Neymar’s Brazil team-mate and former PSG player Thiago Silva would be keen for him to move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The forward, who joined PSG from Barcelona in a world-record £200m deal in 2017, contributed 13 goals and eight assists in 28 matches last season.
The 30-year-old reportedly wanted to stay put and help the club fight for a first Champions League title but has now changed his mind because he is ‘not feeling the love’ at PSG.
“He has to come to Chelsea,” Silva told Jornal do Commercio .
“If it happens, it will be for the best. He doesn’t need to comment. As of now I don’t know anything, but I hope it will happen.”
Despite racking up 100 goals and 60 assists in 144 games for the club, PSG will find it difficult to offload the Brazil international due to the money involved.
Neymar’s £600,000-a-week contract is set to be extended to June 2027 at the end of the month and not many clubs can afford such an outlay.
RMC notes that the star’s former club, Barcelona, do not have the funds to sign him, while Manchester United would need to offload Cristiano Ronaldo first and Newcastle would represent a major step down in a World Cup year. Chelsea are considered a possibility following Todd Boehly’s takeover.
Chelsea have reached a full agreement at club level with Leeds United over a transfer fee for Raphinha.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, who claims that Leeds have accepted a bid in the region of £60m for the Brazilian winger.
Negotiations over personal terms are now said to be ongoing, with new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly pushing hard to wrap up a deal in the not-too-distant future.
The Brazilian ace had been heavily linked with the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona after informing Leeds of his desire to leave the club earlier this summer.
It is said that Thomas Tuchel has identified Raphinha as a target due to his ability in one-on-one situations and would like to bring him to Stamford Bridge alongside Raheem Sterling before the new Premier League campaign gets underway.
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.