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Two Monaco fullbacks at top of Chelsea shortlist despite Moses extension and pay rise — report

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In his latest report, the Telegraph’s Matt Law fills in the missing wage detail of Victor Moses’s contract extension, which was signed and announced yesterday.

We knew that it was a two-year extension to the existing deal, which was due to expire in 2019, but as expected, the new deal through 2021 carries with it a substantial pay rise as well. For the next almost four and a half seasons, Moses will be paid £75,000 per week, up 66% from his previously reported £45,000 weekly salary. While our FPP Database is woefully out of date at the moment, the £75,000 should be around the lower end of the second tier of wages paid by the club, below the likes of Hazard and Costa and Fàbregas, but right around the likes of Matić and Cahill and Alonso.

Speaking of Marcos Alonso, Law’s report also prognosticates on the future state of Chelsea wing-backs (all assuming we keep rolling with the three-man backline for the foreseeable future of course), with the left flank supposedly a slightly higher priority for reinforcements in the summer than Moses’s right.

Law name-drops Monaco duo Djibril Sidibé and Thomas Lemar as two of Chelsea’s main targets. Sidibé we’ve heard about and from before and he looks the most ready and likely of all Monaco’s players to cash in. Sidibé is capable on both flanks, which could be a nice advantage. Meanwhile, Thomas Lemar would be a more attacking option, who’s more comfortable on the left flank. Lemar’s a fair bit less likely to leave Monaco this summer than Sidibé, though these things do have a habit of changing from day-to-day, week-to-week. Lemar would certainly be a more expensive but also younger option (21 vs. 24).

The report also claims that Chelsea are no longer really interested in Schalke 04’s Sead Kolasinac despite a confirmed bid for him in January, and that Nathan Aké’s future is far from assured at the club, despite Conte recalling him in January.

Only a few short months to go before we’re done with all this football nonsense and we can fully concentrate on the really important things like transfers and transfer rumors! Brace yo’selves!