Chelsea news LIVE: Frank Lampard ‘very close’ to completing second transfer, £79m wanted

Chelsea news LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from Stamford Bridge

Tuesday, April 21

  • Chelsea are closing in on Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho
  • Freiburg chief Klemens Hartenbach has provided an update on Luca Waldschmidt
  • Chelsea will ‘ramp up’ their pursuit of Leicester defender Ben Chilwell
  • Gent star Jonathan David could join Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United

Philippe Coutinho transfer

Chelsea are closing in on Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho.

The playmaker’s agent has talked up a return to the Premier League ahead of the summer window with Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United interested in the 27-year-old.

And according to Spanish newspaper Sport, Chelsea are close to signing Coutinho.

They say the Blues are locked in talks over the former Liverpool star with Barcelona demanding £79million for his signature – but Chelsea have no intention of meeting their asking price.

Coutinho, should he arrive at Stamford Bridge, would represent Frank Lampard’s second summer signing after Hakim Ziyech was signed for an initial £35million.

Luca Waldschmidt clarity

Freiburg sporting director Klemens Hartenbach has provided an update on speculation surrounding Chelsea’s pursuit of Luca Waldschmidt.

The Blues have been linked with a £20million raid for the 23-year-old, who has scored 15 goals and provided five assists in 48 appearances for Bundesliga side Freiburg.

Waldschmidt has been capped three times for Germany, with his most recent appearance coming in November’s European Championship qualifier against Belarus.

But while Hartenbach admits there are several interested parties, Chelsea haven’t made official contact.

“It is clear that Luca is rightly interesting for other clubs,” the Freiburg chief told Bild. “But in that case, there has been no contact. We don’t know anything about it.”


  • Chelsea very close to completing Philippe Coutinho transfer

Ben Chilwell pursuit

Chelsea will ‘ramp up’ their pursuit of Leicester defender Ben Chilwell.

The Daily Star claim Frank Lampard’s side have decided to intensify their efforts to sign the England international after reports Paris Saint-Germain are closing in on Porto’s Alex Telles.

Telles was considered a cheaper alternative to Chilwell but Brazilian outlet Gauchazh say PSG want him to replace Arsenal-linked Layvin Kurzawa.

It’s thought Leicester will demand around £60million for their sought-after 23-year-old – three times more than Telles’ valuation.


  • Chelsea create transfer plan to beat PSG to Donnarumma signing

Jonathan David backed

Gent star Jonathan David could join Liverpool, Chelsea or Manchester United in the future.

That’s according to former Manchester United scout Jorge Alvial, who believes the Canada international is capable of playing at the very highest level.

“I know Jonathan well and he seems to be doing very well,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “I believe he is a very nice young talent and has a great future ahead.

“I believe Jonathan in the near future has the potential to play in the Premier League, and after a season or two can demonstrate if he is ready for the top teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City or Liverpool.”

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