Media Watch: French international's asking price revealed, Ampadu opens up on his current loan in Serie A and Chelsea reportedly register fresh interest in Insigne  

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there is a transfer link, an interview with a Chelsea-loanee and a report on stalled contract negotiations which could spark Blues interest. 

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Blues told Tchouameni asking price

Chelsea have been told how much money it will take to prize Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni away from the French club, according to reports.

The midfielder has made a name for himself in Ligue 1 this season and since been rewarded with caps for France, driving his transfer fee even higher.

A report in The Sun, citing Tuttosport, suggests Chelsea and other clubs have been monitoring the progress of the holding midfielder and now have a price to consider.

‘Monaco are now looking for £42million to let him leave but that fee could rise once again,’ the report states.

‘And Chelsea could be rivalled in their transfer bid by Juventus, who have reportedly entered the race to sign the 21-year-old.

‘Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid are also said to be keen on Tchouameni.

‘With more than two-and-a-half years left to run on his contract, Monaco possess a good deal of negotiating power.

Thomas Tuchel is believed to be a big fan of Tchouameni, having aimed to improve his midfield options since winning the Champions League.’

Amapdu on life in Venice

Chelsea-loanee Ethan Ampadu has said he is enjoying life both on and off the pitch whilst in Venice as he continues to impress on loan at Serie A side Venezia.

The Welshman has been speaking to the BBC ahead of Wales’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Belgium.

‘It's good, I'm enjoying it out there. We've had our ups and downs football-wise but the lifestyle is good,’ Ampadu said.

‘This felt like the right step to take. It was also a good move to try a different way of life and learning different things.

‘The pasta out there is pretty good, so I've been enjoying that!’

This is Ampadu's third loan from Chelsea, following spells in the Premier League with Sheffield United and also German club RB Leipzig.

The 21-year-old has made 12 senior appearances for the Blues since joining in 2017 from Exeter City and still aspires to break into Thomas Tuchel's side.

‘Obviously I want to be the best I can be after this loan, wherever that is,’ Ampadu said.

‘But you can't get to that point without focusing on the present.

‘My focus is on doing as well as I can with Venezia and seeing where that takes me this summer.’

Chelsea interested in Napoli’s Insigne?

Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne has reportedly been left disappointed at his new contract offer from the Italian side, thus sparking Chelsea’s reported interest back into life.

A report by Football.London highlights how the player’s agent, Vincenzo Pisacane, has labelled the new contract offer for Insigne as ‘surprising’.

‘Pisacane revealed that club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has only been able to offer Napoli's captain a contract with a 50 per cent pay cut, seemingly opening the door for Chelsea to pounce and reignite their interest once more,’ the report states.

‘Insigne's agent added how talks between either party are ongoing despite Napoli's initial offer surprising him.

‘I must clarify that the contract offer comes with a 50 per cent pay cut. I am an agent and I must defend the captain at any time,’ Pisacane said, speaking to Italian outlet Il Roma.

‘Usually, you offer more money when you want to extend a contract. Lorenzo was surprised [by Napoli offer]. There is mutual respect with Aurelio, but he knows that the proposal must be increased and not cut.’

‘With the Italy international's agent seemingly notifying clubs of his client's availability ahead of the winter window, it hands Chelsea a major boost in their pursuit, should they be inclined to reignite interest,’ the Football.London story states.

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