Blues star tells Chelsea he wants to leave as transfer talks continue

Napoli and Chelsea are still in talks for Emerson Palmieri with the Italy international who has reportedly informed the Blues he wants to leave.

Emerson will see his contract expire in June 2022, but the Premier League giants have an option to extend his stay at the club until 2023.

The Brazil-born defender with an Italian passport moved to South London from Roma in a €20m deal in 2018.

Now, the former Giallorossi coach Luciano Spalletti wants to reunite with the 26-year-old at Napoli, but according to several reports in Italy, the Blues’ asking price is still too high.

Chelsea midfielder undergoes medical ahead of permanent exit from Stamford Bridge

Lewis Bate is on the verge of joining Leeds United from Chelsea, according to The Athletic.

Bate arrived in West Yorkshire this morning to undergo a medical and, baring any late snags, will soon be unveiled as a Leeds player, bring his time at Stamford Bridge to a close.

Discussions between Chelsea and Leeds are believed to have gathered pace at a relatively quick speed and a fee between the two clubs of around £1.5million has been agreed upon, report

Although Chelsea are poised to land an initial windfall of £1.5million from Bate’s exit, the value of the deal could rise depending on how well his career takes off at Elland Road.

As well as that, The Athletic report that Chelsea have inserted a sell-on clause within the deal, meaning if Bate is to be sold by Leeds in the future then the Blues would land a percentage of that sale price. However, no buy-back clause has been included.

Bate could complete a move to Leeds United this evening.

Chelsea set to present “monster offer” for Erling Haaland as Borussia Dortmund remain resolute

There are reports that Chelsea are preparing a “monster offer” to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

The Blues have tried in vain to persuade the Bundesliga side to accept a players-plus-cash deal for the £150m-rated hotshot.

According to the reports, Chelsea are ready deliver a £135million bid for the Norway international.

The Sun had earlier reported how that has forced the Champions League holders to revive their interest in Bayern Munich’s record-breaking Robert Lewandowski as they try to give boss Thomas Tuchel the prolific goalscorer he wants.

However, Haaland remains Chelsea’s No1 target and 90mins claims they are now readying a ‘monster offer’ for the Norwegian.

And those claims have been backed up by various other sources since.

One of those was former Premier League and Norway star Jan Aage Fjortoft, who told ESPN that a ‘fantasy bid’ of £135m is set to arrive on Dortmund’s desk.

He said: “Chelsea have him as their main target.

“They would like to test Dortmund with a fantasy offer, and a fantasy offer will be around €150m (£135m) – double what they can get for him next summer.”

But Dortmund are determined to hold onto the striker for at least another season.

They have already lost Jadon Sancho to Manchester United and they are loath to lose their talisman as well.

Chelsea make shock swoop for former Fulham star, Thomas Tuchel supports move

Chelsea are reportedly lining up a shock swoop for ex-Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

The keeper, 29, been a free agent after Fulham decided not to renew his contract, despite his 105 appearances for them since coming through their academy.

The Cottagers gave him a new contract in 2018, but things at the club turned sour when Bettinelli fell out with boss Scott Parker.

The Sun report he had an impressive loan stint at Middlesborough last season where he made 41 starts, but it wasn’t enough for them to take him on permanently.

After a short period on football’s scrap-heap, the ex-England Under-21 star could have a new home at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues need some cover for their No 1 stopper Edouard Mendy and his deputy Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of the new Premier League season.

The West London side are a bit light in the keeper department following the exit of veteran Willy Caballero and Jamal Blackman, both of whose contract’s expired last month.

And Blues boss Thomas Tuchel reckons Bettinelli fits the bill, according to The Telegraph.