Five top stars Chelsea could sign during summer transfer window after £4.25bn takeover including Dembele and Declan Rice

CHELSEA are set for a busy summer after Todd Boehly completed his £4.25bn takeover from Roman Abramovich.

The American arrives at a crucial point for the Blues, with a number of big decisions to be made ahead of next season.

Boss Thomas Tuchel will be desperate for some key additions, having seen a number of regulars decide to depart for pastures new.

Antonio Rudiger has left for Real Madrid, while Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso may all elect to join Barcelona.

Tuchel will be acutely aware of the need for replacements – while he is also desperate to make further improvements to narrow the gap with Liverpool and Manchester City.

Ahead of a potential summer of chaos, let's take a look at some of the names being linked with the Blues.

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Chelsea retain a long-term interest in Declan Rice, the man they released as a teenager.

The West Ham ace has impressed immensely at London Stadium, but recently turned down an eight-year contract extension.

Tuchel rates Rice highly and would love to recruit the England midfielder – although the Hammers will demand upwards of £100m.

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The Blues are reportedly closing in on Ousmane Dembele, with the Frenchman set to become the first signing of the Boehly era.

Dembele, 25, is available on a free transfer after snubbing multiple offers from Barcelona.

The winger already has a relationship with Tuchel, having worked successfully with the German at Borussia Dortmund.


Chelsea pushed hard to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde last summer, although the LaLiga side held firm.

This summer, however, the Frenchman is set to be up for grabs, despite his defensive partner Diego Carlos having already ditched Seville for Aston Villa.

SunSport recently revealed that Kounde is desperate to join Chelsea this summer – and can fill the void left by Rudiger and Christensen's departures.


The Blues are reportedly ready to enter the race for rumoured Man United target Christopher Nkunku.

Former PSG academy kid Nkunku enjoyed a stunning season at RB Leipzig, scoring 34 goals and laying on 20 assists from attacking midfield.

The 24-year-old will cost a pretty penny, having been rated at £84million in some quarters.


Chelsea are interested in signing Brighton wing-back Marc Cucurella.

The Spaniard could be the perfect Alonso replacement, although the Blues will have to battle it out with Man City and Spurs to sign him.

SunSport revealed last week that the Seagulls are set to demand £45m from potential suitors for their blossoming starlet.

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