In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Chelsea recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Giroud Inter move hits snag
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Daily Mail), a rumoured move from Inter to sign Olivier Giroud has hit multiple obstacles, including the striker’s preferred wages and the length of the contract on offer to the Frenchman.
A move to the San Siro would see the Blues striker reunite with former boss Antonio Conte, though it seems the Italian club are not willing to meet his pay demands – nor are they interested in offering the World Cup winner more than an 18-month deal.
Giroud has been linked with a number of clubs, with Crystal Palace and Borussia Dortmund cited as other possible destinations for the out-of-favour forward by Sport Witness.
With the European Championships approaching, Giroud may seek a move to aid his international chances in a similar fashion to when he left Arsenal for Stamford Bridge before his victorious World Cup campaign in 2018.
Though whether or not Inter’s approach falls through, it seems clear that Giroud will be looking to move in the near future.
Blues in for Genk’s Berge
According to the Daily Express, Chelsea are set to rival Liverpool for Genk midfielder Sander Berge.
Meanwhile, Genk’s sporting director has revealed that Napoli are also interested in the 21-year-old – though the Norwegian has already stated his desire to play at Anfield, according to Goal.
Goal also reports that despite a number of young prospects in midfield, the Blues would be open to another addition under the right circumstances.
The report makes clear that Chelsea are not desperate to add to their squad, which may be understandable given their start to the Premier League season.
So the club may not lose any sleep over missing out on Berge, with Liverpool looking to be well-placed to land the midfielder.
That said, it is surely a positive from Chelsea’s perspective that the club are keeping an eye open on transfers, with the verdict on their ban set to be announced before the January window opens.
Chelsea quartet set for new deals
According to Goal, Chelsea are looking to extend the deals of four Blues players ahead of the upcoming window.
Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James and fellow academy product Tino Anjorin are all heading towards new contracts at Stamford Bridge.
All four have featured for a new-look Chelsea this season, with all except Anjorin netting their first senior goals for the club in the past few months, while the 17-year-old made a substitute appearance against Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup in September.
The move to seal their futures is surely a massive show of confidence in the potential of these players, as Frank Lampard would be understandably keen to ensure the likes of Abraham and Tomori, who have become first-team regulars in this campaign, remain at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future following a brilliant start to the season.
There must be a great deal of promise beyond the first team with Anjorin set to extend his own deal, and that is no surprise with the attacking midfielder striking six times in 14 games this season.
Should Giroud leave Chelsea?
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