Chelsea transfer roundup: Rudiger role in Havertz deal as Juventus sign ex-Blues teen

The last few days appear to have brought progress on a couple of big moves involving Chelsea.

The Blues are less than a fortnight away from their first Premier League game of the 2020/21 season, and have been busy in the market.

Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva have already arrived, but things don’t seem to be done just yet, with further ins and outs expected before the transfer window shuts in October.

We’ve got the latest on a couple of long-running transfer stories – one in and one out – as well as an update on a former youth prospect who has found a new club after leaving west London this year.

Rudiger speaks of role in potential Havertz deal



Kai Havertz training with his Germany teammates on Tuesday

Chelsea’s move for Kai Havertz is understood to be drawing closer, with the German’s club manager Peter Bosz having dropped a hint earlier this week.

Now, Blues defender Antonio Rudiger has opened up on his role in convincing his colleague to move to London, having done the same with fellow Germany international Timo Werner.

“Everything went well with Timo Werner, I made my contribution, and I hope that it works again now,” Rudiger said in a press conference ahead of his national side’s upcoming Nations League games.

Rudiger, Werner and Havertz are all in Joachim Low’s squad for the matches against Spain and Switzerland, with the two Chelsea men returning to London for the Premier League opener at Brighton on September 14.

The Blues will hope Havertz also makes the trip to England after turning out for his country.

Midfielder’s exit thought to be just days away



Tiemoue Bakayoko looks bound for AC Milan, but the Italian club’s swoop for sandro Tonali could scupper his move

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s departure from Stamford Bridge looks to be drawing that bit closer.

According to Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, Chelsea and AC Milan are “in the home straight” over a move, though the nature of the deal is unclear.

It is understood the delays relate to whether the move will be a loan deal with an obligation or an option to buy, with Milan preferring the latter and the Blues hopeful of recouping up to £27million for the midfielder.

However, Sport Witness also points to Gazzetta dello Sport’s reports, which suggest Milan’s signing of Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali means the Bakayoko move is no longer an urgent priority.

Tonali’s switch will be a loan with an option to buy, according to Sky in Italy, with a similar fee to that quoted for Bakayoko.

Juventus sign former Blues teenager



Samuel Iling-Junior said Chelsea had ‘built me as a player and as a person’


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England youth international Samuel Iling-Junior has completed a move to Juventus after leaving Chelsea over the summer.

The winger has been unveiled by the Italian giants after training with the club since July, and has been joined by teenage French defender Felix Nzouango Bikien.

Iling-Junior will join Juve’s Primavera squad, having turned down the offer of a first professional contract at Stamford Bridge. But he thanked Chelsea and the club staff in a goodbye message on Monday.

“Being at Chelsea from such a young age has truly built me, not only as the player I am today but also as a person,” he wrote.

The 16-year-old, who can play on the left or the right wing, has represented England at under-15, under-16 and under-17 level.

He played three times for Chelsea in last season’s UEFA Youth League, twice against Ajax and once against Lille.

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