In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Willian has reportedly agreed a contract extension with the club, Chelsea are being linked with a future move for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Paris Saint-Germain are reported to have ended their interest in signing Tiemoue Bakayoko.
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Willian reported to have agreed new contract
According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have reached an agreement with Willian to extend his contract by another year.
The Brazilian winger, who turns 31 next month, has just one year left on the deal he signed with the club in 2016 but the extension would see him remain at Stamford Bridge until 2021.
‘Willian has been in talks for months and is now ready to commit his future to the club despite interest from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United over the past 12 months,’ the paper reports.
‘The Brazil international still has a year remaining on his contract and Chelsea have taken some convincing to extend it. But with the Blues having being handed a transfer ban by FIFA for the next two windows Chelsea are willing to give the winger what he wants.’
Since joining the club from Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013, Willian has won five major trophies with the Blues including two Premier League titles and last season’s Europa League.
‘This club is very special to me,’ he said in March. ‘I won titles here, I have the affection from the fans and from the people that work in the club. I feel comfortable to stay.’
Zaha linked with future Chelsea move
The Telegraph reports Chelsea could be looking to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace after the transfer ban has been served.
According to the paper, Everton have made an offer to sign the winger but fear they could miss out on the Ivory Coast international because of Chelsea’s reported interest.
‘Telegraph Sport understands that Chelsea are weighing up a bid for Zaha that would take him to Stamford Bridge once the club have served their transfer ban,’ states the Telegraph.
‘Chelsea are currently serving their two-window ban and cannot sign players this summer. That may suit Palace, as it would most likely allow Zaha to spend the coming season at Selhurst Park and would also improve their chances of signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, who spent last season on loan with the Eagles.’
‘Chelsea are yet to make any firm move for 26-year-old Zaha, but the player is thought to be aware of their potential interest in setting up a transfer for when their ban ends.’
PSG drop interest in Bakayoko
Goal.com reports Paris Saint-Germain have dropped their interest in bringing Tiemoue Bakayoko back to Ligue 1.
The French giants had been closely linked with the 24-year-old midfielder, who joined the Blues from Monaco in 2017 before going on loan to AC Milan last season.
‘Paris Saint-German had been exploring a loan-to-buy deal for the France international, but with a deal close to take Everton’s Idrissa Gueye to Parc des Princes, a move for Bakayoko now seems unlikely,’ states the report.
‘That leaves Bakayoko in a group which also includes Kurt Zouma, Michy Batshuayi, Davide Zappacosta and Kenedy, who could face a season watching on from the sidelines in certain competitions due to lack of space within the squad.’
Scott set to sign for Magpies
According to the Sun, former Chelsea midfielder Kyle Scott is set to be unveiled as a Newcastle United player after agreeing a two-year deal with the Magpies.
Scott had been with Chelsea for over a decade but the 21-year-old became a free agent this month after he was released by the Blues following the expiry of his contract.
‘The central midfielder is said to have agreed to personal terms and completed his medical ahead of his impending move,’ stated the Sun.
‘Scott, who can play in either an attacking or defensive midfield role, becomes Newcastle’s second summer signing.
‘New boss Steve Bruce has already overseen the £40m club-record of former Hoffenheim striker Joelinton.’