Chelsea have already been busy in the transfer market this summer, completing deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, but there’s no sign that the Stamford Bridge club’s spending will stop there.
Indeed, the Blues have been linked with a number of targets as Frank Lampard attempts to overhaul his squad ahead of the new season.
With a winger and a striker already signed, it’s expected that the Blues will now turn their focus to midfielders, centre-backs and full-backs, with a new goalkeeper also potentially on the wish list.
Here are three of today’s biggest and most intriguing Chelsea transfer stories.
Havertz agrees personal terms
Chelsea’s interest in Kai Havertz is well established and it now appears the Blues have taken a step towards completing a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder.
Sky Italia claim Chelsea have agreed personal terms with the 21-year-old in a development that should accelerate the Premier League club’s pursuit of the German international.
Bayer Leverkusen are now braced to receive an official offer for Havertz from Chelsea this week, with the Bundesliga club expecting a fee of around €80million for their prize asset.
According to Mangiante, talks are moving forward quickly as Chelsea look to reach an agreement which will see them capture one of the most sought-after players in the European game right now.
Chelsea set asking price for Inter target
Emerson Palmieri is a target for Inter this summer and Chelsea have now set their asking price for the 25-year-old full-back.
Sports Mole reports the Stamford Bridge club will demand £27m for Emerson, with Antonio Conte keen to take the Italian international left-back to the San Siro before the start of next season.
Emerson has fallen out of favour at Chelsea in recent weeks, with reports stating Lampard wants to replace the 25-year-old at left back this summer. Ben Chilwell has been mentioned as a potential target.
The former Roma defender has made 53 appearances for Chelsea since joining the club in January 2018, but has struggled to nail down a place in the Blues’ starting line-up.
Atletico Madrid keeper could cost €120m
Chelsea will have to activate Jan Oblak’s release clause of €120m if they are to lure the Slovenian goalkeeper from Atletico Madrid this summer.
Goal report the Blues see Oblak as a potential replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga with Lampard still not convinced of the Spaniard’s quality, but Chelsea would have to make the 27-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper in history.
It’s not known whether Oblak would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge, but the relationship between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea could aid a transfer, with the two clubs agreeing deals for Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa and Felipe Luis in recent years.
Before signing Oblak, Chelsea would have to find an escape route for Kepa. Valencia have enquired about signing the 25-year-old who cost €80m from Athletic Club in the summer of 2018.
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