All the latest Chelsea news as it happens including updates on Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling, Levi Colwill and more.
London’s coverage of Chelsea transfer news and Blues updates on Thursday.
The defender has been heavily linked with a move for the best part of five-years and, amid an increasingly uncertain future at Napoli, the Blues look set to finally secure their long-term target.
Presnel Kimpembe is prioritising a stay at PSG over a move to Chelsea this summer, reports GOAL France.
The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to the Blues and a reunion with manager Thomas Tuchel.
14:52Danyal Khan.Rio Ferdinand hits out at Raheem Sterling criticism and makes Chelsea transfer prediction.
Rio Ferdinand has hit out at Liverpool supporters for doubting Raheem Sterling’s judgement to have jumped ship back in 2014 for Manchester City as the former Manchester United defender made an exciting Chelsea prediction.
Londonunderstands Chelsea will pay Man City an initial fee worth around £45million for Sterling.
Ferdinand believes criticism directed at Sterling are unfair as he went on to label this Chelsea acquisition as ‘a steal.
‘ He added: “Questioned by Liverpool fans, ridiculed by Liverpool fans when he made that move‘ other sections of the football community questioned whether he was good enough, shouldn’t be held in that esteem, shouldn’t be held in that class. The kid does it everywhere, he does it in the Champions League, the Premier League. And Chelsea, by the way, what a steal.”
14:29Danyal Khan.How Raheem Sterling will push new Chelsea teammates as Mason Mount highlights rare experience.
Mason Mount knows exactly what Raheem Sterling is going to bring to the Chelsea side following his £47.5million move from Manchester City.
“Having been up close and personal with him, you can see the levels he sets for himself,” explains Mountat Chelsea’s team hotel in Los Angeles.
14:21Danyal Khan.Mason Mount body transformation shown on Chelsea pre-season under Thomas Tuchel in USA. Chelsea’s pre-season base in Los Angeles is being put to good use by the travelling players.
London that Chelsea are considering making a move for Serge Gnabry this summer.
Chelsea were very interested in Raphinha – and even agreed a fee with Leeds United – but Barcelona won the race for the Brazil international.
13:17Danyal Khan.Presnel Kimpembe’s transfer preference revealed as Thomas Tuchel has Chelsea back-three plan.
Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe reportedly prefers a move to ‘England‘ and Chelsea FC, in particular, over Juventus as new owner Todd Boehly makes direct contact with his agent to conclude a deal.
That the 26-year-old has put a move to England ahead of any other potential transfers amid interest from Juventus, who look to be about to lose Matthijs de Ligt to Bayern Munich.
12:41Danyal Khan.Kalidou Koulibaly’s ‘official‘ Chelsea announcement moves closer as Napoli identify replacement.
Kalidou Koulibaly’s move to Chelsea has edged a step closer with Napoli having identified the main transfer replacement who turns out to be a former Spurs target.
According to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, former Spurs target and Fenerbahce talisman Kim Min-jae remains ahead of Lazio’s Francesco Acerbi in the race to replace the Chelsea-bound Koulibaly.
An official announcement of this deal is expected soon, with the highly sought-after defender spotted in London on Friday morning undergoing his medical ahead of jetting off across the Atlantic where, like Sterling, his signing will most likely be announced in Los Angeles.
Chelsea are no longer interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United this summer.
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly – who is currently acting as the club’s interim sporting director following the departures of Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech – was pitched the 37-year-old forward during a meeting with Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, last month.
Looks like his agent has played this game perfectly…. 11:13Danyal Khan.Latest Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea odds.
Maybe there is some substance in the Matheus Nunes rumours after all…. 10:39Danyal Khan.Arsenal and Chelsea handed major transfer blow as Serge Gnabry makes Bayern contract decision.
The news will come as a blow to Arsenal and Chelsea fans who were hopeful that the German would make a sensational return to the Premier League.
Arsenal have long been linked with a move for Gnabry.
London also understands that the Gunners‘ rivals Chelsea want to bring in two attackers this summer.
Well, that’s another Chelsea FC target officially out of the window now.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has dropped a telling transfer hint amid links to various forwards across Europe including Cristiano Ronaldo, Serge Gnabry, Rafael Leao and Robert Lewandowski.
London had reported the news initially that the Dutchman was left out the tour which was a big hint itself that something was going on behind the scenes.
09:28Danyal Khan.Thomas Tuchel clever Cristiano Ronaldo call ensures Chelsea can avoid repeat of £20m blunder.
On Saturday, when Chelsea announced the initial first-team squad travelling across the pond for the first leg of the US tour, there was equal concern and intrigue over the exclusion of striker Armando Broja.
There had still been some doubt over whether the forward would even make it out for pre-season, but late Tuesday evening, into the early hours of Wednesday, we got confirmation that Broja would be travelling out to LA to reconnect with the Chelsea squad as originally planned.
08:55Danyal Khan.What Raheem Sterling did after first Chelsea training as Thomas Tuchel delivers transfer verdict.
After Sterling’s first ever training in the Trivago Chelsea gear, as well as taking time out to sign autographs with the supporters who attended the open training, he was keen himself alongside other players to get involved in the LA Dodgers culture.
Southampton seem to be at the front of the queue for the Chelsea youngster who is likely to leave on a permanent deal this summer according to the latest reports.
An announcement today isn’t out of the realms of possibilities, especially considering how fast Chelsea are moving currently on the transfer front.