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Chelsea: Latest Transfer Rumours
Football Whispers is constantly on the lookout for the latest Chelsea transfer rumours. The focus is on both arrivals and departures as Chelsea look to return to the top of the Premier League. Each transfer rumour is given a Football Whispers rating to denote the likelihood of the transfer taking place.
Chelsea close to snapping Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona
Chelsea are edging closer towards convincing Frenkie de Jong to make a move to Stamford Bridge by ditching the interest from Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail. The Dutchman has become one of the headline makers in the transfer market over the last few weeks. Barcelona have been trying desperately to keep the 25-year-old with Xavi Hernandez seeing him as an integral part of the team. However, Barcelona’s financial problems are going to be a major headache, as chief Joan Laporta struggles to agree a deal.
The blues have been interested in the 25-year-old throughout the summer, but the player had been keen on staying at the Camp Nou up until now. Similarly, United have also been trying desperately to capture him but the lack of Champions League football at Old Trafford has been a stumbling block in the negotiations. De Jong would cost in the region of £75 million.
Barcelona have been unable to tie down De Jong due to the player’s massive current contract, which was agreed upon only in 2019 under the previous regime of Josep Bartomeu. Due to the club’s financial difficulties, the player has already been deferred wages of around £17 million. His contract would give him an average of £18 million per season over the next two campaigns. So far, Barcelona have not been able to convince the player to drop his wages to stay at the club. As the new La Liga season approaches, the La Liga giants might be left with little option other than to sell the staff.
FW rumour rating: 4/5
Inter Milan place £12 million valuation on Chelsea target Cesare Casadei
Cesare Casadei is widely seen as one of the top talents to emerge out of Italian football in the last few years. Chelsea, who have been able to extract a decent amount of success from Italian midfielders like Jorginho, are planning to make a move on the Inter Milan youngster, according to the Daily Mail. Inter Milan have responded by placing a £12 million valuation of the player.
Still only 19 years of age and yet to make his senior debut for the Inter Milan outfit, Cesare Casadei is a player with a lot of potential but he has not been proven at the top level yet. The blues have been chasing him throughout the summer and even made an offer of £6 million earlier in the month.
A box-to-box midfielder in the mould of Frank Lampard, Casadei has the potential to dominate the Chelsea midfield for the next decade. The blues are looking at the options with key midfielders – N’Golo Kante and Jorginho – both in their 30s. Even if Chelsea were to land Casadei, it is unlikely that the player will be considered part of the starting line-up straight away. He is likely to be loaned out to gain regular first-team experience.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Blues prepare an incredible bid for Barcelona forward Aubameyang
Chelsea are gearing up to launch a formal offer for Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Daily Mail. The Catalan club have been engulfed in a lot of financial problems that may even force them to let go of the summer signings. Frenkie de Jong has been continuously linked with a move away from Barcelona, while Aubameyang has joined as the surprise name on the list.
Thomas Tuchel has made clear that Chelsea still lack attacking threat and a proven Premier League goalscorer is on the wish list of the blues. During his five seasons with Arsenal, Aubameyang made 125+ league appearances and he was able to get a goal in every other game. Tuchel knows the Gabon forward after having played under the German for two campaigns during his time at Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang is not pushing for a move away from Barcelona after having done well since making the move to the Camp Nou in January. At 33 years of age, though, he would represent a short-term solution for the blues, who have allowed Romelu Lukaku to rejoin Inter Milan on a loan deal after a failed £97 million transfer. Timo Werner has also been allowed to RB Leipzig on a permanent deal.
Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling are the centre forwards for Chelsea at this juncture, but both cannot be recognised as a regular striker.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Barcelona close to signing Marcos Alonso for £6.5 million
Marcos Alonso’s time at Chelsea appears to be coming to a close, as Barcelona are close to signing the player for around £6.5 million. According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are no longer prepared to hold on to Alonso after bringing in Marc Cucurella for £60 million from Brighton. The game time for Alonso will be further reduced in the presence of this new competition.
