EPL rivals closely monitor Chelsea star currently on loan at European giants

Newcastle United emissaries have been flying back and forth to monitor Tiemoue Bakayoko in Italy, according to a daily newspaper The Chronicle.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder has impressed throughout his loan spell at Gennaro Gatusso’s AC Milan.

He cost the Blues a huge £40m only two seasons ago, but a poor first season in the English top-flight last term resulted in the star being loaned to Serie A.

Newcastle United might be fans of the one-time AS Monaco powerhouse, as The Chronicle states that Magpies scouts have watched the Frenchman half-a-dozen times this campaign.

The Spanish manager Rafael Benitez will need a number of Bakayoko-type players in the summer transfer window.

Isaac Hayden looks set to depart St James’s Park, while former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey has been strongly connected with a transfer away after struggling for minutes under Benitez.

Tiemoue might have flopped the last campaign, but only by the Blues’ standards.

At Newcastle United, he may well develop, if something can be worked out between both sides.

He is a similar type of midfielder to Hayden, but possibly a step up. Bakayoko would be ideal for Benitez’s side, but there is no getting away from the fact that the club certainly can not afford a permanent deal, especially if AC Milan are also in the running.

Meantime, according to Calcio Mercato, Italian side Atalanta are working hard to seal a permanent deal for on-loan Chelsea star Mario Pasalic.

The report states that Atalanta do have the option to land Pasalic permanently for a sum in the region of €15 million.

Newcastle will launch offer for €15m-rated star if Chelsea decide to sell him

According to The Northern Echo, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United are interested in landing Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer window and the Magpies would be prepared to make an offer for the 21-year-old star should the Blues management put the player up for sale.

Tammy has caught the eye with his impressive run of form in the EFL Championship on loan at Aston Villa this term, netting 25 goals from 37 matches to propel the Lions to a playoff spot.

The Birmingham Mail claims that it would require any side to dish out a sum close to £30 million if they want to prise the exciting forward away from Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, though, are under pressure not to sell any of their promising players because of the transfer ban as the club would not be allowed to sign any new players during two transfer windows.

This isn’t the first time that Tammy has enjoyed a fruitful loan stint as a part of his parent club’s loan army, with the youngster scoring 5 goals in the Premier League last campaign on his loan spell at Welsh club Swansea City which finally ended in relegation.

Before that, the once-capped English star hit 23 goals in the EFL Championship for Bristol City in the 2016-17 campaign.

Still only 21, Tammy has a lot of time to make improvements to his game and he’s only going to get better as time passes.

Striking a deal for the player would be a massive coup for Newcastle United, though it remains to be seen whether Chelsea want him to stay at Stamford Bridge next campaign to compete for a first-team place.

Chelsea alone in race for 11-goals and 5-assists UCL giants playmaker

Chelsea are interested in landing Philippe Coutinho from Catalan giants Barcelona if the club can avoid a two-window transfer ban this summer, according to the latest reports in Spain.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are lining up new options in the attack should Belgian star Eden Hazard finally make his long trailed transfer to Real Madrid.

Philippe, who has struggled to make an impact for Blaugrana since moving from Liverpool in a transfer that cost an initial £106m and has various extra bonuses that could cost the Camp Nou club further millions in the near future.

A Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claim that only one Premier League side has registered an interest in signing the Brazilian – Chelsea.

However, while Chelsea have the resources to cover much of Blaugrana’s original outlay and the player’s wages, whether the club will be allowed to spend in summer is another matter.

Chelsea have been punished with a two-window transfer ban by FIFA after breaking regulations surrounding the signings of U18 players.

They lost their appeal to football’s governing body but will make their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a bid to overturn the sanction.

In spit eof the legal process being ongoing, the Blues are still banned from landing players this summer – meaning Coutinho could be forced to continue his unhappy stay at Catalonia.

He has netted 21 goals in 74 matches for the club but has failed to fill either the boots of his compatriot Neymar in an attacking role nor club legend Andres Iniesta in a play-making capacity.

Coutinho suffered further humiliation when his former side, Liverpool, dumped Barca out of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last week.