Todd Boehly, with the Clearlake Capital fund as his main backer, became the new owner of Chelsea in a deal worth around 5 billion euros, the highest in the history of a sports franchise. It is therefore not surprising that the American businessman wanted to enter the transfer market with the same force, and has already succeeded.
With the signings of Koulibaly, Sterling, Chukwuemeka, Slonina and Cucurella closed, the Blue team has at this point disbursed around €190 million. However, after the departures of Christensen and Rüdiger, in addition to the more than likely farewell of Marcos Alonso, Chelsea needs more reinforcements in defense and that is why it is going for Wesley Fofana, from Leicester.
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Valued at £80 million, which is close to €100 million at the current exchange rate, this top defender is Chelsea's No. 1 target, who missed on Jules Koundé, Nathan Aké and Presnel Kimpembe. But Fofana is keen to start the adventure and the Londoners could break the bank with him, although they could also do it with Frenkie De Jong.
The Telegraph reports that Stamford Bridge are clearly optimistic and could also "hijack" the signing of De Jong by United. If the move for the Dutch midfielder is completed, it would be worth £63 million, or almost 75 million euros.
Thus, Boehly and his "new Chelsea" are prepared to break the transfer record and could invest close to 360 million euros in transfers. That is, if the aforementioned operations are completed, although it seems clear that they will far surpass their previous record, which was 240 million in 2020.
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And although it is a less urgent operation, the other Barcelona player on the list is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The striker is one of the market options that has been raised in recent days, and despite having arrived in LaLiga last Christmas, the Blaugrana team could indeed have the need to sell him.