Chelsea Transfer News, Gossip & Rumours

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Blues fans have been treated to some of the biggest transfers in recent football history ever since Roman Abramovich took charge of the club back in 2003. With the annual January and summer windows, there’s never no shortage of Chelsea transfer news to bring Blues fans all around the world.

CFCnet will break your daily Chelsea transfer news leading into the next transfer window, with manager Antonio Conte seemingly keen to get some business done, fans are likely to see further ins and further outs when the January window swings open for a month.

Latest Chelsea Transfer News

Lionel Messi ‘recommends’ Barca swoop for Chelsea’s Spanish star – Wednesday 21st March
The transfer gossip mill is whirring today with reports that Lionel Messi, no less, has recommended Barcelona go after Marcos Alonso this summer – with the Catalans also recently being linked with David Alaba (in the same position) from Bayern Munich.
The left-sided role occupied by Alonso could be filled by an unsettled Luke Shaw from Man Utd should the Spaniard leave (via The Guardian).

Chelsea reportedly frontrunners to sign ‘boyhood Blues fans’ – Tuesday 20th March
Reports are suggesting that Chelsea are leading the way to sign Luke Shaw this summer, in the wake of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho publicly criticising the left-back.
Interestingly Shaw, now 22, is a boyhood Chelsea fan, and would add much needed competition to the left-back slot where Antonio Conte has tried to fill since the last summer window – however clubs like Tottenham and Arsenal are likely to be vying for the English international’s signature (via Mail).

Newcastle will do ‘all they can’ to sign Chelsea winger in summer window – Monday 12th March
Newcastle’s manager Rafael Benitez is reportedly insistent that he and the club will do everything to bring Chelsea winger Kenedy to St James’s Park on a permanent deal this summer.
The 22-year old impressed in the weekend’s 3-0 win for the Magpies scoring twice in what was the Brazilian’s sixth straight start since signing on-loan from the Blues. Kenedy had only made the bench four times for Chelsea in the league this season, not getting any minutes besides in the FA Cup and EFL Cup (via Northern Echo).

Chelsea winning ‘race’ for prolific marksman ahead of rivals Manchester United – Friday 9th March
Chelsea are almost certainly going to put the effort into signing a new top level goalscorer in the summer and once again Robert Lewandowski is the man being tipped ‘most likely’ to arrive in west London.
However, Champions League football will likely be the deal breaker if Lewandowski is to swap Munich for London. The Polish international has scored 320 career goals in just over 500 club appearances, with an additional 51 goals for his country (via CaughtOffside).

Brazilian wants Stamford Bridge return from big money venture in Far East – Tuesday 6th March
It’s reported that Ramires, now 30-years old, wants to rejoin Chelsea after departing the club to join Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.
Sold in the new year of 2016, it became clear that then boss Guus Hiddink didn’t want the midfielder and so the club cashed in £25m to sell Ramires. The player was quoted as saying to the report that; I’ll always have special affection for them and I want to play for them again before finishing my career” (via Mirror)

Reports that Conte’s job is secure until the end of the season – Tuesday 27th February
Chelsea’s defeat to United and a tough ask in Barcelona in the Champions League leaves Antonio Conte’s future more uncertain than ever, however the club are expected to keep faith with the Italian until at least the end of the season.
The board’s preferred replacement Luis Enrique doesn’t want to take a job with a season ongoing and would only want the Chelsea job postseason. Former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, also on the shortlist, has a similar stance to rival frontrunner Enrique in wanting the season to be over before taking a new job (via Star).

Chelsea frontrunners to pay hefty price-tag for proven international goalscorer – Monday 26th February
According to reports Chelsea are the favourites to sign Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski this summer, with talk intensifying that the Polish international will seek a new challenge after seemingly doing he all can do in the Bundesliga – the Premier League appears to be an interesting prospect for the Pole.
The 29-year-old has reportedly hired a new ‘super agent’ who could be key to brokering a transfer away from Munich, but with a contract until 2021, Lewandowski will come with a hefty price-tag (via Sun).

Blues could make shock move for Magpies skipper this summer – Friday 23rd February
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles has emerged as the latest name to be linked with a summer move to Stamford Bridge.
It’s no secret Conte is looking to bolster all areas this summer and Newcastle could be more open to listening to offers should owner Mike Ashley fail to sell the club by the next transfer window (via London Evening Standard).

