How Chelsea could line up with four new stars after stunning £223m spree on aces including De Jong and Aubameyang | The Sun
CHELSEA could line up with a bold new look if they pull off £223million-worth of transfers before deadline day.
Thomas Tuchel and Todd Boehly have already splashed the cash on several signings including Raheem Sterling (£47m), Kalidou Koulibaly (£33m) and Marc Cucurella (£62m).
That’s an incredible total of £142m.
But that total figure could rise to an astonishing £365m if Chelsea land their remaining targets.
Top of the list for Tuchel is a new centre-back.
And Leicester’s Wesley Fofana is in his sights.
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The centre-back, 21, is regarded as one of Europe’s top defensive prospects.
He can play in a back three or a back four.
But Chelsea will have to pay a world record fee for a defender to prise Fofana from Leicester – £85m to be exact.
Next on the list for Tuchel is a new striker – and his main target is Aubameyang.
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The pair are still great friends after working together at Borussia Dortmund.
Yet despite only joining Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal earlier this year, Chelsea will have to cough up £25m for the hitman.
But Aubameyang’s prowess makes him the ideal man to lead the line for Chelsea.
Tuchel would also like a new midfielder, and Frenkie de Jong could now be set to swap Barcelona for London.
The midfielder requires around £14m of unpaid wages to be handed over by his new side.
But the transfer fee alone for De Jong comes to £63m.
Even so, the Dutchman’s versatility in midfield makes him an ideal anchorman or pivot player in Tuchel’s system.
Finally, Chelsea are targeting a winger after missing out on Raphinha.
And Everton’s Anthony Gordon has been the subject of a failed £40m.
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It will take at least £50m for Chelsea to succeed in their pursuit.
But Gordon can play either wing and will provide a new option for Tuchel up top.
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