Chelsea are being linked with a surprise transfer deadline day move that could continue their lavish spending this summer after links with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey emerged overnight.
Arsenal are determined to land a midfielder on deadline day and look to have turned their attentions back towards Partey after being told they cannot sign Lyon’s Houssem Aoaur this summer. But Chelsea could be poised to hijack the move and bring the Ghana international to Stamford Bridge, with exits planned from Frank Lampard’s squad today.
One of those appears to be Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is desperate for first-team football and could depart on yet another loan even though Ross Barkley joined Aston Villa last week, while Antonio Rudiger could also be heading for the exit with interest from his former club Roma as well as AC Milan. However, it seems Callum Hudson-Odoi will not be leaving after Chelsea rejected a fresh offer from Bayern Munich to take the England youngster on loan with an option to buy for £70m. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and done deals.
MILAN SEEK RUDIGER LOAN
Italian giants Milan are seeking a loan move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
Rudiger has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge as of late, and it’s thought that the defender wants a move away from Chelsea with Euro 2021 around the corner.
Milan have a crisis in central defence, with only two fit defenders available.
Website MilanNews.It speculates that their attempt to sign Schalke defender Ozan Kabak is proving futile, and so the club are turning their attention to Rudiger.
Rudiger for his part is open to the deal, but a problem may arise in the club negotiating a fee for the loan.
Rudiger has previous Serie A experience, playing for Roma before signing for Chelsea three years ago.
NO BID FOR PARTEY
Journalist Fabrizio Romano has ruled out a late bid from Chelsea for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the player throughout the transfer window, but Romano thinks a deal is unlikely at this stage.
He also ruled out a bid from Chelsea for the midfielder.
NO RICE BID
Chelsea won’t be moving for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to a former Hammers employee.
The Blues have been linked with a move for the England international throughout the transfer window, but so far a move hasn’t materialised.
It seems now that a deal is unlikely to go through with hours of the window remaining.
This is according to a former West Ham employee, who has a commendable track record of transfer news within the club.
Asked on Twitter if Chelsea were moving for Rice, the former employee firmly stated that a bid has never been put on the table:
TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY
Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of transfer deadline day, with Chelsea not yet ruling themselves out of the market in what has been their most lavish transfer window yet.
The arrivals of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Kai Havertz has seen a new-look Chelsea squad start off this season, but Frank Lampard may not be done yet with his summer recruitment plans.
Reports emerged overnight that Chelsea are in the running for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who has been linked all summer long with a move to Arsenal, and could attempt to hijack the deal on Monday in an effort to bolster their defensive midfield options.
That move will only come from player exits though, with Chelsea holding one of the most bloated squads in the Premier League. Ruben Loftus-Cheek faces an uncertain future after Lampard publicly admitted he could leave on loan to secure first-team football, while Antonio Rudiger is being strongly linked with a return to Italy despite Chelsea’s issues in defence.
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