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Chelsea won’t sign Neymar before the transfer deadline (Pictures: Getty)

Chelsea have opened talks to sign AC Milan’s Rafael Leao and Dynamo Moscow midfielder Arsen Zakharyan, but word has it that Neymar will not leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Under new owner Todd Boehly, the Blues have already broken the UK spending record for a single transfer window.

Thomas Tuchel has welcomed Raheem Sterling, Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly to his squad at Stamford Bridge but is keen to further strengthen his ranks before the summer window closes on Thursday night.

Chelsea have had a mixed start to the new season, suffering a second defeat against Southampton last night.

On Wednesday it was reported that Chelsea were interested in signing Brazilian superstar Neymar but, according to The Times, PSG are now refusing to sell.

As a result, Chelsea are said to have turned their attention to other targets and are now in talks for AC Milan’s Leao and Dynamo Moscow’s Sacharyan.

Portugal international Leao, 23, impressed in Italy last season and is keen to move to the Premier League.

AC Milan and Portugal midfielder Rafael Leao

AC Milan and Portugal striker Rafael Leao (Image: Getty)

Arsen Sacharyan impressed for Dynamo Moscow last season

Arsen Sacharyan impressed for Dynamo Moscow last season (Image: Getty)

Meanwhile, Russian star Sacharyan scored seven goals and provided eight assists last season, attracting interest from a number of clubs across Europe.

Chelsea are also pursuing a deal for Josko Gvardiol with the intention of loaning him to RB Leipzig for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.

The Blues have been linked with a move for Barcelona striker and former Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but the deal is on the line after he broke his jaw in a horrific home raid earlier this week.

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France defender Fofana became the latest high-profile player to sign for Chelsea on Wednesday, saying: “The last two days have been really great for me and I’m very happy.

“I trained with the team this morning and it’s a dream for me. I’m really looking forward to playing games for the fans and the club.

“I’m here to win trophies – the Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, everything. I came here to win and the club is built to win trophies so I’m here to continue that.

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