Footy Extras

Chelsea plan to lower their price for England striker to £35m

Chelsea have been asking for £40 million for Tammy Abraham this summer’s transfer market, but with no proposals coming in, the club have reportedly accepted they’re going to have to reduce their asking price.

The 23-year-old star appears to have no future at all at the club under Thomas Tuchel, completely falling out of favour under the German tactician, in spite of the struggles of the Blues’ other strikers last season.

The England forward is not short of suitors, with Premier League trio West Ham, Aston Villa and Arsenal all interested, but none have shown a desire to meet their substantial price tag.

The Sun report that the Blues are keen to get Tammy off their books in order to sign a new centre-forward themselves and will be prepared to cut their asking price to £35 million or lower.

West Ham are allegedly the most interested party, but for the Irons to be able to sign the number nine and offer him the wages he’ll be after, they’re looking to pay around £30 million for him.

Abraham scored six top-flight goals last season, but the star’s opportunities were severely limited after Thomas arrived at the end of January, making just three Premier League starts from there on in.

Morocco international backed to leave Chelsea for Serie A club

Olivier Giroud says it’d be ‘nice’ if Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech joined him at the Serie A club AC Milan.

Ziyech joined the Blues in a £33.3 million deal from the Eredivisie side Ajax last year but struggled to make an impression particularly after Thomas Tuchel replaced club legend, Frank Lampard, as a manager in January.

Reports have stated that the Chelsea board would be open to selling the Morocco midfielder, while AC Milan have declared their interest in the star.

And Giroud, who played alongside Hakim at Chelsea last season before sealing the move to Italy this summer’s transfer market, is keen to link back up with his ex-teammate.

When quizzed about the prospect of Hakim also joining him at the San Siro before the end of the transfer market, Giroud said at his press conference this week: ‘Ziyech is a great player.

‘We have had a great connection even though we have played few games together.

‘He has a top left foot, has experience and he is very good technically. It would be nice to play with him again.’

Elsewhere, Chelsea will allegedly have to sell one defender before making an official offer for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.

The France international is said to have agreed to personal terms with the west Londoners following advanced talks and wants to complete a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Southampton on the verge of signing 18-year-old Chelsea youngster

Chelsea’s midfielder Valentino Livramento is ready to seal a move to Southampton after disagreeing on new terms at the London club. U20 England international, who has been strongly linked to Brighton this transfer window, is ready to move to Southampton after being impressed with their quick advances.

Livramento, who is yet to play a competitive match at senior level, can play as a full-back or wing-back and is now ready to fight for a place in the starting line-up with the likes of Kyle Walker-Peters and Romain Perraud. Valentino has entered the final year of his deal in Chelsea and is only being allowed to move on as the Blues want to receive a fee for him.

The agreement is similar to the move that saw Tariq Lamptey move to Brighton two years ago. The footballer wanted to play senior football but didn’t feel like that would happen at Stamford Bridge. With the likes of Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Cesar Azpiliqueta ahead of the 18-year-old midfielder in the pecking order, it is easy to understand why the footballer would want to move on.

The English midfielder has a buy-back clause in his deal, allowing the Blues to re-sign the footballer for £25m. The Saints coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has been in the market for another versatile full-back, and Valentino suits those needs.

Livramento is not the first academy graduate to leave the London club this transfer window, Dynel Simeu has also gone to join the Saints. In contrast, talented midfielder Lewis Bate has joined Leeds United.

Chelsea keeping close tabs with 28-year-old Serie A centre-forward

The London giants reportedly offered Marcos Alonso plus €100m in an audacious attempt to prise Romelu Lukaku away from San Siro, but the Nerazzurri swiftly rejected the offer.

Erling Haaland has been at the top of the Blues’ shortlist of attacking targets for much of this transfer window, with the German manager on the battle for a proven striker and goalscorer to mount a serious trophy challenge this coming campaign.

But Borussia Dortmund’s eye-watering £150m asking price for the 21-year-old striker has led Chelsea to instead focus their efforts on securing a return for Belgium international, who was recently on the Blues’ books from 2011 to 2014 but failed to make an impact before leaving to join Everton.

Lukaku also struggled to live up to expectations across two years with Man United but has since got his career back on track and established himself as one of the most lethal strikers in European football.

