ℹ️ Transfers updates from Simon Johnson (The Athletic): 🔷 on Gilmour: Gilmour’s return isn’t going to happen. 🔷 on Attila Szalai: Attila Szalai has not been a target for Chelsea. 🔷 on signing a left-back: The club will be looking at possible options, just in case Chilwell needs surgery. But they won’t start making any firm bids or holding talks until they are sure what’s going on. 🔷 on Tchouameni: Tchouameni is on Chelsea’s list but if it happens, it will be in the summer. Monaco are in no rush to sell and know there is a lot of interest in the France international, including from Real Madrid. 🔷 on Kounde: Nothing can happen before the summer. Tuchel is well blessed in this department and the club won’t get any value in January if they sell one of their clutch of centre-backs whose contracts expire at the end of this season. 🔷 on De Ligt or Wesley Fofana: Much depends on the contract negotiations with Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Christensen too. It’s possible that two could be sought but not ideal, because it will limit what else they can do in the market. De Ligt is on significantly higher wages at Juventus than Rudiger and Christensen are asking for (around £180,000-200,000 a week) to stay. 🔷 on Rice: Rice has a contract until 2024, with West Ham United also having an option to extend it by another 12 months. It means they won’t budge in their valuation of £100 million and up, which is a figure Chelsea are unwilling to pay. 🔷 on buy-back clause for Guehi or Tomori: No buy-back clause for neither of them.
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