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CHELSEA could be set for some good news from Barcelona of all places, after weeks of being tormented by the La Liga side.

The Blues have seen moves for Raphinha and Jules Kounde hijacked by the Catalans as they struggle to replenish their squad in this transfer window.

And Barca are also trying to take captain Cesar Azpilicueta and left-back Marcos Alonso off their hands, having already landed Andreas Christensen on a free transfer.

But Chelsea may be able to strike back at Xavi's team, with Frenkie de Jong reportedly willing to consider a move to Stamford Bridge, but not Old Trafford.

And following their failure to land Kounde, it is reported that Chelsea have turned their attention to PSG's Presnel Kimpembe.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Top four chances on drift

    Chelsea's frustrating summer of woe in the transfer market has started to impact the betting markets.

    The Blues have missed out on a number of transfer targets including Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde.

    And, after the Blues were thumped 4-0 by Arsenal in a friendly, at the weekend, manager Thomas Tuchel admitted his squad were 'not ready' and 'needed more signings'.

    As a result, Chelsea have drifted in the betting for a top four finish with SBK now making them a 4/5 shot.

    Crowned European champions just over a year ago, could the Londoners really miss out on Champions League football?

    To finish in the 2022-23 Premier League season's top four:

    • Man City 1/50
    • Liverpool 2/11
    • Chelsea 4/5
    • Tottenham 4/6
    • Arsenal 9/5
    • Man Utd 13/5

    Chelsea trio up for sale

    Chelsea have told three of their reserve players that they can leave the club, reports Nizaar Kinsella.

    Xavier Mbuyamba, Matt Miazga and Baba Rahman have all been put up for sale by the Blues, who are conscious of the new loan limits that have been stipulated by FIFA.

    In previous seasons, the Londoners have loaned out dozens of the players stockpiled at Stamford Bridge.

    However, there is now a limit of eight players that can leave a club on loan each season, and that will be reduced to six by the start of the 2024-25 campaign.

    The new ruling does not apply to either homegrown players or those under the age of 21.

    Blues move on to Dumfries

    Another hour, another defender linked with Chelsea.

    According to the Evening Standard, the Blues have turned their attention to Inter Milan's Denzel Dumfries.

    The Dutch wing-back notched up five goals and five assists in Serie A last season, and has recently been linked with Manchester United.

    However, the only way his arrival would solve Chelsea's centre-back crisis would be if it was with the intention of shifting Reece James into a more central position.

    Dumfries' teammate Milan Skriniar has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

    • Sam Dymond

      Kounde saga nearing its end

      Reports coming out of Spain suggest Barcelona are close to announcing Jules Kounde.

      Gerard Romero believes that the negotiations between the Catalans and Sevilla are now entering their final phase, and will soon bring an end to the summer's main transfer saga.

      Chelsea had an offer for the French centre-back accepted some time ago, but the player has held out for a move to the Nou Camp.

      And while Barca have had trouble putting together a financial package for Kounde, but those issues now appear resolved.

      It's time for the Blues to look elsewhere.

    • Sam Dymond

      Toon also looking at Timo

      Juventus are not the only club interested in taking Timo Werner off Chelsea's hands.

      According to German publication BILD, Newcastle are also incredibly keen on the forward.

      Werner has made it clear in recent days that he would prefer to leave Stamford Bridge for regular first team football.

      The Toon Army were expected to splash the cash this summer, but have so far only brought in Sven Botman, Matt Targett and Nick Pope.

      Eddie Howe has been searching for other attackers given Callum Wilson's history of injuries.

    • Sam Dymond

      Juve could move for Werner

      Timo Werner's Chelsea misery could finally be about to come to an end following news that Juventus are interested in the forward.

      In fact, the Blues have already offered the German to the Serie A giants this summer as part of a cash plus player offer for defender Matthijs de Ligt.

      However, the Old Lady preferred a straight deal for the Dutchman, who eventually joined Bayern Munich.

      Juve have not been put off Werner though and could soon make an offer, especially if they fail in their bid to re-sign Alvaro Morata.

    • Sam Dymond

      Blues look at Kounde alternatives

      Chelsea are expanding their search for new centre-backs.

      The Blues have been hampered in their pursuit of Nathan Ake, Presnel Kimpembe, and, in particular, Jules Kounde.

      It was revealed yesterday that the Londoners were looking at Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar and RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol although acknowledged moves for the pair would be complicated.

