Takumi Minamino and AC Milan-bound Divock Origi mean that Jürgen Klopp is on the lookout for a new attacking option to join his squad.

Could this be the USMNT star who has already been linked to an Anfield move this summer? Well, apparently not according to CBS’ Ben Jacobs who tweeted: “Liverpool are not looking at Christian Pulisic as a ‘Mane replacement’. They already have Núñez. With Origi Milan-bound another attacking option could still be considered, but I am told it won’t be Pulisic.”

Declan Rice

All talk surrounding a potential Chelsea move for the former Blues academy player has fallen flat. West Ham’s asking price of £150million coupled with the other priorities Chelsea have already on the agenda in the attacking and defensive areas means that all midfield activity hasn’t been able to get going as of now.

But, if The Telegraph’s Matt Law’s prediction is to be correct, then a move for the Hammers star could come nearer the end of this summer’s transfer window. “It wouldn’t surprise me if later on in the transfer window that starts to gather some pace, but the big priorities at the moment are defenders and attackers,” he said on the latest episode of the London is Blue Podcast.

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The Blues are still waiting to conduct their first piece of business in the transfer window this summer, though plenty of work appears to be happening behind the scenes. Director Marina Granovskaia has left as part of the Chelsea board reshuffle as new owner Todd Boehly will step in as interim sporting director for the rest of this transfer window before a new one is appointed.

Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta alongside the likes of former Liverpool director Michael Edwards have already been linked to the vacant position but there won’t be an appointment in this regard anytime soon with all focus solely on this £200million squad rebuild that Boehly has promised manager Thomas Tuchel. When it comes to the squad itself, reports claim there could be more departures before there are arrivals. The Athletic have reported that Romelu Lukaku is close to rejoining Inter Milan on loan just one-year after he made the club-record move back to Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, there has been some significant movement on Chelsea’s pursuit of other targets including in the attacking areas. Will the Blues be able to sign both Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele? These questions still have to be answered throughout the next few months.

But in the meantime, football.london brings you all the latest transfer rumours at Chelsea as the window heats up.

RB Leipzig and France international Christopher Nkunku signs a new deal and snubs a potential Chelsea transfer this season in favour of signing a new bumper deal in Germany, which has, in turn, ruled out a potential Timo Werner return to the Bundesliga.

With Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan on loan clsoe to being completed, new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is in the process of trying to identify which No. 9 will be targeted to replace him. The likes of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele are both targets in the attacking areas as Thomas Tuchel looks to complete his complete revamp upfront for 2022/23.

This is according to Sport Witness who have quotes a report from Marca.

The Spanish outlet insists that Dembele’s wish is to stay at Barcelona, but since there have been no new movements since the last attempt for a renewal, the other clubs continue to be options.

Chelsea are labelled as the club who’ve been ‘pushing the most’ to get the signing done. And on their side there’s the presence of Thomas Tuchel, who worked with the forward at Barcelona.

Chelsea have decided that they will sign a Premier League-proven central defender to partner main transfer priority Jules Kounde in the defence for 2022/23, according to reports, as Josko Gvardiol and Kalidou Koulibaly amongst others learn their fate.

Of course, the Blues still have a battle on their hands for Kounde with Barcelona also hoping to sign the French international in spite of their financial woes. However, it is understood that Chelsea are still the overwhelming favourites to land the 23-year-old with more progression on the deal expected in the next week, if the latest reports in the European media are to be believed.

football.london understands that at least two centre-half signings are on the agenda for Boehly this summer, who looks set to act as a temporary sporting director amid links to Michael Edwards andAndrea Berta following Marina Granovskaia’s exit. The identity of the second target remains up in the air with many of the European elite being linked; the likes of Koulibaly, Gvardiol, Matthijs De Ligt, Presnel Kimpembe and others have all been named as potential candidates.

But it’s options closer to home that are reportedly to be given priority as Kounde’s new defensive partner according to TalkChelsea. Apparently, Chelsea want to sign a player with Premier League experience to partner the Sevilla star in defence.

Chelsea target Ousmane Dembele is ‘happy’ to remain at Barcelona under Xavi due to the good relationship he has with the iconic former midfielder as the Blues are now forced into an unwanted transfer U-turn.

Worryingly, with Chelsea remaining in pole position, they may need to take the hint that Barca’s number 7 could be using their name for a new deal which is what Xavi wants to happen amid the financial stresses that can be found in Catalunya.

This is a sentiment echoed by Achraf Ben Ayad who has close links to the La Liga giants and his latest tweet indicated that a transfer U-turn may have to be on the cards for last season’s third-best team in England.

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All talk surrounding a potential Chelsea move for the former Blues academy player has fallen flat. West Ham’s asking price of £150million coupled with the other priorities Chelsea have already on the agenda in the attacking and defensive areas means that all midfield activity hasn’t been able to get going as of now.