Brazilian silences talk of Chelsea summer move and remains focused on his club and country – Monday 19th February
Juventus’ left-back Alex Sandro has shut down talk of moving to Chelsea as well as links to Blues rivals Manchester United but insisting his only focus is winning ‘everything’ with the Italians and then the World Cup in Russia.
Antonio Conte is a big fan of the 27-year old and a lot will depend on a move for him if Conte remains at Stamford Bridge next season (via Metro).

Real Madrid to offer player to sweeten potential Eden Hazard deal – Friday 16th February
Reports today are suggesting that Real Madrid who remain keen on signing Eden Hazard this summer, will look to offer Marco Asensio to give Chelsea an automatic replacement for the Belgian.
Chelsea’s stance is that Hazard will not leave to Madrid, but 22-year old Asensio could prove to be an attractive acquisition for the Blues – even more so after his glittering display against PSG in the Champions League – assisting twice in a 3-1 comeback win (via Mundo Deportivo).

Chelsea’s hopes of appointing Luis Enrique as new boss have been dealt a blow – Wednesday 14th February
Luis Enrique’s right-hand man while at Barcelona Juan Carlos Unzue has reportedly rejected any chance to move to west London as he is happy at Celta Vigo in La Liga. Whether this will detriment a move for the Spaniard at the helm of the Blues is yet to be seen, but it will surely be a blow for Enrique to take on another job without his former assistant (via Metro).

Chelsea monitor availability of Tottenham defender amid contract uncertainty – Monday 12th February
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has been subject of transfer speculation in the last days having missed out on the North London Derby and this week’s trip to Juventus. Reports are suggesting that the Belgian defender could leave in the summer and Chelsea are believed to be among the frontrunners interested in the 28-year old, should Spurs decide the time is right to sell this summer (via The Guardian).

Huge £119m bid to be tabled by Blues for Marco Asensio – Thursday 8th February
According to a report Chelsea will make a move for Real Madrid star Marco Asensio this summer, regardless of whether Eden Hazard stays or leaves the club.
An eye watering £119m bid is the price being thrown around, which would of course smash the Chelsea transfer spend record, but the Blues know they have to do big business this summer to compete with their rivals (via Don Balon / Express).

Chelsea’s number one fuels speculations he could be Madrid bound – Wednesday 7th February
Real Madrid are reportedly on the hunt for a new goalkeeper this summer and quotes circulating from Chelsea’s own Thibaut Courtois have re-fuelled the speculation.
The 25-year old Belgian international revealed that he has a preference for Madrid to his ‘personal situation’. With managerial unrest at the Blues and a season quickly going off track it may be that Courtois could become the number one target for Madrid in the summer (via Daily Mail).

Late deal confirmed as Blues loan Palmer to Derby – Thursday 1st February
Derby County have signed Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer on-loan until the end of the season, with the player having failed to secure a regular starting place while recently on loan at Premier League Huddersfield.
The 21-year old attacking midfielder was key to Huddersfield’s promotion last season and will hope to replicate that form for Derby (via Sky Sports).

Chelsea will have to stump up more than £14m for Spurs to sell – Tuesday 30th January
Speculation is growing in the last 24 hours that Chelsea are targeting Tottenham striker Spanish striker Fernando Llorente once again, but Spurs will make their rivals pay-up to sign the former Swansea-man.
A report suggests that Tottenham will sell the Spanish international but only if they can make ‘significant profit’ on the £14m they paid Swansea in the summer to bring in Llorente (via Evening Standard).

Conte insists only way to win silverware is a new striker – Monday 29th January
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has further put pressure on the club’s board to deliver new signings before the deadline on Wednesday for the current champions to stand any chance of winning silverware.
Specifically a new striker or strikers is what the Italian desperately wants, with moves not progressing on any of their reported targets e.g. Dzeko, Carroll etc. There are still reports that Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud could still make a late move to Stamford Bridge (via Express).

