The agent of Chelsea target Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed in an interview with Radio CRC that the defender, reportedly valued at around €55m, wants to leave Serie A side Napoli, while also confirming the Premier League side’s interest and still have time to “close a deal”.
The 25-year-old Frenchman has been strongly linked with a move to West London this summer, with the player’s agent, Bruno Satin, announcing that his client is set to leave Italy “for economic reasons”, while also claiming that a move to Chelsea is very much on the cards.
Some players are comfortable playing in a particular type of league. Their playing style is best suited for that particular league and may struggle to replicate a similar type of performances elsewhere. And just because they failed in a different league doesn’t make them a bad player. For example, Juan Cuadrado.
Chelsea are expected to remain busy in the transfer market as Antonio Conte has reportedly requested Roman Abramovich, the Blues owner, to sanction him at least five new signing before the start of the new 2016/17 campaign. Without further ado, let’s check the major transfer stories:
Blues ready to pay Victor Lindelof’s release clause
Chelsea have reportedly told Benfica they’re ready to pay Lindelof’s release clause which is thought to be around £25m.
Chelsea are looking to add a defensive reinforcement this summer and have been linked with a host of top defenders to their ranks this summer. One of the names linked with the Blues is Greek international Kostas Manolas, who plays for Serie A giants Roma.
Earlier this month, Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Chelsea had offered a deal worth €4m-per-year for Manolas which is significantly high to what he earns at Roma.
Chelsea have had two bids rejected for the Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer.
However a transfer could be close because Real Madrid are holding out for an offer only 5 million pounds more than Chelsea’s last offer. Usually in such cases, both clubs reach an agreement/compromise.
In an amazing turn of events, FC Barcelona have pulled off a shock deal for Valencia’s highly-rated midfielder Andre Gomes. La Liga giants Real Madrid were thought to be leading the race for signing Gomes while Premier League club Chelsea and Manchester United had shown an interest too but Barcelona moved in quickly and secured a fantastic deal for the Portugal midfielder last night.
Having bolstered the midfield and forward department this summer, Chelsea shift their attention towards adding depth in the central defence. The likes of Kostas Manolas and Leonardo Bonucci being linked with the club while recently Chelsea have shown an interest in Benfica’s highly rated defender Victor Lindelof.
In theory, Edinson Cavani should be a happy fella at PSG right now. The departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester United means Cavani by default will spearhead the PSG attacking lineup for the upcoming 2016/17 season. He has always demanded the role of a central striker and now will finally get the chance to show his true potential playing in his favoured position.
Chelsea have agreed a deal to send their talented winger Alex Kiwomya on loan at the League Two club Crewe Alexandra.
The 20-year-old winger made his professional debut on loan at Barnsley and also spent a month on loan at Fleetwood last season.
Yet to break into the Chelsea first team, the explosive young winger has signed a loan deal with the League two side until 9 January 2017 and is expected to continue his development with more first-team action under his belt.
Andre Gomes has more or less decided that he will leave Valencia in the summer. Real Madrid could be his likely destination but Chelsea haven’t given up on him, as yet.
Valencia have started preparing for next season assuming a life without their star midfielder Andre Gomes. Los Che are prepared to lose him at the right price and have already started searching a suitable replacement for him.
According to the Daily Mail, Premier League side Chelsea have rejected a £14.25m bid from Borussia Monchengladbach for Andreas Christensen, with the Danish international defender currently halfway through a two-year loan deal at the Bundesliga side.
Christensen, 20, was named the fans player of the year at Monchengladbach ahead of new £35m Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka last season, and remains highly rated at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid are looking to sign a central midfielder this summer. After apparently admitting a defeat to Manchester United (well, Spanish newspaper Marca believe they’ve actually let United to do the business) in the race to sign Paul Pogba, Los Blancos have shifted their attention towards signing Andre Gomes.
Asmir Begovic has proved over the years that he is a reliable goalkeeper and good enough to start for any Premier League side. Last season, he took the starting role at Chelsea when Thibaut Courtois got injured in the first half of last season and did a decent job.
It seems, however, Begovic, could be allowed the leave the London club and thus he’s drawn the attentions of Premier League club Everton.
According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea have joined Manchester City in the race for Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci. The Juventus centre-back, who is currently holidaying in the Mediterranean, is said to have told close friends that he is considering a move away from the Serie A champions, with both Chelsea and City waiting in the wings.
Another day. Another new twist in the Diego Costa’s transfer saga. Spanish media believe Costa is unhappy at Chelsea and he wants a return to Atletico Madrid. The La Liga club are desperate to get him back while the player himself wants to be reunited with Diego Simeone.
Interestingly, most of the rumours have come from Spain.
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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has hailed Luke Shaw as one of the best left-backs in the world.
The 21-year-old returned to action for the first time since last September when the Red Devils sealed a 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. A double leg fracture in the Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven at the start of the last season forced him to spend the rest of the previous campaign on the sidelines.
Despite being sacked twice by the club, Jose Mourinho will forever be considered a legend by Chelsea fans after steering the west London club into football's elite. However,this week,the 'Special One' won't have endeared himself to Blues' fans after refusing to sign a Chelsea shirt while on tour with United in China.
Reports are spanning social media with claims that Riyad Mahrez could be set to join Chelsea, after Adidas started selling Blues kits with his name and the number 7 on them. The winger was reported on Eurosport in France to have agreed a move to Arsenal only yesterday, but that appears to be false, given [.
Chelsea are currently fourth in the reckoningwith 888sport.com to finish top of the Premier League pile this coming season, down below Arsenal, Man Utd and outright favourites Man City.
With a long-lost title to reclaim, new coach Antonio Conte has already set about adding a little more auxiliary firepower to his new squad with the acquisition ofMichy Batshuayi but it would seem that the ex-Marseille striker isn't the only big name Belgium international on the Blues' summer shopping list.
Chelsea recorded their first win under Antonio Conte with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Austrian side WAC RZ Pellets. This was, incidentally, their first pre-season win in two years, and Conte would have been pleased to see his side keep a clean sheet as well in the process. A goal from striker Bertrand Traore put the Blues in the lead going into the break before late strikes from two more youngsters, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathaniel Chalobah sealed the deal.