Richard Keys has spectacularly suggested Chelsea should sign Harry Maguire and Harry Kane as part of Thomas Tuchel's summer rebuild under the club's new owners.
The Blues have endured a testing season, which has seen them fall some way short of challenging Manchester City and Liverpool at the Premier League's summit, in addition to enduring a crisis away from the pitch. The sanctions imposed upon owner Roman Abramovich by the UK Government has derailed Chelsea's season, with Tuchel's side now in danger of being pipped to third place by Arsenal following the Blues' latest setback – a demoralising 2-2 draw with Wolves.
However, news of Todd Boehly's impending takeover has offered the club a glimmer of hope going forward and the opportunity to restore some stability this summer. With the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen on their way out – and others expected to join the exodus – the Blues have been tipped to freshen up the squad this summer with an audacious triple transfer scoop.
According to Keys, Chelsea's new owners should underline their intent to re-establish the club as Premier League title contenders by splashing the cash to sign the all-English trio of Manchester United's Maguire, Tottenham's Kane and West Ham's Declan Rice. In his latest column, Keys wrote: "I keep hearing Chelsea want to go again – and build an English spine through their team. The new owners will want to make a statement and this might just be it.
"They need a centre-back. Harry Maguire? What would he cost? £40/50 million? I’m pretty sure he’d jump at the chance of a new start. The obvious one in midfield would be Rice. Kante has all but run himself to a stand still.
"Rice would be a perfect replacement. Would West Ham sell? Of course they will if the money is right. I’d give you £150m for him all day long. If Rice pushes hard it might not take that much."
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Keys then turned his attention to Chelsea's forward line, insisting that the Blues should look to exploit Antonio Conte's close relationship with Romelu Lukaku in order to offload the misfiring forward to Spurs. Not only that, but he urged Chelsea to use the Belgian as a makeweight in a deal to snap up England captain Kane.
"So who do they go for up front?" he continued. "Tuchel wants rid of Lukaku – that’s pretty obvious. But to where? Who’s got the most out of him during his career?
"Correct – the guy at Tottenham. So if 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 or Kulusevski wouldn’t interest them at The Bridge. That leaves one option. Yep. England’s No 9. Let’s see.
"A modern transfer is difficult enough – but three of that size in one summer would be incredible. I keep hearing it though – which is why I’ve shared it with you."
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