Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Goalkeeper ready to leave, Hunt for Portuguese forward, French attacker on the radar

Athletic Bilbao keeping tabs with £150,000-a-week Chelsea goalkeeper

Kepa Arrizabalaga is on the radar of Athletic Bilbao, who could look for a new shot-stopper if Unai Simon departs. La Liga giants’ strict transfer policy means there are only a few options for them to consider in the market, with Chelsea shot-stopper one of those.

Spain international looks to have gotten back his regular place in this Chelsea side this campaign following the appointment of Graham Potter. The ex-Brighton manager reinstated Kepa in place of Mendy, and the ex-Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper has proven himself.

Arrizabalaga moved to the London club after Chelsea paid a world-record transfer fee for a shot-stopper back in 2019. The 28-year-old goalkeeper has had a topsy-turvy ride since then. But as things were returning to normal at the club, he suffered another injury right before the World Cup break.

The Spaniard could start matches once the PL campaign resumes, but his long-term future at the club is under considerable doubt. The Blues are open to a sale if they can find suitable replacements in the market. Even Mendy’s future is also in doubt, which points to Chelsea thinking about refreshing the position altogether.

Former employers Athletic Bilbao are reportedly interested in re-signing the Spanish goalkeeper if there is a chance. Much will depend on whether Unai Simon stays at the Club. The Spaniard could become a key target for many clubs following his displays at the World Cup with La Roja.

Chelsea in advanced talks with €85m-rated prolific Serie A forward

Chelsea have contacted Milan to discuss a possible move for Rafael Leao. Portugal international’s deal expires in 18 months, which could force the Rossoneri to consider big offers in the next window. Serie A giants are at loggerheads regarding the long-term and immediate future of talisman Leao.

Rafael’s current contract expires in 2024, with the club keen to extend his stay at Milan. Things have proved difficult due to the 23-year-old forward’s demands over signing a new contract, although his displays have warranted those claims. The Portuguese attacker was the Serie A MVP last campaign after helping the Rossoneri win the Scudetto.

The Portuguese already has six goals and five assists in 14 league games this term. His demand of £170,000 per week in wages may prove difficult for Milan to address, as they continue to struggle financially. While a new deal is not ruled out, the delay in getting an agreement will enable rival clubs sniff around for the former Lille attacker.

While Leao has a £127m release clause attached, the Blues could reportedly consider making a sizeable offer. Milan reportedly want nearly £87m to allow Rafael to leave prematurely, which could entice teams like Chelsea.

It may appear that the London giants have remained in touch with Milan to discuss the forward’s possible transfer. They might be willing to pay a reasonable fee and sign the 23-year-old winger in January or next summer

Chelsea given green light to sign €80m-rated Bundesliga attacker

Christopher Nkunku is ready to sign for Chelsea in the coming days after the London giants agreed on a deal with RB Leipzig for more than €60m. France international is ready to sign a long-term contract with the Blues and join the club after the campaign ends.

Chelsea are ready to end speculation regarding their plans with Nkunku and make the signing official in the coming days. Christopher is ready to join in a big-money move from the Bundesliga giants, as the two teams seemingly have agreed on the terms of the deal.

The rumours of the London giants wanting the 25-year-old attacker started in early October. Reports emerged about the two sides reaching a pre-contract agreement. While many media reports rubbished those suggestions, the two teams did not make any statement to accept or deny the speculation.

While conflicting stories suggested, the French attacker probably wanted a move to Real Madrid. Those suggestions can now be disregarded as the Blues are ready to sign the Frenchman. The deal could be worth more than €60m, as the footballer will join after the current campaign ends.

The former PSG attacker is now ready to sign his deal with the Blues, marking an excellent coup for Todd Boehly and his budding project since buying the club.

The London giants were keen on securing a deal before next summer, as there could have been complications with a release clause in Christopher Nkunku’s deal. The 24-year-old forward signed a new deal before the campaign began, which included a €60m exit clause.

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