The Chelsea hierarchy are bracing themselves for one of the biggest summer transfer windows and besides some players, manager Antonio Conte himself is on the verge of a potential departure from Stamford Bridge. And although the Italian has refused to quit his job before his contract expires, there are certain claims that he might very well get sacked should the Blues fail to qualify for Champions League. But the problems for Chelsea aren't limited to just the gaffer, as a report from the Daily Telegraph has quoted that should the aforementioned happens, as many as nine first-team players might face an exit from the club. While some might force to an exit, some might get sold and here is the list of it.
Defender Kurt Zouma is a target for fellow Premier League club, Blues join Manchester City in the race for French starlet, while an approach is made to German champions Bayern Munich for defender; Midfiedler undergoes medical ahead of a move and club willing to offer a player in exchange for Sevilla star – all this in today's Chelsea transfer round-up;
Crystal Palace To Make A Loan Offer For Zouma
Premier League club Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on taking defender Kurt Zouma on loan for a season.
The Eagles' new manager Frank De Boer is keen on signing a new centre-back ahead of the next season and has identified Zouma as a target, if the club fails to get their hands on Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.
The 22-year old Zouma has struggled to break into the scheme of things under manager Antonio Conte, despite recovering from his serious injury and as a result made just 14 appearances across all competitions last season. The player, for his part, remains intent on staying put at the Stamford Bridge and fighting for a place in the first-team.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has sensationally confirmed that Antonio Conte has told him that he does not want him at the club next season and has further stated that he has already messaged the Chelsea officials to decide what stand next for him. While this is a certain shocker, Chelsea's second striker Michy Batshuayi has claimed that he does not want to play another season sitting on the bench and wants to talk to the club to clear out his role for the next season.
The Spanish international, Diego Costa, played 46 games in all competition for the Blues last season and bagged 26 goals. There was a reported rift between him and manager Antonio Conte and the Spaniard was even made to train alone midway through the season but the Italian gaffer denied all the claims. The rumours regarding his exit from the club gained momentum soon after that. Tianjin Quanjian owner then admitted that the Chinese club did make an effort to acquire Costa's signature but no move ever materialised.
The second half of the recently concluded Premier League season has brought a lot of uncertainties regarding Costa's stay at the Bridge, and his statement has now all but confirmed his potential exit from the club.
Liverpool set to slap a huge price tag on striker Daniel Sturridge, Jose Mourinho looks to invade the French Ligue 1 in the summer transfer window as he plans another huge outlay, Pep Guardiola to tempt Tottenham star with a bumper contract offer and Arsenal looking at Serie A to strengthen their defence– we bring you the latest scoops in today's transfer round-up of the Premier League.
Liverpool Place A £40 Million Valuation on Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool will allow striker Daniel Sturridge to leave in the summer, only if the £40 million valuation is met, according to reports.
The 27-year old Englishman has struggled for game time this season under Jurgen Klopp due to injury problems and when fit, he hasn’t been able to fit into the scheme of things under Jurgen Klopp. Sturridge was of interest for French heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain in the last summer and is also a target for West Ham United.
Liverpool, over the years, have made huge profits from sales of their strikers, be it Fernando Torres to Chelsea, Luis Suarez to Barcelona and more recently Christian Benteke to Crystal Palace. And with Sturridge's future looking bleak at Anfield, the Reds believe they can sell him for a large fee in the summer.