Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Saturday, July 31.
Chelsea to drop Tammy Abraham’s asking price to benefit Arsenal
Chelsea have slashed their asking fee to release Tammy Abraham this summer from £40million to £35m, as the Blues desperately try and raise money for fresh Erling Haaland bid.
Abraham, 23, has had a lot of interest from fellow Premier League clubs with the Gunners most recently joining the queue for the Englishman’s signature.
West Ham, Aston Villa and Leicester City have also shown a key interest in the 23-year-old, but it’s currently the north Londoners who are leading the race for the Blues striker.
However, regardless of whether Arsenal can afford this deal or not, Chelsea still need to bring in a replacement striker as our Chelsea correspondent Adam Newson clarified with Arsenal writer Chris Wheatley recently.
‘It will largely depend on whether Chelsea can bring in another forward. I can’t see the club letting Abraham go if a big signing isn’t completed, especially as Olivier Giroud has already departed. There is, of course, the matter of another club meeting Chelsea’s asking price for the 23-year-old which currently stands in excess of £30million.’
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Chelsea offer Napoli Tiemoue Bakayoko
Italian sources have claimed that Marina Granovskaia has offered Napoli an opportunity to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan again.
The Frenchman spent last season on loan at Napoli, but had a tough campaign, returning to Stamford Bridge this summer.
With Thomas Tuchel showing no sign of wanting to use Bakayoko for the upcoming 2021/22 season, it seems another loan is inevitable in this Covid-19 hit market.
And according to Italian daily Il Mattino via InsideFutbol, the Blues have offered to loan Bakayoko again to Napoli.
The Stamford Bridge-based club want to shed the 26-year-old’s salary from their wage bill and are prepared to let him join Napoli on loan again, free of charge.
Kepa offered out to La Liga
Chelsea have reportedly offered Valencia the chance to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga on-loan, amid rumours linking the Spaniard with a move away.
According to El Gol Digital, Spanish outfit Valencia are the latest to be offered the Spaniard and they could be inclined to accept for a number of reasons – the first being that he would come with a lack of a transfer fee, an aspect that would appeal considering their tricky financial situation at the current time.
With the arrival of new goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli coupled with the fact that Eduoard Mendy has dislodged the Spaniard as number one, a loan move could be on the cards this summer as Kepa seeks more regular first team football.
If the ex-Athletic Bilbao shot-stopper does indeed complete a move to Valencia, it would signal a return to his homeland just three years after he became the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.
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