In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Chelsea have been linked with Moises Caicedo and Steve Clarke believes Billy Gilmour is one for the future.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Blues linked to Ecuadorian midfielder
According to reports in Ecuador, Chelsea have joined the race to sign promising midfielder Moises Caicedo.
As reported in El Telegrafo, it is rumoured that the Blues have made an initial approach for the 19-year-old.
It was made clear by the Independiente del Valle general manager Santiago Morales that Caicedo could leave in January and there has been interest from European clubs.
The midfielder is valued at £4.5 million and was also previously linked with Manchester United which Morales denied.
‘There is much speculation with Caicedo, but we haven’t had any communication with Manchester United,’ he said.
It is reported that Ajax is the other club alongside the Blues that are interested in the midfielder.
‘There is another club interested in England and also a team in the European top five leagues,’ the general manager also said in a separate interview.
‘We have two strong teams from Europe interested in him, without reaching any agreement yet, but we hope their negotiations will be quick.’
Scotland manager sees future with Billy Gilmour
Scotland manager Steve Clarke believes Blues midfielder Billy Gilmour has the potential to be part of his Euro 2020 squad.
Gilmour recently returned to first-team football and made an impressive appearance in our last Premier League fixture against Manchester City.
‘Without going overboard on one player, I don’t like to do that, Gilmour is a good player,’ Clarke said to the Herald.
‘There is no doubt about it. He is very highly thought of at Chelsea, he’s from the same neck of the woods as me so being an Ayrshire boy he must have a great character.’
Clarke believes for him to pick the midfielder to be in his Euro 2020 squad it’s important that Gilmour gets more minutes under his belt.
‘He needs to play more games, I don’t think anyone would disagree with that,’ he said.
‘Even the people at Chelsea know he’s got to play a few more games than he has at this moment in time.
‘He is one for the future, absolutely.’
Gundogan backs Werner and Havertz
Ilkay Gundogan believes Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are going through a normal adaption phase in their transition from the Bundesliga to the Premier League.
The Manchester City midfielder is in no doubt that the two players will come right once fully accustomed to the league.
‘They have two new German players who have tried to adapt as well as possible,’ Gundogan told Sky Sports.
‘In general, I think it’s not easy to adapt quickly to the Premier League when you come from a different country and now with the situation going on, I think it’s harder.’
Gundogan moved from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City in 2016. He is confident that his German team-mates will prove their worth in a Chelsea team that will challenge for the title.
‘Like every year Chelsea have a great squad with incredible players, they are a great team, and they have an ambitious manager so I feel like they will challenge us,’ he said.
‘They got some talented, young recruits in the summer, spent a lot of money and got some really good players so I think they will do well.’