Here is the roundup of the latest Chelsea news from the world of Chelsea.
Long-term Chelsea target Ivan Perisic has handed in a transfer request at Inter Milan, the Italians have revealed.
Perisic has been in the transfer headlines for the last few months after having a very impressive world cup with Croatia, with a number of top clubs showing a strong interest in trying to secure a summer deal.
But along with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham, we have been given a huge boost after Inter director Guiseppe Marotta told Sky in Italy that the £36 million rated winger has now handed in his transfer request.
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He was quoted on the Sky Sports: “Perisic has asked to leave but there is no offer for him. We will see in the coming days.
“We will listen to the request of Perisic, he has put in a transfer request; we must try to satisfy him but also respect the value of him.”
However, Inter have no interest in loaning out Perisic this month and are seeking a permanent deal for his signature, with reports they will accept £36 million for his services.
Head coach Luciano Spalletti said: “It’s a player that has been talked about because everyone values him as much as we do, and if anyone wants to buy him they will need to pay him good money because we rate him a lot.”
Willian has claimed Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi is not leaving Chelsea this month.
Hudson-Odoi is regarded as one of the best talents at Stamford Bridge and his stock has risen over the past few months with a number of impressive performances for the club, despite all the headlines surrounding his future.
Rumours emerged which suggested Bayern were looking to seal a £40 million deal and take him to the Bundesliga, as a replacement for Arjen Robben and on hearing of the Germans interest, reports in the media suggested that Hudson-Odoi is keen to make the switch.
However, we have rejected all offers for the young man and have even rejected his transfer request as we have left a massive £85,000-a-week contract on the table for him to sign.
Nevertheless, the winger is still pushing to leave, but Willian has opened up and claimed that Hudson-Odoi is ‘going nowhere’.
He was quoted on the Metro website: ‘He’s going nowhere – he’s a special talent, a very good player and is staying with us.
‘Of course he is only 18 but he can improve a lot and in the future can become one of the best players in the world.
‘It’s difficult not to think about Bayern Munich because they are a great team as well but for me, his future is here. ‘He has to stay because he knows the club, and I am sure he will play more.’
Gianfranco Zola has admitted that he hopes Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi will stay with the club.
Hudson-Odoi is one of the most exciting talents currently at the club and keeping hold of him has become a priority for boss Maurizio Sarri, who sees him as a long-term replacement for Real Madrid bound Eden Hazard.
And after Hudson-Odoi scored as the FA Cup holders advanced with a 3-0 fourth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, Zola hopes that wont he his last goal for the club, telling the Sky Sports website: “We want him to stay as well, we were singing too.
“He has a contract. We believe in what he can do for this team. I don’t think there are many 18-year-old players around Europe that are playing as much as him in a big team.
“If you look at Juventus, all the big teams, they don’t have many 18-year-old players playing like we do. That shows that we believe in him, we think he can be an important player for us, so we will see what happens.
“We can do as much as we can do. From our point of view he has a lot of strong players next to him. But we still find the space for him to play.
“Did he look like he didn’t want to play? Yesterday in training he scored a fantastic goal.”
Bundesliga star Ante Rebic has told Chelsea that he dreams of playing in the Premier League.
Rebic was one of the stars of the world Cup for Croatia, becoming one of the main reasons why they managed to reach the Final against France, where they were simply blown away by the pace and quality of the French side
His performances for the National side caught the attentions of the club, with Maurizio Sarri seeking to add a bit more power to his attack, but a move never materialised as the Italian didn’t have enough time to complete all the deals that he wanted.
Now he has given us a massive boost in our chase for the forward, after he admitted that a move to the Premier League would suit his style.
As reported by the Mail, Rebic said: “I can’t deny many clubs, some from England, expressed an interest.
“The Premier League is attractive and it would suit my style. I’d like to experience it.”
Rebic has had a decent season this year and has managed six goals for the German side so far.
Ruud Gullit has claimed ‘old fashioned’ Gonzalo Higuain will struggle at Chelsea after completing his move.
We managed to agree a loan deal for the 31-year old Argentine after Maurizio Sarri made him the clubs number one target with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to find the net on a regular basis.
However, he arrives at the club not in the best of form, having only netted six goals during his short stay with AC Milan, and in his BBC column, Gullit has revealed why Higuaín may struggle at Stamford Bridge, stating: ‘I hope I am wrong, I really do, but Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play.
‘Those two always come inside, and dribble or shoot, and try to do things themselves.
‘So they don’t need a player up there who is a target man, because Chelsea don’t use one and, under Sarri, they never do.
‘Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.
‘That is how Chelsea’s front man has to play too, which is why I am not sure Higuain is the answer. At the very least, he has a difficult job because, with the way they are set-up, he will not be able to play the way he wants.
‘We will have to wait and see, but Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are both good strikers, and it has not worked out for them.’
Former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay has admitted his interest in joining Chelsea.
The Dutchman had a very unimpressive spell at Manchester United in which he managed just seven goals in 53 appearances, but he has reinvented himself over at French giants Lyon and there has been talk of a move to one of Europes biggest clubs.
But while United inserted a buy-back clause in Memphis’ contract when he joined Lyon, Depay has admitted that he would be interested in making a move to Stamford Bridge.
‘Lyon is a big club, but not one of the five best in Europe,’ he told Helden Magazine.
‘I want to go to a club like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich.
‘I want to go to a city that suits me and a club that suits me, to a team that really wants to play football
‘I always talk about Real Madrid, a royal club, white shirts with gold, gruesome, but I focus on now at Lyon and then we see where I end up.’
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