While Chelsea’s on-field priority is unchanged, with the club continuing to push for Champions League football, things continue to keep moving off the pitch.
Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are on their way to the club, with victories over Watford and Crystal Palace having made hopes of a top-four spot all the more realistic.
A couple of big transfers have dominated the Chelsea headlines across Europe, and we’ve got the latest on both of those as well as updates on other rumours from around the continent, including reports of progress when it comes to the departure of a squad player.
Chelsea might not be the only club in the mix for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but the identity of the player’s agent could work in their favour.
The 25-year-old is represented by Mateja Kezman, who spent a season with the Blues during his playing career, and the former striker reportedly still has friends at the club.
According to La Lazio Siamo Noi, via Sport Witness, Milinkovic-Savic will cost in the region of €100million (£90m).
However, Kezman’s links in London – where he played in the same team as current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard during the 2004/05 season – could come into play.
It might not all be plain sailing, though: Kezman also spent part of his career with Paris Saint-Germain, another of the clubs set to challenge the Blues for the marquee signing.
Bayern Munich had been expected to offer Chelsea competition for the signature of Kai Havertz, but the Bundesliga champions’ reluctance to meet the player’s asking price could leave the door open for the Blues.
According to the Guardian, Havertz has no plans to stay with current club Bayer Leverkusen for another year after they narrowly missed out on Champions League football – but the state of the transfer market across Europe could leave Chelsea as the only ones capable of paying what Leverkusen want for the 21-year-old.
Peter Bosz’s side still have a slim chance of qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League path – they won away at Rangers in the first leg of their last 16 tie – but even that might not entirely rule out a Havertz exit.
The German international top-scored for the club with 12 league goals.
Inter Milan and Chelsea may have reached a compromise on their differing valuations of left-back Emerson Palmieri.
Chelsea have been prepared to let the Italy international leave for the right price, with director Marina Granovskaia after £27m for the player.
However, according to TuttoMercatoWeb, via the Express, Inter’s offer of £18m plus up to £5m in bonuses could be enough to get the deal over the line.
According to reports in Italy, Inter face competition from Juventus and Napoli for the 25-year-old, but are able to offer better personal terms than their Serie A rivals.
Antonio Conte’s side have already done business with the Blues once this year, taking Victor Moses on loan from Stamford Bridge in January.
Emerson has not featured in the Premier League since the restart, but played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s FA Cup sixth-round victory against Leicester City.
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