Chelsea are understood to have reignited their interest in German side Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey but any move for the star could be scuppered should Chelsea fail to do anything about their two-window transfer ban.
As per the BBC, the west Londoners have been banned from landing players until the start of the 2020 summer market, with the Blues taking their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to do something about it.
Should the club succeed with their appeal, it seems the Blues will be going back in for Leon, as the Daily Mail are noting that Chelsea have revived their interest in the star, with Leverkusen after £80 million for his services.
However, this possible move for Bailey hinges on whether Chelsea’s appeal against their two-window transfer ban is successful, as if it is not, they will be no hope of signing the player this summer.
They could definitely do with landing a player of Leon Bailey’s ilk, especially after selling Belgian star Eden Hazard to the Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old technically gifted attacker had a good season for Bayer Leverkusen this year, as he netted five goals and provided five assists in all competitions, helping his side secure a Top 4 finish in the process.
Leon will definitely have to improve on his goal and assist output if he ends up moving to Chelsea, as Maurizio Sarri’s side are going to need to fill the void left by Eden following his move to Galacticos.
Leicester City have reportedly ended their interest in Chelsea talent Reece James because of the Blues’ reluctance to sell him.
The Mail on Sunday report Leicester City are targeting Luton Town’s highly-rated defender James Justin, having made a decision to look somewhere else after initially targeting the Chelsea ace.
James impressed throughout a season-long loan at the Championship club Wigan Athletic last term and Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers was said to be interested in snapping him up.
Manchester United have also been connected with James and it remains to be seen whether the Red Devils make a move for the English man this summer.
Reports have claimed that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been considering Reece as a potential alternative option after Crystal Palace made it clear they want big money for English prodigy Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Chelsea consider James as one of the club’s best talents and are keen to tie the player to a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
But the immediate priority is to prove the seriousness of an injury the star recently sustained while on international duty.
Reece was stretchered off during England U20s’ match against Chile at the Toulon Tournament.
Initial reports stated he might well have suffered a broken ankle, but updates since then have been more promising and more information is expected in the coming days.
Meantime, Chelsea have pinpointed pacy Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey as a possible signing ahead of next campaign, according to a British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail.
Tottenham Hotspur are understood to be eyeing up a £40 million move for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, as the north London side look to beat both Chelsea to the player’s signature.
Spurs are definitely going to have to spend big the transfer window this summer if the club want to improve on their displays this season.
The north London outfit finished fourth in the Premier League whilst also reaching the final of the UCL, an impressive feat considering the club haven’t signed anyone since the summer transfer window of 2017.
However, it seems the club are planning to end this transfer drought soon, as the Sun are claiming that Spurs are eyeing up a £40 million move for Ake.
The report also claims that Chelsea are in the race for Ake, so it looks like Mauricio Pochettino’s side will have some competition in the hunt to secure the central defender’s signature.
Should they manage to strike a deal to bring him to north London, it’s difficult to see how the Dutchman is going to secure a senior team place ahead of one of Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Sanchez.
The Blues have a buy-back option on the 24-year-old star, and regard the star as one of the best defenders in the English top-flight.
Nathan started at Chelsea’s set-up aged 16 but had loan stints at Watford, Reading and Bournemouth before joining the Cherries for £20m.
He is an important figure for the first team but could transfer to much bigger Premier League club this summer window.