Chelsea backed to sign three England stars as new owners 'want to make a statement'


Chelsea’s new owners “want to make a statement” this summer and build an English spine at Stamford Bridge, claims TV presenter Richard Keys. Chelsea are set to be bought by American businessman Todd Boehly and Keys has backed the Blues to make three big signings this summer.

Boehly’s takeover was announced by the west London club over the weekend after the 46-year-old signed a purchase agreement. Current owner Roman Abramovich has been forced to sell following sanctions imposed on him by the UK Government.

Keys thinks there could be a huge first window in charge for Boehly. He has heard that Chelsea want to bring in English players to build their team around and has picked three stars who he could see making the move to the Champions League holders.

Chelsea have held strong interest in West Ham star Declan Rice for several years, and were keen on Tottenham striker Harry Kane last year. Both players make the cut for Keys but the most surprising suggestion is that of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, who has had a difficult campaign for the Red Devils.

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“Who’s got the most out of him during his career? Correct – the guy at Tottenham. So if (Antonio) Conte can be persuaded to stay – and he fancied working with Lukaku again – what could Spurs do to get him?

“They wouldn’t want to pay anything like Chelsea did for him. So – what about a player exchange? Two players worth £50m a-piece?

“An English spine at Chelsea I said. So Son (Heung-min) or (Dejan) Kulusevski wouldn’t interest them at The Bridge. That leaves one option. Yep. England’s No 9 (Kane). Let’s see.”

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