Chelsea in advanced talks with 23-year-old English defender

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Sometimes it can be tempting for a club to make a lot of signings in a transfer window if things haven’t gone perfectly the campaign before.

There’s a theory that if you sign enough players then some will come good, but it appears that the Blues are going for quality over quantity this summer.

They confirm that Hakim Ziyech is already a done deal and the signing of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is being worked on so that just leaves the Leicester man as their final main target of the summer.

They indicate that this deal won’t be so easy because the left-back doesn’t have a release clause, and there’s a fear that the Red Devils spending £80m to sign Harry Maguire may set the benchmark for this deal.

That means they may have to wait and see what happens in the league – namely whether Chelsea or Leicester City end up in a Champions League place before reaching a deal to sign him.

Beyond Chilwell, it doesn’t really sound like there are any big targets. Former defender Nathan Ake is touted as a potential alternative if they can’t get the Leicester man, while they may sign some projects if they become available.