Borussia Dortmund turn attention to ‘unwanted’ Chelsea star – Thursday 25th January
Borussia Dortmund have apparently turned their attention away from Olivier Giroud and targeted Michy Batshuayi as the club target a new striker in the final days of the window.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure is expected at Dortmund and that will only intensify the Bundesliga’s desire to sign a player like Batshuayi (via Daily Mail).

Palmieri’s £20m move to go ahead with Kenedy heading for exit – Tuesday 23rd January
There are increasing reports that Roma defender Emerson Palmieri will soon be a Chelsea player with a four-year contract on the table.
The deal to take the 23-year old defender to Stamford Bridge will be worth around £20m, while Kenedy will head out on-loan to Newcastle once Palmieri arrives (via the Evening Standard)

Chelsea facing a transfer ban according to reports – Friday 19th January
Chelsea are potentially facing a shock transfer ban according to a report that states that after an initial FIFA investigation, the club are accused of breaking the rules regarding 25 foreign players under the age of 18 signing contracts.
It’s worth noting that FIFA can’t confirm or deny such an investigation and this may be one to watch for Blues fans (via Guardian).

Blues will target Argentine Lanzini if performances continue – Wednesday 17th January
There are growing reports that Chelsea will look to sign West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini in the summer, but only if his current impressive performances keep consistent through until the end of the season.
The Argentine scored twice in the Hammers impressive 4-1 away victory at Huddersfield last weekend and at the age of 24 could be seen as a longer term replacement for Cesc Fabregas (via Evening Standard).

Chelsea have made contact for permanent Andy Carroll deal – Tuesday 16th January
Andy Carroll’s potential switch to Chelsea this month has taken another twist, with the Blues now seemingly willing to make it a permanent deal and not a loan.
There’s still plenty to overcome, as West Ham are adamant he won’t leave east London unless his valuation is met, and whether Chelsea will meet what would be a big fee for a player who will be regarded as ‘another option’ to Alvaro Morata is yet to be seen (via Sky Sports).

Chelsea want shock loan-signing to compete with Alvaro Morata – Monday 15th January
Fans won’t be surprised that Chelsea are in the market for another striker in this transfer window and according to a report, the loan signing of Andy Carroll from West Ham is one of the options on the table.
29-year old Andy Carroll has seen his career blighted by injury and has only netted twice in 14 appearances for the Hammers this season. Manager Antonio Conte wants another target man at Stamford Bridge but may find convincing London rivals West Ham to let him go (via Telegraph).

Sevilla ‘interested’ in doing a deal for fringe striker Michy Batshuayi – Wednesday 10th January
Spanish club Sevilla are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi on-loan for the rest of the season.
Despite only starting two Premier League games this season, he has scored seven times in his 19 appearances for the club but remains just a backup player under Antonio Conte. Valencia want another striker and Batshuayi appears to need the move for his World Cup chances with Belgium (via ESPN).

Chelsea look to add Thorgen to the Hazard collection – Monday 8th January
Reports in Germany are stating that Chelsea have eyes on signing Belgian international and Borussia Monchengladbach star Thorgan Hazard to their squad.
The ramifications of a move for Eden Hazard’s brother could be interesting with reports that Eden is wanted by Real Madrid – such a move could persuade him to stay amongst family in west London. Younger brother Kylian is also on the books at Chelsea (via Bild).

Chelsea transfer target Jean-Michael Seri asking price lowered – Wednesday 27th December
One of Chelsea’s shortlisted transfer targets Jean-Michael Seri, currently at Nice, is set to have his asking price lowered to around £20m in the January window due to his contract running down next summer.
Barcelona came close to signing the Ivorian midfielder last summer but look set to offload their star man in the new year before losing any potential transfer funds. Man City and Liverpool are also interested (via talkSPORT).

Antonio Conte emerges as leading candidate for Madrid job – Monday 18th December
Here’s one for Blues fans to mull over; Antonio Conte has emerged as the latest frontrunner to succeed Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, whose own contract is up at the end of the season.
Zidane may have just won the World Club Cup with Madrid but is enduring a tougher time in retaining the La Liga title this season, while also missing out on top spot in the Champions League group stage (via The Sun).

