The transfer window isn’t even technically open yet, but it’s already been a busy summer at Chelsea.
Frank Lampard has wasted no time in getting business done, with the signing of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Ajax creator Hakim Ziyech already secured ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Chelsea continue to be linked with more targets, with Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz most prominently reported to be on the club’s radar. This summer could be a significant one for the Blues as they aim to become genuine challengers again.
Here are three of today’s biggest and most intriguing Chelsea transfer stories.
Lampard opens up on Chelsea interest in Gomes
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists they have not made an offer to Angel Gomes, after it emerged the teenager will likely leave Manchester United as a free agent this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed on Monday that talks between the Old Trafford club and Gomes had broken down, with the teenage forward now free to leave.
Chelsea have been linked with a move, but Lampard denied Gomes’ signing is already lined up.
“No,” Lampard replied when asked if there was any interest in the player. The Chelsea manager also spoke briefly about Declan Rice, another player Chelsea have been linked with a summer move for.
“Declan Rice is a good player, you’re right, and I’ve known Declan Rice for a long time, as he was in the Chelsea academy, but there’s no talk,” he said.
Chelsea make decision on Kai Havertz and Jadon Sancho transfer pursuit
Havertz has been placed above Sancho in the list of Chelsea’s transfer priorities for the summer window, according to the Daily Express.
Chelsea have already spent big on the signing of both Werner and Ziyech, but that hasn’t stopped them being linked with Havertz and Sancho, with Lampard seemingly keen on strengthening his attack even further.
It is now claimed, however, that Chelsea are prioritising a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Havertz because Manchester United are putting all their efforts into capturing Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
The Reds haven’t yet made an approach for the England international winger, but Dortmund have reportedly informed them of the £115million price tag they have placed on Sancho.
Conte plans raid on former club to sign Chelsea left-back
Emerson Palmieri is a target for Inter, with Antonio Conte keen to raid his former club Chelsea for the left back.
Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sempre Inter) claim the San Siro club will focus their attentions on Emerson once the deal to sign Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid has been sealed.
Conte sees Emerson as his favoured option at left back, although he could also target Marcos Alonso or Barcelona ’s Junior Firpo, who have both been lined up as potential alternatives this summer.
Emerson has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season, but the Blues seem keen to replace the Italian, with Chilwell among a number of names linked with a move.
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