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Thursday, April 2
- Chelsea have submitted an offer for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez
- Nahuel Bustos dreams of playing in the Premier League with Chelsea
- The Blues have entered talks to sign Alex Telles and Philippe Coutinho
Callum Wilson’s assessment
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson doesn’t think his performances this campaign have warranted transfer speculation with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
Wilson, 28, scored 14 goals in 30 Premier League appearances last season but has managed just eight this term and endured a torrid four-month Premier League drought.
“Of course it is flattering, they are great clubs, massive clubs in the league,” Wilson told Sky Sports. “Last season, my performances were quite consistent and, when there were links, I tried to stay at a certain level and play well.
“First and foremost is obviously keeping Bournemouth up and safe and I haven’t been good enough this season to even be talking about things like that. I put it to the back of my mind and tried to focus on myself.”
Lautaro Martinez offer
Chelsea have submitted an offer for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.
That’s according to Spanish publication Sport, who claim Frank Lampard’s side have presented a ‘very high financial offer’ for the Argentine international.
Barcelona were considered leading contenders to sign Martinez as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez but there is now ‘nervousness’ surrounding the deal.
Sport claim Chelsea and Premier League rivals Manchester City could trigger the player’s £102million release clause and offer him a £169,000-a-week contract.
Nahuel Bustos dream
Nahuel Bustos dreams of playing in the Premier League with Chelsea.
The Talleres forward, 21, can operate on either flank and has recorded 14 goals and three assists in 37 Superliga appearances for the Argentine club.
“I’d like to go outside,” he said during an interview on Instagram via Mundo D. “If I stay in Argentina, I stay at Talleres. I always said so. If they call me from Boca or River, I stay in Talleres. I’m not going to lie to you.
“I’d like to play in Europe. Do you know where I’d like to play? At Chelsea in England. It’s my dream.”
Chelsea double swoop
Chelsea have entered talks to sign Porto defender Alex Telles and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.
Telles, who is valued at £35million, recently hired super-agent Pini Zahavi having previously being represented by his family.
It’s believed Zahavi’s long-standing relationship with Blues owner Roman Abramovich could prove hugely beneficial for the Stamford Bridge club.
Schira continues to say that talks to bring Barcelona flop Coutinho, 27, back to the Premier League are also underway with Tottenham also interested.
“Chelsea are in talks to sign Alex Telles (Porto want €40M) and Coutinho (also Tottenham are interested in him),” Schira tweeted. “The good relationship with their agents Pini Zahavi and Kia Joorabchian could help Blues to finalise the deal.”
Chelsea were in advanced talks to sign Alisson from Roma in 2018 but missed out to Liverpool after hesitating over the transfer, according to reports.
The Reds experienced no such indecision and splashed out £67m in what was then-world record fee for a goalkeeper.
The Blues were reportedly in advanced talks to sign the Brazilian, who was supposedly keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
But they missed their opportunity to finalise a deal because they were trying to convince want-away star Thibaut Courtois to remain in west London, according to The Athletic.
Courtois had made it clear that he desired a move to Real Madrid and went on strike before the start of the 2018/19 campaign in order to force through a move.
However, Director Marina Granovskaia and the rest of the Chelsea hierarchy believed there was a chance to convince the Belgian to change his mind.