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CHELSEA have reached a full agreement with Brighton for the £52.5m transfer of Marc Cucurella, according to reports.

Levi Colwill is set to head the other way in a separate deal.

The Blues have also reportedly entered direct talks with Barcelona star Frenkie De Jong.

On the attacking front, they are considering moves for Memphis Depay and Benjamin Sesko, whose agent they have held a meeting with.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Breaking: Chelsea confirm Chuk deal

    Chelsea have completed the signing of Aston Villa starlet Carney Chukwuemeka.

    The 18-year-old midfielder has penned a six-year contract with the Blues, who will pay Villa in the region of £20m.

    Chukwuemeka told the club's official website: "It’s been quite hectic but I couldn’t get Chelsea out of my head the last few days so I’m just happy and relieved that it’s all done.

    "I’m so excited and just can’t wait to get on the pitch, meet all the players and try to win games and trophies with Chelsea."

    Credit: chelseafc.com
  • Sam Dymond

    Cucurella will be Tuchel's left-back

    Marc Cucurella is joining Chelsea to be Thomas Tuchel's new left wing-back, according to BILD.

    The German publication state that the Spaniard will be used predominantly in his favoured position on the left by the Blues boss.

    There had been speculation that Tuchel was intending to play the defender as a centre-back, given the Londoners trouble in recruiting players in that position.

    However, the news raises questions over the future of Ben Chilwell, who has recently returned after a long-term injury.

    Another left wing-back, Marcos Alonso, is expected to join Barcelona before the transfer window shuts.

  • Sam Dymond

    Blues back in for Fofana

    Chelsea are set to return with an improved bid for Leicester's Wesley Fofana.

    The Blues had an initial £60m offer for the centre-back dismissed yesterday, according to reports.

    The Foxes are understood to be holding out for £80m for the 21-year-old, but Stamford Bridge insiders believe they can get a deal done for around £70m.

    Fofana is said to be incredibly keen on making the move to London.

  • Sam Dymond

    Blues interested in Auba move

    Chelsea are considering a shock approach for Barcelona's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    And the former Arsenal skipper is understood to be just as keen to make the move.

    That's the belief of the Telegraph's Matt Law, who tweeted this morning that any prospective deal is at the preliminary stage.

    However, the Blues do want to bolster their attacking options, and the Gabonese forward is a player that Thomas Tuchel knows well from their time together at Borussia Dortmund.

    The 33-year-old scored 92 goals in 163 appearances during four years with the Gunners but left the Emirates under a cloud, having been stripped of the captaincy by Mikel Arteta.

  • Sam Dymond

    Cucu deal hinging on Colwill

    Chelsea's move for Marc Cucurella has been agreed despite Brighton's statement denying the move.

    The Seagulls announced last night that 'contrary to inaccurate reports from numerous media outlets…no agreement has been reached with any club to sell Cucurella.'

    However, the Evening Standard's Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella says that deal is done – but is being held up by the future of Levi Colwill.

    The journalist understands that that the transfer is 'conditional' on the teenage defender joining the south coast club, and there remains 'work to do' on that front.

  • Sam Dymond

    Ten Hag wants Chelsea's Ziyech

    Erik ten Hag has expressed his interest in bringing Hakim Ziyech to Old Trafford, according to France Football.

    The new Manchester United boss wants to reunite with the Moroccan international, who played under him at Ajax.

    Nicknamed 'The Wizard' during his time at the Amsterdam club, Ziyech is understood to want out of Chelsea.

    However, while Ten Hag is keen for a deal to be made, it is understood that not everyone at United is as keen on the idea.

    AC Milan have been heavily linked with the 29-year-old this summer, but an official offer has yet to be tabled to Blues officials.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    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

  • Kostas Lianos

    Casadei transfer war

    Inter Milan could be set to lose the best talent coming through their academy as Arsenal and Chelsea arelocked in a battle for 19-year-old starlet Cesare Casadei.

    The Blues thought they had stolen a march on their London rivals by bidding £7million for the Casadei, but that offer was swiftly rejected.

