Chelsea transfer news: Conte pushes for Sandro deal, Zidane eyeing star duo and more - 3rd January 2018
Manchester United target Alex Sandro on the verge of joining Chelsea
According to The Mirror, Antonio Conte is set to beat Jose Mourinho in the race to sign Alex Sandro from Juventus.
There are reports that a £50m deal will be tabled by Chelsea for the full-back, whom the Blues targeted last summer as well, but failed to get.
The Serie A champions are ready to let the 26-year-old leave the Allianz Stadium as they have identified Bayer Leverkusen's Wendell as the Brazilian's potential replacement.
Sandro, who has scored a goal and provided five assists in 19 appearances in all competitions this term, is contracted to the Old Lady until the summer of 2020.
Antonio Conte ready to let David Luiz, Michy Batshuayi go
Goal.com has claimed that David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi might leave Stamford Bridge in the ongoing transfer window.
Antonio Conte has also made it clear that he will not stop any player from leaving if he finds a suitable replacement in time.
There have been claims that Luiz, who had a fall-out with Conte, has already agreed to a deal with Real Madrid as the 30-year-old is doubtful about his future in London under the Italian manager.
As far as Batshuayi is concerned, the striker is not unhappy at Chelsea but wants more playing chances to book his place in Belgium’s World Cup squad.
The 24-year-old started only two Premier League games this term as Conte preferred to play Eden Hazard as a forward ahead of his fellow Belgian in the absence of Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea sign wonderkid Ballo from Viktoria Koln
Chelsea have made their first January signing in the form of 16-year-old Austrian youth international Thierno Ballo, reported The Sun.
Ballo, who was born in Guinea and raised in Austria, is considered as one of the brightest young prospects in Europe.
The highly-rated striker joined Viktoria Koln from Bayer Leverkusen in 2016 and scored seven goals in 25 league appearances for the club’s Under-17 side. Moreover, he has already played for Chelsea in youth team friendlies.
Ballo, who turned 16 on January 2, already has a sponsorship deal with Adidas and has now signed a scholarship deal with the Blues.
Zinedine Zidane eyeing double transfer swoop
Eden Hazard has consistently been linked with a move to Real Madrid for quite some time now, but, Metro has reported that the Spanish Giants are interested in signing not only Hazard but also N’Golo Kante.
There have been reports that Zinedine Zidane has asked club president Florentino Perez to launch transfer raid for Chelsea outfield duo.
Los Blancos are willing to smash the British transfer record to sign Hazard, who saw off the challenge of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku to be named the Belgian FA's "Devil of the Year."
The La Liga club are planning a record £120m move for the 26-year-old winger, whose current deal expires in 2020.