How Chelsea could line up with four new stars after stunning £223m spree on aces including De Jong and Aubameyang

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CHELSEA could line up with a bold new look if they pull off £223million-worth of transfers before deadline day.

Thomas Tuchel and Todd Boehly have already splashed the cash on several signings including Raheem Sterling (£47m), Kalidou Koulibaly (£33m) and Marc Cucurella (£62m).

Chelsea could line up with a bold new look if they make four signings including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Chelsea could line up with a bold new look if they make four signings including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

But that total figure could rise to an astonishing £365m if Chelsea land their remaining targets.

Top of the list for Tuchel is a new centre-back.

And Leicester’s Wesley Fofana is in his sights.

The centre-back, 21, is regarded as one of Europe’s top defensive prospects.

He can play in a back three or a back four.

But Chelsea will have to pay a world record fee for a defender to prise Fofana from Leicester - £85m to be exact.

Next on the list for Tuchel is a new striker – and his main target is Aubameyang.

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The pair are still great friends after working together at Borussia Dortmund.

Yet despite only joining Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal earlier this year, Chelsea will have to cough up £25m for the hitman.

But Aubameyang’s prowess makes him the ideal man to lead the line for Chelsea.

Tuchel would also like a new midfielder, and Frenkie de Jong could now be set to swap Barcelona for London.

How Chelsea could end up looking after another spending spree
How Chelsea could end up looking after another spending spree

The midfielder requires around £14m of unpaid wages to be handed over by his new side.

But the transfer fee alone for De Jong comes to £63m.

Even so, the Dutchman’s versatility in midfield makes him an ideal anchorman or pivot player in Tuchel’s system.

Finally, Chelsea are targeting a winger after missing out on Raphinha.

And Everton’s Anthony Gordon has been the subject of a failed £40m.

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It will take at least £50m for Chelsea to succeed in their pursuit.

But Gordon can play either wing and will provide a new option for Tuchel up top.