'Todd Boehly has been calling around': Ornstein makes Chelsea transfer claim, with new owner making moves

David Ornstein claims Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly has been seriously active in the club’s transfer talks this summer, as per his comments to the Straight Out of Cobham podcast.

Boehly has been working on multiple deals, with signing Raheem Sterling from Manchester City and offloading Romelu Lukaku being at the top of his priority list.

Ornstein claims that City are prepared to do business with Chelsea, despite them being a direct rival and that Boehly is taking a very hands-on approach in negotiations.

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He says: “Todd Boehly has been calling around a number of clubs already to start negotiations for players – whether that be City or Inter.

Boehly’s takeover of the club has allowed them to complete business negotiations as normal, meaning they can operate normally again throughout this summer transfer window.

It seems as if outgoings are on the agenda before any signings at Stamford Bridge, with the small matter of £97.5m Romelu Lukaku wanting to leave the club at the top of the list.

Chelsea have reportedly been in negotiations with Inter Milan over a potential loan fee, with the deal apparently set to be the catalyst for players coming through the door in West London.

The number one target at the club is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who reportedly wants to leave the Premier League champions in a hunt for a more regular starting role.

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His interest in leaving alongside his proven ability at the top end of the Premier League makes him an attractive prospect for Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel reportedly being a big fan of the 27-year-old.

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Boehly taking a hands-on approach is an extremely promising sign for Chelsea fans, who may have been fearing the club would be no more than an investment to a new owner.

While the approach may differ to that of the previous ownership, if it proves to get deals over the line there will be nothing but praise for how the new era at Stamford Bridge has started.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.