Latest Chelsea transfer rumours: Donnarumma move, Werner decision, Kante concern
Deadline day may have come and gone, but the rumour mill keeps turning as Chelsea’s attention turns to the January transfer window.
were pro-active in the summer and secured several marquee names in a huge spending spree, but holes remain in Frank Lampard’s squad and plenty of players have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in January and beyond.
The goalkeeping position, in particular, remains a concern withfor another cheap goal in the 3-3 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
It is little coincidence that Chelsea have since been linked for a move for one of Europe’s most highly-rated keepers. Here is a roundup of
Chelsea remain interested in AC Milan star
Things went from bad to worse for Kepa on Saturday as another error from the Spanish keeper proved costly against Southampton.
He faces stiff competition for the gloves from summer signing Edouard Mendy, a summer signing from Rennes, but Chelsea fans are yet to see what the Senegalese is capable of, having made just a single appearance since his move from France
And should he fail to establish himself this season, the Blues are prepared to turn their attention to AC Milan star Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The 21-year-old is out of contract next summer, andreports Chelsea were keen to bring him in before they signed Mendy.
That report claims Chelsea haven’t ruled out returning for Donnarumma next summer when the Italy international will be available on a free.
Blues snubbed by Serie A star before landing Werner
Timo Werner made his mark in a Chelsea shirt on Saturday, scoring twice in the 3-3 draw with Southampton, but reports in Italy claim he was not the club’s first-choice striker this summer.
report Chelsea first enquired about Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez before making a move for former RB Leipzig star Werner.
Chelsea were reportedly informed Martinez would only leave Inter to join Spanish giants Barcelona or Real Madrid, meaning they turned their attention to the German striker – who registered 34 goals and 13 assists last season.
Kante concerned by Rice pursuit
It is no secret Frank Lampard is an admirer of West Ham United star Declan Rice, and ESPN reports Chelsea’s interest in the midfielder is a cause of concern for N’Golo Kante.
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The Frenchman has two years remaining on his Chelsea deal, but there is a growing feeling this could be his last season at Stamford Bridge with the Blues poised to make a move for Rice in January.
Kante remains happy at Chelsea and in the Premier League, amid interest from Inter over the summer, but the 29-year-old reportedly feels he is not part of Lampard’s long-term plans for the club.
However, there is no suggestion the energetic ball-winner will down tools at Chelsea, and he is expected to give his all for the club for as long as his stay lasts.