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Italy No.8 midfielder will see out Chelsea contract

Jorginho is interested in a return to Italy and is ready to run down his deal at Chelsea and leave for nothing next year.

The 30-year-old player has a year left on his Blues contract and has been strongly linked with a transfer away from the club.

Juventus are keen on getting their hands on the midfielder and conversations have taken place over taking the ex-Napoli man to Turin this summer.

Jorginho wants to return to Serie A but it has been stated that he is not desperate to depart the west London just yet.

According to a recent report from the Italian media outlet Calciomercato, the star is prepared to wait for another term and depart on a free transfer at the end of the next campaign.

The Brazilian-born midfielder has already seen Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger do the same in the summer.

He is prepared to see out his existing contract if a move to the Italian top-flight does not happen in the upcoming transfer market.

It remains to be seen whether the club’s management decide to hand him a new deal over the next few months.

Chelsea line up 27-year-old Man City frontman as possible signing

Chelsea may allegedly make an approach for the England international Raheem Sterling during the summer transfer market.

While the Londoners are currently well stocked for choices in the final third, manager Thomas Tuchel has been left unhappy by the number of chances which have been wasted this campaing.

According to The Telegraph, cashing in on at least one of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic is an option over the coming months.

The report adds that the club may use any transfer funds generated from summer sales to launch a bid for the Manchester City winger, who has just one year left on his Etihad contract.

Although the Premier League winners will not be keen to sell to a rival, an offer in the region of a £50 million transfer fee may prove too hard to reject in the current climate.

Raheem, now 27 years of age, has spent his senior career in the North West, but the player lived in London until 15 when Sterling was a part of Queens Park Rangers’ youth sector.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid are also understood to be monitoring the situation having lost out on the signing of Kylian Mbappe.

Premier League champions target attacking-minded Chelsea full-back

Manchester City are readying a move for Chelsea star Reece James in order for the player to replace Kyle Walker at the club, according to reports.

Reece has come through the Blues academy and become one of their most important players in the first team.

In spite of being on the sidelines through injury this term, the player was still able to get six goals and ten assists across all competitions for his team.

According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola’s side have ‘identified’ the England international as a potential long-term replacement for Kyle.

However, Thomas Tuchel and co. are keen to offer Reece a new contract at Stamford Bridge, with fresh deals for him and playmaker Mason Mount understood to be a ‘priority’.

The German recently spoke on the full-back and made a bold statement on how James could replicate the legacy his teammate N’Golo Kante has at Chelsea, saying:

“Not yet given the history of N’Golo and the titles and what he did over the years and with the national team, all the success. He (James) has everything that it takes to be one of the very best, but there is a long way to go for Reece.

“There is some incredible potential and he has the ability, the foundation, the body, the physique, the mindset to make his way to the very top, but there is still a long way to go. We will support him. We will push him so he can be that player for Chelsea.”

Serie A star valued at €15-20m appears on summer radar of Chelsea

Chelsea are readying a summer move for Juventus star Adrien Rabiot, according to the latest reports, although their ongoing takeover complicates transfer matters.

A consortium led by American Todd Boehly is set to purchase the English club from Roman Abramovich in an eye-watering £4.25 billion deal, but the sale is yet to be confirmed by the club.

A transfer ban remains in place at Chelsea, but Tuttosport (opens in new tab)states that the Blues could make a swoop for France international Adrien once it is lifted.

The Turin-based outlet believes that the Premier League outfit could offer around €15-20 million (£13-17 million) for the towering midfielder.

He is entering the final year of his deal, and the Italian heavyweights could be set for a summer roster shake-up after another disappointing campaign.

It was the first time in 11 campaigns that the Old Lady finished a term without a trophy after the Old Lady lost the Italian Cup and Super Cup finals to rivals Inter Milan.

He has featured regularly, racking up 45 appearances across all competitions, but the former Paris Saint-Germain man’s form has been inconsistent. Rabiot failed to net any goals this season and picked up only two assists

Chelsea keen on prising 6’2″ defender away from Inter

Chelsea are ready to rival Tottenham Hotspur for the services of Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni in the summer transfer window.

The player is considered by well-known football persons to be one of the best young defenders in Italy and has been a massive player for I Nerazzurri over the last couple of years.

But the club have made it clear to manager Simone Inzaghi that they are prepared to sell the 23-year-old if they receive a big proposal on their table.

Inter Milan are not against cashing in on Bastoni if they receive a bid of around €60 million and he has been strongly linked with a transfer to the Premier League.

Bastoni is one of the top targets for Spurs boss Antonio Conte as he seeks to sign a left-footed centre-half into his squad, but according to an Italian daily La Repubblica, they’ll face competition from the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel and co. are in the market for centre-halves in the summer after losing Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers.

