REVEALED: Chelsea’s ‘five-man shortlist’ for a ‘big-money midfield buy’ as they prepare to let Jorginho go for FREE… but hope both Mount and Kante will sign new deals in Todd Boehly’s latest plans
- Chelsea ‘are plotting to sign a big-money midfielder in January or the summer’
- The Blues chiefs are reportedly prepared to let Jorginho walk on a free transfer
- Todd Boehly ‘hopes to retain Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante on fresh contracts’
- The club’s pursuit of World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez has hit a wall this week
- Chelsea are eager to sign ‘Moises Caicedo or Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton’
- England midfielders Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham ‘are also on the shortlist’
Chelsea have forged a five-man transfer shortlist in the hope of luring a high-profile midfielder to Stamford Bridge, as the Blues chiefs prepare to let Jorginho leave the club on a free transfer, according to reports.
Chairman Todd Boehly, who this week stepped down as the club’s interim sporting director and handed recruitment responsibility to Paul Winstanley and Christopher Vivell, is reportedly eager to retain star midfielders N’Golo Kante and Mason Mount on fresh deals.
The Blues made a verbal agreement to sign out-of-favour Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix on a £9million loan move until the end of the season, but it is understood the west London club would also like to bolster Graham Potter’s midfield after a lackluster start the campaign.
Chelsea ‘have forged a five-man transfer shortlist after preparing to let Jorginho walk for free’
Brighton midfield duo Alexis Mac Allister (L) and Moises Caicedo (R) ‘are on Chelsea’s shortlist’
Chelsea will ideally look to strengthen the engine room this month but may still hold out until the end of the season and instead attack the market in the summer, according to The Telegraph.
Despite placing Benfica star Enzo Fernandez at the top of their list of transfer targets, negotiations have stalled with the Portuguese club unwilling to let the World Cup winner walk for a fee worth less than his £112m buyout clause.
Fernandez is joined on Chelsea’s list of big-money targets by Brighton pair Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister, as well as England internationals Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham.
Former Chelsea academy star Declan Rice could leave West Ham to join the Blues this summer
Roger Schmidt has claimed that Enzo Fernandez’s proposed move to Benfica is now ‘closed’
Reports claim that Brighton are more willing to listen to offers for Caicedo this month, keen to hold on to World Cup winner Mac Allister at least until the end of the campaign.
Ex-Independiente star Caicedo joined the Seagulls in February 2021 on deadline day and has since chalked up 29 senior appearances for the south coast club.
During his two-year spell, the Ecuadorian international has impressed as a box-to-box midfielder, supporting Brighton with both skill and physicality in attack and defence.
Mac Allister’s fruitful World Cup campaign, which led to Argentina lifting the illustrious trophy in Qatar last month, piqued the interest of several European clubs ahead of the January transfer window.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham is also wanted by Real Madrid and Liverpool
A vital player for Potter during the manager’s reign at Brighton, Mac Allister would offer Chelsea’s midfield an extra burst of creativity, which has been lacking of late in the absence of playmaking full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell.
Former Blues academy star Rice, who has since emerged one of the league’s best defensive midfielders at West Ham, is a key target of Boehly’s at Stamford Bridge, with the England international expected to seek new pastures in the summer.
Finally, the Blues chiefs will reportedly look into a deal for Borussia Dortmund superstar Bellingham, although the Real Madrid and Liverpool target will likely hold the largest valuation following his impressive campaign with England in Qatar.
Chelsea reached a verbal agreement with Atletico Madrid to sign Joao Felix on loan for £9m
It is understood that Jorginho, who was nominated for the Ballon d’Or after his Champions League and European Championship-winning year with Chelsea and Italy in 2021, is unlikely to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
There are question marks as to whether it would be good business for Boehly to offer the 31-year-old midfielder a new contract in the summer, following a disappointing season so far under Potter.
The Italian has yet to register an assist and has only netted three times in 22 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign.