Chelsea transfer rumours: Ross Barkley wanted, Hakim Ziyech hint, Antonio Rudiger message

The January transfer window is fast approaching and for Chelsea, it could be an opportunity to bolster their options.

The Blues suffered their second defeat of the Premier League this season against West Ham United as Thomas Tuchel’s team gave up top position in the table.

Tuchel is not the sort of guy to panic, and nor should he be, with Chelsea still in a very strong position after a tremendous start to the campaign.

However, the Blues are still being linked with new players every day and there are also plenty of rumours involving members of Tuchel’s squad.

So, with that being said, takes rounds up the very latest Chelsea-related transfer rumours and news.

Barkley wanted by Leeds

Leeds United are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

The 28-year-old has featured just eight times for the Blues in all competitions this season and with his contract due to expire in the summer of 2023, he continues to be linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge.

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The Whites have been linked with Barkley in the past, with Marcelo Bielsa said to be a huge admirer of the former England international.

Rudiger message

Paul Merson has claimed there is “no chance” Antonio Rudiger will be staying at Chelsea beyond the conclusion of this season.

Antonio Rudiger continues to be linked with a move away from Chelsea. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Antonio Rudiger continues to be linked with a move away from Chelsea. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Germany defender sees his contract with the Blues expire next summer and there is no signs that he will extend his stay in west London at the moment.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “Chelsea are going to miss Antonio Rudiger when he goes because it will take £60million-70million to replace him.

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“Rudiger is definitely leaving. If he wanted to sign a new contract he would have done it by now. There’s no chance he stays now.”

Ziyech makes Ajax confession

Hakim Ziyech has admitted he would love to return to his former club Ajax in the future.

The Morocco international has been strongly linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent weeks.

Speaking to Soccer News via Sport Witness, Ziyech said: “I would love to return (to Ajax). I had a fantastic time there.

“It is a place where I have felt at home, and whether it will ever happen, the future will tell. But, if it is up to me, it will definitely happen.

“That’s (a transfer) not up to me; I leave that to them. I just try to enjoy every day now and do my thing. What the future brings, we’ll see then. But, like I said, I hope it happens one day. Whether it will happen is not up to me.”

Source by Football London

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