Good evening Blues and welcome to Tuesday’s transfer news update from CFCnet, where we take a look at the latest potential arrivals, departures and done deals at Stamford Bridge this summer.
As expected, with Chelsea’s poor start and Jose Mourinho’s obvious desire to sign new players, the rumour mills are working over time.
Roman Abramovich has allegedly given the green light for Mourinho to make three MORE signings after the arrival of Baba Rahman from Augsburg.
The three positions being looked at our central defence, centre midfield and an attacker.
So first, an update on John Stones. The England man is subject to another offer from Chelsea worth £30 million. Everton are still refusing to enter negotiations however and are expected to only listen if a deal nearing £40 million is put on the table.
I’m still adamant that this will only happen if Stones himself requests the move. £40 million is a lot of money but I think Chelsea will pay it in these circumstances.
Meanwhile as originally reported by Di Marzio, there is talk once again of Chelsea’s interest in highly rated full back Alex Telles.
Chelsea are currently operating with just one left back and a ‘converted’ left back with Cesar Azpilicueta. It is thought that Mourinho wants two players competing for each side, hence the pursuit of Telles.
The young Brazilian is said to be available for around £10 million and his club Galatasaray will accept if that fee comes in. So far though the Blues have failed with an offer of around £5 million.
So back again we have the talk of Antoine Griezmann arriving from Atletico Madrid, even though the player has previously stated he is staying in La Liga this season. However this is football and we all know that anything can happen.
Griezmann is certainly wanted by Chelsea and Mourinho is a huge admirer. It will need to involve a large fee though to prize away Griezmann from the grasps of his club. The rumours are that Chelsea have made a £21 million initial offer for the Spaniard.
Finally, Chelsea are apparently looking to sign forward Alexandre Lacazette. The 24-year old French International has been plagued with rumours about going to the Premier League this summer and Chelsea have been linked.
To be honest I feel with him and Griezmann, this is simply a case of Chelsea starting bad and now deciding they actually might need some reinforcements, so certain press outlets have jumped on this and dug out some previous rumours. I’d be surprised if either of these two arrive, but I can definitely see more signings that just one more defender.
That’s it for now Blues but don’t forget to follow my Twitter for the latest Chelsea news here @cfcneteditor
Simon Phillips – News Editor – CFCnet