Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Stamford Bridge; summer transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11pm on September 1
Saturday 13 August 2022 11:29, UK
Wrapping up the Chelsea transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
"Barcelona have a big decision to make. Their league season starts on Saturday and they've spent over £120m on new signings who they've not been able to register.
"The Spanish league have very strict financial control rules in place. One thing Barcelona could do to solve some of their financial problems is to sell Frenkie de Jong.
"We've been talking all summer about how Manchester United have agreed a fee of around £72m to sign him, but Chelsea are also very keen.
"Crucially, Chelsea are ready to do a deal on the wage issue that De Jong has with Barcelona. He believes he's owed £17m in deferred wages, while Barcelona don't want to pay him that.
"They also want him to take a pay-cut moving forward so I think if Chelsea can sort out this issue, they can strike a deal to sign him.
"The player's agent is in Barcelona for talks. It would be a blow for United to miss out on him but the player wants to ideally play in the Champions League - something Chelsea can offer this season."
Chelsea are ready to sign Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if Barcelona allow both players to leave this month.
Manchester United agreed a £72m fee to sign De Jong last month but he is owed £17m in deferred wages and will not agree to leave until he is paid. Barcelona want him to stay but only if he agrees to take a significant pay cut and accept a £6m settlement for his deferred wages.
Chelsea are willing to match United's £72m offer and unlike United, they can offer De Jong Champions League football.
Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He has three years left on his contract. Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he is keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea are preparing a third bid for Wesley Fofana, though they have other central defensive targets they are considering should that approach fail.
Chelsea have already seen two offers for the 21-year-old rejected, with Sky Sports News told neither was close to Leicester City's valuation of the player.
Leicester do not want to sell Fofana and are confident of keeping the man who signed an extended contract in March that runs for another five years. That resolve is likely to be tested by Chelsea later this week.
Despite the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, another central defender remains a priority for Thomas Tuchel, following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Approaches for Manchester City's Nathan Ake and Sevilla's Jules Kounde have so far failed.
Leicester's reluctance to sell Fofana will only increase (as will their asking price) as the window progresses, with less time for that money to be re-invested in a defensive replacement.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the club have rejected two bids from Chelsea and he's not aware of any new offer.
Rodgers added: "We're not looking to sell. That's the key point. He's a top young defender and there are not many about at his age.
"Another year at Leicester would be great for his development. He's just getting on with his work and training well."
Chelsea defender Malang Sarr has joined Ligue 1 side Monaco on a season-long loan.
The 23-year-old made 21 first-team appearances for the Blues last season across all competitions, eight of them coming in the Premier League, but has left for a second loan spell in search of regular first-team football.
RB Leipzig have re-signed striker Timo Werner from Chelsea.
The 26-year-old returns to the Bundesliga side having left two years ago to join Chelsea after the Blues activated his £45m release clause.
But the German has been unable to replicate the goal-scoring form at Stamford Bridge, where he scored 23 goals in 89 appearances in all competitions.
Werner has re-joined RB Leipzig, where he scored 95 goals in 159 games in all competitions.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy's representatives are in talks with the club over a new improved contract.
As it stands, there is a gap between what Chelsea are offering and what Mendy's camp are after.
Mendy has three years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has told Chelsea he wants to leave in this transfer window to get regular first-team football.
Hudson-Odoi was not in the 20-man squad for Saturday's win at Everton and his representatives have been given permission to negotiate with other clubs.
Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and two Premier League clubs have shown an interest in taking him on loan.
Hudson-Odoi, 21, has two years left on his contract. He came close to joining Dortmund on loan last summer, only for Chelsea to block the move on Deadline Day.
Thomas Tuchel has confirmed Marcos Alonso is close to leaving Chelsea and that he requested not to be in the squad to face Everton.
"That is the case," he said in his press conference after the 1-0 win at Goodison Park on August 6.
"He tried to leave, and we agreed to his wish. It wouldn't have made sense to put him on the pitch today, in this situation it was the right thing to do."
Chelsea have confirmed an agreement for the transfer of left-back Marc Cucurella from Brighton in a deal worth in excess of £60m.
The 24-year-old will become Chelsea's fourth major signing of the summer.
He follows the arrivals of Raheem Sterling from Man City (£47.5m), Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli (£33m) and Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa (£20m) for a total expenditure of £160m so far.
Cesar Azpilicueta has committed his future to Chelsea by extending his Blues contract until 2024.
