Chelsea are working behind the scenes to help Thomas Tuchel build a team capable of fighting for the Premier League next season. Les Bleus won the UEFA Champions League in the 2020/21 campaign, but could only finish fourth in the championship. The London team are eager to get their hands on the trophy that has eluded them since the 2016/17 season.
Chelsea are ready to make smart use of the summer to achieve their goals. The Blues want to strengthen their defense and midfield ahead of the new season, while also looking to add a new goalkeeper to the squad.
On that note, let’s take a look at some of the major transfer news from Chelsea from July 23, 2021.
Chelsea launch move for Â£ 86million Barcelona star
Chelsea have started talks with Barcelona over a transfer for Ilaix Moriba, according to The Chelsea Chronicle via Sport. The Spaniard made his debut in the first team in January this year and was a revelation in the middle of the park last season. However, the 18-year-old has now been barred from the first team’s pre-season training at Camp Nou for refusing to sign a new contract.
Moriba is currently with Barcelona B squad and unless he signs up for the club he could be demoted again. The Blues are watching his situation with interest and are ready to take advantage of it even though they could face competition from Manchester City.
Chelsea are eager to strengthen their midfielder this summer. The fact that the Spaniard models his game on Sergio Busquets makes him an attractive prospect for the Blues. However, Moriba has a Â£ 86million release clause that is in effect until next June, and the prize at the moment won’t be a walk in the park.
The Blues are considering an offer for the ace of PSG
Chelsea are considering a move for Presnel Kimpembe, according to Sports Mole via L’Equipe. Les Bleus are longtime admirers of the Frenchman, whose place in the starting XI of Paris Saint-Germain is questioned after the arrival of Sergio Ramos. The 25-year-old has climbed the ranks in Ligue 1 and already has 180 appearances in all competitions with PSG. However, he might have to compete with Ramos for a first-team spot next season.
Naturally, Kimpembe is thinking about his future and Chelsea are considering giving him a way out of the Parc des Princes. However, the Frenchman’s current contract runs until 2024 and Mauricio Pochettino wants him at the club. The Blues want a new center back this summer, but they may have to sell before they can afford Kimpembe.
Chelsea interested in former Manchester United goalkeeper
Chelsea are interested in Sergio Romero, according to Caught Offside via Telegraph. The Blues are looking for a new third-choice goalkeeper following the departure of Willy Caballero and have included the former Manchester United goalkeeper on their shortlist. Romero dropped out of the pecking order at Old Trafford following the emergence of Dean Henderson and was cleared to leave for free this summer.
The 34-year-old is currently considering his options and could be an interesting choice for Chelsea, especially since he will be available for free.
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