Attila Szalai, Timo Werner: The latest Chelsea transfer rumours ahead of January window
The transfer window is just around the corner as Thomas Tuchel and co. ponder making January moves to keep the positive momentum going that has been harnessed so far in the 2021/22 campaign.
Wins against Malmo and Newcastle were followed up with the most recent 1-1 draw against Burnley, which potentially illustrated the Blues’ need for reinforcements in January in the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
Chelsea are typically big spenders, and they may need to further strengthen their squad in January if something worthwhile presents itself in the market. Equally, there may be an opportunity for some players to leave in the near future.
Most of the squad are currently on international duty and the rest are on a mini break that Thomas Tuchel has allowed before they return to Cobham in preparation for the Leicester City away trip that follows the conclusion of the November internationals.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the latest rumours out there.
According to the Turkish outlet, Chelsea have agreed a €23.4million (£20m) fee with Fenerbahce to sign the centre-back.
The report goes on to add that the Hungary international, who featured against England in the most recent World Cup qualifier at Wembley, is set to commit to a six-year contract and earn an annual salary of €4m (£3.4m).
Unsurprisingly, with the defender’s name not being well recognised on the European scene, Chelsea fans had the same reaction when they saw this news surface on social media with some reckoning this would spell the end for Antonio Rudiger in west London.
You can read the best of the reaction to this specific news on football.london here.
A report in Marca now claims that Barcelona have put in key provisions for which forwards should be targeted in the January transfer window.
It is said that Barca are prioritising experienced forwards who are currently out of favour at their Premier League clubs, who would be open to a loan move until the end of the season.
The three players who fit this criteria are Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani and Timo Werner of Chelsea.
Werner himself is currently nursing an injury suffered in the home Malmo thrashing a few weeks ago.
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Chelsea have been handed a blow over transfer target Arsen Zakharyan, whose club, Dynamo Moscow, do not want to let go of, according to reports
The 18-year-old broke into Moscow’s first team last season, making 13 appearances in which he found the back of the net three times.
However, an imminent move for the young star seems unlikely in January if Sergey Stepashin’s (board member of Dynamo Moscow) comments are anything to go by.
“No, these are agent games,” he said. “He is still a young man. He still has to grow and grow.
“I believe that Arsen can play in Russia for another two to three years. Time must pass for a footballer to succeed.