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EPL: Chelsea owners ready to spend £1.75bn over next decade

Chelsea’s new owners have “big ambitions” in the transfer market as they seek to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, say sources.

A £4.25bn takeover of the club led by LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly has been approved by the government and the Premier League.

The completion of the sale should come in the next couple of days.

But there are many transfer issues for Boehly’s consortium to contend with.

The new owners also want to take a more strategic and data-led approach to their recruitment, such as is in place at clubs like Liverpool, and have pledged to invest £1.75bn in Chelsea over the next 10 years, reports BBC Sport.

Boehly is set to have talks with manager Thomas Tuchel about filling those gaps in the squad.

There will also be a desire to tie midfielders N’Golo Kante and Jorginho to new deals given their contracts expire next summer.

Chelsea will also want to offer new contracts to midfielder Mason Mount and defender Reece James, who are both on lower wages than their team-mates after coming through the club’s academy.

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