Chelsea transfer news and gossip: Midfielder’s agent speaks out, Ground signs deal, major Mertens update

talkSPORT rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip at Chelsea.

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Chelsea target Dries Mertens is set to sign a new deal at Napoli


Jorginho

Jorginho’s agent insists the midfielder in happy at Chelsea amid rumours of unrest for the 28-year-old.

Agent Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss: “Juventus are one of the top teams in Europe and any player would like to play for them.

“I haven’t heard from [Juventus sporting director Fabio] Paratici, he hasn’t called me. Jorginho has three years left on his contract with Chelsea, he’s doing well in London.

“I read about the links with Juve through newspapers and various outlets.”


Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud has signed a contract extension at Chelsea, keeping him at the club for the 2020/21 season.

The Frenchman said: “I am delighted to continue my journey and adventure at Chelsea.

“I can’t wait to get back to playing and enjoying competitive football with my team-mates. I’m looking forward to wearing the Chelsea shirt again, especially in front of our fans at a full Stamford Bridge, whenever it is safe to do so.”

Blues boss Frank Lampard added: “Since I have been back at Chelsea, Olivier has been brilliant as a professional and as a man in general.

“He has great qualities to help the squad both on and off the pitch, not only with his talent but with the example he sets every day and the experience he brings to our young squad. I am very pleased that will continue next season.”


Dries Mertens

Dries Mertens has signed a new three-year contract extension with Napoli, which has ended Chelsea’s hopes of landing him on a free transfer this summer.

The 33-year-old, who has scored 90 goals in 226 Serie A games, had also been attracting interest from Inter Milan.

But his potential suitors are set to be left disappointed as he is now ready to commit his future to Napoli.

The Guardian report that Mertens will earn £140,000-a-week in Italy with a signing-on bonus of £2.2million.


Michael Essien

Chelsea great Michael Essien has revealed he almost signed for rivals LIVERPOOL.

Essien said: “I had a lot of offers when I was at Bastia. I was close to signing for Liverpool when Gerard Houllier was their coach.

“I even went to Melwood to meet the coach. We had a talk, and I returned to France. But the offers were still coming – from PSG, Marseille.

“However I told Bastia I didn’t want to move, and they also didn’t want to sell me. They wanted me to stay another year. That was fine with me. I didn’t want to leave the club, so I stayed for my third year with them.

“Lyon joined the three other clubs to enquire about me. I thought it was too early for me to move to England.”


Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos has revealed that he came ‘very close’ to joining Chelsea in 2007.

He told Goal: “I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea. Chelsea didn’t work out so I signed for Fenerbahce.

“But, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract.

“It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and Peter Kenyon.

“Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn’t work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer.

“It was all agreed, though, and I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics.”


Willian

Chelsea winger Willian has dismissed claims he has held ‘secret talks’ with Jose Mourinho over a move to Tottenham.

The Brazilian’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire at the end of the season and, with negotiations stalling, he has been heavily linked with a move to north London.

The 31-year-old said: “I haven’t had any contact with Mourinho recently.

“Over here, when you enter the country from abroad, you have to spend a period in self-isolation.

“Even now, I still haven’t left my house once. So when I saw the story about meeting with Jose it took me completely by surprise.

“I haven’t even spoken to him on the phone – and I haven’t met with him either, because I haven’t been out.

“So quite honestly, this story isn’t true.

“Obviously, I’ve got a good relationship with him and sometimes we exchange messages.

“But recently there has been nothing like that.”

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Chelsea winger Willian has dismissed claims he has held ‘secret talks’ with Tottenham
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Angel Gomes

Chelsea are confident of signing Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes, reports claim.

The 19-year-old, whose contract keeping him at Old Trafford runs out this summer, has made just six appearances for the Red Devils this season.

The Mirror claim Gomes wants first-team assurances from United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before committing to a new long-term contract.

He could fancy his chances at Chelsea, with manager Frank Lampard known for giving youngsters a chance.


Tiemoue Bakayoko

Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as shock contenders to take Tiemoue Bakayoko off Chelsea’s hands.

The French midfielder has spent the past two seasons on loan, at AC Milan and Monaco respectively, following his nightmare debut season at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, who bought him from Monaco for £40m in 2017, are desperate to cash in and reportedly want £31m for their 25-year-old flop this summer.

While it was thought they would struggle to find a buyer for Bakayoko, especially at that price, French publication Le 10 Sport claims PSG are interested.

However, the Ligue 1 giants are unwilling to spend more than £26.5m to land the France international.


Hakim Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech has confirmed he will join Chelsea on July 1, as planned.

Ziyech agreed to move to the Blues earlier this year and was set to link up with the west Londoners before the start of next season.

However, doubts have been raised over this summer’s transfer window because on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with FIFA recommending player contracts are extended to the end of the 2019/20 season – whenever that is.

But Ziyech says he will be a Chelsea player on July 1 with the ongoing football season in the Netherlands ended earlier this week.

“After I signed the contract that was it – on July 1, I am a Chelsea player. I haven’t given it another thought,” Ziyech told AD.

“It’s nice for me to have some clarity. Nobody knows exactly what will happen to the transfer market. Clubs will be more anxious to attract players for large transfer fees.”


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Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is attracting interest from Chelsea
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Andre Onana

Chelsea are lining up a move for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana with the stopper said to be available in the summer for £25m.

Frank Lampard is ready to sell club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer after he failed to impress during the club legend’s first season in charge.

The Sun say Chelsea are now keen on Onana who has enjoyed four impressive seasons at Ajax and is still only 24 years old.

However, the Blues face competition from Tottenham, Barcelona and PSG for the Cameroon international’s signature.


 

Achraf Hakimi

Chelsea have reportedly ‘opened talks’ with Real Madrid over a deal for Achraf Hakimi as Frank Lampard steps up his search for a new full-back this summer.

The Morocco international has impressed on his two-year loan with Borussia Dortmund, especially this campaign, scoring three goals and adding ten assists in 23 Bundesliga matches.

According to The Mirror, Lampard is an admirer of Hakimi, who can be deployed as both a right or left-back or as a winger and is keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Bolstering his left-back options is now high on Lampard’s list of priorities, with neither Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso doing enough to convince the Blues boss they are a long-term option.


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