The Chelsea captain has added another two years to his west London stay, thwarting Barcelona's long-running pursuit of the 32-year-old.
The Spain full-back joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2012 and has swept the board of major club trophies since, with the 2021 Champions League and 2022 Club World Cup completing the set.
The long-serving defender automatically triggered a one-year addition to his Chelsea deal at the back-end of last term, but has now committed to a more lasting extension to his Stamford Bridge tenure.
Chelsea are now believed to be in the running for Frenkie de Jong, further frustrating Manchester United's attempt to sign the coveted Dutchman.
Napoli are in talks with Chelsea over the loan signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to Sky in Italy.
The west London club have indicated they will pay three-quarters of his salary, with discussions centring around a number of bonuses that Chelsea are asking for as part of the deal.
Napoli are currently reluctant to pay them and intermediaries involved in the deal are working to find a solution.
Chelsea want to sign Inter Milan's talented young midfielder Cesare Casadei.
The west London club have proposed paying between £5m and £7m for the 19-year-old, who has not yet played in Serie A, Sky in Italy say.
However, they describe Casadei as the "absolute protagonist" of the Inter youth team's Primavera Scudetto victory last season, and he is considered one of the most important talents in the Italy youth setup.
They are therefore not inclined to agree to such a fee to sell the U19 international.
Thomas Tuchel has played down talk that Armando Broja is set to leave Chelsea on loan this summer.
Broja excelled during a loan spell last season at Southampton but the indications are he will form part of Tuchel's plans this term.
"I don't expect him to leave," Tuchel continued. "I'm aware of the offers and aware of the interest. We will make a decision together, the owner and me and the player.
"When he arrived it was clear he is trying to impress and become a Chelsea player."
Manchester City defender Nathan Ake is reportedly to remain at the club this summer as Chelsea suffered another blow to their hopes of defensive reinforcements.
The Athletic's David Ornstein claims City were never intending to sell the Netherlands international unless his valuation was met.
The player is said to be pleased to be remaining with the Premier League champions with his versatility deemed to be crucial to his status as an important member of Pep Guardiola's first-team squad.
The Athletic say Chelsea's interest was never substantiated by an offer that suited City.
The report also claims Chelsea will turn their attentions to PSG centre-back Presnel Kimpembe with the two clubs in talks.
Conor Gallagher is aiming to be a key player for Premier League side Chelsea after being assured of a place in manager Thomas Tuchel's plans.
The midfielder, who played for Crystal Palace on loan last season, has yet to play a game for Chelsea, fanning speculation about the 22-year-old's future.
"[Tuchel] said he wants me to be part of the squad and to prove myself in pre-season, so that's the plan," Gallagher told the BBC.
"It's what I wanted to hear, it was a nice phone call that we had and it gave me a clear plan of pre-season and where I'm going to be. It was great to hear."
Gallagher, who has earned four caps for England and made his debut against San Marino last year, was a pillar of Patrick Vieira's Palace last season, scoring eight goals in 38 games to be named Player of the Season by the team's supporters. Gallagher's Chelsea contract runs to 2025.
"Everyone wants to play as much as they can, but I'm willing to work as hard as I can to be on the pitch as much as possible," he said.
"There are world-class players in the squad and it's obviously a tough team to get into but I feel like if that challenge is there, I think I'd be a bit silly not to take it."
AC Milan are confident they will be able to finalise a deal to sign Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech this summer, according to Sky in Italy.
New contact has been made between the two clubs with Milan keen to make their first addition to this season's squad.
Ziyech has been with Chelsea since February 2020 when he moved to London from Ajax for £33.3m.
Chelsea are struggling to find buyers for players they no longer want who cost them more than £180m and are draining the club of £700,000 a week in wages (Daily Mail, July 26)
Michael Edwards, the architect of Liverpool's recent successes in the transfer market, is among the options being considered by Chelsea to become their new sporting director (The Times, June 22).
Chelsea could be in line for a busy transfer window as Thomas Tuchel eyes a summer clear-out following the completion of the club's takeover (Daily Mirror, June 10).
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was permitted to hold back more than £100m from his purchase of the club amid concerns they will be hit with costs over liabilities from the Roman Abramovich era (Daily Telegraph, June 9).
Seven Chelsea players could find a new club during the transfer window to earn head coach Thomas Tuchel a £170m windfall. (Daily Mirror, June 6).
