Chelsea defeated Udinese on Saturday to round off their preseason with their second victory in a short period of time.
Since Thomas Tuchel issued his “urgent” appeal following the humiliation of Arsenal, things on the field are beginning to look a bit better. With two more preseason victories under their belts, confidence ahead of Everton is beginning to grow.
The only men’s first team additions are Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, thus progress must still be made off the field. If the Blues are to genuinely contend with Manchester City or Liverpool in the Premier League this year, their new owner Todd Boehly will need to add more muscle and depth. In light of this, football.london examines the most recent Blues transfer rumours.
Chelsea eye £120million Inter Milan swoop
The two teams who are purportedly in talks with one another over an amazing wonderkid have been the subject of a lot of rumours during the past 24 hours.
Despite the fact that discussions are still ongoing, it is said that the Blues’ offer for Cesare Casadei was turned down. However, fresh information suggests that several players may now be included in the talks between the two teams.
At first, the Italian media expressed concern that Boehly may want Denzel Dumfries in the Casadei negotiations and that Inter would offer him £34 million if he did.
PSG is now prepared to end the negotiations with Milan Skriniar. If Boehly and his new board are serious about closing transactions, this might persuade Chelsea to make a £68 million offer for the center-back, putting Inter on track to gain roughly £120 million from the sales of three players.
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Kalidou Koulibaly ‘irreplaceable’
The Senegalese performed admirably in Udine on Friday night. One thing manager Tuchel praised after the game in addition to Sterling’s performance, which also got praise.
“He is a fantastic signing. a powerful player with a strong personality. I’m glad he can now play for 70 minutes. He’s getting more and more fit, which is crucial for us as the season begins “After the game, Tuchel spoke on the 31-year-old.
Kim Min-jae, a past target of Spurs, has now taken over as Napoli’s leader in lieu of their prior boss. The South Korean made a massive Koulibaly claim in his first news conference since going to Southern Italy, and Chelsea supporters will be ecstatic about it. The South Korean is well aware of the enormous gap he must now fill.
“I am unable to replace him. However, I can only promise that I’ll give it my all on the field; I’m not sure if I’ll be able to take his position entirely. He said that he was irreplaceable on Football Italia.
Kepa Arrizabalaga to Napoli close as Blues demand small loan fee
The Spanish goalkeeper played just a handful of preseason minutes, with his most recent appearance coming on Saturday morning against Udinese in a training match. He sat out the first team game that evening.
The most expensive shot-stopper in the world believes he needs to temporarily relocate somewhere in order to fulfil his dream of competing in the World Cup in Qatar.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, a loan agreement for the former Athletic Bilbao goalie is nearly finalised. The west Londoners will cover 75% of his wages as part of the agreement.
It’s interesting to note that according to the Daily Mail, Boehly has only requested a £1.25 million loan fee from the Naples-based club before he gives the move the ultimate ‘green light,’ which is anticipated soon.