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 £70 million signing of RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol
RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has been one of the sought-after youngsters in world football. Chelsea are close to securing the 20-year-old in a £77 million deal from the German club, according to the Guardian. The defender has been with the German outfit for only one season after signing from Dinamo Zagreb for around £17 million. However, his valuation is expected to undergo a significant jump after Chelsea’s latest offer.
It is no secret that the blues are keen to strengthen the defence after losing a string of defeats with players like Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Furthermore, Thiago Silva is fast approaching his 40s while Cesar Azpilicueta is also in his 30s. The signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for around £33 million further intensified the ageing in the Chelsea backline.
The interest in Josko Gvardiol has come out of the blue with Chelsea holding high-level talks with the club even as the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United showed interest in the player.
Even if Chelsea are able to come to terms with RB Leipzig for the transfer of Gvardiol, he is expected to be loaned back to the German club at least for another campaign. Last season, the player featured in 29 games for RB Leipzig as the team finished in the Champions League spots just ahead of Union Berlin and Freiburg.
Despite the transfer interest, Gvardiol has featured in all Bundesliga and DFB Pokal games for the team.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Chelsea make £15.5m/year offer to Frenkie de Jong
Chelsea are becoming increasingly keen on signing Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona. The midfielder has been the subject of transfer activity throughout the summer. He has been linked with a whole host of clubs including Premier League outfits Manchester United and Chelsea. According to the Daily Express, the blues remain in the driving seat largely because they are one of the few interested teams who are able to offer Champions League football to the player.
Ahead of the transfer deadline on September 1, Chelsea have made a £15.5 million annual salary offer to the player in a bid to convince him to make the switch to Stamford Bridge. The player has been reluctant to leave Camp Nou without receiving the unpaid wages of £17 million. However, the financial troubles at Barcelona may ultimately force him to look for new pastures. Even though a move to Manchester United will see him reunited with boss Erik ten Hag, who worked with him at Ajax, the lack of Champions League football at Old Trafford is proving to be a major stumbling block.
Meanwhile, Frenkie de Jong is the key summer target for the blues in terms of strengthening the midfield. Chelsea have largely looked at signing defenders with the club having already brought in Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Marc Cucurella. Furthermore, the club are in advanced negotiations with Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Josko Gvardiol. Once these deals are completed, Chelsea’s spending will cross the £200 million mark.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Chelsea reluctant to let Kepa Arrizabalaga and Trevor Chalobah leave
Kepa Arrizabalaga and Trevor Chalobah have had very little action so far this season. There has been plenty of interest in both these players with the likes of AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Roma, and Inter Milan keen to take these players – even on loan deals. However, Chelsea have informed both these players that they will remain at Stamford Bridge for the 2022-23 campaign, according to the Daily Mail.
Trevor Chalobah was given a rare start under Thomas Tuchel, as the defender featured in the 2-1 victory over Leicester City. However, he failed to hold on to the starting spot for the midweek loss against Southampton. Meanwhile, Kepa Arrizabalaga is yet to make an appearance this season.
Trevor Chalobah featured in 20 games for Chelsea last season, but a lack of regular first-team opportunity is driving him towards an exit from Stamford Bridge. The blues have especially shown interest in plenty of defenders like Wesley Fofana, whose arrival could further prevent the academy graduate from featuring on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, Kepa Arrizabalaga does not appear to have a way back into the Chelsea set up even with Mendy committing a couple of mistakes of late. Arrizabalaga’s last Premier League appearance for the blues was back in January and he was not even part of the starting line-up that lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup final even though it is traditional for backup goalkeepers to feature in the cup competitions.
FW rumour rating: 2/5
Tiemoue Bakayoko ready to terminate Chelsea for Newcastle move
Tiemoue Bakayoko is one of the biggest disappointments in Chelsea’s recent transfer history with the player struggling to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since his £40 million switch from Monaco just a few seasons. The 28-year-old has only featured in 43 games for Chelsea signing for the London outfit in 2017. The last few years have constantly seen him go out on loan to various clubs like Napoli and AC Milan.
Even though the likes of Milan have been keen on signing him on a permanent basis, the player’s wages of around £100,000 per week has proven to be a major stumbling block. Bakayoko is about to enter into his second-year loan with AC Milan, but the player is reportedly keen on a new challenge, according to the Sun. Now, he has grown quite desperate for a new challenge that the player is ready to rip his contract with Chelsea.
A major chunk of the appearances made by Bakayoko have been as a substitute.