Blues look to beat Liverpool and Arsenal to £80m French star – Wednesday 13th December
The reputable French news source L’Equipe is reporting (via Daily Mail) that Chelsea are prepping a £80m transfer bid for Thomas Lemar who is currently playing at last season’s French champions Monaco.
Arsenal came close to signing Lemar on the final day of the transfer window in the summer and it would seem Chelsea want the 22-year old in January.

Two players rejected Chelsea move amid doubts over Conte’s future – Monday 11th December
According to a report today in the Metro, two unnamed players (who were likely top targets) rejected the chance to move to Chelsea this past summer due to lingering doubts around the future of manager Antonio Conte.
The long-term future of Conte appears to be even more unclear heading into the second half of the season with the club way behind league leaders Man City and if the report is true then the January window could be tricky if players have an affinity to play for Conte.

Blues to go head-to-head with Barcelona for midfield ace – Friday 8th December
Barcelona are seemingly the designation of choice for Gremio midfielder Arthur after being pictured in the Catalan giants kit, but Chelsea are set to enter the race and try to convince the 21-year old his future is in west London.
Interestingly the player has a £44m release clause in his current deal with the Brazilian side, which in the current state of the transfer market would seem a fair price for a premium midfielder (via Mirror).

Chelsea blow as striker all but seals move to rivals for £81m – Thursday 7th December
Mauro Icardi is reportedly set to move to Real Madrid for a fee in the region of £81m, ending any hopes Chelsea might have had in the striker, and they were interested according to Spanish news source AS.
Spanish sport news Diario Gol goes even further by stating that Boxing Day is penned in as the date of the medical at the Bernabeu for the Inter Milan goalscorer.

Chelsea rejected offer from Real Madrid to sign Rodriguez – Wednesday 6th December
Chelsea apparently turned down the chance to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid in the summer, despite Madrid strongly pushing the Blues to sign the Colombian from them.
The Spanish champions reportedly viewed Rodriguez and Morata moving to west London as a gateway to them eventually signing Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois. James Rodriguez has since joined Bayern Munich on-loan for the season (via Metro).

Hazard and Sandro Transfer Developments – Tuesday 5th December
Long time transfer target Sandro is apparently stalling on signing a new contract at Juventus. The left-back is reportedly wanting more progression on bonuses within any new deal, but the move will be a major boost to Chelsea who tried and failed in the summer to sign the Brazilian. (Calciomercato via talkSPORT)

Eden Hazard is a wanted man in Spain and it would appear that Real Madrid will do everything they can to sign the Belgian. Zinedine Zidane is said to have made Hazard a top priority signing next summer with the Galacticos set to build a squad around the Chelsea star. (via Daily Mail)

Chelsea Transfer History

This past summer saw manager Antonio Conte sign no less than £186 million in talent to strengthen the push to retain the Premier League title and kick on in the Champions League. The biggest outlay of the summer was on Alvaro Morata for around £60m – and all Blues faithful know how well that’s going! One of the major outs of Chelsea’s recent past was icon Diego Costa – a star in winning the Premier League in the 16/17 season but a falling out with club management saw the Spanish international head for Atletico Madrid. The loss of John Terry on a free transfer was one that all fans had to get used to but most Chelsea fans believe he will end up back at Stamford Bridge in a coaching capacity sooner rather than later.

Chelsea Transfer Records

Chelsea may not be the biggest spenders in world football but fans are usually treated to major marquee signings and it’s never too long to wait for the Chelsea transfer news to break and Stamford Bridge to be treated to yet another world class star.
The biggest outlay in club history was on Alvaro Morata for just short of £60m, but then you would have to go back to the 2010/11 season for the last time the Blues broke their transfer record – yes that’s right it was the £52.m spent on Fernando Torres from rivals Liverpool.
The biggest Chelsea transfer in the first full season of the Abramovich rule was Damien Duff from Blackburn, in the 2002/03 season for what was a considerable £22.5m spend. The following season Chelsea signed Didier Drogba for £34.65m – the rest you can say is history!

Rank Player Transfer Deal Transfer Fee
1 Alvaro Morata 2017 from Real Madrid £55.8m
2 Fernando Torres 2011 from Liverpool £52.65
3 Andriy Shevchenko 2006 from AC Milan £38.9m
4 Tiemoué Bakayoko 2017 from Monaco £36m
5 Michy Batshuayi 2016 from Marseille £35.1m