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Chelsea news: Marc Cucurella fee will ‘trigger’ other clubs

Alistair Magowan, BBC Sport

Chelsea have already had a busy summer following the takeover of new American owners at the club and there are no signs that it is likely to become any calmer before the transfer window closes, particularly after the signing of the defender from Brighton Marc Cucurella for £62m.

This agreement was important in many ways. It could be argued that Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly represented decent value, but most observers would agree that Chelsea went above market price to land Cucurella, and that will trigger other clubs with players of interest to the Blues.

Leicester have already rejected two offers for defender Wesley Fofana and it could take a world-record offer, for a defender, to change the Foxes’ ‘not for sale’ position.

Likewise, Everton are unwilling to sell Anthony Gordon and have rejected a £45million offer. But if they get more than £50million for the 21-year-old, manager Frank Lampard might wonder if that money could be better spent addressing his shortage in attack.

Boss Thomas Tuchel has made no secret of his fondness for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after coaching him at Borussia Dortmund, and there have been links with Barca midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

But dealing with the financially complex Catalan club could prove tricky, and if Chelsea end up signing six first-team players, including Carney Chukwuemeka, they might think the summer has been a success.

There are sure to be several departures too over the next fortnight, continuing a turbulent summer for a club that is transforming at a blistering pace under new chairman Todd Boehly.

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