The Blues have made it clear they would be prepared to part with €100m, plus out-of-favour defender Marcos Alonso, to bring Romelu back to Chelsea, but their attempts to reach a deal have so far been unsuccessful. The report suggests Chelsea could come back with a follow-up offer for the 28-year-old striker.

It would be left up to the Belgian centre-forward to decide his future if the Nerazzurri’s demands are met before the transfer window closes.

Romelu has, though, given no indication that the striker would be prepared to force his way out of Inter Milan to seal a come back to Stamford Bridge and is happy with life in the Serie A, with just Cristiano Ronaldo outscoring him last season.

Serie A giants enter the battle to sign €20m-rated Chelsea midfielder

Juventus are reportedly considering a shock transfer swoop for the London giants midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko this transfer window. The 26-year-old midfielder has emerged as a target for the Bianconeri as they consider options to Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli.

One imagines Tiemoue will be available on the cheap after failing to make an impact in his time at Chelsea, having instead of being sent out on loan on several occasions.

Bakayoko has had two spells on loan in Italy with Milan and Napoli and a stint back at his former team Monaco, but it now seems the midfielder could earn a big shock move to Old Lady. France international’s considered a bargain option to Manuel Locatelli, with the Blues set to let the midfielder go for only €16m.

Chelsea supporters won’t be too frustrated to see the back of this footballer, who has proven to be one of their worst additions of recent times. The French midfielder initially looked like a promising talent in his first spell with Monaco, but the footballer just never got going once the Blues snapped him up in the summer of 2017.

It has recently been reported that new Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has reportedly asked the team president Aurelio De Laurentiis to do all he can to keep Bakayoko, who was on loan at Milan last campaign. The Blues have a stacked midfield, and with Tiemoue yet to feature in pre-season, he is ready for the London club departure.

However, it appears that Napoli could be Tiemoue’s destination as the Italian giants could bring the midfielder in on a second successive loan move. Serie A giants are also interested in Emerson Palmieri, who is ready to leave the Blues this transfer window.

Chelsea leading the race to sign €25m-rated Spanish midfielder

Barcelona believe the London club have made a ‘big offer’ for youngster Ilaix Moriba, according to reports. U19 Spain international has entered the final year of his deal at Camp Nou and has rejected an offer of renewal. A decision could be made as early as this week on his future.

Ilaix played 18 first-team games for the Blaugrana last campaign, including 14 in La Liga. But his future could be away from Barcelona. The report claims there is a gap financially between what the Catalan giants can offer and what Moriba’s representatives are asking for.

The 18-year-old midfielder’s camp want the youngster to earn nearly £2.5m per season, but the Blaugrana are just prepared to offer £1.7m. The Catalan giants plan to hand the Spanish midfielder a first-team squad number for the upcoming season and believe their offer is fair.

However, the Catalan club are sure the midfielder has an offer from elsewhere and believe it to be the Blues. Bayern Munich also have interest, but the London club would be able to possibly triple Ilaix’ current wages. The Blaugrana will continue in their attempts to get Ilaix to sign a new contract but are not holding out much hope.

The Spanish club will have to decide whether to cash in on the footballer this transfer window or let him leave at the end of his deal in 2022 for nothing.

The Blaugrana president Joan Laporta spoke about the midfielder’s future on Monday. Joan said Barcelona could not allow footballers who have come through the system, such as Ilaix, to leave at such an early time in their careers.

West Ham United in pole position for €35m-rated Chelsea centre-back

West Ham United reportedly stay in negotiations over a possible transfer deal for Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma this transfer window but also have Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic lined up as a more realistic option.

France international may be slightly out of West Ham United’s price range as the Blues ask for as much as £25m for the defender, with Nikola Milenkovic also a severe option for the Hammers, with some initial negotiations also held with La Viola.

Kurt has the advantage of being proven in the PL, but Serbia international has also shown many promises in his time in Italy, so both would be fine additions to help the Hammers bolster at the defence this transfer window.

The Blues could arguably do well to keep hold of someone like Zouma as a squad footballer, with the defender perhaps unlikely to make too much of a fuss about playing regularly whilst offering the German manager a solid and reliable rotation alternative in the back-line.

Chelsea haven’t always looked entirely convincing in that area, with footballers like Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen a tad inconsistent, even if they did show some tremendous form for the Blues in their Champions League-winning season last term.

