Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly made contact with Chelsea about taking midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko off their hands.
The Blues are desperate to offload the £40 million flop who has failed to make any impression since moving to west London three years ago.
AC Milan have been attempting to push through a deal for the 26-year-old star but have failed to come up with a package to satisfy the Blues.
And now the Parisians have declared an interest and have proposed taking Tiemoue on loan this season with the option of making it a permanent move next year.
Chelsea value the midfielder at £32 million – and are seeking a £4.6 million loan fee with the remaining £27.4 million to be paid as the full transfer sum.
Milan have said the club have no problem with the loan figure but say they are only willing to pay a further £18.3 million in a year to seal a permanent deal.
That is not acceptable to Chelsea, who are looking to claw back more of the money they paid Ligue 1 outfit Monaco for his services back in 2017.
But if Thomas Tuchel’s side were to come up with a deal which goes anywhere close to their valuation, then the London side would be happy to do business before the market shuts on October 5.
Bakayoko initially arrived at Chelsea too much fanfare, having helped Les Monegasques to the Ligue 1 title and UCL semi-finals back in 2017.
But he struggled to make an impression as Antonio Conte’s champions slumped to a disappointing fifth-placed finish.
According to a report from The Telegraph, Chelsea’s board have delayed a final decision on defender Fikayo Tomori’s loan move to Everton.
It’s stated that Antonio Rudiger could end up quitting Chelsea, having been left out of the Blues roster to face Liverpool on Sunday.
Frank Lampard wants four centre-halves in his squad, and Tomori’s move now hinges on whether the manager feels that Rudiger will be disruptive if left out.
Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen were given the nod against Liverpool, and with veteran Thiago Silva snapped up, that final spot will be either Antonio or Fikayo.
The 22-year-old came off the bench against Liverpool on Sunday and produced a strong display that may leave Frank favouring him over Rudiger.
That would be a blow for the Toffees, who were in advanced negotiations to sign him on a season-long loan deal according to a recent report from ESPN earlier this month.
Everton only have two recognised central defenders right now in Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, so any further delays to a swoop for Tomori may leave them looking elsewhere.
Meantime, Juventus are allegedly keen on a deal for out-of-favour Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri.
The 26-year-old star’s future at Stamford Bridge has been shrouded in uncertainty ever since the England international Ben Chilwell made the move to the capital from Leicester City.
Inter Milan are said to be leading the race for Emerson’s signature, while West Ham United have also been touted with an interest in recent weeks.
However, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Bianconeri are eyeing up Palmieri as an ideal signing following an injury to first choice left-back Alex Sandro.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly growing increasingly disillusioned with his lack of senior team opportunities and is ready to speak with manager Frank Lampard about his future at Chelsea.
The 19-year-old ace has not started either of Chelsea’s opening two PL fixtures, playing just 10 minutes off the bench versus Brighton, while the ace was only used sporadically after the restart at the end of last campaign.
Hudson-Odoi came close to quitting Chelsea a couple of years ago when manager Maurizio Sarri was in charge, with Bayern Munich making a big play for Callum’s signature, but he signed a new contract and was expected to feature more prominently under Frank.
That hasn’t happened, however, and Hudson-Odoi’s opportunities have been further limited by a host of attacking summer acquisitions in the form of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
According to The Athletic, Callum is not particularly pleased with his current situation and his agents are planning to speak to the club.
The England youth international wants to discuss how much of a role he has to play under Frank and would even consider leaving, particularly with Callum’s chances likely to be even more limited in the coming weeks.
The Athletic‘s report even goes as far as to suggest that the Blues are already working on a deal that will see the Englishman loaned out and a move ‘could be finalised by the weekend’.
He is conscious that his place in his country’s senior team for the European Championships next summer hinges on him playing frequently, so a loan to a Premier League club could suit all parties.