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European giants set to close deal for Chelsea-owned Nigerian wing-back

Inter Milan are on the verge of securing the services of Chelsea winger Victor Moses after head coach Antonio Conte made a specific request for the club to land the Nigeria international.

Moses played under Antonio when the Italian was in charge of the Blues and has already expressed his positive opinion on the transfer and wants an immediate switch to Inter.

Fenerbahce, the club at which the Nigerian is currently on loan, will not stand in the 29-year-old star’s way in moving to Italy.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the African wing-back will return to Chelsea to be immediately loaned out to Nerazzurri until June for no cost.

Inter have already made it known that they won’t make a permanent move for Victor this month, but could revisit the situation in the summer if they deem him to have successfully adapted to Antonio’s 3-5-2 formation.

A fee of €10 million (£8.5 million) has been mooted as the figure which Inter Milan will have to pay if they wish to bring in the player on a permanent basis in June.

The Italian coach knows Victor very well and impressed Conte ahead of the 2016-17 term, for which he was rewarded with a regular spot at the Blues in the wing-back role.

The pair then went on to win the FA Cup two years ago after beating Manchester United in the final at Wembley.

Moses has only made six appearances for his current side this season but should he join Inter, he’d follow Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young, Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling in leaving the PL for Serie A.

Chelsea determined to prise 14-assists Englishman away from German club

Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich will reportedly give the green light for his side to make a club-record bid for Jadon Sancho from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, the reports say.

The west Londoners have been quiet in the transfer market this month despite them being able to bring in fresh faces after their FIFA-imposed ban was overturned.

According to Sport, the Blues are likely to land a creative player before the transfer deadline and Lampard’s side have their sights set on signing Sancho from the ranks of die Borussen.

The same outlet states that Abramovich has given the go-ahead for the transfer and the club could be prepared to spend around £102 million to lure the Englishman from the Bundesliga side.

Dortmund have previously indicated that they will not part ways with Sancho until the summer but there have been reports claiming that the arrival of Erling Haaland from RB Salzburg may change their stance.

Haaland made his debut during the recent league match against Augsburg and Erling made an instant impact with a hat-trick coming off the bench to seal a 5-3 comeback win for his new club.

Meantime, Serie A giants Inter Milan are reportedly interested in landing Chelsea’s Victor Moses during the January transfer market.

The 29-year-old defender has spent the first half of the 2019-20 term on loan with Fenerbahce, where Victor has managed one goal and one assist in seven matches for the club.

Goal.com reports that Inter are keen to complete an £8.5 million deal before the winter transfer market closes for business.

Interested clubs told that they will have to pay £45m to land Chelsea outcast

Chelsea want £45 million for forward Michy Batshuayi with interested clubs weighing up a January swoop for the Belgian.

The massive transfer sum quoted by the Blues is a blow for both Crystal Palace and Aston Villa who are keen on a move.

Batshuayi has been struggling for playing time this season and finds himself behind striker Tammy Abraham in the pecking order.

The Sun claim that Chelsea are demanding £45m for the Belgian they bought for £33m from Marseille four years ago.

Frank Lampard is unwilling to send the 26-year-old out on loan again and want a permanent resolution.

Chelsea risk Batshuayi running down his deal, which has 18 months remaining, and reducing the transfer sum they could command for him.

Aside from the PL interest, Roma are also thought to be closely monitoring the situation surrounding Michy.

The Serie A club are eager to bring in someone to compete with the Bosnian star Eden Dzeko, according to reports in Italy.

Batshuayi may be keen on a fresh start as he has looked a more confident player away from the Blues during loan spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.

Clearly he is not hugely rated by Frank and the Belgian has not started a game under the head coach this season.

In other news, Chelsea star Olivier Giroud has reportedly agreed to a January move  to Inter Milan.

The 33-year-old’s deal expires at the end of this campaign and he is expected to leave the club over the current window.

Chelsea believe highly-rated Brighton star can fix their defensive issues

Chelsea have reportedly enquired about the availability of Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk with the west Londoners looking for defensive reinforcements heading into the second half of the season.

