Chelsea Transfer News
Chelsea ‘has a problem’ in pursuit of Ravenha
Chelsea had been considering signing Ravenha from Leeds but it is now unlikely that the move would go ahead. Football in London reports that as a result of Leeds remaining in the Premier League, Ravenha’s asking price has risen from £20m to £60m.
Thiago Silva sells Chelsea to Presnel Kimpebe from Paris Saint-Germain
Center back Presnel Kimpembe was a mainstay for PSG during their Ligue 1 victory last season, and fellow defender Thiago Silva, who moved from Paris to Stamford Bridge in 2020, is said to be texting him about following in his footsteps.
Brazilian veteran Silva was selling the London Project to the Kimpembe, according to France Football’s Olivier Boussard, who said Tuchel is keen on the 26-year-old World Cup winner with France.
Kimpembe is currently on an international assignment in the UEFA Nations League, where he led France to a 1-1 draw in Croatia.
PSG need to act quickly if they want to extend Kimpembe’s stay at the club where he has been a senior player since 2014, based on his observations before that match.
It’s mutual. I will turn 27 in August; it is an important moment in my career. Regarding the club project, I am waiting to meet the new management.
Update (June 13): PSG’s interest in Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar may also influence the situation with the Slovak international Parisian targeted. If Skriniar switches Milan to Paris, Kimpembe’s starting place will be under real threat, and Chelsea could make the move.
Manchester City and Real Madrid want Blues star Reece James
Tuchel could face a battle to retain star defensive star Reece James as Manchester City and Real Madrid keep an eye on the England full-back.
Los Blancos are a long-term fan of James, having been sent several scouting assignments from the Spanish champions to Stamford Bridge, despite his importance to Tuchel’s team.
Reports from the Daily Mail have said new owner Todd Boehle has not indicated his plans for James, and this situation will heighten speculation over a possible exit, with City and Real Madrid looking to replace Kyle Walker and Danny Carvajal respectively.
Everton striker Richarlison prefers Chelsea move
Everton striker Richarlison has reportedly indicated his desire to leave Goodison Park this summer, with Chelsea among his favorite destinations according to The Sun.
The Brazil international has switched agencies in order to try to facilitate an exit from Merseyside, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain among his favorite clubs to join.
Arsenal are also believed to be enamored with the prospect of signing the 25-year-old however, he would likely turn down a move to Arsenal if Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain confirm an interest in his services.
Everton boss Frank Lampard will be reluctant to part with his star. The Toffees’ latest brush with financial fair play rules, though, means they’ll be willing to sell him for the right price.
Chelsea have asked Denzel Dumfries to hold talks over Romelu Lukaku’s departure
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that Chelsea are interested in signing Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries, as part of a swap deal that would see Romelu Lukaku return to the San Siro.
The two clubs are currently engaged in talks regarding Lukaku’s future, with the duo reportedly keen to find a solution in this window. The Belgian has endured a frustrating 2021/202 season at Stamford Bridge, scoring just 15 goals in 44 appearances since joining last summer from Inter Milan.
Now, it appears that Chelsea have asked Inter Milan that they wish to include Denzel Dumfries in any potential agreement that would see Lukaku return to Serie A.
Previously, Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni were said to have been separately offered the Blues by Inter Milan in exchange for the signing of Lukaku, however, it remains to be seen if either of them are at the table would be a real possibility.
Chelsea have also expressed an interest in transferring Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez to Stamford Bridge as part of a swap deal, although they were turned down by the Nerazzurri, according to The Express.
Chelsea squad 2021-22
Below is the updated Chelsea first team squad. New additions during the summer 2022 window are indicated in bold:
- Goalkeepers (3): Edward Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcos Pettinelli.
- Defenders (9): Antonio Rudiger (playmaker), Cesar Azpilicueta (right back), Andreas Christensen (midfield), Thiago Silva (playmaker), Trevoh Chaluba (midfield), Marcos Alonso (left back), Ben Chilwell ( Left Back), Malang Sar (CB), Reece James (Right Back).
- Midfielders (7): N’Golo Kante (midfield), Jorginho (midfield), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (midfield), Mateo Kovacic (midfield), Mason Mount (cam), Ross Barkley (cam), Kennedy (cam).
- Forwards (6): Romelu Lukaku (CF), Christian Pulisic (left wing), Hakim Ziyech (right wing), Timo Werner (left wing), Kai Havertz (CF), Callum Hudson-Odoi (right wing).
- CF = center of the attacker; LW = left wing; RW = right wing. The CB = center back; LB = left back; RB = right-back; CM = Midfielder. CAM = attacking midfielder.
The current starting line-up that Chelsea initially expects, when they are perfectly healthy, currently looks like this:
Chelsea predicted the starting lineup (3-4-3): Mendy (goalkeeper) – Azpilicueta, Silva, Christensen – Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, James – Mount, Lukaku, Havertz.