Chelsea Have Until September 1 to Secure New Arrivals of Two Young Targets
Spending frenzy: Chelsea embark on frantic dash to secure long-term targetshttps://t.co/sjaexood3d
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) August 23, 2022
They Have Already Had Bids Rejected for Both Players
Chelsea have sent three separate bids Leicester’s way, which have all been turned down as Brendan Rodgers has insisted throughout the summer that the 21-year-old is not for sale, and even if they were to sanction a deal, they have set their asking price at a whopping £80 million for the Frenchman.
The latest offer of £70 million “included add-ons that were regarded as unrealistic and difficult to achieve” and so was consequently “swiftly rejected.”
Wesley Fofana has no doubts since one month: he wants Chelsea, it’s his dream move. Full agreement on personal terms has been reached days ago, now waiting for new bid 🚨🔵 #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 19, 2022
Fofana is however keen on completing his “dream move” to West London and asked his manager to be excluded from Leicester’s game against Southampton on Saturday, August 20. He has already agreed personal terms with Chelsea.
Anthony Gordon Keen on Chelsea Move, Club Will Pay Big
The Blues have also looked to former manager and club legend Frank Lampard’s side to try and find a suitable forward, and have set their eyes on Everton academy graduate Gordon. After having a £40 million bid rejected, Chelsea informed Everton that they were open to paying £60 million in total for the youngster.
The 21-year-old has three years remaining on his contract in Merseyside, meaning they are in a slightly more comfortable position when it comes to Gordon’s future. However, he has informed the club of his desire to join the London side, as he is keen to play in the Champions League as well as having a stronger chance of an international call-up playing for a top-four side ahead of the World Cup in November.
Lampard and his team have already rejected bids from fellow Premier League sides Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur and are reluctant to let Gordon leave, especially after the departure of their main striker Richarlison this summer to Antonio Conte’s squad.
A deal between the clubs is “not imminent”, according to The Athletic, and there is a chance nothing will materialise in time for the deadline on September 1.
Chelsea Offer Poor Start to Season, Need for New Arrivals Evident
Thomas Tuchel is keen to bolster his squad after a disappointing start to their 2022/23 league campaign; they sit 14th in the table and have picked up only four points out of the nine available.
They began their season at Goodison Park and were able to see out a 1-0 win with the help of a penalty before half-time. Chelsea then drew 2-2 in a fiery clash with rivals Spurs that saw the travelling team come back from a losing position twice, with Harry Kane netting the second equaliser in the 96th minute and both managers receiving a red card for ill-tempered antics after the final whistle.
A more surprising followed, when the Blues suffered a 3-0 thrashing to last season’s relegation candidates Leeds United. New signing Kalidou Koulibaly also received a red card, and the need for reinforcements appeared prominent in the deflated Chelsea performance.