Chelsea kick off Bundesliga attack with cut-price Man Utd target sought alongside three big stars
Chelsea are hoping to sign four Bundesliga big names next summer, including Manchester United target Benjamin Pavard and Liverpool-linked Jude Bellingham.
The Blues have money to spend thanks to the huge ambitions of chairman and co-owner Todd Boehly. He showed he was ready to back the manager by splashing around £260m in the last transfer window. This included the £75million signing of Wesley Fofana and the £60million snap of Marc Cucurella.
These transfers were made for Thomas Tuchel. Now Graham Potter is in charge at Stamford Bridge, although Boehly still has the same expensive plans in mind.
He wants to bring even more big stars to chelsea to help them battle Manchester City for the Premier League title and add to their two Champions League crowns. Boehly also hopes more high-profile signings will increase interest in the club, especially from other countries like the United States.
According to Daily mailwhich cite the German outlet Image, Chelsea are hoping to land RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku. The Frenchman is in fine form, scoring 10 goals in his first 15 appearances this season.
Nkunku’s transfer is likely to be the first to go. He has already had a medical at Chelsea and reports claim a pre-contract agreement is in place between him and the west London side.
Chelsea have agreed to pay their full release clause to get ahead of their English rivals. The clause stands at €60m (currently £52m), although it could increase depending on his performance this season.
And Nkunku could be followed at Chelsea by his compatriot Pavard. Chelsea supposedly want to sign the 26-year-old to improve their right-back and centre-back options.
Chelsea eye Benjamin Pavard
And Pavard might be available for a reduced fee. The report claims that Bayern Munich will accept offers of £30million for him. That’s a surprisingly low valuation given that Pavard is a Bayern first-team regular, while he’s also won some of the biggest trophies available.
Chelsea’s pursuit of the defender will see them take on Manchester United. The Red Devils are eyeing Pavard as a potential replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot on the right side of defence.
And last month, the World Cup winner admitted a move away from Bayern was a possibility.
It’s no surprise to see Bellingham joining Nkunku and Pavard on Chelsea’s wishlist. He becomes one of Dortmund’s most important players, despite still being a teenager.
The Daily mail claims Chelsea hope to beat Man Utd and Liverpool to his signature by offering £87.2m (€100m). However, Boehly will have to negotiate as Dortmund want £105m (€120m) for the Englishman.
It looks like Chelsea and Man Utd will battle Pavard and Bellingham, while Liverpool could be in for the latter.
Gvardiol could join Pavard in defense
The latest player in Chelsea’s sights is Nkunku’s Leipzig teammate Josko Gvardiol. Chelsea sued him on deadline day, launching a £77million bid.
However, Leipzig withheld their advances and Gvardiol subsequently signed a contract extension in Germany.
A move will be back on the cards next year and Chelsea could apparently spend £131m on Leipzig pair Nkunku and Gvardiol.
Croatia international Gvardiol would arrive at Chelsea to compete with Kalidou Koulibaly, Fofana and Thiago Silva for a starting spot in midfield.
It’s an incredibly ambitious plan for Boehly to come up with. Chelsea will have to fight some of Europe’s biggest clubs to land these four players.
But given Boehly’s confidence and wealth, you wouldn’t bet against him signing at least one or two of these stars.
Next summer should be exciting for Chelsea fans as they may have some new top players to cheer on.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have become a contender for a Liverpool midfield target, reports say.