Wrapping up the Chelsea transfer news, rumors, and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Chelsea to approach ex-Liverpool sporting director
Chelsea is expected to engage Michael Edwards over their sporting director vacancy with owner Todd Boehly previously referencing Liverpool as a “great model” for success.
The man who helped reshape the recruitment of the Merseysiders and constructed Jurgen Klopp’s world-class squad with smart, analytical-powered transfers, departed Anfield this summer after 11 years.
A source close to Edwards has told Sky Sports News that since the 42-year-old’s decision to leave was made public last November, he has been approached by Europe’s powerhouse teams – Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain specifically – as well as hedge funds and billionaires wanting to buy clubs and have him run them.
Chelsea interested in Juventus’ De Ligt
Chelsea are interested in Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, reports Sky in Italy.
The 22-year-old Netherlands defender has a £103m (€120m) release clause in his Juventus contract, which is due to expire in 2024, and the club will only entertain offers close to that mark.
Juventus club chiefs met with De Ligt’s agent Rafaela Pimenta on Thursday, mainly to speak about Paul Pogba’s potential return to Turin.
Chelsea are looking for defensive reinforcements in this transfer window, having seen Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave upon the expiration of their contracts.
Lukaku to take 30 per cent pay cut after Inter and Chelsea agree loan deal
Chelsea and Inter Milan have reached agreement over a loan move for striker Romelu Lukaku, according to Sky in Italy.
The 29-year-old is expected to undergo medical examinations next week ahead of his return to the San Siro.
Only the final details of the deal need to be resolved before Inter can welcome Lukaku back to the club just 11 months after they sold him to Chelsea for £97.5m.
The two clubs have agreed a loan move totalling £10.3m, made up of a loan fee of £6.9m plus £3.4m in bonuses.
Lukaku has agreed to a 30-per-cent pay cut to smooth his exit, with his earnings set to drop from £10m per year after tax to £7m. All of his wages will be paid by Inter.
‘Lukaku deal means Chelsea can press play on incomings’
Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“The deal will be done and Lukaku is also getting his wish. He is returning to Inter Milan. Obviously, Chelsea paid £97.5m for him and the move hasn’t worked out. Inter are paying a £7m loan fee and he’s also taking a pay cut of around 35 per cent to return to Inter as it’s what he wants to do.
“It’s good news for Chelsea that this situation has been sorted out as they can really now press play when it comes to signing players. We know they want to sign a centre-back because Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger have left.
“Sky Italy are telling us that they’re very interested in signing Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. His situation is a little bit complicated as he still has two years left on his contract but Chelsea would like to sign him. He has a release clause which is around €120m – there’s no way Chelsea would pay that sort of money for him.
“Another defender they’re interested in is Jules Kounde at Sevilla. They’ve been trying to sign him for a very long time – I wouldn’t be surprised if there were major developments on that front. They’re interested in Richarlison, Raphinha, the long-term target Declan Rice who’d be very difficult to sign but now that Lukaku has been sorted out, expect to see a lot of deals being done by Chelsea.”
Sterling managing talks over future | Chelsea waiting on Lukaku exit
Raheem Sterling is managing talks over his future, but no decision has been made yet, with Chelsea expected to act on their interest once Romelu Lukaku’s loan to Inter Milan has been completed.
The England international is entering the final year of his contract at Manchester City and, at 27, is carefully considering what he believes is the defining stage of his career.
Chelsea have yet to open any formal dialogue with Sterling, who is one of their primary targets.
West Ham set to bid £30m for Chelsea striker Broja
West Ham are set to bid in the region of £30m for Chelsea striker Armando Broja.
The 20-year-old has been identified as West Ham’s top striker target this summer.
The club want to intensify their pursuit of the Albania international despite doubts over the future of Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
Real Madrid confirm Rudiger signing on four-year deal.
Real Madrid have confirmed the long-awaited signing of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on a four-year deal.
The 29-year-old will move to the Bernabeu on a free transfer after he turned down the Blues’ attempts to renew his contract.
What should we expect from Chelsea this summer?
Michael Edwards, the architect of Liverpool’s recent successes in the transfer market, is among the options being considered by Chelsea to become their new sporting director (The Times, June 22).
The new owners are set to splurge around £200m with Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, Brighton’s Marc Cucurella and Manchester City pair Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling on a hitlist that also includes Robert Lewandowski and Ousmane Dembele – (The Sun, June 10).
Chelsea could be in line for a busy transfer window as Thomas Tuchel eyes a summer clear-out following the completion of the club’s takeover (Daily Mirror, June 10).
