Chelsea Transfer News Roundup: Blues target 3 players to build England backbone; new owner sanctions €60m move for Sevilla defender, plus more

Chelsea are preparing to travel to Eland Road on Wednesday to face Leeds United in the Premier League. With Arsenal hot on their heels, Thomas Tuchel’s side need three points to solidify their hold on third place.

Meanwhile, Richard Keys says the Blues are targeting three players this summer to build an English backbone into the squad. Elsewhere, Blues new owner Todd Boehly has reportedly sanctioned a €60million move for a Sevilla defender.

On that note, here’s a rundown of Chelsea’s top transfer stories as of May 10, 2022:

Chelsea target three players to build England’s backbone

Harry Maguire (left) could move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Harry Maguire (left) could move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

BeIN Sports presenter Richard Keys says the Blues could invest heavily in their squad this summer. They have endured a tough campaign so far so changes are expected, with new owners taking over the club.

In his BlogKeys said the London giants would target three players, including Harry Maguire, to form an England core.

“I keep hearing Chelsea want to go back – and build an English backbone through their squad. The new owners will want to make a statement, and maybe that’s it. They need a centre-back. Harry Maguire “How much would he cost? £40/50m? I’m pretty sure he would jump at the chance of a fresh start,” Keys wrote.

Romelu Lukaku is now Chelsea’s top scorer this season with 14 goals 😲

Keys named Declan Rice and Harry Kane as other targets. He even suggested that a swap deal involving Kane and Romelu Lukaku could happen, adding:

“The most obvious in midfield would be Rice. Kante almost stopped. Rice would be a perfect replacement. Would West Ham sell? Of course they will if the money is right. I’d give you £150 million for him all day. If Rice pushes hard, it might not take that long.

He added:

“So who are they going up front for? Tuchel wants (to) get rid of Lukaku – it’s pretty obvious. But how far? Who got the most out of him in his career? Correct – the Tottenham guys. So if Conte can be persuaded to stay – and he was keen to work with Lukaku again – what could Spurs do to get him? They wouldn’t want to pay anything like Chelsea did for him. So – what about a player swap? Two players worth £50m apiece?”

New owner Todd Boehly sanctions €60m move for Jules Kounde

Jules Kounde is wanted at Stamford Bridge.
Jules Kounde is wanted at Stamford Bridge.

Todd Boehly has sanctioned a €60million move to sign Jules Kounde this summer, according to Caught offside via Todo Fichajes. Chelsea need to invest in their backline ahead of the new season, with several players set to leave Stamford Bridge. Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are both set to leave at the end of their contracts this summer.

The Blues want to remedy the situation by rolling up in Koundé. The Frenchman was close to a move to London last summer before the deal broke at the eleventh hour. However, the London giants have retained their interest in the 23-year-old and are planning a second try this year.

Kounde has been in immaculate form this campaign and could help ease the impending void due to Rudiger’s impending departure from Stamford Bridge.

Juve interested in Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech has admirers in Turin.
Hakim Ziyech has admirers in Turin.

Juventus considering bringing Hakim Ziyech to Serie A, say The hard tackle via Calciomercato. The Moroccan has been through a tough time since joining Stamford Bridge in 2020. He dropped out of the pecking order under Tuchel and is set to be discharged this summer.

The Bianconeri consider adding the 29-year-old to their list. The Bianconeri are looking to revamp their squad after a disappointing campaign. With Paulo Dybala set to leave on a Bosman move, Ziyech could be a good replacement for the Argentine. However, Juventus could face competition from Atletico Madrid for his signature.

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