In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, we have the latest summer transfer speculation concerning the Blues and Marcos Alonso is lauded by the BBC’s Garth Crooks for the second weekend in a row.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Telles looks to leave Porto
According to 90min.com, Stamford Bridge could be a destination for Alex Telles this summer as the Brazilian defender appears to have no intention of signing a new contract with Porto.
The 27-year-old left-back has played nearly 200 games for the Dragons since he joined them from Galatasaray in 2016, but with his contract set to expire in 2021, there is talk he could be on the move at the end of this season.
‘According to A Bola, the Brazilian is pushing for a move away from the Estadio do Dragao as soon as possible, and is unwilling to sign a new deal with the club unless his extremely high wage demands are met,’ states the report.
‘Telles is asking the club for a €6m-a-year salary, which the club are unwilling to provide, despite desperately wanting their star defender to extend his contract.
‘As a result, Porto want to cash in on the defender this summer, with a number of Europe's biggest sides vying for Telles' signature.
‘Chelsea are one of those who have been persistently linked with the Brazilian as they look for a new first-choice left-back, but it's likely they will face stiff competition should they attempt to recruit the defender this summer.’
Blues join David chase
The Daily Express reports Chelsea have joined the race to sign Canadian striker Jonathan David this summer after watching his impressive form at Belgian club Gent.
The 20-year-old is the leading scorer in the Belgian top flight with 18 goals in 25 games and was reportedly watched by Chelsea scouts when he scored in Gent’s 1-1 draw with Roma in the Europa League last week.
However, there appears to be much interest in the Canada international, who has also been reportedly monitored by several clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City.
‘Without a doubt: Jonathan is ready for the next step,’ said David’s agent Nick Mavromaras. ‘Gent has boosted his career, the club did a lot for him.
‘I understand that they would like to keep him longer, but Jonathan wants to go ahead. The Belgian league is fantastic for young players, but the moment for the next step arrives and this will come in the summer.’
Alonso in BBC team again
Marcos Alonso has been named by BBC analyst Garth Crooks in his team of the week for the second consecutive time after his two-goal performance in our 2-2 draw at Bournemouth last weekend.
Having named the Spaniard in his best 11 after he scored in our 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur the previous week, Crooks felt he deserved to be included again after his fine display at the Vitality Stadium.
‘Alonso is back to his goalscoring best as Chelsea's three at the back suits the Spain international,’ said the former England forward.
‘The Cherries should really count themselves very lucky because Alonso should have had a hat-trick and missed arguably his easiest chance of the game.’