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Chelsea report: Neymar set for switch, with Blues eyeing statement signing

Chelsea target Neymar
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Chelsea are in the running to buy Brazilian superstar Neymar, with PSG open to selling their record signing.

The Blues are set to have their sale ratified in the coming days and attention has turned to rebuilding their squad ahead of next season. Big deals are needed to fix a depleted defence but if rumours are correct, incoming owner Todd Boehly is apparently keen on a statement signing.

Neymar would certainly fit the bill and is reportedly available at a snip of the £198m he cost Paris Saint-Germain. Following Kylian Mbappe extending his contract, reports are widespread that the World Cup winner wants his teammate sold this summer.  

Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe

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Now, L'Equipe says that the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions are more than open to selling the samba star – though he's got no major interest in leaving.

After five years in the French capital, however, the time might be right for a change. Neymar has still not won a Ballon d'Or – which was thought to be a big driver in his move from Barcelona – while the Champions League trophy still eludes him after 2020's final loss to Bayern Munich in Lisbon.

London may well suit his lifestyle, too, while Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has history of working with Neymar previously. 

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Chelsea have already lost the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer, with both players leaving on free transfers. It is likely too that they will explore moves for new midfielders, possibly a new left wing-back and a new striker, should they find a buyer for flop Romelu Lukaku.

Neymar is valued at £81m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Chelsea are looking to make big summer moves already – and have eyed a cut-price deal for Adrien Rabiot according to reports.

Manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that the Blues players have been in a difficult position this season, while data will be used to explore why the side have been poorer at home this season.

Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger has blamed uncertainty on his Chelsea exit.

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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. Over his time on the brand, he has interviewed the likes of Aaron Ramsdale and Jack Wilshere, written pieces ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career, and has been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals, working for FFT