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Chelsea transfer news: De Ligt speaks imminently, Raphinha twist, Nkunku pulls out

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to act in the transfer market and is close to fulfilling his wish with Matthijs de Ligt, Leeds’ Raphinha and Christopher Nkunku, all linked with the Blues

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and new chairman Todd Boehly are said to be stepping up the pace on the transfer market in the coming days.

The Blues this week confirmed sweeping changes to the club’s board – and the departure of transfer negotiator Marina Granovskaia. That leaves Tuchel and Boehly fully in charge of the transfers and there is still work to be done as Chelsea look to fill several gaps in their squad.

Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen have already left. Romelu Lukaku is expected to join soon – and Tuchel wants to strengthen his squad in several areas. Here, Mirror Sport delves into the latest Chelsea rumours…

Discussions about defenders will take place today

Italian media report that Juventus will hold talks with Matthijs de Ligt’s representatives today to try and persuade him to stay.

De Ligt has been widely linked with Chelsea and is on Thomas Tuchel’s radar as a possible replacement for Rudiger. He currently has two years left on his contract with a release clause of just over £100m.

But talks of a new deal still need to be well advanced and the Dutchman wants that clause to be lowered significantly before he puts pen to paper and potentially opens a door for Chelsea.

Matthijs de Ligt’s contract expires in 2024
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Nkunku movement meets runners

Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku was on Chelsea’s long list of potential targets this summer but a move is now OFF for him.

The Bundesliga club announced this on Thursday agreed a new two-year deal to stay in Germany, disappointment of a large number of admirers. Chelsea looked at the player because he could play in multiple positions but will now focus on other goals instead.

And their interest in Nkunku is unlikely to end as the player has a release clause worth £51.6million in his new contract, which can be activated next summer.

Christopher Nkunku has signed a new contract with RB Leipzig
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£33m Raphinha twist

It’s widely believed that Chelsea target Raphinha favors a move to Barcelona – but they can’t afford it at the moment and comply with strict Spanish FFP rules.

So the Blues remains an option for the Leeds forward – and CBS journalist Ben Jacobs claims Hakim Ziyech could even be offered the club as a makeweight.

The £3million Chelsea winger has struggled to make the impact he wanted at Stamford Bridge and the club are willing to listen to offers. But would he agree to join Leeds?

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