Chelsea are attempting to sign up to five players before the end of the 2022 summer transfer window. The Blues have transferred in Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli so far.
With less than a week to go until the new Premier League season, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are pushing to add players to their squad. The Blues had a late start to the transfer window due to a change of ownership and were left to play catch-up to their rivals. They have signed Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli but are in talks to sign up to five more players before the window shuts.
Only an official confirmation is holding back Gabriel Slonina’s 15 million dollar transfer from Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire to Chelsea. As per Fabrizio Romano, the 18-year-old United States of America custodian has signed a six-year deal with the Blues, who he will join on January 1, 2023; he will spend the next six months on loan in Chicago, where he has made 33 appearances to date.
Chelsea are close to agreeing a 50 million pound fee with Brighton and Hove Albion for the versatile left-sided defender Marc Cucurella. The Spaniard, who can play as a left-back, a left wingback, and a left-sided centerback has already given his okay to the transfer, despite coming close to signing for Manchester City last week.
City, however, walked away from the negotiations after balking at Seagulls’ asking price for their 2021/22 Player of the Season, allowing the Blues to swoop in and steal a march on their rivals.
Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries could move to Stamford Bridge before the end of the transfer window to help ease the financial burden on the Italian giants. Chelsea are keen on the Dutchman, who can cover for and provide competition to stalwart Reece James if required. However, it is unknown how much Dumfries will cost; the 26-year-old has a contract with the Nerazzurri until 2025 and is marked by Transfermarkt at 25 million euros.
A contract until 2027 and no desire to leave the club immediately makes Wesley Fofana’s proposed move to Chelsea a challenging prospect. The Blues, however, are interested in the Frenchman, who, despite spending a huge chunk of the previous season on the sidelines, remains a top prospect for European super clubs to chase.
Leicester City are likely to ask for a fee in the region of 80 to 85 million pounds, which the Londoners will attempt to bring down by including players in the deal.
Frenkie de Jong
While he has shown no desire as of yet to leave Barcelona, The Athletic reports that Chelsea are monitoring Frenkie de Jong’s situation with keen interest. Manchester United have already agreed a fee with the Blaugrana, but Chelsea’s presence in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage makes them a more appealing prospect.