The Times on Monday report on how Chelsea are about to get busy in the transfer market.
So far this summer, the reigning Premier League champions have been a little subdued in the window, focusing mostly on shifting players rather than recruiting.
Indeed, Chelsea have raised close to 40 million pounds in the summer market as Asmir Begovic heads to Bournemouth, Bertrand Traore is Lyon bound, while a host of other players are being tipped with loan moves from the club.
Blues fans should now brace themselves for three imminent signings, which may include the world’s most expensive defender.
If the broadsheet is to believed, Antonio Conte seems close to signing Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, Monaco midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko plus a back-up keeper.
Starting with Sandro, the Times report the following:
Chelsea are on the verge of agreeing a £61 million deal for Alex Sandro with Juventus that would make the left wing back the most expensive defender in the world.
Further points on Sandro include claims he’s likely to double his wage at Chelsea to around £150,000 a week, while the Brazilian will usurp Marcos Alonso in the Blues left-back slot.
On Chelsea’s other imminent signings, the Times report:
The club have agreed a £35 million deal to sign Tiemoué Bakayoko from Monaco but talks over personal terms with the midfielder have stalled.
Willy Caballero, a free agent after being released by Manchester City, has passed a medical and the goalkeeper is expected to be back-up for Thibaut Courtois.
On Bakayoko, French TV show Telefoot seemed convinced on Sunday the deal is close to completion.
Telefoot say Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea is done
📝 4-year deal
💰 40 million euros pic.twitter.com/0sHBjeygz3
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) June 25, 2017
Chelsea could be set to splash more cash too. The Times announce:
Chelsea are also expected to step up their interest in Virgil van Dijk and Romelu Lukaku, who could cost a combined £170 million.
Other future business on Chelsea’s books includes the likelihood Nathan Ake moves back to Bournemouth in a 20 million pound deal.