Initially, Alonso was expected to join Barcelona along with Cesar Azpilicueta but the Chelsea captain has made a U-turn and signed a two-year contract with the club.
Alonso has been at Chelsea since 2016 after joining from Fiorentina for around £24 million. Since then, he has featured in more than 150 Premier League matches. A very versatile player, Alonso is capable of playing as a left-sided midfielder even though he is by default a left back. The opportunities at Chelsea have been sporadic for the last few seasons the 31-year-old making more than 25 league appearances only once in the recent three seasons.
Even though the departure of Alonso is not expected to significantly alter the transfer budget, it will free up a decent amount of wages. The Spaniard’s contract has less than a year to run. During his six years with the blues, Alonso has managed to pick up all major honours including the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, and FA Cup.
FW rumour rating: 4.5/5
Last Week's Chelsea Transfer Rumours
Chelsea close to snatching Marc Cucurella for £50 million
Chelsea are believed to be close to signing Brighton full-back Marc Cucurella for around £50 million after having beaten Manchester City to the race, according to the BBC. The 24-year-old Spanish international has been in high demand through the summer, but City have been unwilling to budge beyond the £30 million.
Chelsea have had a frustrating transfer window after failing to sign many of the transfer targets like Jules Kounde. So far, the club have only brought in Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling as they try to push for a first Premier League title under Thomas Tuchel. The blues wasted no time in upping the ante by raising a £50 million bid for the left back.
Cucurella came through the ranks at Barcelona where he was deemed surplus to requirements on a couple of occasions. Yet, he has shined whenever given the opportunity to play on a regular basis. His positive spells with Eibar and Getafe were a significant factor behind Brighton splashing out £16 million for his signature last summer. The 24-year-old, who is also equally adept at playing as a left-sided midfielder, will bring a lot of versatility to the plate for Thomas Tuchel.
Cucurella would be competing in the same position as Ben Chilwell, who was signed from Leicester City for £50 million last summer. Last season, Cucurella was a regular for the Seagulls and he came up with 35 appearances in the league while also contributing a goal and an assist.
The signing of Cucurella could open up the doors for Marcos Alonso’s departure from Chelsea.
FW rumour rating: 4.5/5
Hakim Ziyech becomes key transfer priority for United boss Erik ten Hag
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech is widely tipped to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. The club have been negotiating with AC Milan for several weeks, but the lack of progress in a deal has meant that Ziyech remains a Chelsea player for now. Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is believed to be of the view that Manchester United should make a move for the 29-year-old, according to the Sun.
Any Manchester United move for the Moroccan international will help him reunite with a manager who has extracted tremendous success. The pair worked with each other for three years from 2017 to 2020 at Ajax.
Ziyech made the switch to Chelsea in 2020 for around £36 million but he has not been able to hold down a regular first-team spot. After witnessing two managerial changes already, Ziyech is meant to be open to the possibility of leaving the blues for new challenges.
Erik ten Hag is also clearly becoming frustrated with Cristiano Ronaldo’s antics and a move for Ziyech will help him bring some much-needed stability into the squad ahead of the new campaign.
However, Manchester United chiefs do not appear to hold the same view and Erik ten Hag might have to push extremely hard for creating a deal.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Chelsea working on a deal for Palmeiras’ young sensation Endrick
Chelsea are now one of the clubs reportedly in the hunt for signing Palmeiras’ Endrick Felipe, who has started to attract attention from the biggest clubs in the world. Real Madrid and Barcelona are also thought to be involved in the chase for the 16-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.
Endrick Felipe is yet to feature in the pinnacle of the South American club competition, Copa Libertadores, but his quality has already become a talking point. Endrick has started becoming a regular for the Brazilian U16 team.
In recent years, Spanish clubs have had the upper hand and attractive status in the eyes of young South American stars. This might change to a certain extent given the lack of success for the likes of Barcelona in recent years.
Chelsea have had a lot of success with bringing in South American players. The likes of Alex, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Ramires, Willian, and Oscar have enjoyed a decent amount of success since their switch to Stamford Bridge.
