Chelsea plot £17m Rudiger replacement
Chelsea have joined the race to sign Fenerbahce’s Attila Szalai but face stern competition from Atletico Madrid, West Ham and Leicester City, according to The Sun via Fichajes.
The 23-year-old centre-half impressed at Euro 2020 for Hungary and he continued in the same vein of form this season for the Turkish outfit.
Fenerbahce have given Szalai a €20 million (around £17m) price tag for his recent efforts and the west Londoners may be ready to proceed with a deal as soon as January, according to the report.
The report claims that Chelsea is eying a winter pursuit for the left-footed defender following the extent to which talks are taking place between the club and Antonio Rudiger over a new contract.
Whilst I will happily be proven wrong, I could see this transfer as just being a ‘cop out’ move to save money as opposed to either renewing Rudiger’s deal or investing properly for the future.
Tuchel eyes January solution to Kante saga
Thomas Tuchel wants to bolster his midfield options in the January transfer window and has eyed Real Madrid Fede Valverde, according to Catalan outlet El Nacional.
The report claims that Tuchel is a fan of the 23-year-old midfielder, who is valued at £58.5 million by Transfermarkt, and attempted to sign the Uruguayan in the summer.
However, the report adds that Valverde isn’t even going to entertain the idea of swapping the Santiago Bernabeu for Stamford Bridge because he is content in the Spanish capital.
Our view: Valverde would be an excellent addition to Chelsea’s midfield, I think that he’d be central to the Blues’ next era of success at Stamford Bridge and more importantly a very good successor to N’Golo Kante one day.
His mentality is Rudiger-esque; look up Valverde, Morata tackle on Youtube, incredible.
But, saying that, it’s always going to be hard to prise a player away from Real Madrid – Marina Granovskaia did so with Mateo Kovacic, so why not Valverde?