Chelsea make shock big-money transfer bid for Man City starlet Cole Palmer in desperate hunt for attacking options | The Sun

CHELSEA have submitted a huge transfer bid to sign Manchester City wonderkid Cole Palmer, reports suggest.

Mauricio Pochettino's side remain in the market for a new attacker before Friday's 11pm transfer deadline.

And in an effort to solve their attacking issues, the Blues have made a £35million offer to try and land Palmer from City.

However, journalist Jacob Steinberg has reported the bid was rejected by the Treble winners.

The 21-year-old has featured regularly off the bench for City, even scoring in the Community Shield against Arsenal after coming on off the bench at Wembley.

After reporting Chelsea had identified Palmer as their number one target, Fabrizio Romano has now said Man City want at least £45m to sell.


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Palmer is open to heading to Stamford Bridge following initial talks.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola admitted Palmer could leave following his goal in the Uefa Super Cup win over Sevilla.

He said: "I don’t know [if he will stay]. When we arrived I had the opinion that he wanted to leave but now I don’t know.

"I don't think a loan is going to happen. He's going to stay or he's going to be sold."

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But Palmer is not the only name on their shortlist.

Chelsea transfer chiefs are said to have an eye on the red half of Manchester too, with a move for Manchester United star Jadon Sancho in mind.

The Secret Scout on Twitter reports the Blues are also looking at Barcelona trio Ferran Torres, Raphinha and Ansu Fati, with the latter being chased by Tottenham as well.

Bayern Munich star Jamal Musiala – formerly of Chelsea's Cobham academy – is a target too, but the German side are not interested in selling at the moment.

Reports earlier this week suggested Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe was also being discussed.

Pochettino himself has hinted at another incoming player.

Ahead of the Carabao Cup match against AFC Wimbledon, Pochettino told reporters: "I know the club is working hard to finish our business.

"Can something happen? Maybe yes. At the moment I am only working and letting the club deliver what we want."

It is set to be a hectic few days in the transfer market before the window slams shut.

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