    Now, the Gunners are believed to be considering hijacking the deal that's closer to Inter's valuation of the midfielder.

    The Nerazzurri are said to be hoping for as much as £17m for the Italian – despite him having never played in the first team yet

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Right and Ron

    Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo for attempting to force a move away from Manchester United.

    Leboeuf told ESPN said: "It is [wrong] for me.

    "It’s not professional with all due respect and the fact I appreciate the player and what he achieved in his career, but it’s not professional and disrespectful towards the club.

    "You have to stay, you have to show respect to the other players, to the fans that came. You still belong to the club, you signed for it, you have to play for them, didn’t make any mistakes

    "They want to keep you so the only thing you have to say is at least sit on the bench and wait until the end of the game"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Right and Ron

    Chelsea hero Frank Leboeuf has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo for attempting to force a move away from Manchester United.

    Leboeuf told ESPN said: "It is [wrong] for me.

    "It’s not professional with all due respect and the fact I appreciate the player and what he achieved in his career, but it’s not professional and disrespectful towards the club.

    "You have to stay, you have to show respect to the other players, to the fans that came. You still belong to the club, you signed for it, you have to play for them, didn’t make any mistakes

    "They want to keep you so the only thing you have to say is at least sit on the bench and wait until the end of the game"

  • Kostas Lianos

    'Not ready yet'

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel recently admitted his team is not yet ready for the start of the season.

    Tuchel said: "It was a pretty long pre-season.

    “Tiring and exhausting to be in the US for so long, and having to travel again today under the circumstances is not so easy, pretty demanding.

    “After this weekend we prepare for nothing else other than Everton. The season is right in front of the door. There is a lot of positive stuff but we need to improve.

    “We are not ready yet. We don’t have to be ready yet. We have another week and then it is time to be on the best level. It is always nice when the season arrives. We will have this week. There is still some way to go”

  • Kostas Lianos

    Sesko transfer war

    Chelsea and Manchester 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 guru 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 centre-forward himself can decide his own future.

    But that could change if one of the clubs launches a huge formal bid for the Slovenia international

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  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea sign Cucurella

    Chelsea have officially signed Marc Cucurella from Brighton.

    According to Sky Sports, the Blues have reached a £52.5million deal with the Seagulls.

    The West Londoners have beaten Manchester City for the full-back's signature.

    Manager Thomas Tuchel has been needing reinforcement all summer after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left

  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea reach Cucurella agreement

    Chelsea have beaten Manchester City for Brighton star Marc Cucurella after a £50million deal with the Seagulls.

    Romano tweeted: "Marc Cucurella to Chelsea, here we go!

    "Full agreement in place between Chelsea and Brighton for more than £50m. Levi Colwill on the verge of joining Brighton soon.

    "Personal terms already agreed, no way for Man City. Cucurella will become Chelsea new signing, done"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Taking the Mich

    Chelsea are facing a battle to convince ex-Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards to join them.

    Edwards left Anfield at the end of last season after playing a huge role in building Jurgen Klopp's Premier League and Champions League-winning team.

    The well-respected negotiator departed with the intention of taking a year off after an intense period with the Reds, but the Blues' new owner Todd Boehly wants to quickly tempt him back into the game.

    According to the Mail, the West Londoners have opened talks with him with the intention of appointing him as sporting director.

    Chelsea want him to start in his new role next month, but he may decide that he wants more time away from the game

  • Kostas Lianos

    Ready Fo more

    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 £85million is tabled.

    According to The Daily Mail, Fofana's wages could increase dramatically if he decided to join The Blues.

    The centre-back fuelled rumours 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

  • Kostas Lianos

    That's not Koul

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has been slammed by Chelsea summer signing Kalidou Koulibaly following his comments over African players.

    De Laurentiis claimed that he will no longer bring African players to Naples out of fear of losing them to the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Koulibaly said: "It's up to him, if he wanted to say this. But for me the most important thing is to respect everybody.

