Chelsea are plotting transfer revenge on Barcelona as they are reportedly eyeing the Catalan club’s starlet Alejandro Balde,
The teenager, who is currently part of the Barcelona B team, has been training with the first-team squad.
But he is desperate to play matches and is set to tell Barca chiefs that he wants to consider a move away from the club unless he is guaranteed more gametime throughout the 2022/23 campaign.
Barcelona are set to sign Andreas Christensen this summer when his contract with Chelsea expires. And the Spanish giants could also attempt to prise Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta away from Stamford Bridge.
According to The Mirror, Chelsea tried to sign Balde a year ago but didn’t have any success. But they are considering making a move for the left-back once again during the current transfer window and will use Barca’s interest in Alonso and Azpilicueta to try and negotiate a deal for him.
Balde came through the Barcelona academy and made his first-team debut under previous manager Ronald Koeman as a late substitute against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last September. He has gone on to make five La Liga appearances and played in two Champions League matches last season.
His current contract is set to keep him at the Nou Camp until the summer of 2024. But if Barca can’t offer him the opportunities he is looking for, he could well persuade club bosses to let him depart over the coming months.
Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour is set for ‘showdown talks’ with Thomas Tuchel regarding his future at Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
The 21-year-old recently saw his contract renewed by a year, keeping him at Chelsea until 2024.
The Scotland international has made just 22 appearances for the Blues since coming through the academy after joining from Rangers.
Last season, Gilmour spent his first campaign away from Stamford Bridge as he played for relegated Norwich City.
The spell was less than successful, with Norwich’s fans turning on the loanee half-way through the season after a string of unimpressive performances in the poor side.
However, the Scottish Sun have now reported that Gilmour will hold ‘showdown talks’ with Tuchel regarding his future.
He is waiting to discover whether he will feature in Tuchel’s plans for the new season after the automatic extension clause in his contract was triggered.
Recent reports have linked former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard with a move for Gilmour.
The pair shared a strong relationship, with Lampard bringing Gilmour from the academy and into the first team during his time at Chelsea.
It is unclear as to whether Gilmour would be allowed to depart on a permanent deal or whether Chelsea could seek another loan move for the player.
Gilmour has been capped 15 times by his country, an impressive feat at such a young age.
The midfielder will no doubt be keen for first-team football and with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek currently ahead of him in the pecking order at Chelsea, he could depart.