Wesley Fofana - Chelsea's hopes of signing Wesley Fofana have received a boost after Brendan Rodgers suggested the centre back could leave Leicester City this summer (Daily Mail, August 12). Paris Saint-Germain have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Leicester defender Wesley Fofana (Daily Mail, August 10); Chelsea have been prioritising their interest in defender Wesley Fofana and remain in dialogue with Leicester City (Daily Telegraph, August 9); Chelsea are willing to meet Leicester's £85m valuation of the French defender (The Sun, August 5); Chelsea have had an opening £60m offer for rejected for Fofana - but Leicester fear the Londoners are willing to go beyond the £80m world record fee for a defender (Daily Mail, August 5); Leicester City are holding firm on their £85m valuation of Chelsea target Wesley Fofana as the Blues prepare a £200,000-a-week deal for the defender (The Sun, August 4). Wesley Fofana is keen to join Chelsea from Leicester City this summer (Daily Mirror, August 3); Leicester have slapped an £85m price tag on Chelsea target Fofana (Daily Mail, August 1); Chelsea have reportedly been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Fofana because Paris Saint-Germain have joined the race for the defender (The Sun, August 1); Chelsea are working on a blockbuster deal to sign Fofana as Thomas Tuchel bids to build a new back-line (Daily Express, August 1).
Frenkie de Jong - Chelsea are close to reaching an agreement with Barcelona over a transfer fee for Frenkie de Jong, with the west London club now awaiting the midfielder's decision (The Times, August 11).Chelsea are reportedly hoping to "hijack" Man Utd's move for Frenkie de Jong and will attempt to send two players to Barcelona in part-exchange. The Blues could possibly offer current defensive duo Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta (Daily Mirror, August 1); De Jong has been told he will need to take a pay cut to stay at Barcelona and it appears, according to reports in Spain, that he is open to doing so (Daily Express, July 25); Chelsea have reportedly been informed by Barcelona in private talks that they can pip Manchester United to a deal for Frenkie de Jong (Daily Express, July 22); Barcelona star De Jong is open to joining Chelsea this summer, according to reports in Spain (Daily Express, July 21); De Jong has no interest in joining Manchester United because he dislikes the city and believes the club is run erratically, a new report in Spain has claimed (Daily Mail, July 21); New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly had dinner with Barcelona chief Joan Laporta, with £63m De Jong on the menu (Daily Mirror, July 9).
Cesare Casadei - Inter Milan are holding out for £12m for Chelsea target Cesare Casadei (Daily Mail, August 10); Chelsea might have to fork out only £12.5m to sign Inter Milan youngster Cesare Casadei because of the Serie A club's financial issues (Daily Express, August 6).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang -
Barcelona are determined to keep hold of Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer (Daily Mail, August 12). Chelsea could find out this week if they have a realistic chance of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona (Daily Telegraph, August 9); Barcelona are willing to offload the 33-year-old Gabon striker to Chelsea (Daily Mirror, August 5); Barcelona manager Xavi has shut down talk of Aubameyang leaving this summer (The Sun, August 5); Chelsea are reportedly considering a shock approach for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (The Sun, August 4).
Sasa Kalajdzic - Kalajdzic is the subject of interest from several Premier League clubs. including Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton, but the Stuttgart forward wants his future resolved quickly (Daily Mail, August 9); Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton target Sasa Kalajdzic has demanded clarity over his future from current club VFB Stuttgart (Daily Mail, August 8); Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton are among the clubs maintaining interest in Stuttgart striker Kalajdzic (Mail on Sunday, August 7).
Endrick - Chelsea are set to join the race to sign highly-prized Brazilian teenager Endrick, who has been tipped as a superstar of the future (Daily Mail, August 4).
Josko Gvardiol - Josko Gvardiol looks like being a hot property in the closing month of the summer window, with both Chelsea and Man City keen on the RB Leipzig defender (The Sun, August 4).
Kyle Walker-Peters - Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peters is attracting interest from Chelsea (The Guardian, August 3); Chelsea have registered an interest in signing Kyle Walker-Peters this summer but have been quoted £40m by Southampton for the England full-back (Daily Mail, August 3).
Jamie Vardy - Man Utd and Chelsea are monitoring Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy, who has a year left on his current deal (90min, August 3); Vardy is reportedly on the radar of Man Utd and Chelsea, as they both hunt for a striker in the transfer market (Daily Star, August 3).
Denzel Dumfries - Chelsea are keeping tabs on Inter Milan's Denzel Dumfries (Daily Mail, August 1); Chelsea can reportedly sign Inter Milan wing-back Dumfries for close to £33.6m (Daily Express, July 28).
