Chelsea Round-Up: Leading race for Portuguese forward, Spanish defender on the radar, Hunt for English striker


                                      Chelsea in advanced talks with 23-year-old Serie A forward

PSG have joined Chelsea in the battle to add Milan winger Rafael Leao. Portugal international has had an impressive start to the campaign for the Rossoneri in Serie A as well as in Europe. Leao is capable of playing through the middle as a centre-forward but predominantly plays as a forward.

Rafael holds a physical presence but is still capable of taking on defenders with devastating pace. Understandably, The 23-year-old forward is attracting interest from some of the biggest teams in Europe, and PSG are set to join the Blues in the battle to add the attacker.

Ligue 1 giants reportedly consider him having a role in the side with Mbappe or as his replacement if he decides to leave the club in the future. The Portuguese forward’s deal expires in 2024 and there’s no doubt Milan will be looking to tie him down to a new contract.

It’s going to be an interesting race to secure his signature and if he continues his form for the rest of the campaign, there will likely be more teams looking to sign him. The Portuguese wants to put the saga to bed by signing a new deal with his current team.

There are still some steps to take to reach a middle ground, though. First of all, the former Lille forward wants an increase on his salary, somewhat understandably. He currently earns €2m net per season, which equates to less than £35,000 per week.

                                          Chelsea are desperate to sign 18-year-old Spanish defender

Chelsea are looking to add Barcelona defender Alejandro Balde in the summer of 2023. U21 Spain international has struggled to break into the Blaugrana starting eleven recently due to competing with Marcos Alonso and Jordi Alba. The London giants are considering making a €15m bid to add Alejandro.

A move away from the Catalan club will be best for his development, whether that be on loan or permanently. Balde is still just 18 years old, but playing regular football will be important in order for him to gain experience and improve. La Liga giants are thought to be making signing the Spaniard to a new deal a priority in the near future.

Seeing the Blues linked with the 18-year-old defender isn’t a surprise, considering how often they’ve been targeting younger footballers under Todd Boehly. The Blues brought in a host of teenagers to boost the academy, and also made a late bid to add Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia.

The likes of Omari Hutchinson and Zak Sturge, amongst others, have also been brought in with a view to the future, and a young coach such as Graham Potter could be the right man to give these footballers their first-team chances when they are set.

The Spanish defender spent time in Espanyol’s youth academy before moving to Barcelona at the age of eight, and he made his first-team debut for the Blaugrana last term. In total, Balde has played 12 times for Barcelona, and he was recently hailed by Xavi for his performances in the early stages of this campaign.

                                    Chelsea set to break bank for €90m-rated Premier League striker

Chelsea are looking to add Tottenham striker Harry Kane in a sensational swap deal involving Lukaku. Romelu was sent out on loan to Inter Milan during the summer transfer window after a disappointing return to the London club.

It looks unlikely that Belgium international will return to Chelsea and play a crucial role in the side, so a permanent move away is probably for the best for all sides involved. The Blues are going to use the Belgian striker in a swap deal to add England international.

The chances of Spurs allowing Harry to leave Tottenham look slim, but he’s yet to sign a new contract and he may be becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of trophies won with his boyhood club. If Graham Potter can get a tune out of his Blues squad, they may become a really exciting project.

Using Romelu as a sweetener in the deal could tempt Spurs, particularly with Antonio Conte working with Lukaku before, during his time at Inter Milan. The perfect situation for Tottenham would be for the 29-year-old striker to stay, but if he forces a move then bringing in the Belgian could be a tempting part of the deal.

The English centre-forward is tied down to Tottenham until the summer of 2024 at present, and while negotiations over a new contract have begun, there stays no guarantee over when and if an agreement will be reached.

The Englishman has consistently performed at the highest level since making his Tottenham breakthrough during the 2013-14 season, recording 254 goals in 395 games across all tournaments for the Spurs.