Chelsea Round-Up: £97m Price Tag on Bundesliga Star, AC Milan star on Radar, Replacement for Courtois

March 14, 2018

Chelsea have to pay over €100m for creative Bundesliga no.9

Premier League trio Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have reportedly been told that they will have to pay £97m to sign Jamaican winger Leon Bailey.

The 20-year-old’s form for Bayer Leverkusen has drawn interest from hosts of European clubs, with initial rumours linked him with a January switch to the Premier League.

A winter switch never materialised, however, the Jamaican forward – who has found the net for eight times in 18 games in Bundesliga – has previously expressed his desire to make the switch to England.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs thought to be keeping up his progress, however, German publication Kicker reports that the Bundesliga outfits will demand nearly £100m in order to prise Bailey away from Leverkusen.

Bailey’s current deal with the German club runs until 2022, and they are believed to consider him of similar value to French wonderkid Ousmane Dembele, who has made the switch to Barcelona for £97m.

Bailey only joined the Bayer Leverkusen from Belgian club Genk in January of last year, with the German team paying around €20m (£17.75m) for his signature.

Chelsea planning big-money move for Serie A no.13 defender

Chelsea have reportedly identified Serie A giants AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli as a possible target this summer.

Italy international star has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in Serie A, with the 23-year-old defender having spells at AS Roma and Sampdoria before his stunning season at AC Milan.

The Italian international defender has played a vital role in AC Milan’s recent return to form, however,  according to Leggo, Gennaro Gattuso faces a tough battle to keep the player at San Siro.

The defending Premier League champions have previously held an interest in Italy international defender, and it appears that Antonio Conte would like to bring his compatriot to Stamford Bridge if he remains in charge of Chelsea.

Romagnoli – who has scored five goals in 98 games for AC Milan – still has over two years left on his current deal.

Meanwhile, another AC Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci has been rumoured with a switch to Stamford Bridge following Antonio Conte’s desire to work once again with the Italian centre-back, who has joined Gennaro Gattuso’s side last summer.

Antonio Conte identified Serie A star as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea are still in the dark as to whether Thibaut Courtois will commit his long-term future with the club aimed interest from European champions Real Madrid and according to the latest reports from Italy, Antonio Conte plans to hijack Liverpool move for Gianluigi Donnaruma.

Courtois’ contract set to expire at the end of the next campaign and Real Madrid are monitoring his situation at Stamford Bridge, while Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet also keeping his eye on leaving the Anfield.

Not prepared to be held to ransom, Chelsea are planning to sign a quality replacement for Belgian star and target AC Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma who has also been on top of Jurgen Klopp’s wishlist.

The 19-year-old Italian wonderkid has been strongly linked with a move away from the San Siro during the summer transfer window, and Liverpool were favourites to lure him at Anfield previously, however, he opted to remain at San Siro to continue his development with the Italian giants.

Both Premier League clubs will have to splash money in order to praise Donnarumma away from San Siro.