A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.
Geoffrey Kondogbia has described Chelsea as “a great club with a great manager” amid reports linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge. The Sevilla midfielder is currently in action for France at the Under-20 World Cup, with Real Madrid and Chelsea expected to vie for the 20-year-old’s signature after the tournament.
Chelsea are considering a last minute swoop for Brazilian midfielder Paulinho, who is close to completing a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs have a agreed a £17million fee with Corinthians, but the 24-year-old is not ready to discuss a move until after the Confederations Cup, which runs until the 30th June. If Chelsea were also prepared to pay Paulinho’s release clause, then they could gazump Spurs with a higher contract offer.
Another midfield target, Marco Van Ginkel, has been advised by his Vitesse team-mate Theo Janssen to move to Chelsea if he thinks he is ready for the step up. Van Ginkel has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer, and Janssen believes the 20-year-old is ready to fight for a starting place already.
Laurent Blanc will reportedly attempt to make Chelsea defender David Luiz his first signing at PSG. Luiz is currently away on international duty with Brazil in the Confederations Cup, and could be sold by Chelsea this summer as Jose Mourinho is apparently unconvinced by his defensive abilities. Barcelona have also been linked with Luiz, although their top target is reportedly PSG’s Thiago Silva, who Luiz could replace at the French club.
Edinson Cavani is seeking talks with Aurelio De Laurentiis after recent quotes from the Napoli president annoyed the Uruguayan striker. De Laurentiis joked he would “smash Cavani’s head in” if the transfer saga surrounding the player was not sorted by 20th July. Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are all interested in the striker, with Napoli refusing to sell Cavani for less than his £54million buy-out clause.
Chelsea youngster George Saville has agreed to move on loan to Brentford until January 5 next year. The 20–year-old midfielder made two appearances on loan at Millwall last season, and is yet to make his debut for Chelsea.
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