Chelsea have yet to bring in their third signing of the summer. The Blues have so far completed the transfers of Marcus Bettinelli and Romelu Lukaku. The Premier League giants have been linked with quite a few players in recent weeks, but Thomas Tuchel has yet to be added to his roster. The German is in time trouble and the transfer window closes on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have ended their hunt for a La Liga defender after being linked to the player all summer. But they are getting closer to a Spanish midfielder.
On that note, here’s a look at Chelsea’s key transfer stories on August 30, 2021.
Chelsea stops pursuit of Jules Koundé
Chelsea have ended their pursuit of Jules Kounde, according to The Hard Tackle via David Ornstein of The Athletic. The Blues are eager to bring the Frenchman to Stamford Bridge this summer and are engaged in negotiations with Sevilla to cross the line on a deal. However, the Premier League giants have accepted defeat after the La Liga giants raised their asking price for the player.
Chelsea were previously confident in securing Kunde’s services. The Frenchman was initially valued at £43 million by Sevilla, and the Blues were willing to match their asking price. However, the La Liga side recently raised their valuation by £12.8million, forcing the Premier League giants to rethink their plans.
The Blues, however, are unwilling to pay more than Sevilla’s previous asking price, so they have decided to stop negotiations. Kounde’s failure to land could put the Blues in a position, especially after releasing both Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori this summer. However, the rise of Trevoh Chalobah could help Tuchel deal with the situation for now.
Blues pushes for full transfer of Saul Niguez
According to The Express via Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are looking to finalize a late transfer for Saul Niguez this summer.
The Blues want to strengthen their midfield this summer. Thomas Tuchel believes the Spaniard has all the attributes to be successful in the Premier League, so he is desperate for Saul Niguez at Stamford Bridge.
Niguez is also wanted by Manchester United, but Chelsea is the favorite for his signature. The Blues have already submitted a loan agreement with an option to buy for the player, and are aiming to complete the deal before the deadline.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is loaned to AC Milan
Tiemoue Bakayoko has signed a two-year lease with AC Milan. Chelsea have confirmed. The Frenchman has struggled to fit in at Stamford Bridge since joining the Blues in 2017. Bakayoko is not part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans for this season, so the German manager has opted to let him get some regular playing time in Serie A.
Chelsea would have preferred to sell him permanently, but did not receive a suitable offer. The Rossoneri have a buy option in the deal, which would become a liability if a few predefined criteria are met.