But, if The Telegraph’s Matt Law’s prediction is to be correct, then a move for the Hammers star could come nearer the end of this summer’s transfer window. “It wouldn’t surprise me if later on in the transfer window that starts to gather some pace, but the big priorities at the moment are defenders and attackers,” he said on the latest episode of the London is Blue Podcast.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has previously said he does not believe there is a better player in world football then Neymar amid shock links emerging that one of Man City and Juventus could make a move for the Paris Saint-Germain star.

The Parisians have undergone major surgery already this summer following a review from their Qatar Sports Investments ownership. Kylian Mbappe has has signed a major new contract after it looked likely he would be joining Real Madrid on a free transfer, while sporting director Leonardo and manager Mauricio Pochettino were given the chop.

Lille boss Christopher Galtier is on the verge of being brought in to take over from Pochettino and Luis Campos has joined as director of football, but if rumours are to be believed Brazilian icon Neymar could be leaving. Although the likes of Marca have highlighted that this would be an expensive signing for any club, Campos has reportedly double-downed on his opinion internally that this is the right time to move on the 30-year-old, as per Foot Mercato Journalist Santi Aouna.

There is expected to be significant action at the club on the transfer front regarding outgoings and incomings so keep following along throughout the day as we bring you all the latest gossip from around Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have confirmed that Marina Granovskaia will step down from her role as director of the club at the culmination of the summer transfer window. The 47-year-old follows Bruce Buck standing down as the Blues’ chairman earlier in the week. Co-owner Todd Boehly will take Buck’s place as Chairman of the board.

The Russian-Canadian businesswoman was still speaking to representatives of players as recently as last week and has been Chelsea’s figurehead for transfers, contracts and sponsorship deals for a number of years. However, new co-owner Boehly is said to have led talks over the departure of Romelu Lukaku. Among the American’s first challenges will be to form a good relationship with Thomas Tuchel who has repeatedly spoken highly of his dealings with Granovskaia and Petr Cech.

Granovskaia is said to have helped orchestrate Chelsea move to their current training facility at Cobham, which has heralded a number of stars from the academy. After becoming Roman Abramovich’s representative at the club in 2010, Granovskaia joined Chelsea’s board in 2013 before being promoted to chief executive the following year.

In her time as director of the club she received the award for Best Club Director in European football at the Golden Boy Awards in 2021.

“We thank Marina for her many years of excellent service to the Club and wish her all the best in her future ventures,” Boehly wrote in the statement on the club’s official website.

There have been a raft of new names added to the board in a shakeup to how the club will be run from the 2022-23 campaign onwards. Joining Boehly on the board are many of the American’s co-investors including Hansjorg Wys, Mark Walter and representatives from Clearlake Capital.

News of a successor to Granvoskaia is yet to be released and will likely come later in the summer. Reports on Tuesday indicated that former Manchester United director Ed Woodward was interested in the position.

Chelsea have decided that they will sign a Premier League-proven central defender to partner main transfer priority Jules Kounde in the defence for 2022/23, according to reports, as Josko Gvardiol and Kalidou Koulibaly amongst others learn their fate.

Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s Chelsea departures have already been confirmed with Romelu Lukaku set to follow the pair out of the door at Stamford Bridge. With an £8million Inter Milan loan return set to be sealed, attention will turn to incoming players with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kounde most prominent on the list. Todd Boehly will have to mull over how much needs to be spent on the backline with £200million set to be available this summer.

Of course, the Blues still have a battle on their hands for Kounde with Barcelona also hoping to sign the French international in spite of their financial woes. However, it is understood that Chelsea are still the overwhelming favourites to land the 23-year-old with more progression on the deal expected in the next week, if the latest reports in the European media are to be believed.

football.london understands that at least two centre-half signings are on the agenda for Boehly this summer, who looks set to act as a temporary sporting director amid links to Michael Edwards and Andrea Berta following Marina Granovskaia’s exit. The identity of the second target remains up in the air with many of the European elite being linked; the likes of Koulibaly, Gvardiol, Matthijs De Ligt, Presnel Kimpembe and others have all been named as potential candidates.

But it’s options closer to home that are reportedly to be given priority as Kounde’s new defensive partner according to TalkChelsea. Apparently, Chelsea want to sign a player with Premier League experience to partner the Sevilla star in defence.

The likes of Max Kilman and Wesley Fofana have been long-term targets of the club. football.london understand that there is interest in Wolves defender Kilman, but his recent ankle ligament injury means that a move is not imminent. Chelsea could potentially have an upper hand in any race to sign the defender, however, with his younger brother already part of the Blue’s academy.

The recent injury to Kilman and the Fofana’s recovery from a broken leg with ligament damage make a move for either defender unlikely this summer. This then takes us to the likes Man City’s Nathan Ake and Brighton’s Adam Webster, with various outlets already linking the Dutchmen to a surprise West London return. It will certainly be interesting to see how this development unfolds further as the summer transfer window progresses.

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