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Chelsea make double transfer decision worth £109.4m amid Barcelona, Liverpool & Real Madrid interest



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The summer transfer window is yet to open but Chelsea’s business is already well underway with two more decisions being made.

Chelsea are readying a squad overhaul this summer and many futures have already been resolved following the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the club’s new head coach.

Joao Felix and Denis Zakaria won’t have their loan deals extended, Mateo Kovacic looks to be heading to Manchester City after permission was granted for the Croatian to speak to the Premier League champions.

Pochettino’s ideas have been communicated to the Chelsea hierarchy, with the Blues missing out on their first signing in recent days after they pulled out of the race to sign Manuel Ugarte, who is now PSG bound, from Sporting CP.

After the disappointment of Ugarte, Pochettino, as reported by Jacob Steinberg of the Guardian, is now keen on bringing Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga to the club.

Liverpool and Barcelona are also both interested in the 21-year-old who has a £34.4 million buyout clause in his Celta Vigo contract.

The midfield is a department which Chelsea want to bolster. Interest also remains in Brighton & Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo. Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek face uncertain futures in the capital amid interest from Manchester United and AC Milan respectively.

Outgoings are the priority for Chelsea and Pochettino this summer as they look to trim the bloated squad following the spend in excess of £600 million in the last two transfer windows.

Kai Havertz has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid after the departure of Karim Benzema. The 23-year-old had been given an ultimatum over his future in the English capital, with Chelsea reportedly telling him he needs to sign a new contract or he would be sold as he enters the final two years of his deal.

Jacob Steinberg reveals Havertz has now made a decision over his Chelsea future. The Germany international has informed Chelsea ‘he wants a fresh challenge’ and is unlikely to pen an extension.

Chelsea are expected to demand around £75 million for Havertz this summer as they look to recoup the £72 million they paid for him in 2020 when he arrived from Bayer Leverkusen.