Chelsea set to deliver blow to Newcastle United transfer plans after 'clear favourites' claim

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The latest transfer plans from St James Park as Newcastle United prepare for a busy summer in the transfer market.

Newcastle United’s plans to boost their defensive ranks during the summer transfer window are set to be handed a major blow by Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Following season-ending injuries suffered by centre-back duo Sven Botman and club captain Jamaal Lascelles that are likely to keep both players out until December, bringing in at least one centre-back to add to Eddie Howe’s squad were viewed as of paramount importance to the Magpies hierarchy. The departure of club stalwart Paul Dummett only added to the feeling that the area was near the top of the recruitment agenda.

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A deal to secure Bournemouth star Lloyd Kelly remains in progress and there is increasing confidence the versatile defender’s move to Tyneside can be rubber stamped in the near future as he reunites with former Cherries boss Howe at St James Park. However, the same can not be said of United’s pursuit of Fulham star Tosin Adarabioyo, who will depart Craven Cottage on a free transfer when his contract comes to an end later this month.

Despite interest from the likes of AC Milan, Manchester United and and Chelsea, Newcastle were viewed as favourites to sign the former Manchester City man and that confidence was matched within the Magpies setup. However, journalist Fabrizio Romano has now claimed Chelsea are close to an agreement that would see Adarabioyo become Enzo Maresca’s first signing since he was named as Mauricio Pochettino’s first signing at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking via his X (formerly Twitter) account, he said: “Chelsea are closing in on deal to sign Tosin Adarabioyo, negotiations at final stages.  Newcastle have been working on Tosin deal for weeks but Chelsea now clear favourites, cautious until it’s sealed.  Tosin to be first signing for Enzo Maresca, if all goes to plans.”

There has been speculation suggesting the Blues offered a more lucrative financial package to the centre-back and their location and competing in European competition were also viewed as key in swinging the race to sign Adarabioyo in their favour.

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