Frank Lampard’s side are in the transfer market for a defender having seen their transfer ban lifted early, allowing the club to trade this month. The defence is said to be a priority, with the Blues leaking goals at the back at stages this campaign.

And The Times are claiming that Lampard has set his sights on Brighton captain Dunk to be the man that he can build a strong defence around.

The English star has been a key figure in Brighton’s rise, and survival, in the PL. The Seagulls value their star man at £50m and would be prepared to step aside and allow Dunk to move to a club of the Blues’ stature.

Lewis has made 20 appearances for Graham Potter’s side in the 2019-20 term, and his physical prowess has made him an attacking threat for the south coast club, scoring twice and setting up three assists this season.

The 28-year-old star also earned his one and only international cap in his country’s 3-0 win over the United States in November 2018.

Meantime, Chelsea have reportedly informed interested sides that they will have to come up with an offer of £45 million to convince the Blues to sell Belgian star Michy Batshuayi during this month’s transfer market.

The 26-year-old hasn’t started a single Premier League match this campaign and has not been involved in any of their last four games in England’s top flight amid talk of a potential exit.

PL club reportedly linked with Chelsea U23 starlet Tariq Lamptey

According to Goal.com, Wolves are interested in landing Tariq Lamptey from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the January transfer market.

Lamptey is out of contract at the Blues at the end of the season, and the Premier League side and the defender’s representatives have been locked in negotiations over a new deal, according to the report.

It has been stated that Paris Saint-Germain, Nice and several clubs in Germany are keen on the 19-year-old, and so are Wolves.

The Wanderers reportedly see the England U20 international as a “promising wing-back option for the future”, but the youngster would prefer to stay at Stamford Bridge and find a prominent role.

Frank Lampard has given a lot of promising and young players chances in the Chelsea first team since he was appointed the head coach in the summer of 2019.

This trend is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, and it’d make sense for Lamptey to sign a new deal and stay at Stamford Bridge.

After all, the centre-back is only 19 years of age, and he isn’t going to be a regular for any top team straightaway.

Meanwhile, according to The Sun, Frank Lampard’s side won’t consider selling the Belgium international Michy Batshuayi before the end of the month unless their £45 million valuation is met.

The report also states that Chelsea have no interest in loaning Michy out once again, particularly considering that Olivier Giroud is said to move on before the end of the month.

The Blues continue to be connected with a number of players in the final third of the field having had their transfer embargo reduced on appeal, meaning that they are free to bring in new players in the current window.

Chelsea seek to further bolster Academy options with landing of Lillestrom ace

Chelsea are looking to strengthen their youth ranks in the January transfer market and are preparing to raid Norway for a second time this month as the club line up Lillestrom starlet Josef Baccay.

The Blues have already sealed a deal for 16-year-old Bryan Fiabema, who penned a contract at Cobham on Friday and was at Stamford Bridge to watch his new club blow away Burnley the following day.

After the match, Fiabema was introduced to his new Chelsea teammates, visiting the home dressing room, while he also spoke briefly to head coach Frank Lampard.

But he may not be the only Norwegian youngster heading to Chelsea this month, with VG claiming that the west Londoners are also working on a deal for Josef.

The 18-year-old, who can play anywhere on the left wing though mainly at left-back, is with the same agency, First Access Sports, who represent both Bryan and a host of other academy stars already at Chelsea.

While the club are interested in signing up Baccay, they would like to take a closer look at the ace and are hoping Lillestrom will allow him to come in on an initial trial.

Tromso allowed Bryan to spend a couple of weeks at the Blues at the end of last year so the club could run the rule over him, and he impressed sufficiently to earn a deal.

Chelsea will pay around £860,000 for Bryan and Baccay is expected to cost slightly more, having already represented his country at U19 level and signed a professional contract with Lillestrom.

Former Blues manager wanted 38-year-old Swedish star at Chelsea

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte has welcomed Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Italy’s first tier following his move to rivals Milan and recounted trying to take him to Chelsea.

