Chelsea beat Manchester United to Crystal Palace and England star, with personal terms agreed: report

New Chelsea manager Enzo Maresca issues instructions during the pre-season friendly match between Northampton Town and his former club Leicester City in July 2023.
Enzo Maresca, the new Chelsea boss, is closing in on his first signing (Image credit: Getty Images)

Chelsea have agreed personal terms with a Crystal Palace and England star as they look to beat Manchester and Liverpool to the in-demand attacker, a new report suggests.

The Blues are set for another busy summer in the transfer market, despite a significant outlay over the past couple of years, with the team set to take a different direction on the pitch as well after Enzo Maresca was appointed as manager after Mauricio Pochettino's exit at the end of the season.

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Jacque Talbot

Jacque Talbot is a freelance football journalist who predominantly specialises in transfer stories and exclusives. He began his career in 2016 covering the world-renowned Sandbach United, of North West Counties fame, before earning a spot on the sports desks of national papers, where he bounced between several outlets such as Sportbible, the Express, Mirror, and Daily Star. An NCTJ graduate of the News Associates who swapped investigative journalism in the Costa del Sol for football reporting in Northern England, he first wrote for FourFourTwo in December 2023.