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Chelsea close on four major signings as Todd Boehly plots incredible £358m outlay; Leeds beat Man Utd to attack the target

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of FC Barcelona celebrates his second goal of the match with Ferran Torres of FC Barcelona, ​​Frenkie de Jong of FC Barcelona during the Spanish La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu Credit: PA Pictures

Chelsea are set to make four new signings, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the first, Manchester United’s miserable transfer window continued with Leeds beating them to a striker, while Thursday’s Transfer Gossip has details of an ambitious move to Nottingham Forest for a Lyon star.


Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is preparing to sanction four big name signings over the next few weeks which will cost the club £190million.

The Blues owner is taking his management of Chelsea seriously after taking over from Roman Abramovich. Any fears that their lavish spending would end after the Russian’s exit were flatly dismissed in the early weeks of the Boehly era.

Indeed, he has already invested £168m to sign Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina.

And offers for his next four goals will take his summer spending to an incredible £358million!

To this end, sky sports reports that the Blues are closing in on the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong. The pair are cleared to leave Barca as the LaLiga club seek to balance the books.

As it stands, they are unable to register new signatures, meaning new signings Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie could leave on Saturday for free.

However, it looks like Chelsea are set to become the flavors of Barca by pulling them out of a serious financial hole.

The first man to arrive will be Aubameyang. The former Arsenal striker joined Barca for free in January and is off to a good start, scoring 13 times in 23 games.

However, the arrival of Robert Lewandowski means he is no longer needed. The Blaugrana will collect £25m for the 33-year-old. And Aubameyang is eager to return to London and play for his former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel again.

Frenkie de Jong succeeds Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The next to come through the door will be Frenkie de Jong, his Barcelona team-mate. His future has been shrouded in doubts all summer, with Barcelona looking to sell him.

A move to Manchester United has apparently been closed. But a move to chelsea looks on the cards, with a life in London and the offer of Champions League football enough to convince him to move. The Blues are ready to match the £73m fee United had agreed.

After Barcelona’s double arrival, Chelsea will get to work on two more additions.

To that end, they are also looking to secure a deal for Wesley Fofana. Two of their opening offers for the player failed.

But a third offer, worth around £80million, will be accepted by Leicester. The French defender has made it clear to the club that he wants to leave and play for their Premier League rivals.

The last deal for the Blues will be a lesser-known name; that is, Cesare Casadei.

The 19-year-old is free to leave Inter Milan this summer, with a number of clubs keen.

Nice would be in the mix to sign the midfielder, but Chelsea would beat them to the punch. The fee for Casadei will be £12m.


Manchester United are set to suffer more transfer misery with Leeds reportedly beating them to sign Ismaila Sarr.

The Senegalese winger finds himself a wanted man after starting the season in fine form for Watford. He was a shining light for the Hornets during his three seasons at the club. Indeed, he has 25 goals in 94 appearances, while adding 11 assists. This means he has a goal contribution for every 2.6 appearances.

Despite his best efforts, Sarr was unable to keep the Hornets in the Premier League last season. Indeed, they endured a miserable season as they once again succumbed to the fall.

Ismaila Sarr, Watford, in action in the Premier LeagueCredit: PA Images

Ismaila Sarr, Watford, in action in the Premier LeagueCredit: PA Images

Now back in the league, it looks like Sarr’s move to Watford coming to an end.

Indeed, according to reports on Wednesday, Leeds are closing in on signing.

Now The sun claims they are ready to push through with this signing, which will cost around £23.6million.

Sarr also wants to move to Elland Road, with personal terms unlikely to be a problem.

Incredibly, the newspaper claims Leeds are ready to fight Manchester United at his signature.

Technical director Darrem Fletcher was in attendance on Monday night as he watched Sarr score from the halfway line against West Brom.

The Red Devils are apparently watching Sarr in case a move for Cody Gakpo fails.

However, the Whites will beat them to the fist with an already seemingly close deal.

Ambitious Nottingham Forest see Houssam Aouar’s bid fail

Lyon have rejected an offer from Nottingham Forest for Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

The Tricky Trees have invested heavily around £100million this summer, signing 12 new players to strengthen their squad. Indeed, after a 23-year absence from the Premier League, they are apparently determined to ensure that their stay is not short-lived.

To that end, the likes of Taiwo Awoniyi, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson and Neco Williams have all signed high-profile deals. The first of these cost Forest a club record.

Lyon midfielder Houssem AouarCredit: PA Images

Lyon midfielder Houssem AouarCredit: PA Images

But it looks like Steve Cooper’s side aren’t done yet, with an ambitious move for Aouar now revealed.

The Lyon star is considered one of the best midfielders in Ligue 1. Linked with Liverpool and Arsenal in the past, the 24-year-old has amassed over 200 appearances for hometown club Lyon.

Now the Daily Mail complaints Nottingham Forest have launched an offer, with the player set to move to England.

However, their opening offer was rejected, with Leicester also considering their own approach.

The Foxes see in Aouar an ideal replacement for Youri Tielemans, who seems destined to leave this summer.

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