Alessandro is admired by the German tactician and the former Paris Saint-Germain chief wants the talent in his new-look backline next term.

The west London giants are preparing to launch a swoop for him and beat city rivals to his signature in the summer.

Chelsea not giving up on summer transfer of €30m-rated Frenchman

Chelsea have allegedly planned to reopen discussions with Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, whose deal at Camp Nou expires in June.

Blaugrana president Joan Laporta has stated that a new contract was proposed to Dembele “a long time ago”, but the Frenchman is yet to decide on his long-term future as the 25-year-old is tempted by other locations.

Paris Saint-Germain are said to be one of the clubs on the France international’s radar, having left his home country in 2016 to join the Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

According to 90min, after American Todd Boehly’s impending takeover from Roman Abramovich, the Blues will now be in a position to discuss terms with Ousmane, who was linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge in the winter.

Thomas Tuchel and co. will have to be patient and hope that he waits for the club’s takeover agreement to be confirmed by the United Kingdom Government, while Les Parisiens have already submitted an offer to the frontman and Bayern Munich are also understood to be in negotiations with his entourage.

Since arriving in Catalonia five years ago, he has gone on to net 32 goals and picked up 34 assists in 149 appearances for his team.

Dortmund trying to sign Chelsea-owned talent on temporary basis

Chelsea are allegedly in talks with Marco Rose’s Borussia Dortmund over a loan transfer for Ian Maatsen.

That is despite the Londoners facing a potential defensive crisis in the summer. The Netherlands U21 star has just been named Coventry City’s Player of the Season.

He starred in 42 matches for the Championship outfit but the Dutch left-back is unlikely to command a place in manager Thomas Tuchel’s roster next term and Bild claims BVB are now in discussions over a loan deal.

The Germans have already purchased Freiburg’s Nico Schlotterbeck and Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule to reinforce their backline.

And transfer expert Sebastian Kehl believes Ian is the next talent from an English youth sector who can make it big in the country.

Chelsea supporters had been hoping to introduce more of their youth talent in the 2022/23 season.

Multiple defenders are set to depart Stamford Bridge, including fellow full-back Marcos Alonso, opening up spots for the likes of Ian.

But the 20-year-old is instead set to continue his development elsewhere, with the capital side reportedly in negotiations with Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.

The player has a big decision to make following his productive spell at the Coventry Building Society Arena outfit.

Chelsea in danger of losing out on Ivory Coast international

Newcastle United and Leicester City are interested in landing midfielder Ibrahim Sangare from the Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven this summer.

The 24-year-old star has had a solid season at the Philips Stadium and it has led to speculation regarding his future at Rood-witten.

Chelsea have been mentioned with a move for the player, but more Premier League outfits are showing genuine interest in signing the midfielder as well.

According to a local outlet the Eindhovens Dagblad, the Foxes and the Magpies are positioning themselves as Ibrahim’s suitors this summer.

The aforementioned duo have extensively scouted Sangare with a view to potentially taking former Toulouse youngster to the English top-flight in the rapidly approaching market.

For the moment, Roger Schmidt’s side do not want to cash in on the player and have sent indications to the agent that they want his client to stay.

But the board are yet to offer the Blues target a new deal and his current contract has a €40 million release clause in it.

PSV Eindhoven are also mindful of the possible departure of attacker Cody Gakpo and don’t want to lose two key men in one summer.

However, the Dutch club are ready to watch a bidding war takes place if more clubs join the fray in the coming weeks and months.

6’2″ central defender names reasons for his Chelsea exit

Antonio Rudiger has confirmed he’ll leave Chelsea in the summer and says his decision to sign for Real Madrid came after a period of silence from the board over a new contract proposal.

He has agreed on a four-year deal with Los Blancos and will join the Spanish giants as a free agent at the end of the term.

Thomas Tuchel wanted his player to stay at Stamford Bridge and the Blues were willing to make him the highest paid defender in their history.

But the 29-year-old says the hierarchy waited too long to begin discussions and months of silence persuaded him to part company with the Premier League giants after five years.

‘Unfortunately, my contract negotiations had already started to get difficult last fall,’ he wrote in the Players’ Tribune.

‘Business is business, but when you don’t hear any news from the club from August to January, the situation becomes complicated.

‘After the first offer, there was a long gap of just nothing. We’re not robots, you know? You cannot wait for months with so much uncertainty about your future.

‘Obviously, no one saw the sanctions coming, but in the end, other big clubs were showing interest, and I had to make a decision. I will leave it at that, because business aside, I have nothing bad to say about this club.’