And according to new reports, Liverpool have entered the race for the player’s signature after ending their interest in Thomas Lemar.
The Merseysiders believes Thomas is interested in joining Barcelona in the summer, and they have decided to focus on other targets.
The Anfield club have now given Arsenal the opportunity to sign the France international from Monaco when summer comes – if the North Londoners can really persuade him to ignore Barcelona.
Liverpool sold Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona last month for £142M and they are planning to take advantage of the next summer window to bring in a new replacement for the Brazilian superstar.
And according to reports, Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon is the new player leading the list of potential replacements for Phil.
However, it is understood Bailey’s club will demand a huge fee for the talented player – a fee above £100m.
It was also added that Chelsea are set to fight for his signature when summer comes and are confident they can deal a deal for him.
Leon has played 22 games for Leverkusen so far this season and he has scored 10 goals with 5 assists.
All Chelsea transfer news : Higuain’s switch to Stamford Bridge and Hudson-Odoi’s future
We are in the third week of the current January transfer window and many deals have been sealed, however, the Blues are yet to lure any player to Stamford.
The Blues are desperately seeking a move for one forward before the end of the week.
Meanwhile, here is the rundown of all Sunday’s transfer rumours concerning Maurizio Sarri’s side
Chelsea to pay huge weekly wages for Higuain as deal could be sealed on Monday
It’s obvious the Blues lack effective goal-poachers at the moment and they are reportedly set to complete Higuain’s signature on Monday.
It was revealed across all transfer podcasts last week that the Argentine underwent his medicals on Friday and he is set to join the London club on Monday.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports have exclusively revealed that the 2012-13 Europa League winners will pay the Argentine a staggering £270,000 as weekly wages.
This will make the former Real Madrid striker the fifth highest-paid player in the League behind Manchester City’s Kelvin De Bruyne, Manchester United duo Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez, and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Hudson-Odoi rejects a new contract
Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has reportedly rejected the club’s contract offer amid the uncertainties surrounding his future at Stamford Bridge.
England’s youth striker has been in the news for a while due to Bayern’s bid to prise him out of Stamford Bridge.
Despite seeing the Bundesliga Champions reach their asking price, Chelsea have failed to release him. Instead, Maurizio Sarri offered him a five-year contract extension which he immediately turned down.
The winger/playmaker saw just 10 minutes of action in their defeat to Arsenal last night and his future is definitely not in Stamford Bridge.
Confirmed! Ashley Cole Set To Sign For Derby County
Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole will sign for English Championship side Derby County on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
This is according to the publication from the popular English media portal Daily Telegraph.
It was revealed that the ex-England international left-back will undergo a medical at the weekend before putting pen to paper on a contract with the Rams on Monday.
Ashley Cole has been a free agent since he was released by Major League Soccer (MLS) side LA Galaxy towards the end of last year.
The 38-year-old is a Premier League legend who played with distinction for both Arsenal and Chelsea before leaving England for Italian top flight side AS Roma.
Ashley Cole came through the ranks at Arsenal before making his debut for the Gunners and was part of the famed Invincibles that went through the 2003/04 season without a single defeat.
He was previously linked with Championship side Aston Villa but the Englishman has settled for Derby County where he’ll link up with former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard.
Ex-Three Lions of England midfielder Lampard is the Derby County manager having been appointed at the start of this season.
He has led the Rams to the top six on the English Championship table as he tried to mastermind a possible promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.
Again! Fulham Agree Deal To Sign Chelsea Defender
Struggling Premier League side Fulham have agreed on a deal to sign experienced Chelsea defender Gary Cahill according to various media reports.
Sky Sports claim that the recently retired England international centre back will move across West London to join Premier League relegation candidates Fulham after the two clubs reached an agreement for his transfer.
The 33-year-old had previously been linked with other Premier League sides like Arsenal and Manchester United but it seems like he will link up with ex-Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri at the Craven Cottage.
2015/16 Premier League title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri was appointed the Fulham manager towards the end of last year after Slavisa Jokanovic was sacked by the Cottagers following a disastrous start to the current Premier League season.
Fulham have the worst defensive record in the Premier League this season and Gary Chill is expected to add defensive stability to the Fulham defence as they try to avoid relegation at the end of the season.
The Cottagers are the second bottom on the league table with just 14 points after 22 games in this season’s Premier League.
Gary Cahill has six months left on his current deal with Chelsea and he’s now expected to spend that duration with West London rivals Fulham.
Martin Keown hints on Chelsea raid for Petr Cech
Arsenal legend Martin Keown had hinted that the West London side Chelsea will make an attempt to return their former player Petr Cech to the Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old recently announced his decision to part ways with the North London side and retire completely from football at the end of the season.
There is no doubt that the legendary goalkeeper is one of the best the Premier League has ever produced having broken a number of records in addition to winning a number of trophies including the Champions League.
The world class goalkeeper had a11 years spell at Chelsea before moving to Arsenal in 2015 but he could return to the West London side to pick up a coaching role as the Blues management would seek him to impart his wealth of experience on the youngers and upcoming goalkeepers.
This is according to the Arsenal legend who says that Chelsea are likely to offer Petr Cech a role at the when he finally hangs his boot at the end of the season.
According to him, it would be a big opportunity for young players to have Petr Cech available to impact by means of coaching as he will inspire them to want to become a world class keeper.
Meanwhile, reports claim that Petr Cech’s current owners wish to hand him the same coaching role at the Emirate Stadium which means Chelsea will have to battle to land him.
What Emery said of Chelsea game will anger fans
This weekend promises to be a very big one for both Arsenal and Chelsea fans as eh both clubs set to meet in the Premier League encounter later on Saturday.
The clash between the North and West London sides is way more than a struggle for three points but it is a struggle for the fourth place spot which is highly contested.
