The January transfer window is now open, with Chelsea continuing to be linked with a host of big names.
The Blues were the biggest spenders in the summer, splashing more than £200m, but they have been tipped to do yet more business in January as they look to bridge the gap to the leading pack in the Premier League.
Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Stamford Bridge.
Saturday morning’s Chelsea transfer talk news roundup:
Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Strasbourg centre-back Mohamed Simakan in January.
The 20-year-old has not missed a single Ligue 1 match for his French club during the 2020-21 campaign, contributing one goal and one assist in 17 appearances.
Simakan has a contract with Strasbourg until June 2023, but according to Le 10 Sport, the youngster could be on the move during the January transfer window.
The report claims that Chelsea want to bring the Frenchman to Stamford Bridge, although Frank Lampard’s side could face intense competition from Italian giants AC Milan.
Simakan, who has also played right-back and central midfield for his club this season, is believed to be valued in the region of £13.5m.
Manchester United are reportedly confident of signing Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho for ‘notably less’ than £107m during this summer’s transfer window.
The Red Devils were strongly linked with the England international over the summer but were not prepared to meet BVB’s asking price for the former Manchester City youngster.
Sancho has struggled to show his best form for Dortmund this season, failing to score in 11 Bundesliga appearances, although he has contributed four goals and eight assists in 18 outings in all competitions.
According to 90min, United are not concerned by the 20-year-old’s form this term and are confident of signing him for less than £100m ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.
Sancho’s contract at Signal Iduna Park still has another two and a half years left to run, meaning that his Bundesliga side will not be under huge pressure to sell in the summer window.
However, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano recently said that he expects the Englishman to move to the Premier League in 2021.
Chelsea and Liverpool are also thought to be interested in a player who has scored 38 goals and registered 51 assists in 117 appearances since arriving at Dortmund in 2017.
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