Newcastle United have emerged as a leading candidate for the player’s signature. Apart from having to cancel his contract with Chelsea, Bakayoko will also have to hold negotiations with Milan about going back on the loan deal.
FW rumour rating: 4.5/5
Last Week's Chelsea Transfer Rumours
Chelsea make £60 million offer for Everton’s Anthony Gordon
The wide man comes with a lot of potential and he is seen as one of the top-rated young talents in English football. Gordon has come through the Everton academy and he is seen as one of the key players for the club’s future. The player has a contract with Everton until 2025 and the Merseyside outfit have even offered an improved deal on the table. Everton, though, are in need of new forward options and they also need to bring in finances to strengthen the team.
In recent times, the likes of Tottenham and Newcastle have failed in their attempts to sign the forward.
The blues have so far made three major signings in the form of Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, and Marc Cucurella. However, the blues have had significant departures in the summer including Romelu Lukaku, Christensen, and Antonio Rudiger.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
Chelsea eye Brighton defender Adam Webster as an alternate for Wesley Fofana
Brighton defender Adam Webster has been made as the backup option by Chelsea if the club failed to make any progress in the deal to bring Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana, according to the Daily Mail. Fofana remains the main target for Chelsea to strengthen the defence that has seen a sizeable number of departures in the summer. However, Leicester City have been continuing to hold out an incredible £80 million for the young defender and Chelsea have been unwilling to match this valuation so far.
After having already signed Marc Cucurella from the Seagulls, Chelsea are keen on raiding the south coast outfit before the end of the transfer window on September 1. Webster comes into the radar at the prime of his career and he will be able to fit exceptionally well into the high line that Chelsea play. His understanding with the likes of Marc Cucurella will also help Thomas Tuchel integrate Webster quite easily.
Webster happens to be very pacey and capable of dealing with the fast counter-attacks. At the same time, the 27-year-old is also quite strong when it comes to dealing with powerful centre forwards. He is also very adept in the set piece situations.
Webster has been at Brighton since 2019 and he has been a regular since making the switch from Bristol. In fact, last season’s 22 appearances in the Premier League was Webster’s lowest tally since the switch to the Falmer Stadium.
FW rumour rating: 3/5
West Ham close to signing Emerson from Chelsea for £13.5 million
Emerson Palmieri is all set to become a West Ham player, as the Hammers have agreed a £13.5 million fee with Chelsea for the transfer of the left back. According to the BBC, there will also be a £2 million add-on depending on performances. Thus, Emerson could end up costing West Ham just over £15 million. Emerson would be the seventh signing of the summer for the hammers, who has spent in excess of £120 million so far in the summer.
It was always going to be clear that Emerson may not have a future at Chelsea considering the very little football that he has had in the last few years.
Signed from Roma for around €29 million, Emerson was brought in with a lot of expectation in January 2018. Yet, the Brazilian has featured in less than 20 Premier League matches in each of his last five seasons with the blues. So far this season, he has not made any appearances and he spent last season on loan at Lyon, where he made 29 appearances in the Ligue 1.
Despite the lack of his appearances, Emerson leaves Chelsea as a big winner after having lifted the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Super Cup. He was further able to win the Euro 2020 with Italy.
The departure of Emerson may not infuse a lot of cash for Thomas Tuchel to spend in the window, but it does provide more space in the squad. Chelsea have been keen on adding a new centre back and the club have been in discussions with several options for the last few weeks.
FW rumour rating: 5/5 (Done Deal)
Chelsea keeping tabs on AC Milan forward Rafael Leao
Rafael Leao has emerged as a potential transfer target for Chelsea, according to Sky Sports. The Portuguese has been with Milan since 2019 after making a €23 million move from French outfit Lille. His time in the Italian Serie A has largely been mixed, as Rafael Leao has failed to hit the kind of form that was expected out of him. The 23-year-old has been able to score in the double figures only once in his career. However, a return of 11 goals in 34 appearances last season has put him in the wish list of several clubs including Chelsea.
Chelsea have been keen on adding a new player who can play across the front three. The club have been in discussions with Everton for the signing of Anthony Gordon. As it becomes increasingly difficult to sign Gordon, Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the situation surrounding Rafael Leao, who is out of contract in less than two years.
As a result, Milan have opened contract negotiations with the player and things have been moving at a brisk pace. However, the player is yet to sign on the dotted line and the blues are keeping tabs on the situation.
FW rumour rating: 1.5/5
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.