It's been a bit of a quiet weekend as far as transfer rumors are concerned, with people still reeling from the political events of the last couple days as well as the utterly dire football that had been on display for most of Saturday. Games like Wales vs. Northern Ireland and, shockingly, Croatia vs. Portugal really can make one lose the will to care.
Fortunately, the Italian media is stronger than the rest and can churn transfer rumors like no one else (see: the Radja Nainggolan round-and-round-and-round-and-rounds). And so it is the case with the first couple names, Lichsteiner and Cuadrado.
The former captained his country to penalty kick shootout loss on Saturday against Poland in the Last 16 of Euro 2016, first seeing the goal of the tournament from Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri but then also having to watch Arsenal's Granit Xhaka miss decisively in the shootout. And it wasn't even close! Having been eliminated, the 32-year-old can start concentrating on his future, as he's widely expected to leave Juventus this summer. The link to Chelsea is perhaps obvious, with Antonio Conte coming in. Gazzetta dello Sport claim that a €15m offer is in the works, which matches earlier rumors from even more dubious sources. There's still no clarification on how these rumors imagine Chelsea paying that much for Lichsteiner only to then give him a one-year contract as an over-30 player.
The right-back's Juventus teammate Juan Cuadrado will represent his country today as well, in the third place match at the Copa América kicking off very soon. His future has been the subject of many rumors for many months now, but the latest have him down as returning to Chelsea and trying his luck under Conte. In theory, he has some good attributes to play as a right winger or wingback. Hurray?
Speaking of winger-wingback hybrids, young Baba Rahman has popped up in the news as well, with Corriere dello Sport claiming (via Sport Witness) that Lazio are interested in finding a bargain with the kid who's first season as Chelsea had not gone exactly to plan. Despite the inconsistent playing time and showings, €13m still sounds rather cheap, especially when Lazio are trying to offload similarly winger-y Antonio Candreva for almost three times as much. Even if Baba's future lies away from Stamford Bridge, I doubt we're desperate enough for cash to have to settle for such bad deals.