Chelsea: Koulibaly release clause revealed; starlet speaks out; 'secret list' of clubs

Despite speculation linking the Blues with a move for Napoli’s Senegalese central defender Kalidou Koulibaly throughout the summer, the strong defender is now set to sign a new deal which will see his wages more than double from £16,000 a week to £33,000 per week with a £76 million release clause, claim Sport Mediaset.

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Whilst it had seemed possible that Antonio Conte may seek to go back in for the target, that would now seem unlikely. It is believed that the club only made a late move to bring David Luiz back to Stamford Bridge once it became clear that Napoli would not accept any offers for Koulibaly, despite the player reportedly being keen on the move. Therefore, the shockingly high release clause is unlikely to have any impact on Chelsea, but does show how far off they were of signing him with Conte’s team valuing him at £50 million at most.

Another defender who could be on the move is exciting youth prospect Andreas Christensen, with Borussia Monchengladbach, where he is currently on a two year loan, keen to make the deal permanent. However, he has now spoken about the speculation, telling the Rheinischen Post that:

“I do not know yet whether my future lies… Maybe the decision is not mine to make… There is nothing I can do if Chelsea want me to return. But if I get to make the decision myself, I will take my time and take everything into consideration. It is not an easy decision.”

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The promising 20-year-old won the German club’s Player of the Year award in his debut season, and the Dane was subject to a reported bid from the club as they sought to retain the central defender. Chelsea made it clear that they would not sell their man, but it remains to be seen how desperate they are to keep their man, or if they can be tempted into accepting a big money offer.

Whilst on the topic of players going out on loan, Bristol City star Tammy Abraham has got off to an impressive start to life at Ashton Gate, and club CEO Mark Ashton has spoken of the difficulties of persuading the London club to loan a player to the Bristol outfit, as Metro claim that the club even has a list of clubs that they will not loan players to.

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Directors reportedly told Ashton that they don’t believe that loans to English Football League clubs are as effective as loan deals abroad, and have a list of clubs who they will not loan players to due to the lack of game time that previous loanees have got at the club. Abraham has got off to an impressive start though, starting six and playing in all eight games since signing for the club, and scoring six goals in the process as he continues his development at a Championship club seemingly on the way up.

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