Chelsea are willing to pay upwards to £71 million to bring Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez to Stamford Bridge, according to recent reports.
Spanish reports suggest that Antonio Conte is a big fan of the Spaniard, and wants to bring him to the club next summer. Despite interest from the Premier League champions, the Spanish side have no intention of letting the 22-year-old leave, unless his £134 million release clause is paid.
So far this season, Saul has scored once and assisted a goal in all competitions for Atletico.
Should Antonio Conte leave the club, Chelsea officials are keen on bringing Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri to the club, recent reports have suggested.
Conte’s future has been widely discussed in recent weeks, with the Italian being linked with a return to Italy in the near future.
Napoli boss Sarri is reportedly one of the club’s first choice options to replace Conte, as he a £6.7 million release clause in his contract. Sarri’s style of football has been widely admired around Europe, and Napoli currently sit top of Serie A after ten games.
Ross Barkley turned down a move to Chelsea in the summer over fears of a lack of playing time, according to former Everton player Alan Stubbs.
“It looked like he was going to Chelsea but he had a change of heart at the last minute and decided against it.
“The one thing that Ross would have wanted was that he would be starting games and Chelsea couldn’t promise him that.
“That wasn’t going to be the case and that’s one of the reasons why he decided to stay at Everton.”
Musonda Move Blocked
Charly Musonda won’t be moving on loan in January, as Antonio Conte plans to use the Belgian more during the season.
The winger hit headlines recently for his social media outburst, which saw Musonda complain about his lack of first team football so far this season.
In an effort to appease Musonda, Blues officials were set to allow the Belgian to leave on loan, but Conte has intervened to keep him at the club.
Musonda has started two games this season, both coming in the Carabao Cup.