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Chelsea splashes £83m to land a utility player at Stamford Bridge before the deadline day



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Chelsea have reportedly pushed harder than anyone to make a good impression on Aurelien Tchouameni and his agent.

According to Marca, the Blues above all else have gone to the greatest lengths to make the Monaco midfielder feel most adored.

Tchouameni a top target

Tchouameni, who only turned 22 yesterday, has been tracked by the Stamford Bridge chain of command for what feels like an entirety.

There were suggestions a move to South West London might’ve materialised last summer.

The France international instead remained in his homeland, but it is looking increasingly likely he will leave at the end of the season.

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If, or when, he parts ways with Monaco, the line for his signature will be as long as the eye can see.

However, those at the front of the queue have cleared a bit of distance between themselves and the chasing pack.

Marca claim that Chelsea and Manchester United are the best-placed Premier League sides to land Tchouameni, with Real Madrid also circling intently.

Yet, the Londoners’ extra efforts with the player’s representative, Jonathan Kebe, has apparently placed them in pole position.

Double up on the French stars

Interestingly, Kebe also looks after Jules Kounde, another name heavily targeted by the European champions.

If the Blues want to land both the Frenchmen, Roman Abramovich better start scribbling some rather large sums onto his cheques.

Tchouameni could now cost between £66m and £83m (Marca), having previously been valued at £30m and then £50m (90min).

Meanwhile, Seville might well demand again for Kounde’s £68m (Goal) release clause to be paid in the full, as they did in the previous transfer window.

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Spending well over £100m on two players might make some supporters shudder.

However, both would be investments for the future, whilst also fixing some present problems in the squad.

Chelsea’s midfield could do with a revamp, now N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have reached their 30s.

A hole at centre-back may need filling if one of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen or Cesar Azpilicueta leave this year.

Sometimes the big rewards cost the big bucks, as Abramovich will know all too well.

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