Even if the blues are successful in keeping out Madrid and Barcelona, they might have to loan out Endrick, as Brexit regulations prevent the player from entering into the squad before 18. Some of the high-profile young sensations who ditched English clubs in favour of Spanish clubs would be the likes of Neymar and Vinicius Junior. Chelsea have to pull off a miracle to secure this deal.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Chelsea ready to offer £200,000/week for £85 million-rated Wesley Fofana
Wesley Fofana continues to attract the attention of top Premier League clubs with Chelsea leading the race to sign the Leicester City defender. However, the foxes continue to have an astronomical valuation of the player. Chelsea have definitely not been scared off by the £85 million valuation of the 21-year-old, as the blues are ready to offer a £200,000 per week contract should the Frenchman decide to join the West London outfit, according to Daily Mail.
Even though Chelsea have brought in Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer transfer window, the blues are still short of defenders after the departure of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in the summer. Since Chelsea play with a system that involves three central defenders, it still leaves Thomas Tuchel short of options in this position.
It is becoming increasingly unlikely that Wesley Fofana’s potential move to Chelsea might have to go on hold due to the exorbitant demands of Leicester, who have a reputation for selling defenders at a premium. Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell were two players who had been sold for a combined £130 million to Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.
Chelsea’s attention has shifted to a certain extent to Brighton defender Marc Cucurella, who would be substantially cheaper at around £50 million even if it means that he is a left-back who can play in the left-side of the back-three.
FW rumour rating: 2.5/5
Chelsea History and Information
Chelsea FC are a London-based football team that currently play in the English Premier League. They're based at Stamford Bridge in London, and they're known as the Blues or, sometimes, the Pensioners. is the current manager. Chelsea have been an ever-present in the Premier League since it was founded in 1992 — one of only six teams to have done so. The club had enjoyed relatively little success until Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003, transforming the club into a major force in England and the transfer market and ushering in a new period of previously unseen success. Their current manager is one of the club’s biggest legends, Frank Lampard.
Despite being founded more than a century ago, Chelsea didn’t have much success before they were bought by Roman Abramovich in 2003. Since then, the club was transformed thanks to major investments and big transfers. They have won 5 Premier League titles during that time, compared to just one top-flight title in their previous history (1954-55 season).
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Dennis Wise from Wimbledon for £1.6m in 1990
Although £1.6 million sounds like change by today’s standards for transfers, it was the record transfer fee for Chelsea back in 1990. Still, Wise also proved to be one of the best signings in the club’s history since he spent a decade at the club and won a couple of FA Cups and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1998.
Gianfranco Zola from Parma for £4.5m in 1996
The Italian was already 30 years old when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 1996 but he nonetheless spent 7 years at the club and become one of the biggest legends. Despite never winning the Premier League, he was voted as the “Chelsea’s Greatest Player Ever” by the fans.
Frank Lampard from West Ham for £11m in 2001
The current manager at Stamford Bridge, Lampard is an absolute legend at Chelsea. He spent 13 years with the club after arriving from West Ham, winning all major domestic and European trophies in the process. He is also the leading goalscorer in the club’s history with 211 goals, despite the fact that he played in the midfield.
Claude Makélélé from Real Madrid for £16.8m in 2003
One of the first signings in the Abramovich era, Makélélé was an integral part of the club’s meteoric rise. Widely considered to be one of the best defensive midfilders of all time, the French international spent five successful years at Chelsea and won all domestic trophies with the Blues.
Didier Drogba from Marseille for £24m in 2004
One of the best strikers in the club’s history and in the history of Ivory Coast, Drogba arrived at Stamford Bridge for a relatively modest transfer fee. The striker crowned his Chelsea career with a Champions League trophy in 2012 when he scored the equalizing goal in the 88th minute and converted the final penalty kick.
Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for £71m in 2020
After a prolonged summer saga full of gossip and rumours, German wunderkind Kai Havertz joined Chelsea FC from Bayer Leverkusen. The transfer for the attacking midfielder ended up being only £600.000 short of the biggest transfer fee in the club’s history Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018.