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was permitted to hold back more than £100m from his purchase of the club amid concerns they will be hit with costs over liabilities from the Roman Abramovich era. (Daily Telegraph, June 9).
Seven Chelsea players could find a new club during the transfer window to earn head coach Thomas Tuchel a £170m windfall. (Daily Mirror – June 6).
Who have Chelsea been linked with?
Neymar – Chelsea are favourites to sign Brazilian superstar Neymar (The Sun, June 23).
Richarlison – Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are in a three-way battle for Brazilian stars Richarlison, Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus (The Sun, June 23); Chelsea players have urged boss Thomas Tuchel to make a £50m transfer move for ‘fiery’ Everton striker Richarlison to replace Romelu Lukaku (The Sun, June 22); Chelsea are set to join the race for Everton forward Richarlison as Thomas Tuchel plans an overhaul of his attacking options next season (Daily Mail, June 20).
Gabriel Jesus – Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are in a three-way battle for Brazilian stars Richarlison, Raphinha and Jesus (The Sun, June 23); Chelsea are one of the clubs to show an interest in Jesus (Sky Sports, June 17).
Raphinha – Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea are in a three-way battle for Brazilian stars Richarlison, Raphinha and Gabriel Jesus (The Sun, June 23).
Yannick Carrasco – Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are exploring the prospect of signing Atletico Madrid star Carrasco this summer after his release clause emerged, according to reports in Spain (Daily Mirror, June 23).
Christopher Nkunku – Nkunku has signed a new four-year deal at RB Leipzig – that includes a £51.6m release clause – despite reported interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United (June 23).
Ousmane Dembele – Chelsea transfer target Dembele has reportedly told Barcelona boss Xavi that he would like to stay at the Nou Camp (The Sun, June 22); Barcelona have asked Chelsea target Dembele again to delay the decision over his future while they raise the funds to keep him (Sky Sports News, June 21); Dembele is ready to join the Chelsea revolution – but refuses to watch it from the bench (Sun on Sunday, June 19).
Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle could have to sell their prized asset Saint-Maximin in a bid to raise funds and offset their spending – with the Magpies struggling to offer the frustrated Frenchman a greater wage, leaving Premier League rivals such as Tottenham and Chelsea on alert (Daily Mail, June 22).
Raheem Sterling – Sterling hopes to resolve his future within the next two weeks with Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid interested (Daily Telegraph, June 21); Raheem Sterling is managing talks over his future, but no decision has been made yet, with Chelsea expected to act on their interest once Romelu Lukaku’s loan to Inter Milan has been completed (Sky Sports News, June 20); Chelsea want to sign Manchester City winger Sterling this summer (Sky Sports, June 19).
Alessandro Bastoni – Chelsea and Tottenham have learned their centre-half target Bastoni plans to stay at Inter Milan (Daily Star, June 21).
Jules Kounde – Chelsea have reportedly been warned by Sevilla defender Kounde’s representatives that they must begin to make more of an effort to sign him as talks continue to stall due to differences in transfer valuation (Daily Express, June 20); Barcelona are set to deal Chelsea a massive blow by hijacking their long-time efforts to sign Kounde, with local reports suggesting talks are already at an advanced stage (Daily Mail, June 16); Sevilla are privately fuming that big-money Chelsea transfer target Jules Kounde played for France in the Nations League and has since been forced to undergo pelvic surgery on an old injury which flared up again (The Sun, June 15).
Kalidou Koulibaly and Matthijs de Ligt – Chelsea have been handed a double blow in their pursuit of a new centre-back this summer, with Juventus set to bring Napoli’s Koulibaly to the Old Lady – the move would signify a further blow for the Blues, with Juventus keen to pair Koulibaly with fellow target De Ligt (The Sun, June 19).
Milan Skriniar – Chelsea have enquired about Inter Milan defender Martin Skriniar in a swap deal that could involve striker Romelu Lukaku returning to his former club in Italy (Daily Mail, June 18); Chelsea have made Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar a top target this summer and are reportedly prepared to offer players in exchange to sign the defender (The Sun, June 14); Chelsea want to sign Skriniar from Inter Milan and would favour a swap deal to minimise spending, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek among those being considered (Daily Express, June 13).
Robert Lewandowski – Robert Lewandowski has rejected the chance to join Chelsea this summer with the Bayern Munich striker targeting a dream move to join Barcelona (Daily Mail, June 18).
Denzel Dumfries – Chelsea are set to rival Manchester United for Inter Milan’s Netherlands defender and make a £21m offer (Daily Mail, June 16).
