Chelsea’s transfer window is set to come roaring into life this week, with incomings and outgoings beginning in earnest.
Two players are set to join Antonio Conte’s side this week for a combined £96m – with two more outgoings totalling £60m.
Firstly, to the new arrivals. Strong reports on Morning morning stated that Juventus left-back Alex Sandro is on the verge of joining the Premier League champions for around £61m, a fee that would eclipse the previous club record of £50m for Fernando Torres in 2011. Chelsea’s determination to sign the Brazilian international is evident, as is Juve’s determination to make a healthy profit on the £23m they paid Porto for his services last summer.
An agreement is expected to be confirmed between the two clubs in the coming days, while one is already in place with Monaco for midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. A £35m deal was sorted between the two parties last week and while there are a few complications regarding personal terms holding the deal up for the time being, these are expected to be ironed out relatively quickly.
With two coming in, two more are set to depart. Another factor believed to be holding the Bakayoko deal up is Chelsea’s desire to sell Nemanja Matic first. That should be completed soon enough, with multiple sources at the weekend stating that a £40m deal to reunite the Serbian international with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is close to being finalised.
Also seemingly on the way out of Stamford Bridge in the coming days is Dutch defender Nathan Ake. The 22-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at Bournemouth last season and Sky Sports are reporting that the Cherries are leading the way to bring him back to Dean Court.
Manager Eddie Howe has not been put off by Ake’s £20m valuation and while Leicester and Southampton are also thought to retain an interest, Howe and Bournemouth are increasingly confident of bringing Ake back, where he would once again link up with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, a recent £10m addition also from Chelsea.