Chelsea: Boehly unlikely to bring Neymar to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are not expected to make Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar one of their first signings as the Todd Boehly era gets underway at Stamford Bridge, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

A consortium led by Boehly completed their takeover of the west Londoners on Monday, with the deal to take the club off Roman Abramovich’s hands worth £4.25billion.

What’s the latest news involving Neymar?

Mirror journalist Darren Lewis has claimed a move for Neymar could be on the cards as his relationship with Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has come to the fore following the news that PSG are willing to let the Brazilian leave for the right price this summer.

Neymar has a sensational record from his time under Tuchel’s stewardship in the French capital, with him racking up 51 goals and 32 assists in 67 appearances before the German was shown the door.

Although the attacker has told Canal+, via the Mirror, that he intends to remain with his current employers, it appears he could still be allowed to depart the Parc des Princes.

It is understood that the reigning Ligue 1 champions are willing to offload Neymar if a suitable proposal is made during the upcoming transfer window.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed he is an admirer of the 117-cap Brazil international, but a return to the Nou Camp could only be possible ‘for free’.

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What has Dean Jones said about Neymar?

Jones believes Neymar, 30, will not be heading to the Premier League for the first time in his career by joining Chelsea this summer.

The transfer insider feels the Blues need to box clever after Boehly has moved to the top of the Stamford Bridge tree.

Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “The one thing we’re told from this takeover is this will not be Abramovich mark two.

“With that in mind, I’m not expecting Neymar to arrive at Stamford Bridge as one of their first signings. I think they’ve got to be a little bit smarter than that.”

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Would Neymar be a good signing for Chelsea?

Neymar has a record that cannot be sniffed at, with him finding the back of the net 275 times and adding a further 171 assists in 464 club appearances.

However, Chelsea would have to break the bank for a star who is still the most expensive player in football history following his £200million transfer from Barcelona to PSG in 2017 and would command a lucrative contract.

While Boehly is willing to splash the cash and has handed Tuchel a budget worth an identical amount to PSG’s outlay for Neymar, the Blues may be better off concentrating on identifying defensive reinforcements ahead of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s departures at the end of their respective deals.

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