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Chelsea interested in Serie A man who will be out of contract in the summer

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Chelsea in talks to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens

Napoli forward Dries Mertens is the subject of discussions between Chelsea and Napoli. (h/t Sky Sports)

The London club are interested in bringing in an attacker and have identified the Belgian international as a target (h/t Sky Sports).

The 32-year-old will be out of contract in the summer, meaning he would be available for a significantly lower fee this month.

Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens has established himself as an important player for Napoli

Italian giants Inter Milan are also interested in the player, who is set to cost around £5million.

Mertens is a versatile attacker and can play anywhere in the frontline. The Belgian’s set-piece abilities would also be an added benefit for us.

He has made 22 appearances for Napoli this season and has scored nine goals and five assists. (h/t Whoscored)

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Mertens joined Napoli in 2013 and has turned into a crucial player for the Italians. He has played 300 times for the ‘Gli Azzurri’ and has scored 118 goals. (h/t Whoscored)

The Belgian was part of the Napoli squad that won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italia in 2014.

The 32-year-old has scored 18 times in 86 games for the Belgian national squad. He also won the Belgian player of the year in 2016.

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Chelsea to complete £23m transfer of this Serie A star

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Chelsea have agreed to meet the asking price of Inter Milan’s Matias Vecino

According to the Daily Express (h/t Metro), Chelsea have agreed to meet Inter Milan’s asking price for Matias Vecino.

The Blues have prioritized the signing of a central midfielder and have set their sights on the Uruguayan international.

Inter value the player at £23 million which Chelsea have agreed to meet. Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the current manager of Inter. The Italian is keen to offload Vecino to free funds for the summer.

Matias Vecino
Matias Vecino will cost Chelsea £23 million

Having signed from Fiorentina in 2017, the 28-year-old has made 91 appearances for the Nerazzurri and has scored 11 goals. (h/t Whoscored)

The midfielder was linked with a January move to Manchester United and Everton. Fortunately for Chelsea, neither of the clubs were able to agree on a fee. (h/t Metro)

The midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Inter with Antonio Conte preferring to use Nicolo Barella, Marcelo Brozovic and Borja Valero when fit. Stefano Sensi’s good form has also seen Vecino go out of favor.

The signing of Christian Eriksen will not have helped Vecino’s cause either.

If the transfer goes through, it will be Chelsea’s second signing for the summer. The Blues have already agreed on a deal for Ajax Amsterdam star Hakim Ziyech. (h/t Metro)

Vecino has three goals and two assists for Inter in 21 appearances this season. (h/t Whoscored)

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The midfielder has also won 41 caps for the Uruguayan national side.

He scored the winner in the 1-0 win against Argentina that ensured his country qualified for the Olympics in 2012. This was Uruguay’s first appearance in 84 years.

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Chelsea keen on signing rising Premier League star worth over £80m

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Chelsea keen on signing Ben Chilwell in the summer

Chelsea are preparing a move for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell in the summer transfer window, according to Football.London. The 23-year-old came up through the youth ranks at Leicester before making his Premier League debut in 2016 against Everton.

He has since gone on to establish himself as one of the league’s best left-backs. Chilwell has made 22 appearances for the Foxes this season and has scored two goals and three assists. (h/t Whoscored)

Left-back is a position that the Blues need to address this summer. Marcos Alonso is out of favour and Emerson has been linked with a return to Serie A.

Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell is one of the league’s best left-backs

At just 23, Chilwell has the potential to nail down the position at Chelsea for years to come. He is also well experienced in the Premier League to come in and make an immediate impact.

He is defensively solid and does well in one vs ones. His attacking qualities have also improved, with the player able to push up the pitch and deliver crosses with increasing accuracy.

Manchester City is also interested in the player with Leicester set to demand over £80million for his services.

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Interestingly Chilwell was sent off for the only time in his career so far against Chelsea. The defender has also won 11 caps for the England national team.

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Chelsea to battle Premier League duo for this £63 million star

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Chelsea to battle Arsenal and Manchester City for Isco

According to Spanish publication El Desmarque (h/t Daily Mail), Chelsea are set to battle it out with Arsenal and Manchester City for Real Madrid’s Isco.

Madrid intends to use the 27-year-old’s sale to help finance the transfer for Kylian Mbappe.

Zinedine Zidane is keen on bringing in the PSG star and Fiorentina Perez is keen to make his manager’s wish come true.

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Isco has struggled for regular starts at Real Madrid (Image credit: Getty)

Isco is valued at £63 million and the amount will go some way in financing what is likely to be a hefty transfer fee for Mbappe.

Chelsea have already agreed to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziiyech in the summer. With the arrival of the Moroccan star adding to the presence of Mason Mount and Ross Barkley, its a matter of debate if Chelsea will indeed bid for Isco. (h/t Express)

The report also goes on to claim that Isco could be used as a makeweight in the Mbappe deal with PSG.

Isco is an upgrade over Barkley and Mount and is also much more experienced. A four-time winner of the UEFA Champions League, the Spaniard has the fortitude of a winner and should add immensely to a young Chelsea squad.

the 27-year-old is a former Golden Boy winner and was also nominated for the UEFA Champions League squad of the season for 2016-17.

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Isco has found opportunities hard to come by this season. He has made just 19 appearances for Real Madrid with six of them coming off the bench. (h/t Whoscored)

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Not Giroud – This veteran star could extend Chelsea contract

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Pedro could sign contract extension to stay at Chelsea

Spanish World Cup winner Pedro could extend his stay at Chelsea. (h/t Football London)

The 32-year-old’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer. He has been linked with a move to the MLS with a return to Spain also on the cards.

Pedro had earlier been linked with a move to Japan to reunite with former Barcelona and Spain teammate, Andreas Iniesta.

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Pedro’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, however, has lent his opinion on the matter. He has stated that neither Willian nor Pedro’s future is in no way related to the imminent arrival of Hakim Ziyech and that conversations are undergoing with both players.

Although Lampard had mentioned about the prospect of Willian extending earlier, this is the first time that the Chelsea manager has mentioned Pedro.

Since joining Chelsea in 2015, Pedro has made 196 appearances for the London club and has scored 42 goals. He played a key role in Chelsea’s Premier League victory in 2017 and the UEFA Europa League in 2019.

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Pedro has found himself on the fringes this season. Lampard’s youth revolution has limited the Catalan veteran’s appearances this season.

He has made just 12 appearances this season scoring one goal. (h/t Whoscored)

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