Jamie Redknapp is confident three major singings between now and the end of the transfer window would guarantee Chelsea a place in the Premier League’s top four this season.
The Blues have endured a difficult summer but have regrouped quickly following a change of ownership which has seen Todd Boehly play a lead role in the club’s transfer dealings alongside Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea have already added significantly to their squad, spending over £150million on Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucarella and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Boehly and Tuchel are not finished there, however, and have designs on Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana, while they are hoping to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding Barcelona by snaring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong.
The competition for places among the Premier League’s elite is as ferocious as ever, particularly given the new arrivals at north London foes Tottenham and Arsenal this summer.
But Redknapp feels Chelsea will still have enough to secure a Champions League berth should Tuchel land three top targets by the start of September.
He told Sky Sports: ‘Raheem Sterling in any market is a brilliant signing. They miss a No 9 but there’s talk about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming in and Frenkie de Jong – who they are interested in signing from Barcelona – is one of the best midfield players in the world.
‘If they get Fofana, Aubameyang and De Jong, they’re guaranteeing Champions League football with that.
‘I’m a massive fan of De Jong. I feel sorry for him in a way because he’s in limbo. It feels like he wants to come to London and isn’t too keen on going to Manchester. Whoever gets him, he’s a game changer for them. Chelsea certainly have problems in that area – Jorginho is not long-term in terms of his physicality.
‘He’s done brilliantly and been an amazing player for Chelsea, Champions League winner and for Italy winning the European Championships, but De Jong gives them a different dimension with pace and strength, playing at the base of midfield, giving N’Golo Kante license to go and do what he wants.
‘He’d be an amazing signing and a real statement of intent if they could beat Man Utd to that one.
‘As for Aubameyang, he was such a disappointment at Arsenal towards the end. He did OK at Barcelona but they’re obviously keen to offload him again. As a stop-gap for a year, it probably wouldn’t be the worst signing.
‘I was quite critical of him last year. I didn’t think he put the effort in for Arsenal. It looked like he wasn’t the same player. But for one season… it’s not one that would inspire me, but he would come with a bit of a point to prove.’
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