Gimenez talks up Chelsea
Chelsea transfer target Jose Gimenez has sent Chelsea fans wild by declaring his “love” for the London club and talking up Frank Lampard.
He told ESPN: “I would have liked to play with Lampard. I always used to watch Chelsea as a kid, loved them.”
The Blues have reportedly scouted the Atletico Madrid defender as Lampard plots an overhaul to his defence this summer.
Kai Havertz forcing Chelsea move
Kai Havertz has again asked Bayer Leverkusen for a move to Chelsea, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Havertz met with the Leverkusen hierarchy after the Bundesliga season was completed and pushed for a transfer to the Premier League, but there has since been little progress.
The clubs are at odds over Havertz’s £90million valuation, with the Blues reluctant to pay more than £70million. They remain in talks and Chelsea plan to use add-ons as part of the deal.
The ball is now in Chelsea’s court ahead of key period in this saga.
The Blues and Bayer Leverkusen are haggling over the fee, with Blues director Marina Granovskaia has supposedly been locked in negotiations.
Leverkusen are unwilling to budge on their £90million valuation but Chelsea remain the front-runners. The 10 days ahead are said to be pivotal with both clubs keen to get a deal done before pre-season.
Chelsea transfer fund could receive boost as Leeds register interest in Michy Batshuayi
Chelsea have been handed a boost in their efforts to sell striker Michy Batshuayi after newly-promoted Leeds United registered an interest.
Frank Lampard has made it clear that the Belgian does not figure in his plans to take the club forward, especially after the signing of Timo Werner and the contract extension handed to Oliver Giroud.
Batshuayi, who is out of contract in west London next summer, scored 10 goals in 29 appearances under Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa during their time together at Marseille.
Having already spent more than £80million on new arrivals, and with deals for Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell still being pursued, the Blues are keen to offload some fringe players and clear Batshuayi’s £100,000-a-week wages off their books.