It will be interesting to see how this develops, but the Hammers supporters would surely be pretty happy with either Kurt or Nikola. However, while the French defender was a crucial figure under predecessor Frank Lampard, he doesn’t appear to be to Thomas Tuchel’s taste.

The German tactician values defenders who can pass out between the lines, with the 26-year-old defender’s technical skill limited.

Chelsea set to offer €6m per year to Spanish midfielder

Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly in the race to sign talented Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba.

English giants have already approached Moriba over a possible switch while offering him wages worth €6m per year.

Ilaix joined La Masia academy from Espanyol in 2010 and has, over the years, been recognised as one of the best footballers in his age group.

The Spanish playmaker received his big break in the first-team setup at the Catalan club last season, going on to feature 18 times for Barcelona so far.

However, despite making quite an impression in his breakthrough season, the 18-year-old midfielder is facing an uncertain future at Camp Nou, owing to an impasse with the Blaugrana over the terms of a new contract.

With his current contract running out next year. This has alerted several teams, with Chelsea and Man City among those keen on signing the midfielder. At the London club, the German manager currently has only three central midfielders at his disposal, as far as the regulars are concerned.

The likes of Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, and others have all returned from their loan spells the last term but do not look to be a part of the German tactician’s plans for the new campaign.

And the Blaugrana’s contract rebel Ilaix Moriba is also a viable target for the London giants as they can add more variety to their midfield department. However, Chelsea face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Man City in his pursuit.

Chelsea set to face competition to sign Atletico Madrid midfield maestro

Chelsea are still in the race to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez and they are ready to rivals Liverpool and Man Utd for his services.

The Spaniard has headed into the summer transfer window on the back of one of his terrible seasons at senior level to date. The 2020/21 campaign saw him gradually fall down the pecking order, with his predicament potentially worsening following the arrival of Argentine midfielder Rodrigo De Paul from Udinese.

To date, the Spanish midfielder has played 337 games for Los Colchoneros, chipping in with 43 goals and 19 assists. However, his fall in stature has also been reflected on the international level, as the 26-year-old midfielder has also lost his place in the Furia Roja squad.

However, in the transfer market, Niguez is still being chased by some of the biggest teams in Europe, with Chelsea and Liverpool interested. The interest from the Blues is interesting, as the German tactician does have three top-class midfielders at his disposal in Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic.

However, Thomas Tuchel will still need another central midfielder in his team following Billy Gilmour’s loan move to Norwich City, according to a report. With last campaign’s loanees not in the German coach’s plans, it is clear that a midfielder would be needed at Chelsea.

For now, what appears to be likely is that the Spanish midfielder’s time at Wanda Metropolitano has seemingly reached its end, with Los Colchoneros open to cashing in on him as well.

What now stays to be seen is if the Blues or Reds can produce a sizable enough bid to convince Atletico Madrid to sell Niguez to them ahead of Man United.

Chelsea £75,000 a-week forward linked with move to Turkish club

Chelsea are ready to sell Michy Batshuayi to leave the club this summer with Trabzonspor eyeing move for his signature.

Belgian forward has arrived at Chelsea in 2016 from Ligue 1 giants, Marseille, for a reported €40m fee. He has won the Premier League trophy in his debut campaign in England, founding back of the net that sealed the trophy in a 1-0 victory away at West Bromwich Albion.

However, he has struggled to cement place in the starting XI at the West London club. making only 48 Premier League games in total in five years, 43 of these came from the bench scoring eight goals and providing three assists.

Batshuayi has spent most of his time at Chelsea out on loan. He enjoyed a prolific spell at Bundesliga giants, Borussia Dortmund, where he scored seven goals from 10 games, however, struggled to maintain the same form at Crystal Palace and Valencia.

Now his time with Chelsea set to came to the end, with Turkish source Milliyet reporting that Trabzonspor are on the verge to get the deal done.

Trabzonspor finished fourth in the Turkish Super Lig. securing a place in the Europa Conference League, where they will play with the likes of AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.

It is unclear how much the Blues will receive for Belgian forward, however, it is unlikely that they will recoup much of the €40m paid for his signature.

The 27-year-old forward has now one year left before his contract expires next summer.