Chelsea round-up: Real Madrid's Pepe wanted; Leicester eye Tammy Abraham; Youri Tielemans decides on move
Spanish newspaper Marca report that Chelsea are one of several clubs who are monitoring Portugal defender Pepe with an eye to pouncing when his contract expires in the summer at Real Madrid, despite his wishes to wait for a new offer to stay at the Bernabéu in the hope that it could convince him to remain in the Spanish capital.
The experienced central defender could be a replacement for John Terry should he leave the club in the summer and would bring bags of experience having won every trophy available during his spell in Spain, having been a key man particularly during Jose Mourinho’s tenure at the club.
One man at the other end of his career is teenager Tammy Abraham, currently on loan at Bristol City. However, the Sun claim that Leicester City are considering a move to bring him to the King Power Stadium permanently in the summer after he has shot to fame with 24 goals so far this season in a side fighting relegation at the wrong end of the Championship table.
The England under 21 international has attracted plaudits from across the game and will return to the club with valuable experience ahead of next season, but it seems unlikely that he will go straight into the Chelsea first team upon his return.
It is looking increasingly unlikely that he will be joined at Cobham in the summer by young midfielder Youri Tielemans as French newspaper L’Equipe claim that the central midfielder is preparing to choose a move to Monaco from Anderlecht, ahead of Chelsea and a number of other Premier League clubs who are in pursuit.
The 19-year-old Belgian already has way over 100 appearances in the first team and has even got two caps to his name, but it’s thought that he is reluctant to move to the Premier League at such a young age where he is unlikely to be first choice under Antonio Conte.
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