    "When I played there I was playing also for Senegal. I won Afcon when I was playing for Senegal for Napoli.

    "It's true it's difficult for them, but I think you have to respect the national team also. You have to have respect like you have of European national teams.

    "As captain of Senegal it's not a good way to speak about African nationality, but I respect what he thinks.

    "If he thinks that, it's up to him, but I think not everybody has the same idea as him in the club. The supporters don't think like this.

    "It's up to him, it's not an idea of the society or the city, the city is respectful of everything.

    "This world, it's what he thinks, not what the team thinks or what the city thinks"

  • Kostas Lianos

    Sarr long, farewell

    Chelsea ace Malang Sarr is wanted by Monaco and Fulham this summer.

    A possible season-long loan deal with an option to buy is being discussed with Sarr preferring a move back to his native France, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    Monaco are therefore the favourites to sign the 23-year-old.

    They finished third in Ligue 1 last year and can therefore offer him Champions League football.

    Fulham reportedly submitted a bid for the defender with boss Marco Silva a big admirer of the Frenchman but they could be snubbed by him

  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea submit Cucurella bid

    Chelsea have tabled a £50million offer to Brighton for Marc Cucurella and the left-back is pushing to join the Blues.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has offered an update on the situation as he stated that the Blues have made their move to get Cucurella.

    Romano tweeted: “Chelsea have submitted bid worth more than £50m for Marc Cucurella on Tuesday evening.

    “Club now hopeful to reach full agreement with Brighton, still no official answer – Cucurella's pushing to join Chelsea, he wants the move”

  • Kostas Lianos

    De Jong meeting soon

    Manchester United remain favourites to sign Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong in the summer.

    According to Sport, United are still in the driving seat to sign De Jong despite interest from Chelsea.

    They add that the midfielder is set to meet with Barca to discuss a resolution to the issue of his unpaid salary.

    The Netherlands international is said to not want to leave the Nou Camp until the matter has been resolved – but fresh financial talks could push him one step closer to Old Trafford

  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea monitor Vardy

    Chelsea are “monitoring” Jamie Vardy’s situation at Leicester as Cristiano Ronaldo’s future remains uncertain.

    According to 90min, a number of clubs are keeping tabs on Vardy, including Manchester United and Chelsea.

    The striker has one year left on his deal with the Foxes,

    The 35-year-old has yet to holds talks with Leicester over a new contract

  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea sign Carney Chukwuemeka

    Chelsea conducted a covert operation to sign Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa.

    Barcelona were also keen on a move for Chukwuemeka, along with AC Milan.

    So the Blues kept their talks with the midfielder under wraps to avoid Barca pouncing on the youngster as they did with former Blues targets Raphinha and Jules Kounde, according to Fabrizio Romano

  • Kostas Lianos

    Gabriel Slonina confirmed

    Gabriel Slonina has arrived from Chicago Fire, although he was immediately loaned back to the MLS giants.

    Slonina, 18, has penned a six-year contract with the Blues after completing his medical in London.

    The US international has returned home to see out the rest of the MLS season with Chicago.

    Meanwhile, Napoli are close to agreeing a loan deal with Kepa Arrizabalaga

  • Kostas Lianos

    Frenkie de Jong talks

    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 season.

    Manchester United have been desperate 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 to Old Trafford.

    Barcelona are continuing to demand the same fee agreed with the Manchester giants.

    However, any deal could include transfer targets Cesar Azpilicueta or Marcos Alonso going the other way

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Koulibaly speaks on Chelsea decision

    Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed why he chose to join Chelsea from Napoli this summer.

    The defender said, via the Daily Mail: "I learned a lot about football so I decided with my friends and family to come with Chelsea.

    "And why Chelsea? They are the only club that wanted really that I come. We had the first link in 2016 when [Antonio] Conte came here and wanted me to come.

    "It didn’t happen but I was always linked to Chelsea and this time the stars were in a good line so I came here and I’m really happy to join Chelsea and the Premier League."

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