Italian teams continue chase for Chelsea midfield destroyer
Stefano Pioli’s AC Milan are reportedly focusing on selling stars before trying to finalise an agreement to land Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea.
Tiemoue has made it clear that he only wants to sign for AC Milan and is prepared to accept a 50% pay cut to get the deal over the line.
The Blues have agreed to loan the player out initially with an option to buy, but negotiations between the club and AC Milan have been difficult.
The Rossoneri don’t want to meet Chelsea’s €30 million asking price and it has been claimed I Rossoneri now have other priorities over signing Bakayoko.
According to an Italian broadcaster Sky Italia, the board are considering selling a few stars before concentrating on the deal to sign the former Monaco ace.
For the moment, they are in no hurry to get the deal done in spite of the struggling Frenchman being a priority signing.
The discussions could drag on for a few more weeks as the San Siro outfit try to convince Chelsea management to accept a lower figure.
Tiemoue is not part of Frank Lampard’s plans and the west Londoners are keen to move him on before the transfer deadline next month.
In the meantime, Sky Italia with Sportitalia also report that the deal is done between Chelsea and Genoa for the transfer of Davide Zappacosta and it will be a dry loan without an option to buy at the end of the term.
Chelsea £75,000-a-week star could make move to Premier League rivals
West Ham United have joined Inter Milan in the hunt for Emerson Palmieri, according to reports.
The Italy international has played 55 times for the Blues since a 2018 move from Serie A side Roma – but was nowhere to be seen in Monday’s season opening victory over Brighton.
Ben Chilwell’s arrival at the club has dropped Emerson back to being the third-choice left-back in manager Frank Lampard’s pecking order.
And The Independent claim on West Ham and Inter carefully monitoring his current situation.
Antonio Conte’s Inter have been mentioned with Emerson over a number of transfer markets.
Last month, reports in Italy claimed the player had already accepted personal terms to switch back to Serie A.
However, Inter focused their efforts on striking a deal for fellow full-back Aleksandar Kolarov.
The deal for the 34-year-old star is not thought to have halted their interest in the 26-year-old Emerson.
Instead, they are reportedly keen to open negotiations over a loan switch with a permanent move costing in the region of £23 million.
West Ham’s interest comes amid the west Londoners’ own desires on Hammers star Declan Rice.
A possible players-plus-cash deal involving the duo has been touted but David David is determined to hold on to the homegrown midfielder.
Strengthening the defence is understood to be key for the Hammers boss in the final month of the window, amid reports of rejected offers for Burnley’s James Tarkowski.
They’ll be desperate to secure some incomings after the much-criticised sale of Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion for an initial £13million.
Chelsea made decision about future of £150,000 a-week star
Kepa Arrizabalaga is prepared to fight Edouard Mendy to be Chelsea’s number one as the west Londoners look to wrap up a deal for the shot-stopper – though Ligue 1 side Rennes insist the transfer is far from done.
The Senegal international has emerged as the Blues’ top target to replace Kepa, with the 28-year-old star having been personally recommended by Petr Cech, who played for Les Rouge et Noir before moving to west London.
Chelsea have failed to sign the big-name goalkeeper they were hoping for – having been mentioned with Jan Oblak and Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Edouard’s looming arrival has created serious question marks over Kepa.
The Spaniard was dropped for two significant periods by manager Frank Lampard last season, replaced by experienced Willy Caballero each time, with the Chelsea chief having significant concerns over the £71.6 million signing.
But, according to The Telegraph’s Matt Law on the London is Blue podcast, Arrizabalaga has no intention of leaving Chelsea and is content to stay and fight for his place with Mendy.
The Spaniard’s camp feel he would relish and even benefit from the increased competition for a starting spot and there is little talk that he would ask to leave Chelsea, particularly as the star still has a good relationship with Frank.
Once the Mendy signing is wrapped up, though, the Blues would consider cashing in on Kepa – but there’s a major problem in that thus far they have received no interest from other sides.
One big stumbling block is that Arrizabalaga cost a world-record fee and few clubs could come close to paying a sum similar to that £71.6m in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly sides in La Liga.