Chelsea round-up: Unhappy Tottenham ace targeted; Conte not at fault over Barkley; duo set for loans
Chelsea could look to capitalise on uncertainty surrounding the future of Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, according to The Telegraph. The Belgian’s agent has reportedly told the club to either improves his wages or allow him to move on from Wembley with Manchester City also interested.
Alderweireld has been one of the Premier League’s most impressive defenders since his arrival, initially at Southampton. At White Hart Lane, he has shown his quality at an elite level but he may be tempted by the opportunity to win titles and the wages on offer at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea could also clash with their London rivals over the potential January signing of Ross Barkley. A move this summer is believed to have collapsed after the midfielder could not get hold of Antonio Conte, and The Times now say that the manager was ordered not to have any role in the transfer.
Barkley is currently out until Christmas with a hamstring injury and is taking the time to reconsider his future. However, one of the club’s directors and technical director Michael Emenalo were leading the deal after Conte was blamed for the collapse of the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who he told that he would be used at wing-back.
Two players may still depart west London this summer, as Turkish newspaper Fanatik says that winger Kennedy and full-back Baba Rahman could join Turkish side Galatasaray on loan. The Turkish transfer window is still open and clubs are able to sign players from anywhere in the world until their window closes.
Neither player is part of Antonio Conte’s plans for the upcoming season and it seems possible that a loan exit would be in the club’s interest. Kennedy may well have featured for the Blues, but his poor behaviour on a pre-season tour of China saw him sent home and could put an end to his time at the club.