Costa return? Odoi agreement, Piatek, ‘test the waters’ Icardi , Barella offer submitted in Chelsea Saturday news and gossip
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Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi already has an agreement in place with Bayern Munich, according to German journalist Raphael Honigstein.
Odoi, who has struggled to get the kind of game time he wants this season, has been linked with a move to the German Champions over the pasty few weeks, with reports suggesting they have already seen bids of £15m and £20m rejected by the Blues.
Chelsea are reluctant to let him leave and are hoping to offer him a new contract that will keep him at Stamford Bridge for the next few seasons, but the fact Bayern are refusing to back down in their pursuit suggests Hudson-Odoi has already made his mind up.
“Chelsea will be hoping they will change his mind by turning these bids down now. Unless he gets more game-time, he’s pretty adamant he’s moving,” Honigstein told the Transfer Talk podcast.
“The fact Bayern are making these bids should be taking as a strong sign that the player wants to do this move.
“Bayern would not come back with a second bid if they didn’t feel they already had the agreement with the player to make this happen.
“He definitely wants to go – that much we can say for certain.
“It essentially comes down to his willingness to push this and run down his contract.
“If he continues to stick with that, then of course Bayern could of course do a similar deal that Chelsea themselves have just done with Pulisic.
“They will say ‘you know what, we will buy you next year but tie you up now’. It will be very interesting.”
Reports have claimed Chelsea could ‘test the waters’ with a big money move to try and sign up Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi this month.
Chelsea have started the new season in good fashion and look like a side that could mount a serious challenge for a Champions League spot, if they just add a new defender and goal-scorer to the starting line-up.
And one striker that has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge is Icardi, who has been scoring goals for fun over in Serie A and already has 13 goals to his name this season, which is almost double what Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud currently have.
He is regarded as one of the best strikers on the planet right now, and has a £90 million release clause in his contract that Maurizio Sarri is reportedly ready to pay this coming January.
And reports on the TalkSport website have claimed Chelsea may ‘test the water’ in the coming weeks to try and seal a deal for the Inter striker, although a deal may be hampered by the reports which have suggested Spanish giants are leading the chase and are readying a massive summer move for the 13-goal hitman.
More reports have claimed Chelsea are readying a massive £55 million offer to try and secure the services of Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek,
The Polish forward, who has scored 19 goals for the Serie A side this season, is said to have attracted interest from Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over the last few months, as the Italian seeks to bolster his unimpressive front-line.
Despite having some of the most creative and imaginative midfielders in Europe right now, both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have both struggled to score the goals Chelsea need to keep pace with Manchester City and Liverpool in the chase for the Premier League title.
And after Chelsea’s very disappointing 0-0 draw with Southampton, Sarri has now stepped up his chase to land a striker, with reports his top two targets at Piatek and Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan.
Now the TalkSport website has claimed the chance to secure such a huge profit could prove too hard to turn down for the Italians, despite the fact Genoa president Enrico Preziosi recently insisted that Piatek won’t be going anywhere this winter.
It is bleived a fee of £55 million would tempt Genoa into selling the impressive striker, who has also been linked with big money moves to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.
Chelsea have been told to ‘break the bank’ to re-sign Diego Costa rather than sign up striker Gonzalo Higuain.
With Chelsea in need of adding a new striker to the front-line this month, there has been a lot of speculation in the media which has suggested that Maurizio Sarris is close to sealing a deal for Higuain.
Higuain, who broke the Serie A goalscoring record for a single season at Napoli back in 2015/16, has made no secret of his desire to work with Sarri once again.
And according to the Sun, Higuain’s wish is set to be granted with Chelsea on the verge of a temporary agreement for the Argentina forward.
It’s claimed flop Alvaro Morata will head the other way in a season-long loan to Milan, as he simply cannot get going in a Chelsea shirt, despite numerous chances given by Sarri.
But Peter Crouch believes Chelsea should instead look into re-signing Spain international Costa, who scored 59-goals in 120 appearances for the club.
‘Chelsea have scored the fewest goals of the top six sides,’ Crouch said in a column for the Daily Mail.
‘A return of 38 from 21 matches isn’t enough to win you a title, no matter how good your defence is.
‘The one thing you need is someone to score you 30 goals and they do not have a player like Harry Kane, Mo Salah or Sergio Aguero.
‘Not so long ago, they did. Diego Costa would absolutely transform Chelsea’s fortunes and, if it was down to me, I’d break the bank to re-sign him.
‘You can talk about Gonzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema, but I think Costa would be the one to take Chelsea where they want to be.
‘There was something about the way Costa’s career finished at Stamford Bridge that doesn’t sit right. I know there were huge problems between him and Antonio Conte, but even so, it seemed like they didn’t put up any kind of fight to keep him.’
Reports have claimed Chelsea have made a huge offer to sign Cagliari star Nico Barella, who is also being chase by London rivals Arsenal
After an impressive last few seasons with the Italian club, reports in the media over the last few weeks have claimed Chelsea were prepared to submit a €45 million (£40.7m) offer to sign the 21-year-old in the winter window.
Despite a great start to the new season, Chelsea will need to strengthen in key areas of the pitch if they are to challenge for more than a top four spot this season, especially since Cesc Fabregas has seemingly played his last game for the club.
And reports on the Daily Express website have claimed Chelsea have already made a 50million euros (£45million) for Barella, as they look to beat off rivals Arsenal this month.
But Cagliari are adamant that Barella will remain with them for at least the remainder of the season, meaning Chelsea may have to wait until the end of the season before they can complete any sort of transfer deal.