Both sides missed out of this season’s Champions League and they are struggling for a return with a top four finish.
However, Gunners manager Unai Emery is of the opinion that the game will be a major decider knowing that there is already a six points between his side and the West London club.
A defeat for the North London side will mean a nine-point gap with 15 games to go which will be too big for his side to cover.
The former PSG boss admitted that his side must secure a win or risk losing out of the Champions League race for next season.
According to him, the game remains a big opportunity for his side to cover the gap and most importantly give the Blues a good fight that will keep them under pressure until the end of the season.
Argentine striker storms London to complete Chelsea move .
Former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain is expected to arrive in London on Friday night as he closes in on a move to Premier League club Chelsea in this transfer window.
The Daily Express reported that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants the deal completed by the 12 pm deadline required for him to be eligible for the big Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
Chelsea on Wednesday night agreed on a loan transfer for Gonzalo Higuain on Wednesday night with the former Real Madrid and Napoli player scheduled to join the Blues until the end of the season with the option to buy him permanently in the summer.
The Argentine striker is currently on a season-long loan deal at AC Milan from rivals Juventus but he has told the San Siro giants that he wants to leave the club midway into his loan contract with the seven-time European champions.
The San Siro outfit splashed the whopping sum or £11.5m on Higuain for his loan deal at the start of the season with an option to make it permanent for £37m.
Gonzalo Higuain is keen to reunite with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri having played under him for just one season (2015/16) at Napoli.
Barcelona set gaze on Chelsea duo ..
Chelsea strikers, Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have reportedly made the five-man strikers’ shortlist for Spanish La Liga giant Barcelona.
The La Liga giants are eyeing a striker signing to replace Munir El-Haddadi who has joined fellow Spanish side, Sevilla.
Munir signed for Europa League campaigners Sevilla last week in a deal worth just £1.5m.
According to the Daily Mail, they claim that the Catalans have already drawn up a five-man shortlist to replace Munir.
The aforementioned Chelsea duo of Morata and Giroud made the list alongside West Ham United star Lucas Perez, Girona striker Christian Stuani and Tottenham Hotspur Fernando Llorente.
Barcelona are said to be targeting a loan move for the striker and that could rule out Morata.
Chelsea want a permanent transfer for the Spaniard who’s holding out for a move to Atletico Madrid following the imminent arrival of Gonzalo Higuain from Italy.
Tottenham Hotspur won’t be open to the idea of selling Llorente again following the injury to Harry Kane.
England national team skipper Kane will miss the next six weeks at least after he suffered a serious ankle injury in the Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday evening.
Harry Kane sustained the injury in the final moments of the game which ended in a 1-0 win for Manchester United.
Eddie Howe Reiterates Desire To Keep Chelsea Target At Bournemouth
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has insisted that striker Callum Wilson is not for sale and that the Cherries is keen to keep the player at the club beyond the current transfer window.
Callum Wilson has been in superb form for the South Coast club this season and that has attracted the interest of fellow Premier League clubs.
Everton, West Ham United and Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for the recently capped England international striker.
Callum Wilson made his debut for England against the United States of America in November in what was an international friendly.
He made a scoring debut to wrap up a 3-0 victory over the Americans.
The 26-year-old has scored nine goals and five assists in 20 games for Bournemouth in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea identified him as a possible transfer addition to boost the problematic striker situation at the club but it seems like the former European champions have turned their focus on Gonzalo Higuain.
Argentine striker Higuain is on the verge of joining the Blues on a short-term loan deal from Italian Serie A giants Juventus until the end of the season with the option to buy him permanently this summer.
Chelsea set to offer Bayern target new contract to keep them at bay ..
West London club Chelsea are willing to offer young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi a new contract at the club to ward off the interest of German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
According to the Daily Mail, they revealed that the Blues want to offer the English junior international a new long-term contract worth £70,000 on a weekly basis.
This is despite the intense transfer interest shown by Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, has less than 18 months on his current Chelsea deal billed to expire at the end of the 2019/20 season.
The Maurizio Sarri led side Chelsea want to offer him a new deal that will see the former Chelsea Academy player commit his long-term future to the club beyond the end of next season.
Bundesliga sides Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are said to be interested in signing the English talent.
Five-time European champions Bayern Munich have already firmed up their interest in Hudson-Odoi with four separate bids including a last bid of £35m which happens to be the asking price from Chelsea.
The Blues wanted to insert a buyback clause in a potential sale of the player but that didn’t go down well with Bayern Munich.
It seems Chelsea have changed their position on Callum Hudson-Odoi and would want him to stay at the club though regular playing time could be the stumbling block for him to sign a new deal.
No deal insists Genoa for West Ham Chase of Chelsea Target
A major team in the Italian Serie A club Genoa have reportedly turned down two separate bids from the same club for striker Krzysztof Piatek.
Popular media outlet, Daily Mail revealed that London club West Ham United firmed up their interest in the Polish international striker with two separate bids only for them to be turned down by Genoa.
Krzysztof Piatek was previously linked with Chelsea in the final months of last season but it seems like the Blues have turned their attention to another Italy-based player (Gonzalo Higuain) in the quest to solve their goalscoring issues.
West Ham United have stepped up their interest in the former Cracovia attacker following the doubts over the future of Marko Arnautovic.
The Austrian National team player is another player that has been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge outfit Chelsea especially in the last months of 2018.
The former FC Twente and Werder Bremen player is keen to leave the Hammers in this transfer following the interest of Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG.
Krzysztof Piatek could replace Arnautovic at the Olympic Stadium.
Marko Arnautovic further fuelled a potential £35m to China after he appeared to wave his goodbyes to the Hammers faithfuls when he was substituted during last weekend’s game against London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League.
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