£108m Koulibaly, £36m Lozano move, Zola wants Odoi stay, Eriksen boost in Chelsea Friday news and gossip
Here is the daily roundup of Chelsea news, gossip and transfer speculation from IcFootballnews.com
Reports have claimed Napoli have told chasing Chelsea they will have to pay a staggering £108m to prise Kalidou Koulibaly away this coming January
Koulibaly is now considered to be one of the top centre-halfs in Europe, and is dominating Serie A with his powerful displays at the back for the Italian giants.
His performances caught the attentions of a number of clubs over the past few seasons, including Chelsea and Manchester United, who are both desperate to improve the back-line in the coming transfer windows.
It is no secret that Chelsea are lacking in certain areas of the pitch and defence is certainly one of them as both David Luiz and Antonio Ruidger are too unreliable when it comes to the big games.
But according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is holding out for a fortune, and has told chasing clubs that they will now have to spend £108 million to secure a deal for Koulibaly.
Koulibaly recently signed a deal with Napoli that will keep him at the club until 2023, so the Italians have no need to cash in as the player is tied down to the big deal.
Reports have claimed Chelsea are lining up a £36 million offer for Manchester United target Hirving Lozano, who has a dream to play in the Premier League one day.
Lozano was hugely impressive for Mexico in the group stage of the showpiece tournament in Russia, and has attracted a lot of interest from the likes of Barcelona, Juventus, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last few months.
However, there has also been some speculation in the media over the past few weeks which have suggested Maurizio Sarri is ready to battle his Premier League rivals and try to complete a £25 million deal for the Mexican.
Sarri has one of the best attacks in Europe right now, but is looking to add to his attack as he looks to challenge for both the Premier League and Europa League crowns.
And according to reports on the Sky Sports website, Chelsea are preparing to offer £36 million to try and bring the Mexican star to the Premier League, althpugh a deal may not be concluded until the summer.
However, Lozano recenly admitted that he would be interested in signing for United in the coming transfer windows.
“I liked Manchester United a lot,” he told talkSPORT’s Universo Premier podcast.
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola Callum Hudson-Odoi will stay at the club and reject Bayern Munich.
After an impressive break-through season for Chelsea, Odoi has been heavily linked with a shock £30 million move to Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich, who have reportedly made a couple of offers to secure a deal for the young man.
After the emergence of Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund, Bayern reportedly see Odoi as the next big English talent and are hoping he is tempted by a move to Germany.
However, Chelsea have so far rejected any offers for Odoi and Zola has admitted that he hopes the talented winger stays.
He was quoted on the Sky Sports website: “I know Bayern is very interested in him, but we are as well,” he said. “We have been proposing a contract to him for quite a while, so we wait and see.
“ We value him as a player. I know he hasn’t played as much as he maybe wanted.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is unsure whether Chelsea target Christian Eriksen will commit his future to the club.
The Denmark international has just 18 months remaining on his contract and has been linked with several of Europe’s biggest clubs, as reports emerge which claim he is considering his options after another productive season with Spurs.
Chelsea have been linked with a move in recent weeks after boss Maurizio Sarri admitted he was a fan of the creative star, with reports he is looking for an immediate replacement for Cesc Fabregas.
Now they have been given a huge boost after Pochettino admitted he is not sure whether Eriksen will sign a new deal to stay with the club.
He said on the Sky Sports website: “No news is good news. Who knows? I am not a person who suffers too much in this type of situation, because football is dynamic.
“Football is about interests that sometimes as a manager we cannot manage. It depends on many things. Different parties have interests.”