Chelsea news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea dealt huge blow in pursuit of Romelu Lukaku
Despite the departure of Antonio Conte, Romelu Lukaku has confirmed he will be staying at Inter Milan this summer, knocking back Chelsea, who are pursuit of Belgian striker.
The 28-year-old striker has helped the Inter Milan to sealed their first Italian top-flight title in 11 years, by scoring 24 goals and producing 11 assists in 36 matches.
His standout performances attracted interest from Chelsea, who are in market for centre-forward ahead of Thomas Tuchel first full season in charge.
Romelu Lukaku x Declan Rice – ‘I’m coming home’ pic.twitter.com/XgaNVAXY0V— R (@RamzRevival) June 1, 2021
With reported claim in recent weeks that the Blues want to utilize Inter financial situation and Conte departure to re-sign the Belgian star, the 28-year-old insists he ‘feels good’ at Inter and has already had discussions with the new manager.
‘I’ve already had contact with the man who normally becomes our new manager. Maybe I shouldn’t say that yet… but it was a very positive conversation.
‘There’s also the challenge of doing it again [winning the league with Inter]. I feel good at Inter.’
Gary Lineker Given Verdict On Harry Kane Propose Switch to Stamford Bridge
Gary Lineker believes Spur striker Harry Kane couldn’t sign for Chelsea despite Thomas Tuchel confirmed in public that he interest in working with England captain.
It’s understood that the England skipper ready to depart from the north London club this summer and Blues boss Tuchel has already admitted he would be interested in signing the 28-year-old, who also subject interest from Man City and United.
But Garry Lineker, who played for five clubs during his career with including, Barcelona and Totteham Hotspur believes it’s unlikely that he’ll sign for the west London side.
He said: ‘I think it is more likely that one of the Manchester clubs can afford him outside of Chelsea. I don’t think he would go to Chelsea and do that to the Tottenham fans but who knows?’
Kane, 28, has enjoyed another remarkable season for Tottenham Hotspur in which he bagged both playmaker of the season and the golden boot.
Blues add Wolvers winger Adama Traore to transfer shortlist
Chelsea have reportedly expressed their interest in signing Wolvers’s Adama Traore this summer with Tuchel keen on strengthen his squad ahead of next campaign.
Despite the 25-year-old endured a frustrating Premier League season in 2020/21 with only two goals and three assists, reports by The Telegraph, claim German coach, who set to handed a £200m transfer kitty for the summer identified Traore as a potential target.
The reports explain in details that Thomas Tuchel values Traore’s qualities as a wing-back and seen him as a player that can improve his current squad.
Traore, who enters the final two years of his Molineux deal, netted 10 goals and contributed 18 assists in 131 games for Wolves across all competitions, and he has been called up to the Spain squad for Euro 2020.
Adama Traore’s first goal in 316 days was not a bad one 💥 pic.twitter.com/fWxsXPpvxl— Goal (@goal) January 9, 2021
Chelsea Made Huge Decision On Antonio Rudiger Future Aimd Spur Interest
Chelsea are ready to offer Antonio Rudiger a lucrative contract extension amid interest from their local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, according to report.
The German centre-back, who was completely frozen out under Frank Lampard and looked set to leave Stamford Bridge, has been resurgence under Thomas Tuchel by establish as one of the pivotal player in Blues’ squad.
The 28-year-old centre-back set up Pulisic’s lovely goal against Madrid in semi-finals stage of the Uefa Champions League competitions, he then put the Blues’ ahead of Leicester in domestic league as they fighting for top-four finish, before making one of the tackles of the season to deny Phil Folden a certain goal in the final.
His impressive performances attracted interest from Spur, who reportedly held talk with the representative of Antonio Conte in order to bringing in the Italian coach back to England to become their boss following the departure of Jose Mourinho.
However, despite Germany international current contract expiring next year, reports by Football Insider, claim the Blues are confident of secure a long-term deal with the defender, who made the left centre-back position his own, with his commanding defending and powerful ball-carrying.
The reports explain in details that talks over extension of the contract set to open in the coming weeks and all parties are hopeful a long-term extension can be agreed.
Here’s a master list of all the players involved — so far — as the Blues will once again look to make a few big signings, try to offload some dead weight, and manage the Loan Army.
POTENTIAL INCOMING TRANSFERS:
- Centre forwards: Romelu Lukaku, Erling Braut Haaland, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martínez
- Winger: Jadon Sancho
- Midfielders: Declan Rice, Julian Weigl, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurélien Tchouaméni
- Wing-backs: Achraf Hakimi, Adama Traoré, Jonas Hofmann
- Centre backs: Niklas Süle, Jerôme Boateng, Maxence Lacroix, José María Giménez, Jules Koundé, Pau Torres
- Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma
POTENTIAL INCOMING FROM LOAN ARMY:
- Centre forward: Armando Broja
- Midfielder: Conor Gallagher
- Centre backs: Ethan Ampadu, Marc Guéhi, Malang Sarr
POTENTIAL OUTGOING TRANSFERS:
- Centre forwards: Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi
- Winger: Callum Hudson-Odoi
- Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater
- Wing-backs: Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta, Baba Rahman
- Centre backs: Fikayo Tomori, Kurt Zouma
- Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga
POTENTIAL OUTGOING LOANS:
- Midfielders: Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Billy Gilmour, Lewis Bate
- Wing-back: Tino Livramento
POTENTIAL CONTRACT EXTENSIONS:
- Midfielder: N’Golo Kanté
- Centre backs: Thiago Silva, Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen