Chelsea has reportedly opened negotiations with former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho over a move to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, the Blues have been warned by a former star over their interest in a pair of in-demand young guns.
All that and more in today’s Chelsea Rumour Mill!
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Coutinho’s dream move to Barcelona in 2018 didn’t quite work out the way he had planned, with the 27-year-old Brazilian now plying his trade on loan to Bayern.
But the Bundesliga champs are reportedly not going to make his loan deal permanent, and Premier League clubs are now lining up to bring the dazzling creator back to England.
Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal are all keen, based on recent reports. Even Brendan Rodger’s Leicester has been linked to an unlikely move.
But Chelsea has now stolen a march on their rivals by opening negotiations with Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian, according to reports.
He is expected to cost between £52m and £70m ($A107m to $A144m).
Blues warned over Sancho signing
Chelsea is also reportedly keen on English young gun Jadon Sancho, with Dortmund reportedly ready to let the winger leave – for the right price.
But former Blues star Frank Sinclair says the club already has ‘plenty of options’ in his position.
Sinclair told GentingBet: “Jadon Sancho is a fantastic player and a great talent but he plays in similar positions to the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Willian, so there will be tough competition for places if he does join in the summer.
“Whether he is a Chelsea target, I don’t know, as Chelsea have more than enough players in those positions that can play in those wide areas or in the Number 10 role – they have plenty of options.
“So, I don’t think that it is a position that Chelsea are panicking over but if a player of Jadon’s ability becomes available then you have to look at it.”
Sinclair also warned Chelsea over a deal for in-demand Birmingham City youngster Jude Bellingham. The 16-year-old central midfielder is also a key Manchester United target, but recent reports claim he is closer to a move to Borussia Dortmund instead.
Regardless, Sinclair claimed Chelsea don’t need Bellingham, as the club’s academy boasts more gifted young guns!
“He has to think about playing games, getting better and improving as player – which I think will be very difficult for him to do at Chelsea.
“You look at the youngsters coming through the ranks at Chelsea and you’d say that there are better players coming through than Bellingham anyway.”