As Leicester City continue to hold fast to their £80m valuation of Wesley Fofana, Chelsea could be (should be?) looking to identify alternative targets for a bit of extra speculation in the final week of the summer transfer window.
Brighton’s Adam Webster was one such unlikely target; here is another: according to Sky Deutschland, Chelsea have “discussed internally” the possible transfer of Edmond Tapsoba of Bayer Leverkusen. By which presumably they mean talked among ourselves in private, as opposed to doing so in public, which is obviously how we conduct all the rest of our transfer business.
The name should be familiar from last summer’s brief links, and while this year’s rumors should go away just as quickly, perhaps we’ll see them again next summer as well. There’s plenty of time after all, as the 23-year-old’s contract runs through 2026, with an asking price as high as €60m previously rumored.
X News #Tapsoba: He‘s definitely on the list of #CFC and a possible transfer target in the future. He was discussed internally in the case that the transfer with #Fofana would fail. @Sky_Marc @SkySportDE— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) August 24, 2022
One option that seems to be getting no love is simply keeping Trevoh Chalobah to give us a pair of useful legs in defense. He’s got half the Serie A barking after him — the top half; the bottom half are barking after Ethan Ampadu — with AC Milan reportedly joining the party as well.
As per Gianluca Di Marzio, Milan could be interested in Chalobah should we make him available on loan with a buy-option — similar to how we let them fleece us for Fikayo Tomori. Yay!
AC Milan could join Inter and Leipzig in the race to sign Trevoh Chalobah on loan… but been told Chelsea and player decision likely to be made after Friday. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 24, 2022
Chalobah wants guaranteed game time + he will only leave if Wesley Fofana joins Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/iWHKS7EoXs