Chelsea transfer news and rumors: Hakim Ziyech is involved in the Rafinha deal, and the Blues suffer from a blow to Ousmane Dembele

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helsea is still waiting to get life under the leadership of Todd Buhle and run it with some action in the transfer window.

There is work to be done on and off the field, as the Blues search for a new sporting director after confirming that Marina Granovskaya has left her role.

For Thomas Tuchel, his focus will be on getting the club to move forward with their summer business, especially with Romelu Lukaku on the verge of completing a return to Inter Milan on loan.

This will certainly lead to reinforcements by Chelsea up front, while there is also a real need for reinforcements at the back after two major departures.

Here is the latest Chelsea transfer news and rumours…

Ravenha

Hakim Ziyech may play a surprising role in Chelsea’s attempts to bring Ravenha to Stamford Bridge.

According to journalist Ben Jacobs, the Blues could include Ziyech in a potential swap deal as Leeds are believed to be very interested in the winger.

It is claimed that it would be a more attractive proposition than a lump sum in the region of £55m, as it would provide a perfect replacement for Raphinha.

Chelsea are certainly not the only club interested in the Brazilian, with rivals Arsenal and Tottenham particularly keen as well.

Rafinha is attracting attention from a number of Premier League clubs

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Ousmane Dembele

With his contract at Barcelona expiring in a week, Ousmane Dembele reportedly told the club he wanted to stay at the Nou Camp.

It would be a blow to Chelsea, who saw the Frenchman as a potential option this summer, especially as it looked like he would be available on a free transfer.

However, Cadena SER reports that Dembele would prefer to stay at Barcelona, ​​although the club remains unwilling to meet his demands.

Reports suggest Ousmane Dembele may decide to stay at Barcelona

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Matisse de Ligt

Chelsea are interested in a move to Matthijs de Ligt as they look to enhance their options in central defence.

With the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, at least one replacement is a priority and according to Sky Sports, De Ligt is a name close to the top of the Blues shortlist.

But it won’t come cheap though, as the 22-year-old has a £103m release clause and Juventus expect fees close to that figure.

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