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Chelsea are closing in on their first two summer signings

On Thursday, Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly met with similarly important representatives from iconic Spanish club, Barcelona.

The rendezvous took place at a restaurant in the Spanish city. But why did the new ownership front man want to talk directly to Barca executives?

Simply put, the Blues have seen the Spaniards attempt to raid the CFC squad – along with their rivals taking Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid – for a number of targets.

Those wanted men include Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso. But, first and foremost, Boehly was in Spain to acquaint himself with his well-known counterparts.

Fabrizio Romano suggests that the American billionaire’s wish was to ‘get to know them in person and discuss many topics’.

Barca have supposedly agreed personal terms with Azpilicueta and Alonso. Yet the outfit resists paying CFC ‘too high of a fee’ because the pair’s contracts respectively expire in 2023.

Obviously the Blaugrana haven’t merely been attempting to sign Chelseas’ stars, they have also reportedly been after the same players. In other words, they are actively trying to hijack prospective Chelsea deals.

Meanwhile the man at the English side’s helm might perhaps have been planning to commandeer a Barcelona competitor for himself.

The Mirror claim that Boehly’s ploy was to test the water on Frenkie de Jong and consequently, potentially, pip Manchester United to his signature. I must say, I’m liking ‘TB’s’ style so far

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