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Chelsea at real risk of losing transfer hunt for Monaco talent

Liverpool have allegedly joined a long list of teams including Chelsea in the hunt for Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni.

The prodigy is Europe’s latest wonderkid as the Ligue 1 club brace themselves for a possible bidding war.

He is a highly gifted midfielder with bundles of quality but his market price has now started to sky-rocket.

Aurelien first burst onto the scene at Bordeaux before being purchased by Monaco in 2020 and now the 21-year-old star has continued to go from strength to strength.

Manager Didier Deschamps handed Tchouameni his first international call-up with his nation back in August and now Aurelien is a regular for Les Blues.

With N’Golo Kante isolating because of a positive COVID-19, it was Les Monegasques ace who stepped up to play in the middle of the pitch alongside Paul Pogba in the country’s recent Nations League triumph.

The semi-final and final of the competition helped shine further light on the Chelsea-linked starlet, who will not be short of offers come the end of the season.

According to Julien Laurens, the Reds have now entered the fray with the club keen to explore a deal for him.

Thomas Tuchel’s side, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid are also said to be interested.

Monaco allegedly want between £42 million and £50 million for their prized possession.

Newcastle still looking at deal for Chelsea academy product

An update has emerged on Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek, regarding Newcastle United’s interest in his services.

According to a fresh report by 90min, the club have compiled a list of transfer targets for the January market and the Blues midfielder features on it.

The report states that it remains to be seen how viable a swoop for Loftus-Cheek is considering his recent resurgence at Stamford Bridge.

Whilst the London side’s academy graduate is not new to the Premier League, the towering player could be a player they are able to invest in.

At the age of 25, Loftus-Cheek should be heading into his peak years and Newcastle United could benefit from that by giving the player regular playing time and the chance to flourish – raising his market price and potentially making a sizeable fee of money on him in the future.

In his last full campaign for the west London giants, he produced 10 goals and five assists in 14 starts in the top-flight and the UEFA Europa League combined.

This shows that the England international could be the Magpies next goalscoring midfield sensation, which is why they must get a deal done in the near future.

Chelsea star extremely likely to move back to La Liga giants

Deadline day of the summer’s transfer market saw Chelsea finalise a one-year loan deal for Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.

However, in spite of arriving in England with a huge reputation, the versatile midfielder’s time in the country’s capital, thus far, has fallen way short of expectations.

Although the west Londoners are said to have successfully negotiated an option to purchase Saul at the end of the term for around £34m, according to the latest reports, manager Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to activate the clause.

That’s according to a fresh report from La Razon, who states the Champions League winners are thinking about sending Niguez back to Los Rojiblancos once his loan comes to an end.

Having played in just three matches, across all competitions, so far this campaign, it’s becoming increasingly more apparent that he’s struggling to convince the Gemrna that he is worthy of a place in the midfield.

Interestingly, the same outlet has also noted that despite Saul’s disappointing form, the Blues are still interested in a new midfielder to their ranks and one name they are interested in is Inter Milan contract rebel Marcelo Brozovic.

His deal runs out next year, which would mean that should the Croatia international fail to extend his deal, he’d be free to agree on a pre-contract with a foreign team as early as January 2022.

Chelsea leader rules out January return for Scotland international

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has challenged Scotland international Billy Gilmour to fight for his place at Daniel Farke’s Norwich City and insists he’s not even thinking about recalling him from his loan in January.

Gilmour hasn’t played a single minute in the club’s last three matches. It has been a different story at the national level with the 20-year-old midfielder having started six of last Scotland matches that he has been available for.

However, Thomas has backed fellow German and Canaries boss’s decision not to play the talented player and instead told Gilmour he needs to prove Billy is good enough to start games at the Carrow Road outfit.

‘I love Billy. He decided to go to have a better chance to get some minutes. We want him to perform. If you decide to go on loan, it’s as simple as that – you need to be on the pitch, perform, be a top player, if you want to make it here.

‘He’s our player. we love him, but changing a club is a huge risk, huge step. Now’s not the time to speak about coming back.

‘He just needs to show what he can do. No coach will leave the best players out, that’s what he needs to prove. That Norwich is a better team with him.’

