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Chelsea are on the verge of signing Marc Cucurella from Brighton to strengthen their defence.
According to Sky Sports, the Blues reached a £52.5million deal with the Seagulls.
The West Londoners have beaten Manchester City in an intense bidding war for the full-back’s signature.
Manager Thomas Tuchel has been needing reinforcement all summer after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are confident of sealing the transfer of Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong.
And talks with Barca are said to be “hurried” as they look to try and get the deal over the line ahead of the new campaign.
Manchester United have been trying to sign him but De Jong has snubbed their approaches, despite the Blaugrana accepting a bid of around £72million from the Red Devils.
According to Sport, negotiations are underway and the midfielder is thought to be more open to making the switch to Stamford Bridge – whereas he was reluctant to head over to Old Trafford.
Barcelona are still demanding the same fee agreed with the Manchester giants.
However, any deal may include transfer targets Cesar Azpilicueta or Marcos Alonso going the other way.
And Chelsea as well as United have both met Red Bull Salzburg star Benjamin Sesko’s agent as the Austrian giants struggle to keep Europe’s hottest strike starlet.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Sesko’s agent Elvis Basanovic has held “direct” talks with United at least twice and met the Blues’ chiefs last week.
The main outcome is believed to be that the highly-rated centre-forward himself can decide his own future.
But that could change if one of the clubs launches a major formal bid for the Slovenia international.
Finally, Chelsea are prepared to offer Leicester star Wesley Fofana a lucrative contract worth £200,000-a-week.
However, the Foxes have made it clear that they will only consider a sale if an offer of at least £85m is made.
According to The Daily Mail, Fofana’s wages may increase dramatically if he decided to join The Blues.
The centre-back fuelled speculation of a move to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday when he removed Leicester from his Twitter bio, despite signing a long-term deal with the club in March
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