Chelsea endured a difficult 2022-23 campaign, dropping out of the top four to finish 12th in the Premier League. New manager Mauricio Pochettino is working to put together a team to get the club back to its peak.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain awaits an offer from the Blues for superstar striker Kylian Mbappe. Elsewhere, the London giants are interested in Crystal Palace attacker Michael Olise.
Along those lines, here’s a look at the key Chelsea transfer stories as of July 25, 2023:
PSG awaits Chelsea offer for Kylian Mbappé
PSG believe Chelsea will make an offer for Kylian Mbappe this summer, according to The Times.
The Parisians are set to dump the Frenchman this year following his decision not to sign a new contract. The 24-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Ligue 1 champions, who do not wish to lose him for free. Real Madrid are the favorites to sign the player, but the Blues have also recently joined the race.
Pochettino enjoys a cordial relationship with the Frenchman after his recent stint at PSG. The Argentine manager could be eyeing a meeting at Stamford Bridge, but a move could be difficult to complete given the lack of Champions League football next season. The London giants are also facing competition from Saudi Arabian clubs for the player’s signature.
Chelsea want Michael Olise
Chelsea are interested in Michael Olise, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The Blues suffered last season due to their failed attack and are focusing more on their front line this summer. Pochettino has welcomed Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson to his team but is still looking for more reinforcements.
Olise has emerged as an option, following an impressive rise with Crystal Palace. In his column for Caught Offside, Romano said the Blues and Manchester City are keeping a close eye on the young Englishman at the moment.
“Another potential Chelsea deal to look at is with Michael Olise at Crystal Palace. He is considered a great talent and Chelsea are following the situation, while Manchester City are doing the same.”
“With the departure of Riyad Mahrez to Al Ahli, Olise is one of Manchester City’s prized players in that area of the pitch,” Romano wrote.
Romano added that Olise’s £35m release clause makes him a good option for the London giants, but there are concerns about the player’s fitness.
“Olise has a release clause at Crystal Palace, valued at around £35m, which makes him a very tempting option, but he also had a recent injury so clubs are waiting to hear how long it will be until he is back on the pitch,” Romano wrote.
“Still, it’s worth seeing as Olise is listed at both Manchester City and Chelsea, with both clubs well informed about his situation. Chelsea are really interested. City have just been informed and he is one of three names on their list. The player is open to making a top club move, of course.”
Olise could help replace the likes of Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic.
Blues ready to go all the way for Moises Caicedo
Chelsea are willing to try until the end for Moisés Caicedo, according to journalist Rudy Galetti.
The Blues are hot on the Ecuadorian’s heels this summer, and the player is also looking forward to a move to Stamford Bridge. However, talks with Brighton & Hove Albion have refused to yield a positive result yet.
Galetti told Give Me Sport that the 21-year-old’s future could be decided this week.
“Mauricio Pochettino’s wish to have him in pre-season has not been fulfilled, but Chelsea will try to please their manager by negotiating to the end with Brighton & Hove Albion,” Galetti said.
“In addition, this week, once again, will be decisive for the future of Caicedo, who already has an agreement with Chelsea and continues to press for a signing. Contact is constant between the two clubs, and at any moment there can be a turning point, positive or negative.”
Caicedo could help fill the boots of N’Golo Kante, who left the London giants this summer.
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