Chelsea launch clever transfer plan to replace Thiago Silva and escape FFP punishment

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Chelsea have dealt Newcastle and Manchester United a major blow to their hopes of signing Tosin Adarabioyo this summer. The 26-year-old defender has been heavily linked with an exit from Fulham for a while now, with his contract at Craven Cottage set to expire next month.

Despite missing a large chunk of the campaign due to a groin injury, Adarabioyo still featured 20 times in the Premier League this season. He played a key role in Marco Silva's side, helping Fulham keep six clean sheets.

Adarabioyo, who worked closely with Enzo Maresca during his formative years at Manchester City, also helped the Cottagers avoid relegation from the top flight, falling short of a top-half finish by just two points. His impressive performances managed to court the interest of some top clubs – one of which being Chelsea.

In fact, according to the Mirror, the Blues have now offered him a contract. The report states that Newcastle have been long admirers of Adarabioyo, with Eddie Howe's side said to be close to an agreement already.

The Mirror add that Manchester United are also keen on the Fulham ace, who could prove to be a valuable addition on a free transfer – especially with the Premier League clamping down on those who breach the competition's Profit and Sustainability rules and looming Financial Fair Play regulations.

As briefly aforementioned, Adarabioyo played under Maresca during their time together in the Manchester City academy. Fast forward a few years, the centre-half could very well become the Italian's first signing at Stamford Bridge this summer.

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Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart are expected to meet Maresca in Spain on Tuesday to negotiate a deal that brings him to west London, understands. It's believed that there has been initial contact between the Chelsea sporting directors and the Leicester City boss, but nothing has been agreed on just yet.

Sources have told that the Blues are hopeful of an appointment being reached by the end of this week, meaning Maresca would have his feet under the table at Cobham ahead of pre-season. All being well, the 44-year-old will sign a five-year contract at Chelsea.