Chelsea's bid for €100m-valued star accepted as one boss candidate spoken of more

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In spite of being very busy this week, The Pride of London have found time to comment as Chelsea supposedly have an offer for a €100m-rated centreback accepted. This claim comes as one managerial candidate's name is spoken of as a potential Blues boss more frequently. Have the west London club's owners chosen the man to replace Mauricio Pochettino?

It's been a bit of a whirlwind since Pochettino apparently left CFC on amicable terms. A 'mutual exit', if reports are accurate. I am not so sure: it seems as if 'Poch' was secretly pushed out of the door. Or, for example, the Blues ownership made such strange and strangling choices and intentionally exerted so much unnecessary pressure on the former Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain head coach that he simply wanted out. Who knows. The sacking or departure, whatever you want to label it, was definitely shocking but totally unsurprising knowing Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.

What I do know, after monitoring Chelsea news and hearsay as always, is that stories concerning the Stamford Bridge outfit have ramped up considerably over the past few days. Speculation surrounding a new manager - with about four or five suitors standing out and recurring through the media - is kind of out of control. However, that matches Boehly and Eghbali's approach, so what else is new?!

Another aspect relating to Chels' which is going into overdrive of late is transfer gossip. Basically, there are a plethora of rumours linking plentiful amounts of stars and up-and-coming players to Fulham Road. It would be hard to decipher every single one. But PoL will have a go. Just because there is no manager in place at Chelsea, the sporting directors and general directors will attempt to sign more personnel.

That strategy is one element that annoyed Poch and something the next boss must come to terms with. Will standout job applicant Ruben Amorim accept the fact that he would only have minimal input over acquisitions, important or otherwise? His name is certainly attached as a possibility, irrespective of that matter:

"I was always told that while Kieran McKenna is a leading candidate, others were still in the frame. I have been starting to hear Ruben Amorim's name mentioned more throughout Wednesday."

Journalist Dean Jones

Chelsea on verge of making record-breaking signing - reports

According to a story in the news, Chelsea may soon complete a significant capture. They shall also, apparently, beat Manchester United to the target in the process.

The suggestion is that the Blues will secure Ronald Araujo's services. The Barcelona hierarchy are said to have 'given the green light' for a move:

"Barcelona are ready to ‘accept the sale of a player valued at 100 million euros’ with Araujo one player on the ‘exit ramp’ after a ‘disappointing’ season at the Camp Nou.

The Catalan giants ‘will have to get rid of those players who do not fit into its future plans to reduce the squad’s salary bill’ and Araujo is in ‘pole position to become the club’s big sale.’

And now Barcelona have ‘received an offer close to 100 million euros (£85m) from Chelsea’ – which would be the biggest deal ever for a defender – and that ‘would solve a large part of the financial problems that the club has been facing for a few weeks’."