In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there is speculation about a couple of players who might be joining the Blues while talk about a possible departure from the Bridge is quashed.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Coutinho deal reportedly close
According to Spanish daily Sport, Philippe Coutinho could be nearing a return to the Premier League with Chelsea and Barcelona reportedly discussing a deal for the Brazilian.
Stating in its headline that Coutinho is ‘close to completing a move from Barcelona to Chelsea’, the report states the Brazilian is keen to return to England two years after joining the La Liga side from Liverpool.
‘Barca and Chelsea have begun talks over a deal. Contact was first made after it became known that Bayern Munich, where Coutinho is on loan, will not take up their 120 million euro option to buy,’ the report adds.‘Chelsea are working on building a team for the 20-21 season that can compete with Liverpool and Manchester City.
‘However, talks will not be easy. Barça paid 160 million for Coutinho and are looking to bring in around 90 million to at least cover some of their losses.
‘Chelsea, though, have no intention of spending so much but believe they have other factors in their favour: the player's desire to return to England and Barca's urgency to bring in cash to fund a move for Lautaro Martinez, among others.’
Napoli forward added to Chelsea shortlist?
According to caughtoffside.com, reports in Italy suggest Chelsea have taken an interest in Arkadiusz Milik and could be working on a deal with Napoli for the Polish forward.
Despite dealing with two major knee injury setbacks since he arrived from Ajax in 2016, the 26-year-old has scored 46 goals in 109 games for the Serie A club and drawn interest from the likes of AC Milan, Juventus and Atletico Madrd.
‘As noted by Tuttosport, Chelsea are said to have added Milik to their transfer shortlist to bolster their attacking options,’ states the report.
‘While Tammy Abraham has done a great job this season in leading the line for the Blues, there is little quality depth and competition up front for Frank Lampard, while Olivier Giroud’s current contract is set to expire this summer.
‘In turn, that makes sense of a potential swoop for Milik, although it won’t be cheap as La Gazzeta dello Sport reported earlier this month that he is valued at €40m by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Jorginho rumour refuted
Jorginho’s agent has denied reports the Italy international plans to leave Chelsea in order to re-unite with Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, Goal.com reports.
Having played under Sarri when he was manager of Napoli and Chelsea, the Brazil-born midfielder has been linked in the Italian media with a move back to Serie A this summer.
However, his agent has shot down the reports, insisting Jorginho is happy and settled at Chelsea.
‘I read the report, but I never had contact with them,’ said Joao Santos to Calcio Mercato.
‘Neither Sarri, nor [Juve’s chief football officer] Fabio Paratici called me for information on Jorginho. As of today, I know absolutely nothing about this situation. The lad is very happy in London, where he is proving his worth and still has three years left on his contract.
‘In fact, in July there’s the possibility we can start talks to add a fourth and extend his contract with Chelsea.
‘I don’t know what Juve’s transfer strategy is, but these are our plans for the future.’