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Enzo Maresca has already 'decided' first three Chelsea transfers as £87.5m swoop eyed

Enzo Maresca, Manager of Leicester City, applauds the fans at full-time following the team's victory in the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Leicester City at Vitality Stadium on February 27, 2024 in Bournemouth, England.
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Enzo Maresca looks to already be having an impact on Chelsea's transfer plans with official confirmation of his appointment as head coach expected soon. football.london understands club chiefs Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart flew out to Spain earlier this week in order to finalise the deal.

The soon-to-be former Leicester City boss is expected to sign a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2029 with a number of clauses ahead of his arrival still being negotiated. With Maresca set to take control, Todd Boehly and Co. are taking a significant risk considering he has no Premier League experience.

However, the Blues are looking to emulate Arsenal's undeniable success with Mikel Arteta as another coach to have worked under Manchester City's Pep Guardiola. While also bringing five of his coaching staff to west London, Maresca could push to have Kieran Dewsbury-Hall and Mads Hermansen join him with the Foxes duo perfect for his system.

Considering the 44-year-old's need to have players that fulfil his tactical requirements, Maresca has already been looking at potential targets with three priority positions revealed. According to The Telegraph, Chelsea will look to welcome a new goalkeeper, left-back and forward when the summer window opens.

Over the last few months Chelsea have been linked to a number of options in those areas with the newest arriving in between the sticks. As per multiple sources, Villarreal's Filip Jorgensen is a target with Chelsea recently asking for the conditions surrounding a potential deal.

Newcastle have already shown interest in the 22-year-old with a fee in the region of €20million (£17m) likely to be enough to sanction a deal. Elsewhere, Bournemouth's Milos Kerkez has become of interest to the Blues just 12 months on from his £15.5million transfer to the south coast from AZ Alkmaar.

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In terms of striker options, RB Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko could be the chosen signing with Victor Osimhen deemed too expensive. The German club clearly do not want to lose their centre-forward though and have thus attempted to get him to sign a new contract.

A €65million (£55m) release clause is in his current contract with the Blues likely to be one of many clubs that show a keen interest. Arsenal have also been linked to the Slovenia international with an ultimatum on the table that will see him either leave this summer or pen fresh terms, as per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.