Chelsea plotting £45m double raid for Southampton duo

Chelsea are looking to bolster their side with the addition of impressive Southampton duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Nathaniel Clyne this summer, according to the Guardian.

The Blues are on their way to winning the Premier League but Jose Mourinho will still be keen to strengthen the team ahead of next year to keep them at the very top of English football.

Schneiderlin and Clyne have both been linked with moves away from St Mary’s this summer, with Manchester United strongly linked with the England right-back, while Arsenal are showing an interest in the French midfielder again.

But Chelsea could swoop in ahead of their Premier League rivals and secure both players for a combined total of around £45 million.

Clyne is entering the final year of his Saints contract and is likely to be on the move unless the Saints can tie him down to a long-term deal. The 24-year-old defender is expected to cost £15 million if United or Chelsea choose to make an offer.

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Schneiderlin, 25, is a more expensive option and the Saints have already proved hard to negotiate with when it comes to their midfield enforcer.

Despite last summer’s exodus, Southampton managed to retain Schneiderlin when Spurs and Arsenal were heavily linked with moves, and Chelsea look set to test their resolve once more.

A bid of around £30 million could be enough to tempt the Saints, especially as the player has said he wants to play Champions League football next season. Cashing in now would be a sensible option, given that the club could reinvest into the squad, as they did so successfully following all of last year’s sales.

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Clyne would rival Branislav Ivanovic for a starting role at right-back with a move to Stamford Bridge, while Schneiderlin could form a frightening partnership with Nemanja Matic in midfield, allowing Cesc Fabregas to play further forward if any deal is agreed.

Mourinho likes to do his summer business early, and with Arsenal and United both interested in the Southampton duo, Chelsea could look to swoop sooner rather than later.

Would Nathaniel Clyne and Morgan Schneiderlin be good signings for Chelsea? Do they need them?


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