The transfer window is just around the corner as Thomas Tuchel and co. ponder making January moves to keep the positive momentum going that has been harnessed so far in the 2021/22 campaign.
Wins against Malmo and Newcastle were followed up with the most recent 1-1 draw against Burnley, which illustrated the Blues’ need for reinforcements in January in the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
Chelsea are typically big spenders, and they may need to further strengthen their squad in January if something worthwhile presents itself in the market.
Equally, there may be an opportunity for some players to leave in the near future.
The likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are out of contract at the end of the season, whilst some others have been linked with moves away.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the latest rumours out there.
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Thomas Tuchel will not be going in for PSG forward Kylian Mbappe as a Real Madrid transfer looms for the French superstar come the summer.
El Nacional in Spain claim that Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Bayern Munich are all ‘willing to make him a great offer’ to join their respective clubs next summer instead of Real.
However, the report makes it clear why Chelsea won’t join the race for the Frenchman.
Tuchel believes that due to his attacking three system, Mbappe ‘would not finish exploiting all his virtues’.
Mbappe is out of contract at the end of the season and will be able to speak to clubs from January and can agree a pre-contract from the start of 2022, should he not pen a new deal with the Parisians.
A transfer to Spain seems inevitable with it being understood that Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino Perez want the versatile attacker to be the centre of Los Blancos’ rise to the top of European football once again.
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Chelsea are believed to be interested in signing Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to reports in Spain.
The Nigeria international has already netted nine times in 13 appearances so far this season for Napoli, as Marina Granovskaia looks to reignite the club’s long-standing interest in the striker that dates back to his Lille days.
According to Catalan news outlet El Nacional, Chelsea ‘will throw themselves at Victor Osimhen’.
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The report also suggests that Real Madrid very nearly signed the striker, but the fee required to acquire his services was said to be too much for the La Liga side to pay.
However, it is believed that the reported figure of €70million (£60million) is a price that the Blues would be able to pay in order to sign the 22-year-old.
The European Champions want Osimhen to be the back-up to club-record signing Lukaku.
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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is in negotiations with Real Madrid over a move to the La Liga club, according to transfer specialist Pedro Almeida.
Taking to Twitter, transfer expert Almeida claimed that talks are advanced between Rudiger and Real Madrid, but Chelsea are still hopeful of finding a solution.
“At this moment, negotiations between Real Madrid and António Rudiger are advanced,” he said.
“Chelsea still hasn’t given up on renewing the German player’s contract.”
Competition seems fierce for the Blues in keeping hold of an important player, who has helped them reach the summit of the Premier League. Time will tell if he spends another season at Stamford Bridge.
football.london understands that Granovskaia’s latest offer to the German’s representatives fell £60,000 short of the £200,000-a- week that the defender is demanding.
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