Thomas Strakosha – Chelsea are considering a move for goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha on a free transfer should Kepa Arrizabalaga exit Stamford Bridge this summer, according to reports (Daily Mail, June 15).
Rayan Ait-Nouri – Wolves want £45m for French left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri – with Manchester City and Chelsea in the battle (Sun on Sunday, June 19); Chelsea have added Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri to their list of targets to replace Marcos Alonso, who seems increasingly likely to leave this summer with Barcelona a likely destination (Daily Mail, June 14).
Gabriel Slonina – Chelsea are edging closer to the signing of highly-rated Chicago Fire goalkeeper and reported Real Madrid target Gabriel Slonina ahead of next season, according to reports (The Sun, June 14); Chelsea are set to rival Real Madrid in the battle to sign highly-rated Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, an 18-year-old who could cost in the region of £8m (The Guardian, June 13).
Presnel Kimpembe – Chelsea hope Thiago Silva’s friendship with Presnel Kimpembe will tempt the Paris Saint-Germain defender to move to Stamford Bridge this summer (Daily Express, June 11).
Ibrahim Sangare – Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in signing PSV midfielder Sangare this summer (Sky Sports, June 8).
Marc Cucurella – Chelsea must pay at least £45m to win the race for Brighton defender Cucurella and will have to see off competition from Manchester City and Tottenham to land the Spanish left-back (The Sun, May 27).
Sergino Dest – Chelsea are ready to renew their interest in Barcelona full-back Dest and could use the Catalan club’s interest in Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta to get a deal over the line as they will need to make significant room for those players on their wage bill (Daily Mail, June 1).
Wesley Fofana – Leicester City are attempting to fend off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea in their centre-back Fofana (Daily Express, June 9).
The latest players linked with a Chelsea exit
Emerson Palmieri – Lazio are reportedly set to open talks with Chelsea over a move for Emerson (The Sun, June 23).
Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea aare holding out for €10m as a loan fee for Lukaku and want Inter Milan to pay his wages, but the Italian club have so far increased their offer from €5m to €7m plus add-ons (Sky Sports News, June 20); Inter Milan believe they are close to agreeing a deal to re-sign striker Lukaku on loan from Chelsea (Sky Sports News, June 19); Lukaku is set to secure a return to Inter Milan on loan after a fee of £8.5m plus add-ons was agreed in a move that will kick-start Chelsea’s summer spending spree, with Raheem Sterling at the forefront of Thomas Tuchel’s plans (Daily Mail, June 19).
Armando Broja – West Ham are set to bid in the region of £30m for Chelsea striker Broja (Sky Sports News, June 20).
Cesar Azpilicueta – Cesar Azpilicueta is under pressure to slap in a transfer request – or risk his dream move to Barcelona (The Sun, June 18); The defender will hold talks with Chelsea next week over his future (The Sun, June 11).
Reece James – Manchester City and Real Madrid are on red alert with Chelsea yet to approach James over a new contract despite becoming a key member of their first-team squad (Daily Mail, June 10).
Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech – Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is willing to listen to offers for big-money signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech this summer as part of a significant squad overhaul (Daily Telegraph, June 10).
Christian Pulisic – AC Milan and Juventus are keeping tabs on Chelsea winger Pulisic after he admitted to being concerned over his playing time at Stamford Bridge (Daily Mail, June 4); Pulisic has admitted he wants more playing time at Chelsea next season and is excited for the club’s future after Todd Boehly’s takeover was concluded (Daily Mail, June 3).
Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour – Frank Lampard hopes he can use his connections at Chelsea to bring Gallagher and Billy Gilmour to Everton, according to reports (Daily Mail, June 4); Thomas Tuchel will meet with Gallagher to talk about the midfielder’s Chelsea future but is still unsure whether to keep him at Stamford Bridge next season. (Fabrizio Romano, May 28).
N’Golo Kante – Manchester United are considering making a bid for Chelsea midfielder Kante as he approaches the final year of his contract (The Guardian, May 28).
Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante – New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is watching Mount’s contractual situation at Chelsea carefully as he considers a shock move for the England midfielder (The Sun, June 1).
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Inter Milan are interested in taking Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea as they look to regain their Serie A title next season (Daily Mail – June 6).
Confirmed Chelsea signings
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Confirmed Chelsea departures
Antonio Rudiger – Real Madrid, free
Andreas Christensen – released
Danny Drinkwater – released
Charly Musonda – released
Jake Clarke-Salter – released
Lucas Bergstrom – Peterborough, loan
Sam McClelland – Barrow, loan