Ex-Scotland coach can imagine Chelsea outcast playing for domestic rivals

In the latest interview with Football Insider, the former Scotland defender and boss Alex McLeish has backed Leeds United to land Ross Barkley.

He believes that Marcelo Bielsa’s side could use some attacking spark in the final third and the Chelsea star fits the bill well.

“Barkley’s got the experience and also the confidence to help other players in the team,” Alex told Football Insider.

“He’s never really made himself a permanent fixture. Could he do that at Leeds? They certainly could be doing with a wee spark.”

Once considered as one of the brightest prospects in Premier League football, Ross Barkley has endured a difficult stint at Chelsea since his transfer in 2018.

The player has failed to establish himself as a first-choice regular at Stamford Bridge, mustering a total of just over 2,000 minutes of top-flight football during his first two campaigns at the club.

The player was shipped to Dean Smith’s Aston Villa on loan. He did have a promising start to his professional career at Villa Park.

But the ex-Evertonian eventually slipped down the pecking order, before sealing Stamford Bridge return in the summer.

Nevertheless, Ross is still regarded highly because of his vast experience in English football.

Barkley has featured in over 220 division games during his career while the 27-year-old star is also known for his ability to offer productivity and create chances upfront.

Juventus rekindle interest in £72m Chelsea transfer flop

Italian giants Juventus allegedly eyeing a move for the 27-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Blues signed the Spaniard from Athletic Bilbao three years ago for £72 million, a world-record fee for a shot-stopper, and he made 69 Premier League appearances in his first two terms.

However, the star has made just eight top-flight appearances since the start of the 2020/21 term as the arrival of Edouard Mendy last year limited opportunities.

Arrizabalaga could now be handed an escape route out of Stamford Bridge, though, with Juventus said to be ready to rekindle their interest in him.

Fichajes state that I Bianconeri are keen on replacing current first-choice stopper Wojciech Szczesny next summer, with Arrizabalga top of their wishlist.

They report that the club have ‘thought about’ landing Kepa with their interest in the player going back to his time in Spain.

The Italians will insist on moving for him but will allegedly not put their plans into action until next summer’s transfer market opens.

The Polish has kept five clean sheets in 10 matches so far this season but the club have conceded eight goals in the other five games.

Any move for Blues man would likely be welcomed by Kepa, who has been replaced by Edouard as the first choice in goal for the side.

Multiple European clubs battling for Chelsea central defender

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are in behind-the-scenes discussions to sign Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger, according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 28-year-old centre-half has become an instrumental part of this Blues squad under Thomas Tuchel. The German also played a key role in guiding the Blues to the UEFA Champions League title last season.

His current contract will expire next year and negotiations for a fresh deal seem to be at a standstill as the west Londoners are yet to meet his demands.

It is understood that the club is prepared to offer the tough-tackling central defender up to £150,000 per week but Antonio is holding out for a larger fee.

The former Paris Saint-Germain manager is a big fan of his compatriot and has shown his desire to retain the services of the 28-year-old at the club.

And now, in conversation with Wetten Freunde, Gianluca stated that the former Roma ace is close to joining one of four sides which also include the Citizens and Spurs:

“Rudiger is in talks with Juventus, Man City, Tottenham, and even PSG, who still need a defender. It’s difficult to see him signing a new contract. He will join one of the four teams mentioned.”

Chelsea target France international left-back in €60m deal

Chelsea are ready to offer €60 million to land Ferland Mendy from Real Madrid next year, according to a recent report by Catalan outlet El Nacional.

He joined Los Blancos from Lyon in the summer transfer market of 2019 and quickly established himself as an important figure for his team. However, the last several months have been difficult for him.

A long-term injury had kept the Frenchman sidelined for months before Ferland finally made his return this month.

So far, he has turned out 71 times for the Galacticos, registering three goals and four assists along the way.

However, there have been reports that the player could be facing an uncertain Santiago Bernabeu future, with Chelsea keen on landing him.

The Spain international Marcos Alonso is once again facing a move away from Chelsea despite a productive start to the new season.

With defender Emerson Palmieri unlikely to establish a foothold in the senior team setup at Stamford Bridge when he returns from Lyon loan stint, it goes without saying that the Blues might need a replacement for Marcos.

To that end, Ferland is a viable target for the London giants, especially given there have been claims that the La Liga side are considering his sale.