Chelsea Round-Up: £30m For Defender, Deal Close, £31m-rated La Liga Star on Radar

June 13, 2018

Chelsea Determined to Finalise Transfer of £31m-rated La Liga Star

Manchester United have reportedly asked La Liga giants Valencia to name the price for Joao Cancelo.

The right-back is coveted by Serie A giants Inter Milan after spending the 2018/19 season in Italy on a season-long loan deal, while Chelsea are believed to have kept tabs on Cancelo for a long time.

Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are believed to be both on the hunt for new full-backs this summer.

Man Utd having relied on natural attackers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Youn for much of his tenure at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are reportedly close to completing the transfer of Porto youngster Diogo Dalot. However, Tuttosport reported that Mourinho is also interested in bringing Cancelo at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Chelsea sees Cancelo as a perfect replacement for Victor Moses.

The 24-year-old could cost upwards of £31million. However, the Red Devils are ready to meet Valencia’s asking price.

Man Utd also have the added advantage of Cancelo being a client of Jorge Mendes who has been a close friend of Jose Mourinho and his agent.

Cancelo impressed for Inter while on loan, playing 29 games and providing four assists from 24-year-old star.

United are expected to sign several defenders like Chelsea, but the Reds seems to be favourites to secure his services.

As well as being linked with a move for defensive midfielder Fred, the Reds are also thought to be in talks with Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld

Deal Agreed: Chelsea Set to Announce Their First Summer Signing Within Weeks

Chelsea have reportedly agreed on personal terms with French manager Laurent Blanc to take over from Antonio Conte, according to the reports from Italy.

The Blues are in talks with several candidates, including Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri and Fulham head-coach Slavisa Jokanovic, however, are getting closer to appointing Laurent Blanc.

The French manager has not managed since leaving PSG back in 2016, however, is now ready to resume his coaching career.

Cup squad revealed Sport Italia claim that the Blues and Blanc have come to terms, however, Chelsea are holding off making an official announcement.

The Blues are waiting to see if Italian manager can release himself from Serie A giants Napoli’s grasp, amid a bitter dispute between the Italian and his ex-team.

Napoli are refusing to budge on Sarri’s release clause despite confirming that former Bayern Munich and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti will become their next manager.

The Daily Express also claim the confirmation of Blanc’s No.2 is part of the reason for the delay in confirmation. French manager wanted to bring a long-term right-hand man, Jean-Louis Gasset, to Stamford Bridge with him. However, the Frenchman has decided to remain in his job at Saint-Etienne.

The Blues are now pursuing Franck Passi per Blanc’s instructions and are in talks with him.

A new head-coach will see the exit of Italian manager Antonio Conte after just two campaigns at Stamford Bridge.

Conte in his debut season in England has claimed the Premier League trophy, and the FA Cup in his second year, however, has had a drastic falling out with the Blues hierarchy in the last 12 months.

Chelsea £30m Defensive Rock Linked With Shock Summer Move to Euro Giants

Serie A giants Napoli are allegedly keen to sign Chelsea out-of-favour defender David Luiz this summer.

Italian giants new manager Carlo Ancelotti is planning to raid his ex-club to snap up the South American defender, according to La Repubblica.

Luiz struggled to hold down first-team football at Stamford Bridge last campaign and has been tipped to leave Chelsea this summer, with his former team Benfica touted as a potential destination.

Ancelotti is said have added the defender to his shopping list, along with Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Luiz made just four appearances for Antonio Conte’s side last term in the Champions League and 10 in Premier League.

Meanwhile, another Brazilian star has been on the verge to leave Stamford Bridge stadium, Luiz’s international teammate Willian was rumoured with a switch to Chelsea’s direct Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The Red Devils are determined ot strengthen their offensive end ahead of the new season and Willian could be an ideal replacement for his signature with Anthony Martial’s future at Old Trafford remains up in the air.