The 38-year-old star became a free agent after his deal with LA Galaxy expired at the end of the 2019 MLS campaign and a return to Serie A always looked his most likely next step.

Napoli and Bologna were both connected with the Swede, but he ultimately opted for Rossoneri, whom he previously spent two years with – the first on loan from La Liga giants Barcelona – until 2012.

Zlatan made his second comeback from the bench in Monday’s match with Sampdoria but was not able to inspire Stefano Pioli’s men to victory, as the club were held to a goalless draw at San Siro.

Conte expects the former Manchester United, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain striker to make a big impact at Rossoneri, however, and lauded the personality of the man he attempted to lure to Stamford Bridge.

“First of all, I want to say welcome back Ibra. He is a great champion. I tried to get him when I was at Chelsea,” Antonio told reporters.

“I have a lot of respect for him, he has lots of personality after having a tough upbringing – he is a great player.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United will reportedly rival Chelsea in their £40 million bid for West Ham United centre-back Issa Diop this month.

According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, the Red Devils plan to launch an approach for him.

Chelsea reportedly want to go all-in for Spain international Isco

Chelsea have reportedly their sights set on Real Madrid attacker Isco before the end of the month.

The west Londoners can add to their squad this month after their transfer embargo was lifted in December.

Frank Lampard is planning to add attacking options to his side after the departure of Belgium international Eden Hazard in the summer.

El Desmarque Madrid claim Isco is a major target for Chelsea, who are understood to be ‘doing everything’ to try and land Los Blancos star before the end of January.

The 27-year-old star has been out of favour under manager Zinedine Zidane but has impressed in the latest games after being brought back into the first-team fold.

The Blues are said to have already spoken to Isco’s representative about the possibility of a move to west London.

A Spanish outlet El Desmarque Madrid write Frank’s men are ready to bid €55 million (£47 million).

Chelsea want Isco to sit in front of holding midfielder N’Golo Kante, allowing the Frenchman to do the defensive side of the match.

Madrid want to keep the player in the capital, however. Owner Florentino Perez likes Isco and will only be persuaded by a significant offer in the summer.

The Spaniard has returned to form of late but Zidane is not taking credit for the player’s resurgence.

“I had no role in Isco’s recovery, I’m just glad about it. He has personality and wants to play. He doesn’t shy away from responsibility,” the Frenchman said.

“Today, the option was to put Isco and Modric on the inside to have more runs from the full-backs.

“It was the option for today. We can play with wingers, but we did it the other way around, with more central players and using the wings with our full-backs. It worked for us.

“We prepare really well for games, we understand them very well. We’re all together. In the end, it’s the players that play, that give everything on the pitch.”

Boss insists £15m Chelsea signing will stay at Stamford Bridge

Frank Lampard insists Ross Barkley won’t be leaving Chelsea after the midfielder was connected with a move to West Ham United earlier this week.

David Moyes’ side reportedly made an enquiry to bring in Barkley on loan for the remainder of the season.

Barkley has made just seven PL appearances for Chelsea this season and was warned by Frank after he was pictured dancing topless in a nightclub in November.

But the Blues manager has ruled out the possibility of Barkley signing for West Ham this month.

‘There’s no talk here of Ross Barkley going anywhere – he’s our player. He’s played the last couple of games and done very well,’ said Frank.

‘There have been certain circumstances where Ross hasn’t featured as much this year but I’ve got a lot of faith in Ross.

‘So that was news I heard just like everyone else, but there’s absolutely no feeling towards that. I’m very happy with him.’

in other news, Inter Milan are reportedly interested in landing Chelsea’s Victor Moses during the January transfer market.

The 29-year-old has spent the first half of the 2019-20 term on loan with Fenerbahce, where Victor has managed one goal and one assist in seven matches for the club.

Moses has not turned out for the Turkish giants since the end of November due to injury, though, and it has been claimed that the Nigeria international will head back to his parent club this January.

However, according to Goal.com, the wing-back could again be on the move as Inter are keen to finalise an £8.5m deal before the winter transfer market closes for business.