Chelsea may well be looking at Newcastle United with a touch of concern after their £300million takeover was completed.
Now possessing the wealthiest owners in the world, the Magpies could genuinely challenge the established Premier League elite in future.
Not only that but Newcastle have also been linked with a number of the current crop of players at Stamford Bridge.
As per Bild, they are interested in Chelsea forward Timo Werner, whilst 90min suggest that they are also potentially plotting moves for midfield pair Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley.
It seems highly unlikely that the Blues would let a triumvirate of Thomas Tuchel’s current squad depart for St James’ Park – particularly in the same window – but it could potentially provide the Blues with much-needed funds for a previous transfer target.
Throughout the summer window, Chelsea were strongly linked with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.
It was reported that the Blues were highly interested in the French centre-back but in the end a move failed to come about with the La Liga outfit apparently holding out for his £77million release clause – a fee that Chelsea refused to stump up, especially after spending a club record amount for Romelu Lukaku.
They could yet pay that amount to secure Kounde’s services in the future, however, should they do business with the Magpies.
According to transfermarkt, Werner, Loftus-Cheek and Barkley are currently valued at a combined value of approximately £81million.
Whilst it remains to be seen whether Marina Granovskaia would be able to extract such amounts is up for debate but nonetheless, it provides more than Chelsea would need to pay Kounde’s release clause in full.
With the Frenchman’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, this would certainly rectify a worrying problem currently facing Thomas Tuchel.
Current defenders Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen are all out of contract next summer – leaving Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah as the club’s only senior centre-backs should they all depart.
The signing of Kounde then would certainly go a long way in bolstering those dwindling options ahead of the 2022/23 campaign, and a lot of the credit would certainly have to go to Newcastle’s £300million takeover despite initial Chelsea concern.