      And now, according to 90Min, Bayern Munich duo Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard have been added to that shortlist.

      Pavard could certainly be an option after his agent touted him to other clubs earlier this month.

      The Frenchman has spent much of his time at the Allianz Arena as a right-back, but is understood to see his future in the centre of defence.

    • Sam Dymond

      Frustrated Tuchel will not panic

      It's been a troubling summer in the transfer market for Thomas Tuchel but the Chelsea boss is remaining calm, according to the Athletic.

      The German has been increasingly frustrated in his efforts to bring in new players to Stamford Bridge – and ship out those that he doesn't want.

      And the recent 4-0 friendly thumping at Arsenal highlighted the issues at the club.

      Afterwards, Tuchel said: “I cannot guarantee we will be ready [for the start of the season] in two weeks.

      “It’s the same players so why should anything change? We will see hopefully development but at the moment we have the same issues because we have the same players.”

      The article suggests that the Blues boss is targeting four more signings before the window shuts on September 1, and will allow his outcasts to go out on loan if permanent moves fail to materialise.

    • Sam Dymond

      Mount: Levi the perfect fit

      With Chelsea struggling to bring in new centre-backs such as Jules Kounde, one of their stars believes they already have the perfect option within their ranks.

      Mason Mount has been speaking highly of young defender Levi Colwill, and feels the 19-year-old is ready for the first team after his impressive season with Huddersfield last season.

      The England midfielder said: "You can see with Levi the valuable experience he has gained by going out on loan.

      "That's something that I experienced, and for me, watching him when he trained with us before he went out, I could obviously tell he was a very good player, but he needed that experience.

      "To go and play in the Championship and to get into a play-off final as I did, it's a valuable experience that helps you so, so much.

      "I think he has learned so much from that. He has grown as a player, grown as a person, and now I definitely think he feels that he can improve us and improve our team.

      "He is going to get an opportunity to really step up, and he needs to keep working hard and keep working hard in training."

    • Sam Dymond

      Milan make move for Ziyech

      AC Milan are preparing a new bid for Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech, according to reports in Italy.

      Calciomercato understand that the winger is still on the radar of those at the San Siro with Rossoneri legend Paolo Maldini a huge fan of the Moroccan.

      The Serie A side are said to have spoken to Ziyech again last week with the player once more indicating his desire to move.

      The 29-year-old joined the Blues in February 2020, and has gone on to score 14 goals in 83 appearances for the club.

    • Gary Stonehouse

      Morning, Chelsea fans

      Barcelona's eleventh-hour move for Jules Kounde has rocked Thomas Tuchel's pre-season plans.

      Chelsea boss Tuchel wants another new centre-back even more after Arsenal's 4-0 friendly win.

      And despite the Blues being close to a £55million swoop for Sevilla star Kounde, it seems Barca have got into the Frenchman's head.

      The Spanish giants have been asking Kounde to wait for them to put together a financial package.

      It could mean a lower initial fee but with bigger add-ons.

      The speculation now is that Chelsea will respond to Barca's tactics by making it hard for them to sign wing-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

      And Tuchel is also tipped to reconsider previous options for new defenders.

      That includes Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar.

      But the Italian giants are keen to keep the Slovakia star and rate him at more than £60m.

      Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has reportedly told Chelsea and Spurs he’d consider a Prem move.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Chelsea's three huge issues

      ANALYSIS: You should always take pre-season performances with a pinch of salt – especially if you’re a Chelsea fan, write LEE SCOTT and CHRIS DARWEN.

      Thomas Tuchel was furious with his Blues stars after they were thumped 4-0 by new-look Arsenal in Florida.

      But remember Liverpool were battered by the same scoreline against Manchester United just a week earlier.

      Under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have an established – and very talented – coach.

      But with the club now under new ownership – and following the loss of Romelu Lukaku – there are questions surrounding the squad.

      Todd Boehly has already shown he is willing to back Tuchel – with the additions of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly superb moves.

      Even then, it’s fair to say that things have not gone to plan so far in pre-season – and not just because the club are struggling to offload the deadwood like Timo Werner, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Michy Batshuayi.

      As the pre-season campaign rages on and the start of the 2022-23 Premier League season approaches, SunSport takes a look at three key areas for Chelsea.

      These are the three core dilemmas:

      What will Conor Gallagher’s role be?
      Defensive problems
      Narrow attacks

      WE ASSESS THEM HERE – AND
      TELL YOU THE CONCLUSION

    • Ian Tuckey

      Milan back on Chelsea radar

      With Barcelona closing on prime Chelsea target Jules Kounde, speculation is mounting tonight that Stamford Bridge boss Thomas Tuchel could reignite interest in Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar.

