Chelsea are ready and waiting to become active players in the summer transfer market, once Todd Boehly’s takeover of the club gets the green light.
A period of stasis has fallen over the club as it looks to move on from the Roman Abramovich era while under Government sanctions.
When the restraints are loosened, the Blues look set for a decent spending spree with the new owner having to identify where he wants to splash the cash first.
Two top-quality centre-backs are seemingly in the Blues’ radar in the summer market, writes Standard Sport’s James Robson.
Todd Boehly is hoping to complete his takeover in the club in time to find replacements for Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, with the futures of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso also in doubt.
Existing transfer chiefs Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech will be entrusted by the American to pursue long-term target Kounde from Sevilla with Leicester’s Wesley Fofana also of interest.
Legendary skipper John Terry however feels the West Londoners have to quick in their summer transfer dealings if they’re to stand a good chance of landing the right calibre of players to Stamford Bridge this summer.
“Of course there’s a whole lot to do, last summer I feel certain aspects could have been done quicker enough apart from Lukaku and Saul coming in. He’s [Boehly] got to get the team competing against Liverpool and City next season. Definitely that would take a couple of signings to achieve” Terry told TalkSports.
LaLiga club Sevilla hold a £68.7million release clause on Kounde, who was the subject of an approach from Chelsea last summer.
Speaking on Chelsea’s interest in the 23-year-old Parisian, Terry was seemingly fascinated by the defender’s exploits. “He’s such a talent for his age, strong aerially, technically outstanding, he’s simply world class.
“There’s definitely need for better defensive structure in the team especially with Rudiger leaving. I mean it was poor over the weekend.” The former English defender added.