Aubameyang alternatives, Fofana plan and why Todd Boehly must wait to make key Chelsea hire

Aubameyang alternatives, Fofana plan and why Todd Boehly must wait to make key Chelsea hire. Here is a full transcript from our Chelsea Q&A with our Blues correspondent Adam Newson as he answered your questions on the transfer window

pritam: Do you think the third bid for Wesley Fofana is going to get accepted? And if so when it might go in?

Adam says: “I wish I could give a hard answer to that question! Chelsea are planning to make another offer this week and with add-ons included, I’ve been told it could exceed the £80m Leicester received for Harry Maguire. Is that enough? There’s a feeling that it should be but the later in the window we get, the less likely Leicester are to sell.”..TAP..TO.CONTINUE READING.

t111: Surely with Wesley Fofana’s fee reaching astronomical levels, Chelsea must be exploring other options? If you are willing to attempt a player who signed a new deal five months ago, then they must be numerous elite targets?

Adam says: “Fofana has been on Chelsea’s radar for more than a year – and his performance in the 2021 FA Cup final impressed many at the club. Yet there was a feeling he wouldn’t leave Leicester until next summer. Once Chelsea were given an indication he was prepared to go now, they stepped up their interest and obviously bids are being made.

“Yes, they are sizeable but the hope is should Fofana sign, he stays at Stamford Bridge for many years. Of course, there have been other centre-back targets along the way this summer (Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde, for example) that Chelsea have missed out on. They don’t want to repeat with Fofana.”

eggplantzucchini: If Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng is not leaving Barcelona, who are the forwards Chelsea are looking at? Considering Timo Werner’s departure, plus Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi potentially leaving, surely there a few options in mind?

Adam says: “Aubameyang is certainly Tuchel’s first choice and Chelsea will try to get a read on whether a deal – potentially on loan – is possible this week. It doesn’t appear as if Aubameyang is going to push his way out, though. So it’s really on Chelsea to make it happen.

“In terms of alternatives, Memphis Depay has been offered by Barcelona and there is some interest on Chelsea’s part. Victor Osimhen has been linked and from what I gather, Chelsea have previously looked at the Napoli forward. However, he would cost a huge fee and that makes it unlikely this summer.

“Armando Boja, as things currently stand, has been told he is staying this season so that is a second forward added to the group in addition to Raheem Sterling. There’s also a feeling Carney Chukwuemeka could play as one of the tens in Tuchel’s system too.”

t111: Hakim Ziyech feels a bit like Danny Rose all over again, waiting for AC Milan to submit an offer. But are they that many clubs willing to offer something Chelsea would accept?

Adam says: “From what I know, Ziyech is still hoping something can be done with Milan. But talks have dragged on for several weeks without any resolution. He’s very much open to leaving and Chelsea will let him go if the right bid arrives. The issue is whether any club will spend big on a 29-year-old.”

Ayechan: Have you heard any news on Christian Pulisic? Is he still a part of Tuchel’s plan? Might he leave Chelsea before the transfer window ends?

Adam says: “It’s been the case for a while now that Pulisic isn’t overjoyed with his role in the Chelsea squad under Thomas Tuchel and I think he’d be open to a move if the right opportunity arose. But I don’t think it’s likely he’ll leave before the transfer window ends and there’s been little talk of that throughout the summer.”

TrueBlueChelsea: Do you think Chelsea will wait for Michael Edwards or will lose patience and hire another sporting director in January?

Adam says: “Edwards is very much Chelsea’s first choice for the sporting director role. I keep being told he is unlikely to break his plan to take a year off, however. Personally, if he’s viewed as *the guy* I’d wait as wouldn’t anticipate Chelsea being hugely busy in January if they land their targets this summer.”

Tashmid: How do you feel Chelsea’s transfer window went so far? I feel they have landed some of the targets they wanted (other than Raphinha, Kounde or in general those who were snapped from us by Barca) but their negotiations were poor, especially for the Marc Cucurella deal.

Adam says: “Best description of the window for me is chaotic. There hasn’t appeared to be too much of a strategy in place and things have resembled a trolley dash at times. That being said, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cucurella and Raheem Sterling are great additions, as is potentially Fofana. So I think it could still be a good window for Chelsea, especially if they continue to move players out too. It’s just the process of getting there.”

cfcmorfonica: There are rumors that Chelsea has an interest in Celtic’s Croatian right-back Josip Juranović, is that true?

Adam says: “Chelsea are still considering options for the right wing-back position as they search for a deputy to Reece James. Juranovic’s name hasn’t come up in any conversation I’ve had so far this summer but, as always that doesn’t necessarily mean there is nothing in the speculation.”

TrueBlueChelsea: What’s the update on outgoings? Youngsters like Billy Gilmour, Ethan Ampadu and Dujon Sterling are yet to be loaned out and players like Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi haven’t been shipped out yet?

Adam says: “I’m told Ampadu is holding talks with Chelsea in the coming days regarding what is next for him – there is plenty of interest for sure. Sterling is set to depart on a Championship loan again. Things seem strangely quiet around Gilmour but expect him to leave on loan before the window closes.

“Barkley and Batshuayi remain as no genuine offer has been made as yet. Chelsea are understandably happy for both to go. I’m interested to see what happens if no bid arrives though.”

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