Chelsea are closing in on a deal to bring Raheem Sterling to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are believed to be hoping for a quick fee from Manchester City, with Sterling believed to be enjoying the change in west London.
England striker Sterling would represent the kind of marquee signing that new Chelsea chief Todd Boehly promised when the American tycoon completed his takeover of the Blues alongside major consortium partners Clearlake Capital.
Sterling would add extra dynamism to the Blues’ overall game, but would also boost both creativity and goal threat.
Chelsea are also believed to have genuine designs on Leeds striker Raphinha and Brazilian team-mate, Everton’s Richarlison.
Sterling remains Chelsea’s main target, but the Blues are understood to be ready to push for deals for both Raphinha and Richarlison.
Stamford Bridge chiefs would not expect to complete all three deals but are believed to want to keep their options open amid a turbulent summer transfer deal.
The departure from Stamford Bridge of technical director Petr Cech has left co-controlling owner Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel in full control of the Blues’ transfer business.
New chairman Boehly and German coach Tuchel now hope to capitalize on the streamlined recruitment hierarchy in a setup meant to be designed to improve clarity and quick decision-making.
Juventus’ Matthijs De Ligt has also reportedly become the Blues’ main defensive transfer target, with Timo Werner likely to be offered in a more money-player proposition.
The Blues are now expected to prioritize a deal for Dutch defender De Ligt over former target Jules Kounde.
Chelsea were thwarted in their bid to sign Sevilla defender Kounde last season by the Spanish club’s negotiations over a transfer fee.
Kounde was the Blues’ main long-term target, but personnel changes since the Chelsea takeover have reportedly meant a shift in priorities.
Chelsea will lead the search for a new sporting director alongside their summer transfer business.
Boehly will fill the interim role this summer, with former Liverpool man Michael Edwards and Monegasque Paul Mitchell as part of the permanent position.
Tuchel is expected to take on more transfer responsibilities and influence in the Boehly era, even after the changes are complete.
The former Paris Saint-Germain manager had nothing but praise for the structure under Roman Abramovich, where Marina Granovskaia and Cech handled transfer deals allowing him to focus the majority of his energies on coaching.
The added responsibility of the new setup doesn’t seem to be on Tuchel’s mind though, with the shrewd tactician enthusiastic about the new momentum following the takeover.