Chelsea transfer news: Reguilon price, Abramovich ‘condition’ for £300m spree
Chelsea continue to find their name on the back pages over ins and outs, with Frank Lampard’s squad expected to be reshaped ahead of the upcoming season.
Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech aren’t likely to be the only new arrivals, while it would be a surprise if Willian – now confirmed as an Arsenal player – is the last to leave Stamford Bridge ahead of an important season on multiple fronts.
Here’s the latest on the ins and outs as Chelsea prepare for their first campaign post-transfer ban – including a potential exit route for a man who found himself very much out of favour last season.
Bielsa reunion could provide exit route for Batshuayi
Michy Batshuayi’s move to Chelsea in 2016 came off the back of some fine goalscoring form for Marseille, and L’OM’s former manager Marcelo Bielsa is reportedly interested in a reunion.
According to The Athletic (via Through it all Together), Bielsa’s Leeds United are interested in the Belgian striker as they prepare to add Premier League experience to their squad.
Leeds already have one former Chelsea man leading the line, with Patrick Bamford having finished last season as the Whites’ top scorer as they won the Championship title.
Batshuayi scored nine Ligue 1 goals under Bielsa in 2014/15, and hit double figures the following year when Michel was in charge at the French club.
Willian on reasons for Arsenal switch
Willian has ended his seven-year association with Chelsea, putting pen to paper on a move to Arsenal after the expiry of his Blues contract.
The Brazilian played more than 300 times for the Blues after joining from Anzhi, and has explained his decision to join the Gunners on a three-year deal.
“I decided to join because Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world. They have a new project with Mikel Arteta,” Willian said of his new employers.
"I think this club deserves to shine again and I want to be a part of this project – to be a part of the Arsenal family is amazing. I'm very happy to do that.”
Chelsea learn Real Madrid asking price for Reguilon
Spanish left-back Sergio Reguilon has found himself linked with a move to Chelsea after dropping down the pecking order at the Bernabeu, but he won’t come cheap.
The defender impressed on loan at Sevilla this season, helping his former Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui lead the club to a Europa League semi-final meeting with Manchester United.
Chelsea are believed to see Reguilon as a cheaper option than fellow left-back target Ben Chilwell, with Leicester City valuing the England man at around £80million.
AS reports that Madrid want €25m (£22.5m) for the 23-year-old, who made his Spain under-21 debut this season.
Abramovich gives condition for £300m spending spree
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to sanction further big-money signings this summer, but only if transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is able to drum up funds by selling some of the club’s fringe players.
The Blues could be in line to spend as much as £300m this summer, according to the Athletic, with England duo Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice among their big-money targets.
The publication names Tiemoue Bakayoko and Victor Moses among the out-of-favour individuals who could bring in fees, while Jorginho and Ross Barkley – both of whom featured semi-regularly in 2019/20 – could also be moved on to balance the books.
Others who Chelsea will be looking to sell include Batshuayi and Davide Zappacosta, both of whom are out of contract in 2021, and forgotten men such as Kenedy and Baba Rahman.
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