Adama Traore - Chelsea are 'considering' submitting a bid for Wolves winger Adama Traore, who is out of contract in 2023 and not willing to pen a new deal at Molineux (Daily Express, August 1).
Josko Gvardiol - RB Leipzig have rejected Chelsea's attempts to sign defender Josko Gvardiol (The Sun, August 1); RB Leipzig, who want to re-sign Timo Werner, are set to reject Chelsea's interest in Gvardiol, the 20-year-old Croatia centre-back (The Times, August 1).
Gaga Slonina - Chelsea are closing in on an £8.2m swoop for 18-year-old Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gaga Slonina, with the American heading back to his Major League Soccer team on loan to finish the 2022 season (Daily Mail, August 1).
Milan Skriniar - Chelsea are tracking Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar (Daily Mail, August 1).
Presenel Kimpembe - Chelsea's transfer window has been handed yet another blow as it has been reported that Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe has decided not to leave the club (Daily Express, July 28).
Nordi Mukiele - Chelsea failed in a late bid to hijack Nordi Mukiele's £13.5million Paris Saint-Germain switch (The Sun, July 27); Chelsea's late move for RB Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele looks doomed with the Frenchman set to return home to Paris Saint-Germain (Daily Mirror, July 26);
Allan Saint-Maximin - Chelsea and Tottenham both want Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin but are being put off by his £40m price tag (The Sun, July 25).
Endrick - Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly set to enter a transfer battle for 15-year-old Brazilian wonder-kid Endrick (The Sun, July 19).
Tyler Dibling - Chelsea are set to sign England Under-17 international Dibling from Southampton in a deal worth £1.5m (The Sun, July 29).
Will Osula - Liverpool and Newcastle have reportedly been scouting Sheffield United starlet Osula but it is Premier League rivals Chelsea who might be the biggest beneficiaries of the 18-year-old's next move (Daily Express, July 29).
Serge Gnabry - Serge Gnabry is set to snub a number of Premier League suitors by signing a new contract with Bayern Munich (Daily Mail, July 14); Chelsea are interested in former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry as the club consider potential alternatives to Raphinha and hold talks with AC Milan over a deal to offload Hakim Ziyech (Daily Mail, July 12).
Guido Rodriguez - Chelsea have reportedly identified Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez as a potential replacement for N'Golo Kante, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks (Daily Express, July 12)
Declan Rice - Declan Rice reportedly has a gentleman's agreement with West Ham to stay for ONE more season amid serious transfer interest from Chelsea (The Sun, July 12)
Nathan Ake - Man City want more than £50m to let Ake return to Chelsea (The Sun, July 9); Chelsea are in advanced talks with City over a deal to bring central defender Ake back to the club (The Times, July 8); Talks are continuing regarding a return to Stamford Bridge for Ake from City (Daily Telegraph, July 1); City will tell rivals Chelsea to forget about re-signing centre-back Ake on the cheap this summer (The Sun, July 1)
Matheus Nunes - Chelsea are ready to make their first signing of the summer by pressing ahead with a €50m offer for Sporting Lisbon's Nunes (Daily Mail, July 6)
Cristiano Ronaldo - Chelsea are no longer interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo after talks between Thomas Tuchel and Todd Boehly (The Times, July 15); Thomas Tuchel will get the final say on whether Chelsea complete a blockbuster transfer for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports (Daily Express, July 6); Chelsea are considering a move for Ronaldo, but it remains to be seen whether Thomas Tuchel is keen on signing the forward. (The Guardian, July 5).
Mohamed Salah - Salah was prepared to move to Chelsea before his new deal made him the highest-paid player in Liverpool history (Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Gabriel Slonina - Chelsea's £10m deal to sign the Chicago Fire 'keeper has gone quiet since the departures of Petr Cech and Marina Granovskaia (Daily Express, July 7).
Kai Havertz - Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich want to sign Chelsea and Germany forward Havertz (Sport1, August 13).
Conor Gallagher - Crystal Palace are monitoring Conor Gallagher's Chelsea involvement as they remain hopeful of re-signing him on loan (Daily Mail, August 11); West Ham are keeping an eye on Conor Gallagher's situation at Chelsea (Sky Sports News, August 10).
