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All the latest Chelsea news and transfer rumours as they happen in our live blog on Friday

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With the season now over, attention turns to the summer transfer window for Thomas Tuchel. The Blues will, first, have to have their takeover confirmed to be able to complete any deals for the future.

Todd Boehly’s consortium has been named the preferred bidder, with confirmation of his successful takeover of the club expected in the coming days. Once the ownership saga is finished, the American is believed to have offered £200million to allow Tuchel to rebuild his squad.

As a result, Chelsea have been linked with a whole host of players, with the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen already confirmed to be leaving the club.

So, with all of this being said, sit back and let football.london bring you all the latest from west London.

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The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge last summer but he remained at the Spanish side for the rest of the season.

However it now seems that his transfer to Chelsea is expected to happen this summer, with the centre-back already being spotted in London ahead of a move.

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Ivan Perisic decision

Inter Milan ace Ivan Perisic is set to choose Tottenham over Chelsea with the Croatian set to leave the San Siro this summer, reports the Independent.

Ivan Perisic has been linked with a move to Chelsea (Photo by Mattia Pistoia – Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

Raheem Sterling go-ahead

Thomas Tuchel is apparently eager for Chelsea to sign Man City forward Raheem Sterling this summer, giving the green light for the club to proceed.

Raheem Sterling is a target for Chelsea ahead of the summer transfer window. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

 

Todd Boehly’s plans

According to Telegraph journalist Matt Law, Todd Boehly is set to be a hands on presence at Stamford Bridge with a takeover announcement imminent.

Todd Boehly’s consortium is set to complete a takeover of Chelsea. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images )

£61 million windfall

Chelsea could be set to receive a hefty windfall with Thomas Tuchel to be handed another lump of cash on top of the planned £200 million investment from the new owners.

Chelsea unlock £61m windfall as Tuchel’s transfer kitty gets pre-takeover boost

Kounde switch imminent

Chelsea will renew their efforts to sign Gabriel Slonina this summer – football.londonunderstands – after a deal for the Chicago Fire goalkeeper broke down earlier this year following the sanctioning of Roman Abramovich.

The 18-year-old established himself as Fire’s first-choice stopper during the 2021 campaign and has started each of their 13 MLS matches so far this term. An imposing presence despite his tender years, Slonina has kept five clean sheets this season, a noteworthy feat given Chicago are bottom of the Eastern Conference.

It’s understood Chelsea sounded out a move for Slonina in February, and there was confidence that a deal could be struck for the teenager, who would have remained with Fire until the end of the current season and potentially even for the 2023 campaign. However, on March 12, Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK government.

Gabriel Slonina has established himself as Chicago Fire’s first-choice goalkeeper despite being just 18 years old

£61m boost

Thomas Tuchel could have £61million added to his transfer budget even before Chelsea’stakeover is finalised, according to the Mirror. That is thanks to a fresh share issue seeing them generate an extra £61million, an amount which transfer chief Marina Granovskia will hope to make use of during the summer window.

Thomas Tuchel will be given money to spend in the summer transfer window.

Dembele update

The Todd Boehly consortium, the new owners of Chelsea, have hinted at signing Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele after a member of the party ‘liked’ a tweet in which the player’s agent states that his future remains ‘open

Speaking on Dembele’s future, Sissoko said: “The future of Ousmane Dembele remains open and we will not enter into endless speculation. We are & have always been very respectful of all the clubs and will continue in the same way as long as the process continues.

“When the time is right to make a decision, Ousmane will consider what is the best option for his future.”

This was reported by AbsoluteChelsea on Twitter, with Finkelstein going on to ‘like’ the quotes

Rio and JT spat

John Terry has hit back at Rio Ferdinand on Twitter following the former Manchester United defender’s interview with Virgil van Dijk ahead of the Champions League final.

The former Chelsea captain, who is often regarded as one of the greatest defenders in the top-flight era, was ranked as the fifth best centre-half in Premier League history by his fellow countryman – Ferdinand put himself at the top of the pile.

They then exchanged words on Twitter…

Terry hits back Rio Ferdinand on Twitter after Virgil Van Dijk claim

Trevoh Chalobah drops Jules Kounde transfer hint

Chelsea fans have spotted Trevoh Chalobah drop a major transfer hint amid Thomas Tuchel’s efforts to sign Jules Kounde this summer. The Sevilla defender, who has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge recently, was pictured exchanging words with Chalobah on Instagram.

The interaction is the second clue that has been uncovered by Chelsea fans amid Kounde’s seemingly impending arrival, with the 23-year-old pictured in London earlier this week. According to Goal, the groundwork has been put in place to sign the France international once sanctions on Chelsea are lifted and Todd Boehly’s consortium complete their takeover.

Chalobah drops major Kounde transfer hint as Boehly plots dream £69m signing

Neymar to the Premier League?

According to French news outlet, L’Equipe, Newcastle would be interested in brining Neymar to the Premier League. It’s believed that Neymar is a problem for PSG’s new sporting director Luis Campos, who aims to rebuild the squad.

Though not many clubs can afford a deal due to the Brazilian’s eye-watering £490,000 per week salary, but the Magpies under new Saudi ownership are reportedly one of a few clubs that can offer him wage packet. Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid have also been credited with interest, but it’s claimed that neither are looking to make a offer…

Neymar answers Chelsea transfer question as Tuchel plots £200m ‘A-list’ rebuild

Koulibaly battle

Chelsea are eyeing a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, according to Corriere dello Sport.

They aren’t the only ones interested in the 30-year-old though, with the report claiming that Barcelona are also monitoring a transfer.

Chelsea have targeted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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