The rumours are still alive even if Chelsea aren’t anticipated to spend as much in the January transfer window as they did in the previous year. This month, the Blues have been strongly linked to several high-profile players, including Victor Osimhen, Ivan Toney, and even potential new centre-half Ousmane Diomande.
However, Chelsea might have to let go of some players if they want some fresh faces around Stamford Bridge. Notably, Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja have recently faced unclear futures, which has yet to go over well with some Blues fans.
Chelsea’s chances of acquiring Kylian Mbappe have significantly increased. The 25-year-old striker’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain will expire at the end of the campaign, making his future there increasingly questionable.
In an interview with GQ Magazine this month, he made hints about quitting the French powerhouses but did not mention the Los Blancos. “We are entering a new era,” stated Mbappe, “as many great players who have shaped the history of football left Europe this summer.”
“It’s now a part of this sport’s cycle, and eventually, it will be my time to quit. I don’t find these adjustments concerning. All I’m thinking about is pursuing my route and continuing my career.”
Ruben Amorim has dismissed rumours that Viktor Gyokeres will join Chelsea this month. Football. London believes the Blues are not interested in the 25-year-old striker, despite the Portuguese tabloid Record reports that the Blues had launched a €85 million (£73 million) deal for him.
The Sporting CP boss stated in an interview with O Jogo: “I don’t know, I didn’t even ask [Hugo] Viana.” I was, of course, told the news. When they announced it was 85 [million euros], I immediately felt, ‘That’s not enough. I’m not concerned. Of course, every club has to make a sale. It was mentioned that they only depart through the clause in the middle of the season.
“Since we do not influence that, I’m at ease because there is nothing we can do. The management’s attempt to emphasize that we cannot lose players only depart under the clause is understandable, given that we must consider Viktor’s impact on the team and that many changes would need to be made. I didn’t discuss anything with Viana.
“Some clubs can afford to pay $100, but we have no say. In the summer, offers might come in. Right now, I’m still determining. We’ll have to sell, but just because of the clause for now. I find it hard to believe that someone will come up with $100 million.”
There wasn’t likely a proposal. I would be informed. It wasn’t true. We are not worth 85 million euros; therefore, we won’t suffer beforehand.”
Chelsea’s valuation of Armando Broja has been made public as Todd Boehly attempts to raise money during the January transfer window. The 22-year-old, the sole striker still with the team, was briefly linked to leaving Stamford Bridge this month.
The Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law claims that the Blues are asking £50 million for Broja, which is double what Ivan Toney is reportedly asking for, given his uncertain future at Brentford.
Poccettino to leave?
As head coach at Stamford Bridge, Mauricio Pochettino is facing tremendous pressure, and Chelsea’s decision to fire him has finally been made public.
After an ugly 12th-place finish in the Premier League the previous season, former Tottenham manager Pochettino took over as Blues manager this summer, aiming to turn around the team’s situation.
However, Chelsea has not improved under his leadership and is in a precarious situation for the 2023–2024 Premier League season.
The most recent low point occurred when Chelsea lost to Championship team Middlesbrough in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
Pochettino’s job is secure for now, though, as The Telegraph states that Chelsea has a “realistic chance” of making it to Europe and that the Argentine’s status is unaffected.
The West Londoners need to finish in the top four to guarantee a spot in the Champions League for the following season, but they are now 12 points out of that slot.
However, Chelsea has advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup and might qualify for the Europa League if they win the competition or place fifth. Sixth may be sufficient, contingent on the outcome of the domestic cups.
Chelsea will, however, ensure at least a spot in the Europa Conference League if they win their Carabao Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough in the second leg and go on to defeat either Liverpool or Fulham in the championship game.
In the first round against Middlesbrough, all fans with tickets through official platforms such as the Seatsnet marketplace were heavily disappointed. A 1-0 loss was too much for the fans to handle, but the team has a chance to redeem themselves in the second leg.
Pochettino’s job at Chelsea is safe because the team can still make it to Europe.
If Chelsea fails to defeat Fulham in their West London derby on Saturday, the pressure will increase as they attempt to move up the Premier League standings.
Osimhen to Stamford Bridge?
According to CaughtOffside, Chelsea has identified Victor Osimhen as their top striker target for the summer of 2024. She plans to hold further negotiations with the Napoli forward’s representative in the upcoming weeks.
The Nigerian international has his entire attention on Napoli, and a January transfer seemed impossible. Chelsea has been putting in the legwork to guarantee they can be at the front of the queue for his signature, and it is anticipated that the scenario will change in the summer.
To bolster what Mauricio Pochettino’s club has been lacking this season—a dependable goal scorer who can lead the line and assist in finishing the excellent opportunities that the rest of the team is creating—the Blues are considering several forwards.
After relying so heavily on young and inconsistent forwards like Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja, Pochettino has been pushing for more experience in his squad.
According to sources with a close understanding of the situation at Stamford Bridge, CaughtOffside has learned that strong efforts will be made to persuade Osimhen to join.
Chelsea and Napoli have yet to speak directly, but if things go well with personal terms, that should change later in the year. A lengthy contract extension with the Serie A powerhouses is also unlikely because of the player’s €130 million release clause.
According to CaughtOffside, Chelsea has other options if they cannot sign the productive 25-year-old, including Dusan Vlahovic, Victor Boniface, Viktor Gyokeres, and Evan Ferguson.
Although Chelsea has made Osimhen a top priority, real progress has yet to be achieved with those players thus far. For the fans who are regulars for tickets in platforms such as the Seatsnet marketplace, the need for a quality striker has been a worry for the last three seasons. But getting Osimhein will be a massive call.
However, Vlahovic has been suggested to the west Londoners by intermediaries, and there are essential individuals within the club who are also knowledgeable about Gyokeres, Boniface, and Ferguson.
Although it appears doubtful that Osimhen would accept the chance to relocate there if it were to present itself again this year, it is known that Saudi Pro League team Al Hilal made a sizable offer to him last summer.
Tuchel in Chelsea’s way
Thomas Tuchel may annoy Chelsea before the transfer window shuts.
According to recent reports from TalkSPORT writer Alex Crook, a centre-back could be the sole new player signed by Chelsea this month. The Blues are reportedly interested in signing Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo.
But according to FootballTransfers, Tuchel and Bayern Munich have prioritized Todibo.
If clubs wish to sign the central defender during the current transfer window, they must pay a hefty amount.
Journalist Ben Jacobs claims that Todibo may cost up to €60 million (£51.5 million) due to Nice’s unwillingness to sell.
With Chelsea’s new ownership’s investments under immense scrutiny, given their measly returns, fans are flocking to the stadiums to see Chelsea in action.
With official retailers out of tickets, Seatsnet marketplace could help you source authentic tickets.
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