Malang Sarr - Sarr is set to join Monaco on an initial season-long loan after a deal was agreed with Chelsea, which includes an obligation to buy him if he meets certain performance-related criteria (Sky Sports News, August 8); Chelsea's French defender Malang Sarr would prefer a move to Monaco over Fulham, who have targeted the 23-year-old (Evening Standard, August 3); Monaco are ahead of Fulham in the race to sign Chelsea defender Malang Sarr (Daily Mail, August 3); Chelsea have blocked Fulham's move for defender Malang Sarr (Evening Standard, August 2); Fulham have placed loan and permanent offers on the table for Malang Sarr (The Athletic, August 1).
Ross Barkley - Celtic have been credited with an interest in signing Chelsea outcast Ross Barkley (Daily Record, August 8); Chelsea are looking to get rid of Ross Barkley ahead of the fast-approaching season (Daily Mirror, July 19).
Marcos Alonso - Barcelona "hope" to sign Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso by Monday - with Sergino Dest possibly going the other way (Daily Mirror, August 8); Marcos Alonso is pushing to leave Chelsea in the wake of Marc Cucurella's signing and is looking to force an exit to Barcelona before the end of the summer (The Sun, August 6); Alonso is considering handing in a transfer request as Chelsea continue to block the move he wants to Barcelona (Daily Express, July 7).
Armando Broja - Everton are still chasing Chelsea's Armando Broja - ideally on loan (The Athletic, August 3); Real Madrid have joined the chase for in-demand Chelsea forward Armando Broja (Daily Mail, July 30); Chelsea are refusing to sell Armando Broja after rejecting West Ham's £30m bid (Fabrizio Romano, July 29); Thomas Tuchel has played down talk that Broja is set to leave Chelsea on loan this summer, despite interest from Newcastle and West Ham (Sky Sports News, July 20); Newcastle are interested in signing the Chelsea striker this summer and have discussed him as a potential loan signing (Sky Sports News, July 3).
Michy Batshuyai - The Belgium inernational is open to a summer move to Everton (talkSPORT, August 2)
Romelu Lukaku - Chelsea have an agreement in principle for Romelu Lukaku to spend a second year on loan with Inter Milan (The Sun, July 24).
Hakim Ziyech - AC Milan have reportedly reopened talks with Chelsea over a transfer for Hakim Ziyech (The Sun on Sunday, July 24). Chelsea expect to agree a deal with AC Milan for winger Ziyech, but Christian Pulisic is in no rush to leave after being discussed as a makeweight in the bid for Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt (Daily Mail, July 4); Milan are confident they will be able to finalise a deal to sign the Chelsea winger this summer (Sky in Italy, July 2).
Numerous - Thomas Tuchel could be stuck with several unwanted players for the 2022/23 campaign as top-flight clubs are reluctant to strike a deal with the Premier League giants for their out-of-form stars. The German manager is said to be looking to offload Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy, Malang Sarr, Ross Barkley, Timo Werner and Kepa during the summer transfer window but there has been little interest in the Chelsea flops so far (Daily Telegraph, July 22).
Billy Gilmour - Gilmour is set for another loan spell away from Chelsea after being released from the first team's pre-season training squad, with former manager Frank Lampard said to be interested in bringing him on board at Everton (Daily Mail, July 19).
Kepa Arrizabalaga - Napoli have asked about taking Chelsea 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan (Daily Mail, July 18).
Jorginho - Chelsea star Jorginho has cast doubt over his future, despite expressing his love for the club (The Sun, July 13).
Edouard Mendy - Chelsea have opened talks with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy over a new contract but there is significant distance between both parties, with the goalkeeper one of the lowest paid players in Thomas Tuchel's squad (Daily Mail, August 9).
Reece James - Chelsea are set to open talks with James over a new contract amid interest in the England defender from Real Madrid and Man City (The Sun, July 8).
Marc Cucurella - Chelsea, £60m
Raheem Sterling - Man City, £47.5m
Kalidou Koulibaly - Napoli, £33m
Omari Hutchinson - Arsenal, free
Timo Werner - RB Leipzig, £25.3m
Antonio Rudiger - Real Madrid, free
Andreas Christensen - Barcelona, free
Danny Drinkwater - released
Charly Musonda - released
Jake Clarke-Salter - QPR, free
Lucas Bergstrom - Peterborough, loan
Sam McClelland - Barrow, loan
Romelu Lukaku - Inter, loan
Nathan Baxter - Hull, loan
Jamie Cumming - MK Dons, loan
Ian Maatsen - Burnley, loan
Tino Anjorin - Huddersfield, loan
Malang Sarr - Monaco, loan
Who will be on the move this summer when the transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11pm on September 1?
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