Talks have begun with AS Monaco over the potential transfer of Brazilian playmaker Bernardo Silva, according to the Sunday Times. The versatile forward, who can play on either flank or centrally behind a striker, is said to be on the market for £68.4 million if any club can agree a fee with the French club.
Interest in the 22-year-old is heating up, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Tottenham, and both Manchester clubs all monitoring the man who has scored a number of crucial goals for his team this season, including against Paris Saint-Germain.
However, the Sunday Times also claim that talks over a new contract for Diego Costa have still not progressed to the point where the striker is close to putting pen to paper on a new deal. The Spaniard is believed to still be open to the idea of leaving the club in the summer if terms cannot be agreed.
Chelsea are believed to have put a £130 million asking price on Costa’s head amid interest from China in January, but he could instead try to force a move to Spain, where he previously played for Atletico Madrid, if the club cannot reach an agreement with the 28-year-old over an increased wage.
The Blues will face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final in early March after a hard draw in the next round of the tournament. Sky Sports have reported Jose Mourinho’s reaction to the draw with the mind games clearly beginning early as he said:
“Probably Chelsea can only think about that (the FA Cup) because I think they are champions and they have nothing else to fight for. The FA Cup is something I believe is important for them. I have to play St-Etienne (on Wednesday), I have to play the (League Cup) final, I have to play hopefully another opponent in the Europa League. I have to fight for a top four position in the Premier League. I have so many things to think about.”
The former Chelsea boss has already suffered a 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge once this season, but the pressure is on both sides in the hunt for silverware going into the business end of the season.
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