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Chelsea news round-up: Club monitoring Donnarumma, Blues on alert, Hudson-Odoi hailed



Chelsea could take advantage of contract situation to land AC Milan stopper

Chelsea have asked entourage Mino Raiola to keep them updated on the situation of AC Milan shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma, whose contract at the club is set to expire at the end of the current campaign.

The 21-year-old Italian already boasts well over 200 senior matches and is a regular in the Italy national team, and the Rossoneri are desperate to reach an agreement over a new contract in order to avoid losing their star for nothing.

With an agreement yet to be reached, teams around Europe are keeping tabs on the situation, and sources have confirmed to 90min that the Blues have asked Raiola to keep them in the loop if he is unable to agree on fresh terms.

They are not his only suitors, with long-term admirers Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain both keen to move for Donnarumma.

All three are content with their current goalkeepers, but they see the chance to land a player of the Italian’s age and experience for nothing as too good to ignore.

The Blues specifically have been much improved defensively since the introduction of Edouard Mendy this campaign.

However, the long-term future of the world’s most expensive shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga remains unclear, while backups Petr Cech and Willy Caballero are approaching 40.

Raiola is currently locked in negotiations with Milan to try and grant Gianluigi’s wish of staying at the club, but the Rossoneri are struggling to meet the representative’s demands of close to £200,000-a-week.

Raiola knows his client could earn even more if he moves overseas, but he is giving the Serie A giants the chance to get a deal done before offering Donnarumma elsewhere.

Chelsea in danger of missing out on versatile Swiss midfielder

Manchester City allegedly intend to join Chelsea the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach star Denis Zakaria.

The Swiss star, who has just 19 months remaining on his deal with Gladbach, has continued to enhance his reputation this campaign, helping his club compete with Inter Milan and Real Madrid in their UCL group.

Frank Lampard’s side and another English giant Manchester United have previously been linked with the 24-year-old midfielder, who is expected to move to a bigger team in the future.

However, according to Fabrizio Romano’s Here We Go podcast, the Citizens will prioritise a bid for the highly-rated Switzerland international during the summer transfer market.

Speaking on the podcast, Fabrizio said: “Manchester City are focusing on Zakaria. He is so appreciated by the board, they are following him, they are in contact with his agent. So he’s for sure on the list of Manchester City.”

Meanwhile, Juventus are preparing an offer to bring both Olivier Giroud and left-back Emerson Palmieri to Turin, Il Bianco Nero reports.

 

Emerson would provide competition for Alex Sandro, while Olivier could be the answer to Bianconeri’s problems in front of goal when the Serie A giants are without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Giroud has been heavily mentioned with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with the veteran attacker desperate for more minutes in a bid to secure a spot in France’s roster for the upcoming European Championships.

He hasn’t started a single Premier League match but after his excellent display against Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla that may change.

Former Chelsea star raves about £180,000-a-week Englishman

Joe Cole has backed Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi to develop into a ‘world-class’ player under current manager Frank Lampard.

England international Hudson-Odoi has featured in 72 games for Chelsea since breaking into the senior team towards the end of 2017-18 campaign.

He scored four goals in nine Europa League matches during the subsequent season but has struggled to kick on since, with injuries interrupting Callum’s progress in west London.

The arrival of fellow attacking stars Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz has meant Callum has only started four matches under Lampard this season.

In spite of this, former Blues and England midfielder Cole says Hudson-Odoi is a ‘top player’ and can establish himself as a ‘world-class’ star at Chelsea.

‘I’m a big fan of his. I think he’s a top, top player,’ Cole said prior to Chelsea’s UCL clash against Sevilla.

‘Psychologically he knows he faces a battle to play. You can’t keep every player happy because every player wants to play every game and that’s not possible.

‘Callum is at that stage of his career where he’s still developing and still learning, every lesson he learns is a little building block to help him become that world class player that we all think he can become.’

Olivier Giroud netted four goals as Chelsea secured a 4-0 win over Sevilla on Wednesday to top their UCL group.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are monitoring the progress of Brighton’s Ben White, along with Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United, claim Sky Sports.

He impressed on loan at Leeds United in the EFL Championship last term and has looked good while making the step up to the top-flight at the Amex.