      But the Italian giants are keen to keep the Slovakia star.

      And it’s thought only a bid beyond £60million would tempt Inter to even consider selling the 27-year-old.

      Arsenal and Manchester United have previously been linked with ex-Sampdoria hero Skriniar.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Passport issue ‘stopped Real signing Jesus’

      Red tape was the only thing that stopped Real Madrid making a serious bid for Gabriel Jesus, according to reports.

      An issue relating to the Brazil striker’s passport was the stumbling block, says Spanish radio station Cadena SER.

      Speaking on the Sanhedrin of El Larguero podcast, journalist Javier Herraez said Arsenal’s new recruit was viewed as ideal cover for Karim Benzema by Los Blancos.

      He explained: “Benzema is the best, but this is a World Cup year where he is going to play with the French team.

      “That is going to be important, and he cannot play in everything.

      “Gabriel Jesus is who Madrid wanted in this moment because he knew how to be a substitute, and he played and scored goals.

      “Madrid has looked for him and has not found him. This footballer is not in Madrid because of the matter of his passport.

      “If not, he would be because Ancelotti wanted him, as did the club. But there is no room because of the issue of the papers.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Blues’ hopes of Jules snatch on the brink

      Chelsea’s move for Jules Kounde is on the brink as Barcelona refuse to give up the chase, writes JORDAN DAVIES.

      The Blues believed they were close to completing a five-year £55m deal for the Sevilla defender last week in their bid to bolster their backline.

      However, it is understood Barca have revived their interest in the 23-year-old having initially been restricted by their economic issues.

      The Catalan club have continued to tell Koundé to wait for them to submit their opening offer, and could end up paying a lower fee with several add-ons.

      Barca have already beaten Chelsea to a player this window by using this method having snapped up Raphinha from Leeds earlier this month.

      Chelsea are frustrated by Barca’s persistence and are concerned Kounde’s future may still be unresolved by the time of their Premier League opener against Everton next weekend.

      The club have monitored Kounde since last summer but boss Thomas Tuchel has recently shown his annoyance at the progress in the deal.

      Tuchel refused to comment on Kounde before their pre-season clash against Arsenal in Orlando on Sunday, but admitted Barca’s approach was winding him up.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Chelsea told to sort out transfer 'mess'

      Chelsea have been labelled a ‘mess’ of a club as their transfer difficulties continue.

      The Blues’ problems in bringing in new stars has been well-documented, but their inability to ship unhappy players out is as much of an issue.

      Speaking on talkSPORT’s Sunday Session, The Daily Mirror’s Darren Lewis highlighted the problem.

      “Chelsea can’t get players in, they can’t move players out and, as Tuchel said, Chelsea have got players who are desperate to leave,” the journalist acknowledged.

      “Hakim Ziyech wants to go to AC Milan, Marcos Alonso wants to go to Barcelona, and Cesar Azpilicueta wants to go to Barcelona

      “Timo Werner wants to go to get regular first-team football and Christian Pulisic wants to go and get first-team football.

      “At the moment, Chelsea are a bit of a mess.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Victor eyes move to Prem giant

      Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has reportedly alerted Chelsea and Spurs he’d consider a Prem move.

      The Nigeria hero, 23, was linked with Arsenal and Manchester United before moving from Lille to Serie A in 2020.

      The 22-cap star has since hit 24 goals in 51 Italian top-flight matches.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Utd 'rule out selling Martial to Juventus'

      Manchester United have ruled out selling Anthony Martial to Juventus in another sign of the striker's pre-season resurgence.

      Martial's erratic Old Trafford career seemed to be spluttering to an end with with last season's loan at Sevilla.

      But now the French speedster looks well placed to be a starter under new boss Erik ten Hag.

      Gianluca di Marzio claimed the 26-year-old was on the radar of Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri – to rotate with Dusan Vlahovic.

      But it's understood Ten Hag has no plans to sell Martial.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Automatic bans for pitch invaders

      Pitch invaders face automatic bans under a massive fan behaviour crackdown for the new season, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

      The FA, Prem and EFL have united to bring in tough new sanctions in the wake of the incidents that marred the end of last term.

      Under the new regulations, agreed by the three bodies, fans who release smoke bombs or pyrotechnics also face being banned from attending future matches, while parents face being held responsible for the actions of their children.

