Here is a roundup of all the latest Chelsea headlines, gossip and rumours.
Chelsea have now ‘taken the first steps’ in trying to sign AC Milan winger Suso during the January transfer window, according to reports.
The 24-year-old previously spent three years with Liverpool, making 14 Premier League appearances, but failed to make any sort of impact on the Reds squad and he was eventually sold to the Italian giants.
Since his move to Milan however, he has transformed and developed into a real class act and his performances in Seria A have been nothing but remarkable over the past few seasons, backing up his impressive numbers from last season with three goals and seven assists already this campaign.
And according to the Daily Express website, Sarri has already put the wheels in motion to secure Suso’s signature by telling the board that he wants to acquire the Spaniard in the January transfer window for a fee of around £34 million, which is currently the clause in Suso’s contract.
The player himself is happy at the club and also wants to pen fresh terms with the Rossoneri, but Milan are reportedly willing to listen to offers for the Spaniard and will accept an offer if they feel it is too good to turn down. (Read Article)
Chelsea have been told Barcelona star Jordi Alba can leave the Camp Nou for just £133 million.
The Spanish star is regarded as one of the best left-backs on the planet and has become an instrumental part of the Barcelona set-up over the seasons. But the 29-year old has been surprisingly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks, as the Spaniards have failed to hand him a new contract.
Now the TalkSport website has claimed Barca have told all interested parties that they are unlikely to consider selling the left-back unless they are forced to by a bid of £133million, which would trigger the release clause written into his existing contract.
We already have Marcos Alonso in the left-back area but there is always the need to have strength in depth in the squad, and if the Spaniard picks up a serious injury, Maurizio Sarri has no adequate cover to replace Alonso if he gets injured. (Click for full article)
Former Chelsea player Jason Cundy has warned us about trying to sign West Ham striker Marco Arnautovic in the coming transfer windows.
With the winter transfer window just around the corner, there has been some surprise speculation in the media over the last few weeks which have suggested we could make a move for the impressive Arnautovic, who has been in sparkling form for the Hammers this season.
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol even came out and urged Maurizio Sarri to splash the cash and bring him to Stamford Bridge, believing the 29-year old would be a fantastic signing for the club and a better alternative to Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.
Nicol told the Metro last week: “It would make absolute sense for Chelsea. It would make absolutely no sense for West Ham. If they’re to stay in the Premier League, because they look as though they’re going to be in a dogfight for most of the year, then this guy has to stay.
“If they want to stay in the Premier League, West Ham, he has to stay. But, if you’re Chelsea, you have to go and get him. I think he would fit in fantastic.
“His attitude, he’s got the kind of attitude that’s infectious.
“People say he’s moody, but I’ll tell you what, I’ll have a moody guy that scores goals and upsets the opposition any day over Giroud or a Morata, who I wouldn’t be that bothered about playing against. This is not going to happen, but it would make sense for Chelsea.”
But Cundy has admitted he doesn’t believe Arnautovic is good enough to lead the Chelsea front line and has warned the club about making a potential move in the next transfer window, telling the TalkSport website: “I don’t know whether Arnautovic is consistent enough.
“In the past I think Chelsea wanted that striker who was a very physical target man, the Didier Drogba type. Sarri is changing Chelsea. Arnautovic flatters to deceive. He’s been at big clubs including Inter Milan. I’m not saying he can’t move to a top six club.” (Full article)
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that Chelsea target Aaron Ramsey will definitely not be getting a new contract at the Emirates.
The Welshman has been at the Emirates for over a decade, made over 341 appearances and scored 59 goals since joining from Cardiff City for just under £5m in 2008, and has helped the Gunners win three FA Cups, scoring the wines in two of the three finals.
But after months of talks, Arsenal decided not to hand Ramsey a new contract with reports that they were not prepared to offer him the £350,000-a-week contract he desired and were only prepared to bump up his weekly wage to around £200,000-a-week.
But after not knowing why Arsenal pulled out of a deal, the Sky Sports website claim discussions finally took place after the 2-2 draw with Cardiff at the weekend and the Welshman has finally accepted he will be leaving the club after finally be given the real answer as to why talks suddenly stopped.
And that was all but confirmed by Emery, with the Arsenal boss saying: “Aaron and the club can speak and he can think for his individual contract with the club and with his thinking maybe of the possibility that he won’t continue here.
“But, for me, for us and for the team, it’s about being together and getting better and in each training for us.” (Full Story)
Barcelona legend Andreas Iniesta has admitted that Chelsea star N’Golo Kante in the centre-piece of Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Since his move to Stamford Bridge a few seasons ago, Kante has transformed into the best midfielder in world football and is arguably one of the most important players at the club, protecting the back-line but also having a big influence on the attacking side of the side.
He has been linked with a potential move to PSG in the coming transfer windows, with reports the French giants are preparing a massive £150 million offer to try and prise him away from the club, even though he has admitted on numerous occasions that he is happy at Stamford Bridge.
And Iniesta admits he’s a huge fan of the midfielder, telling the RMC website: ‘He’s a player I’d like to have had in my team for many years.
‘He’s not going to come to Japan, but he’s definitely a player I love because of the work he does on the field and the confidence he has in his game. His mastery makes him the centrepiece of Chelsea and the France national team.’ (Full Article)
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