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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Chelsea news round-up: Blues table Moriba offer, Trevoh Chalobah future, Abraham interests Roma boss

Chelsea make concrete move to snare unhappy Barcelona talent Chelsea have allegedly offered midfielder Ilaix Moriba a ‘dizzying contract’, a...

Chelsea make concrete move to snare unhappy Barcelona talent

Chelsea have allegedly offered midfielder Ilaix Moriba a ‘dizzying contract’, as the west Londoners attempt to sign the highly-regarded Barcelona teenager. The 18-year-old Spaniard made 18 appearances for his team during the 2020-21 campaign, but his long-term future at the Camp Nou outfit is far from clear, having this far refused to extend his contract, which expires next summer. Moriba hasn’t been involved in Blaugrana’s pre-season preparations amid the talk surrounding his future, and the Catalan heavyweights are thought to be losing patience with the ace.

According to a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, the La Liga club want the midfielder to make a final decision on his future by the end of the weekend. The report states that Chelsea are currently at the top of the list of possible buyers, and the Premier League side have ‘made a dizzying offer’ for the player’s services. Moriba has reportedly been offered the chance to pen a five-year deal at Barcelona but wants to substantially increase his existing salary.


 Roma are the latest club to register interest in Chelsea attacker Tammy Abraham, according to the latest reports in Italy. The striker is set to depart Stamford Bridge following the imminent arriaval of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.

Chalobah loan move

Chelsea have opted to let youngster Trevoh Chalobah go out on loan this summer, but want interested parties to use him as a centre-half rather than in midfield, according to The Englishman is a product of the Blues’ youth sector but has not yet made a first-team appearance for the London giants outside of friendlies. The star has taken part in all of the club’s pre-season outings this summer and his showings against Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Bournemouth, all in defence, have impressed manager Thomas Tuchel.

In spite of showing his defensive acumen in the last few weeks, Chelsea are to send him out on loan. A lack of guarantee of playing time at Stamford Bridge in the coming campaign has led the player and the club to make the decision. The Blues are aiming to bring Jules Kounde from Sevilla this month while Kurt Zouma may not depart, and the ace was at risk of not receiving the playing time he desires in the coming term.

Ex-Chelsea chief keen for his new club to snap up Blues youngster Roma boss Jose Mourinho is keen on signing Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, according to the latest reports. His 17-year association with the west London giants appears to be coming to an end, with the attacker sidelined by Thomas Tuchel last campaign. The Englishman only started 12 Premier League matches last season and was left out of a number of the German’s matchday squads towards the end of the term, most notably the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup finals.

The imminent arrival of Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku – the Blues are set to re-sign the Belgium international in a club-record £97.5 million deal – will only increase the likelihood of the 23-year-old star leaving the club before the summer transfer market closes. Premier League rivals Arsenal have registered interest in signing him, who Chelsea value at £40 million, as Mikel Arteta plans to bolster his attacking variants at the Emirates. But the Gunners have now been joined in the transfer tussle by the Giallorossi, with former Chelsea and Manchester United head coach Mourinho reportedly keen to work with Tammy.

With Lukaku set to leave the Nerazzurri, the Serie A champions are expected to swoop for Roma’s Edin Dzeko, and that would leave the Portuguese tactician short of attacking options. But Gianluca Di Marzio says the Rome-basd outfit will consider moving for Tammy if Edin departs, with Real Sociedad and Sweden sensation Alexander Isak another player of interest.

The UEFA Champions League holders want interested clubs to plan to use Trevoh as a central defender this season. He spent the last three years out on loan, with stints at Lorient, Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town. The talent will be hoping that by going out on loan he is able to get enough first-team minutes as well as convince the German head coach that he is deserving of his consideration.

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