By Jackson Cole
Chelsea are title contenders if they sign Frenkie de Jong, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Wesley Fofana this summer.
This is the view of talkSPORT’s Darren Bent amid reports linking the Blues with all three players.
The west Londoners look set to hijack Manchester United’s pursuit of De Jong, however, the Dutchman’s deferred wages at the Camp Nou are still an issue.
Meanwhile, De Jong’s Barca teammate could reunite with former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
And Leicester defender Wesley Fofana has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, who are lining up a third and record £85million bid for the 21-year-old centre-back.
If they manage to get these three done before deadline day, Chelsea will have a big enough squad to mount a serious assault on the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, believes Bent.
“If they get those three, they’re in the title race for sure,” Bent said on Drive. “They have to be… look at their squad after that.
“They’ll have solved the problem of getting a goalscorer. Aubameyang’s attitude has been questioned but when he got to Arsenal he got ten goals in his first 14 games. At Barcelona, he’s got 11 goals in 17 appearances.
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“It just went a bit stale for him, maybe he didn’t start to suit the way Arteta wanted to play but he can score. That’s one thing you can’t take away from him, he can score goals and that’s what Chelsea need.
“If they get him, get Fofana into that back three and De Jong in then they have to be [title contenders].
“The options they have in midfield – Jorginho, De Jong, Mateo Kovacic, Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante.
“I think if De Jong signs he plays but Jorginho has been important for Chelsea.
“I like Jorginho, some people aren’t sure about him but if you look at what he’s done in his career like helping Italy win the Euros. He’s a calming influence, always wants the ball, never shirks away from it, gets Chelsea playing.
“But De Jong can probably do the same if not a little bit better…”
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