      And there will be an enhanced use of sniffer dogs in an attempt to root out cocaine use by supporters.

      In a joint statement, the three organisations said: “These acts are dangerous, illegal and have severe consequences. They have no place in football, or anywhere. The safety of everyone attending a matchday is the game’s collective priority. 

      “We know the behaviours carried out by some fans last season do not represent the majority of supporters and they risk ruining the fantastic experience of a football match for everyone.

      “Therefore, we are working with clubs to highlight the important role that fans, clubs, players and coaches all have to play in helping to create a safe environment.

      ”Prosecution in these cases will become the default response of the football authorities and criminal justice system, sending a clear and unambiguous message to all who break the law.”      

    • Ian Tuckey

      Blues would 'immediately replace Jorginho'

      Jorginho would be "immediately" replaced if he exits Chelsea this summer, reports suggest.

      The 44-cap Italy midfielder, 30, is thought to be keen to see out the last year of his contract.

      And "transfer specialist" journalist Dean Jones says Chelsea would quickly bring in a new anchorman if the former Napoli star departs.

      Jorginho's agent Joao Santos recently told TUTTOmercatoWEB via 90min: “Chelsea are the priority. His contract will expire in 2023.

      "I think we will talk about the renewal from September.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      Barca now favourites to nab Kounde

      Transfers expert Fabrizio Romano believes Barcelona are winning the battle for Jules Kounde.

      He revealed that the club and the player’s representatives held positive discussions this morning, and personal terms have been agreed with the LaLiga giants.

      However, Barca are still yet to have an offer accepted by Kounde’s club, Sevilla, having made a bid significantly less than that of Chelsea.

      The Blues, meanwhile, are growing increasingly frustrated by the ordeal, and getting ready to walk away.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Chelsea to look for ‘Kounde alternative’

      Chelsea are growing tired of the Jules Kounde transfer saga as he nears a move to Barcelona and will begin to explore alternative options, according to reports.

      Kounde, 23, looked all set to move to Chelsea in a £55million deal before Barca swooped in at the last minute and hijacked the transfer.

      Chelsea have reportedly lost all hope of bringing Kounde to the club after a shirt with his name on was available for purchase temporarily on Barcelona’s website.

      Journalist Fabrizio Romano is claiming the LaLiga club are getting closer to completing the move for the centre-back.

      He says positive talks were held this morning with personal terms being fully agreed.

      Barcelona and Sevilla just need to iron out some small details regarding the fee and the switch should be completed soon.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Chelsea face Skrin test

      With Barcelona closing on prime Chelsea target Jules Kounde, speculation is mounting tonight that Stamford Bridge boss Thomas Tuchel could reignite interest in Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar.

      But the Italian giants are keen to keep the Slovakia star.

      And it's thought only a bid beyond £60million would tempt Inter to even consider selling the 27-year-old.

      Arsenal and Manchester United have previously been linked with ex-Sampdoria hero Skriniar.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Toon & Toffees join Armando race

      Newcastle United and Everton have joined the race to land Chelsea striker Armando Broja.

      The Albanian hitman looked destined for West Ham last week after a £30m bid was submitted.

      However, the Hammers were kept waiting, and have instead turned their interest to Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca.

      And that has opened for door to Broja for other Premier League suitors.

      Chelsea allowed the 20-year-old to leave the club’s pre-season tour of America last week in order to finalise his future.

      According to i Sport, former Blues boss Frank Lampard wants to reunite with the forward at Goodison Park, while Newcastle would prefer an initial loan move.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Blues urged to sort out futures of Werner and Ziyech

      Chelsea have been labelled a ‘mess’ of a club as their transfer difficulties continue.

      The Blues’ problems in bringing in new stars has been well-documented, but their inability to ship unhappy players out is as much of an issue.

      Speaking on talkSPORT’s Sunday Session, The Daily Mirror’s Darren Lewis highlighted the problem.

      “Chelsea can’t get players in, they can’t move players out and, as Tuchel said, Chelsea have got players who are desperate to leave,” the journalist acknowledged.

      “Hakim Ziyech wants to go to AC Milan, Marcos Alonso wants to go to Barcelona, and Cesar Azpilicueta wants to go to Barcelona

      “Timo Werner wants to go to get regular first-team football and Christian Pulisic wants to go and get first-team football.

      “At the moment, Chelsea are a bit of a mess.”

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