In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, pundit Charlie Nicholas says Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard would be a good buy for the Blues, a German journalist shares his thoughts on a potential bid for Jadon Sancho and Chelsea are reportedly planning to discuss the return of Jeremie Boga to Stamford Bridge.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Nicholas urges Blues to sign Edouard
Speaking to the Daily Express, former Scotland international Charlie Nicholas has lauded the form of Odsonne Edouard at Celtic and said the French striker would do well if he was signed by Chelsea.
A product of Paris Saint-Germain’s youth system, Edouard joined Celtic on a permanent deal in June 2018 and has been prolific for the Scottish champions, netting 58 goals in 118 games.
Given his excellent scoring form, Nicholas believes the 22-year-old is ready to move to a big Premier League club.
‘Odsonne Edouard is good enough to go and play at a Chelsea or a Manchester United,’ said the ex-Celtic and Arsenal player.
‘I say that with some confidence. I think he could go into both their squads and make a real impact. That is how much ability he has. It is up to him how far he wants to go in his career. The sky's the limit.
‘Why have I picked these clubs? Because they have both been linked with his former Celtic striker partner Moussa Dembele in recent months.
‘For me, Edouard is a better footballer than the Lyon striker and his fellow Frenchman. He is absolutely nailed on to win the [Scottish] Player of the Year award in my opinion.’
German writer tips Sancho to join Blues
German football journalist Kevin Hatchard has told TalkSport Jadon Sancho is likely to leave Borussia Dortmund in a big-money move this summer with Chelsea a likely destination for the England winger.
Hatchard hailed Sancho as ‘one of the most exciting players in Europe’ and believes the 19-year-old would justify a large transfer fee if the German Bundesliga club decided to sell him.
‘I think he will leave Dortmund at the end of the season, that’s been the perceived wisdom for quite some time,’ said Hatchard.
‘Even though he enjoys playing alongside Marco Reus, and Erling Braut Haaland has gone there and they’ve struck up a relationship already – they seem to get on pretty well on and off the pitch – I do think he’ll move.
‘The finances for Dortmund make sense; we’ve seen them do that with Ousmane Dembele, they will sell players on if they get the right price for them
‘The Premier League is a possibility and I think Chelsea would be interested and he’s got a soft spot for them.
‘Personally, I think if somebody bid in the region of €140m, I think that’s a fair price.
‘If you look at what players go for now, and at the fact Dortmund agreed a new contract with him and that several clubs will go for him, I don’t think €140m is unreasonable.’
Blues set for Boga talks
The Mirror reports Chelsea are set for talks today with Sassuolo over a possible return for midfielder Jeremie Boga to SW6.
The 23-year-old, who joined the Italian club on a permanent move two years ago has been in fine form this season, scoring seven Serie A goals including strikes against Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma.
‘The French-born Ivory Coast star is being targeted by Monaco, Everton and Napoli, but Chelsea have first refusal on him after selling him to Sassuolo for £3.5million in 2018,’ states the report.
‘A buy-back clause was inserted into the midfielder's contract which would see Chelsea pay £12.7m to take him back to Stamford Bridge.
‘The London club are considering triggering that option and signing him at the end of this season, with Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia due to meet Sassuolo president Giovanni Carnevali for talks on Wednesday.
Carnevali recently said: ‘Chelsea can redeem Boga in June. We have a great relationship with the club and we met them before Christmas – also for other business.
‘They can take him back but we can also re-sign him, everything is open.’