Wrapping up the Chelsea transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 January window.
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Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham are interested in Everton left-back Lucas Digne (Sky Sports, January 5); Chelsea will step up their pursuit of Digne to boost their defence (The Sun, January 4); Chelsea have ramped up their pursuit of Digne on loan for the remainder of the season, but Everton are reluctant to sanction any temporary deal (Daily Star, December 30); Digne has been linked with a move to Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel lines up a left wing-back replacement option for the injured Ben Chilwell (The Guardian, December 29).
Chelsea are reportedly ready to push through a deal for AC Milan star Theo Hernandez next month (The Sun, December 30).
Manchester United will have to compete with Chelsea for Wolves star Ruben Neves in January (The Sun, December 27).
Chelsea are considering a £30m move for Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest (Daily Express, December 23).
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to bring in PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe to replace Antonio Rudiger at Stamford Bridge, according to reports (Daily Mail, December 23).
Chelsea are reportedly looking to snap up former Manchester United youngster Deji Sotona (The Sun, December 22).
Mino Raiola has claimed rumoured Chelsea target Matthijs de Ligt is open to leaving Juventus, according to reports (Daily Mail, December 20).
Real Madrid flop Eden Hazard is set to reject a move in January as his wife is expecting their fifth child, reports suggest (The Sun, December 21); Hazard has made a dramatic U-turn on his Real Madrid future as he is now ‘open’ to a return to Chelsea (Daily Mirror, December 16); Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is furious with Real Madrid for going after Antonio Rudiger and could now pull the plug on any potential deal to bring Hazard back to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in Spain (Daily Mail, December 15).
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Chelsea are not planning to turn their loan deal with Atletico Madrid for midfielder Saul Niguez into a permanent move in the summer (The Sun, January 8)
Barcelona are monitoring Antonio Rudiger‘s contract situation, with the Chelsea defender now able to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs after entering the final six months of his deal. Rudiger is in no rush to sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club, and the German international is aware there could be interest from Premier League sides if he becomes a free agent in the summer. (Sky Sports, January 6); Real Madrid are no longer in the running to sign Rudiger after talks with the Chelsea defender hit a stumbling block, according to reports in Spain (Daily Mail, January 5); Juventus are interested in out-of-contract Rudiger but are not the favourites to land the Chelsea defender (Gianluca di Marzio, January 4).
Real, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus have all opened talks with Rudiger’s representatives over a pre-contract agreement this month (Sky Sports, January 3); Real players believe Rudiger is set to move to the Spanish club on a free transfer at the end of the season with Chelsea yet to receive any encouragement over his Stamford Bridge future (Sunday Telegraph, December 26); Chelsea are reportedly being put under increasing pressure by Rudiger’s entourage, with a contract standoff threatening to run into the January transfer window (Daily Express, December 17).
Barcelona are interested in signing Andreas Christensen, with the defender yet to commit to a new contract at Chelsea (Daily Mail, January 4); Thomas Tuchel has issued Christensen with an ultimatum to sign the contract that Chelsea have twice thought they had agreed (Daily Telegraph, December 1).
Midfielders Hakim Ziyech, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley could all be sold by Chelsea in January as they look to secure funds to strengthen other areas of their squad (The Sun, January 2).
Barcelona are pondering a move for Chelsea pair Cesar Azpilicueta and Christensen, according to reports in Spain (The Sun, December 29); Chelsea team-mates are said to be “bewildered” the club has not offered a new contract to Azpilicueta who, like Rudiger, is free to leave in the summer (Daily Mail, December 10); Chelsea could lose their captain Azpilicueta at the end of the season, with reports claiming Barcelona want to lure him to the Nou Camp on a free transfer (Daily Express, December 8); Barcelona are reportedly ready to swoop for Chelsea captain Azpilicueta (The Sun, December 2).
Real Madrid are willing to include Eden Hazard in a bid for Chelsea star Reece James, according to reports (Daily Mail, December 28).
Chelsea face a conundrum on whether to keep Conor Gallagher or cash in on his enhanced reputation, with loan coach Carlo Cudicini claiming there has been interest from abroad for his services (Daily Express, December 23).
Charly Musonda revealed he told Chelsea he would play for free in a last-ditch effort to stay with the club (The Sun, December 23).
Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has emerged as a surprise transfer alternative for Barcelona as they pursue new attacking options (Daily Express, December 21); Borussia Dortmund are keeping an eye on Ziyech’s situation at Chelsea, where he is reported to be unhappy with his amount of playing time (The Sun, December 17).
Maurizio Sarri wants to be reunited with Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga at Lazio, according to reports (Daily Mail, December 21).
Jose Mourinho is set to raid Chelsea for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to reports (The Sun, December 17).
Chelsea defenders Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso have reportedly told their agents to find new clubs for them in January (Daily Express, December 17).
Barcelona are keen on Chelsea’s teenage left-back Ian Maatsen who impressed last season on loan with Coventry City (Daily Mail, December 16).
Saul Niguez fears he is caught in a trap at Chelsea as his dream loan move turns into a nightmare (Sun, December 3).
Chelsea forgotten man Malang Sarr is set to be thrown a career lifeline by Inter Milan (The Sun, November 30).
Chelsea contract news
Thiago Silva has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Chelsea until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Chelsea are set to offer goalkeeper Edouard Mendy a bumper new contract which will see him pocket £100,000 per week (The Sun, December 4).
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The January transfer window opens on Saturday January 1, 2022 and closes at 11pm on Monday January 31.
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