Chelsea close to announcing double transfer as Todd Boehly plan becomes clear to Enzo Maresca

Newly-appointed Chelsea head coach Enzo Maresa
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Chelsea are closing in on the signing of two new youngsters this summer, understands.

The Blues are in advanced talks with Barcelona over a move for Marc Guiu and an agreement is understood to be close between all parties involved. The 18-year-old is said to have a release clause in his contract with the La Liga giants worth around £5million.

Chelsea view the decision to activate such a modest clause as a no-brainer, understands. Guiu sees his contract with Barca expire in around 12 months' time and despite talks between the club and the teenager over extending his stay, it now looks as if the next step in his career will be to Stamford Bridge.

Not everything is finalised, though, with the player's decision not confirmed just yet. However, Chelsea are growing more and more confident they can get the deal to sign the highly regarded teenage talent done as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, in a deal that is more advanced, Chelsea are on the verge of signing Omari Kellyman on a long-term contract from Aston Villa. The deal, that understands is expected to be around £19million, is close to being completed with the club having plans of integrating the 18-year-old into the senior squad next season.

Kellyman is close to signing a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge with this deal much further down the line than that of Guiu. The latest 'double signing' has shown Enzo Maresca, if he had any doubts or confusion, about what Chelsea's project is under the Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital model.

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Since Boehly and Clearlake bought the club in May 2022, Chelsea have signed an astonishing 34 players. Rather remarkably, 21 of those players have been aged 21 or under at the time of signing for the Blues - over 61% of the arrivals.

Boehly clearly sees this way of investing in the future as the way to go for Chelsea but it has halted progress in recent seasons at the club. The American billionaire, though, is confident his project will become a success eventually in west London, as he explained in April.

Speaking in an interview for Forbes magazine, Boehly said: "We just need to let the process develop and give them the time to go from being unbelievable individual players with great skills to fold into a team. The good news is people care so much.

"And the bad news is people care so much. That leads to times when they're frustrated with the team and the owners. I get that, but we just have to continue to stay the course."

Since that interview, the club made the decision to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has been replaced by Maresca, who will officially begin his role as Chelsea head coach next week.

Chelsea have immediately shown huge faith in Maresca by handing him a five-year contract. His predecessor, Pochettino, was only given a two-year deal when he was appointed last year.

After conducting a thorough process where a number of options were considered by the club's ownership group and sporting directors, Chelsea were eventually unanimous in their decision to appoint the Italian coach. Maresca is really excited to meet the squad for the first time and explain why he believes his system can become a winning formula at Stamford Bridge, understands.

Maresca has done his due diligence already. The 44-year-old has asked the data experts to provide performance analysis on every player from the academy up to the first-team - as well as asking for detail on every single person he will work with at the training ground in the future.