The rumours are flying about left, right and centre today as Chelsea continue to be linked with every single player under the sun.
The latest development in France has suggested the Blues are now considering making a move for Edison Cavani. According to Le10 Sport – a true fountain of knowledge – Chelsea have made a €50m bid for the Paris Saint-Germain striker.
Having been linked with Cavani before, it’s likely this is yet another product of the rumour mill that will eventually fade into passing.
Elsewhere, Chelsea have still not given up on Alvaro Morata. Real Madrid have already turned down Chelsea’s £50m and £62m offers for the striker and have now valued the Spaniard at £67m, according to the Daily Mirror.
Despite initially looking as if they would sell the 23-year-old after triggering his buy-back clause at Juventus, Madrid remain intent on keeping Morata at the Bernabeu.
In light of the failed attempts to sign Morata, it seems Chelsea are also once again contemplating Romelu Lukaku. According to the Liverpool Echo, the Blues will lodge a bid worth £50m which falls short of Everton’s £65m valuation.
The Toffees are determined to keep hold of the 23-year-old meaning the west London club will have to up their offer.
Chelsea's summer transfer targets 2016/17
Chelsea's summer transfer targets 2016/17
1/11 Felipe Anderson
Felipe Anderson could be the next Brazilian to make the move to Stamford Bridge after reports suggested that Lazio are prepared to sell the 23-year-old for the right price. Thanks to the winger’s agent Giuliano Bertuolucci, who has strong ties with the club, the Blues have now been linked with the player.
2/11 Joao Mario
Reports have suggested that the Blues can sign Sporting Lisbon star Joao Mario but only if they fork out £50m for the midfielder. The Portuguese side are keen to fight off interest in the 25-year-old and it remains to be seen whether Chelsea would be prepared to meet such a high asking price.
3/11 Gabriel Barbosa
Another forward on Chelsea’s books? The club are reportedly growing increasingly confident of completing a deal for the Santos teenager and given Chelsea’s Brazilian links (think Oscar, Willian and Kenedy), they might still stand a chance of landing the forward. According to the Daily Mirror, Gabriel has told the club he wants to join them this summer.
4/11 Alvaro Morata
Chelsea joined a long list of clubs linked to Morata after the player was recently recalled to Real Madrid. But it seems the Blues face an uphill battle to sign the forward after Madrid declared they won’t be selling the Spaniard as initially thought. The Blues are believed to have already had a €60million offer for the 23-year-old rejected.
5/11 Leonardo Bonucci
The Italian has been subject to interest from the Blues who, according to the Daily Mirror, are refusing to give up on the 29-year-old defender despite competition from Manchester City. The club’s pursuit will be boosted on account of their Italian connection. Antonio Conte, the club’s new manager, took charge of Bonucci during their time together at Juventus, as well as during this summer’s European Championships.
6/11 Kalidou Koulibaly
Koulibaly is another centre-back in Chelsea’s sights. They have already tabled a £34m bid, if the reports are to be believed, with £2.5m following in add-ons. The 25-year-old Napoli defender was the subject of an initial £19m bid last month, which was turned down by the Serie A club, and now the Italians are demanding an outrageous £50m for the Senegalese as they look to hold onto him.
7/11 Romelu Lukaku
After announcing that he wanted to play Champions League next season, Chelsea were one of the first Premier League sides to be linked with the Belgium striker. The club had supposedly asked about the striker’s availability but have been more recently put off by Everton’s £65m valuation. Is he really worth that much?
8/11 Radja Nainggolan
Despite Roma’s insistence that that the 28-year-old is not for sale, the Blues are reportedly remaining defiant. Conte is looking to bolster his midfield options and is believed to be keen on the Belgium international. The club have already had three bids for the player rejected and could test Roma’s resilience with yet another bid.
9/11 Emanuele Giaccherini
While Chelsea haven’t exactly expressed a strong interest in Giaccherini, the player recently said that it would be “a dream” to be reunited with Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge. The Italian, who is currently on loan at Bologna, played under Conte during Euro 2016 but it’s unlikely he’ll be following his fellow countryman to west London.
10/11 James Rodriguez
The rumours surrounding Rodriguez have gone quiet in recent weeks but that’s not to say there won't be another sudden surge in Chelsea interest. The Colombian star has struggled to assert himself at the Bernabeu and reports suggest the Blues were interested in taking James off Real's hands for a fee in the £53m region.
11/11 Andre Gomes
Conte’s second Portugal target. Like Mario, Gomes impressed at this year’s Championships and looks set to move on from Valencia after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League. But Juventus and Real Madrid have been leading the chase for the 22-year-old while the Blues recently had a £40m bid for the player rejected.
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea are also set to increase their offer to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.
The Sweden international has a minimum release clause of €30m and while the Blues are prepared to make an improvement on their £20m offer, O Jogo claim that the club is reluctant to spend too much on a relatively unproven player.
And one of Antonio Conte’s transfer targets has finally settled his future – and it’s not good news for the Blues. Andre Gomes has completed his transfer to Barcelona for £41.7m after being initially linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old has decided to remain in Spain and makes the move to the Catalonia giants from La Liga rivals Valencia.