Players Chelsea will be scouting at the World Cup ahead of January transfer window
Whilst plenty of Blues are heading to the World Cup, Potter and Co. will be scouting some other stars at the tournament as he looks to bring in new talent when the transfer window opens.
The Chelsea era under Graham Potter hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts. The Blues were able to go to the Champions League Round of 16, however they were later ousted from the Carabao Cup. They haven’t won in five games and have dropped their previous three Premier League contests;
their most recent loss was at Newcastle last weekend.
Chelsea is now ranked eighth in the standings, 16 points behind league-leading Arsenal and eight points behind fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur. The process of shaping Potter’s team will take time, and it will formally start in January.
According to sources, the Blues have a long-standing interest in Nkunku and were considering making an approach in the summer but were deterred by Leipzig’s €100 million (£87.6 million) asking price.
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The France international signed a two-year agreement at the Red Bull Arena in June, which raised questions about whether a transfer was likely.
However, it’s believed that a €60 million (£52.6 million) release clause, which goes into effect in the summer, was added to his contract, meaning Nkunku may be able to go for a lot less money than initially anticipated.
Together with Aurelien Tchouameni, Rice, who was let go from Cobham at the age of 14, led the Blues’ shortlist last year. Although the Englishman wasn’t up for sale, that can change in the future. Despite this, a change in January still looks unlikely.
Alvarez of Ajax was hotly pursued before the Eredivisie’s own deadline in the summer, but any potential transfer was unsuccessful. The player has subsequently stated that he would be open to moving to west London, so interest may pick up again in the next year.
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Over the past year, Chelsea’s interest in Bellingham has been well-documented, and the Englishman is thought to be the spark that will start the essential renovation of the Blues’ midfield. Many ex-professionals and pundits agree that Bellingham should be signed by Chelsea because he has the ability to advance the England midfielder to the next level.
Hans-Joachim Watzkead, the CEO of Borussia Dortmund, also stated that the player and the German club will talk about his future after he returns from international duty.