Chelsea out-of-favour defender Baba Rahman could be on his way to Schalke in January after the Bundesliga giants confirmed talks with the Premier League defending champions.
The 23-year-old has joined the Blues in 2015 and made 23 appearances for them since, which was made difficult by ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho‘s sacking just four months after he joined.
Ghana international full-back has then spent 2016/17 campaign at Schalke 04 and the Blues have signed the likes of Marcos Alonso and Davide Zappacosta to strengthen their defensive options.
Antonio Conte is also keen to lure Brazilian full-back Alex Sandro at Stamford Bridge and Schalke have confirmed they’re keen on signing Rahman in January.
‘We’re in talks with Chelsea regarding Baba Rahman,’ said sporting executive Christian Heidel.
‘There are still one or two things to clear up on their end.
‘We could agree on a deal with the player himself relatively quickly.’
Chelsea head-coach confirmed last month that the 23-year-old Ghana international defender was still recovering from a long-term knee injury and, though he was not considered in his plans and refused to rule out his sale during the January transfer window.
The Blues have signed Baba Rahman for around £20m back in 2015 and will look to recoup as much of that fee from Schalke 04.
Chelsea and Manchester United set to battle it out to sign Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo from Gremio.
The 20-year-old Brazilian starlet who has been rumoured with a switch to Barcelona now seems to be heading to the Premier League after the Catalan giants cooled their interest.
Arthur was spotted wearing Barcelona shirts following a meeting with club president Robert Fernandez earlier last month.
However, the incident angered Gremio and now they are ready to sell him Premier League heavyweights.
And following the signing of Brazilian superstar Philippe Coutinho and the imminent arrival of Yerry Mina, Barca have now cooled their interest in Arthur giving the chance for Premier League clubs to fight for his signature.
The Brazilian playmaker has a buyout clause of £45m in his current deal with Gremio and are reportedly willing to sell him at least £35m.
Man Utd and Chelsea are looking at more experienced options as well, however, will likely test Gremio’s resolve as they seek reinforcements during the January transfer window.
Both Premier League giants are desperate to bolster their squads before the window shuts as they look to close the gap with the league leaders Manchester City.
CHELSEA and Manchester United reportedly face disappointment in their pursuit of Lorenzo Pellegrini in January with the Roma ace keen on to remain at Stadio Olimpico.
Pellegrini made a move to AS Roma from Serie A outfits Sassuolo during the summer transfer window believed to worth £8.9m (€10m).
And he’s hit the ground running back at Roma making 21 appearances in all competitions.
Pellegrini’s fine form has seen him linked with a move to Manchester United as well as their Premier League rivals Chelsea.
The latest reports from Italy claimed that the duo will have to wait until at least the end of the current campaign to get him on-board though.
According to Tutto Mercato Web, Pellegrini has decided snub interest from Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester United.
And that means he’ll be staying at Stadio Olimpico as AS Roma attempt to secure Champions League football for the next season.
Tutto Mercato Web claimed that the United and Chelsea have more chance of signing Pellegrini after the end of the season.
Roma will have to make Financial Fair Play (FFP) considerations then and may need to balance the books.
That situation could force them to sell Pellegrini in the summer.
Roma were in a similar position last year and shifted Mohamed Salah to Liverpool to satisfy UEFA.