Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Friday, August 20.
Jules Kounde offer yet to come in
Sevilla have lined up a potential Jules Kounde replacement, as Chelsea’s pursuit of the French centre-half continues amid recent transfer strategy concerns.
There have been suggestions that all attention could turn towards signing young Monaco star Aurelien Tchouameni at the expense of the ex-Bordeaux star but these predictions have not been proven to be true as of yet.
Nevertheless, with it not being fully ruled out that Chelsea will abandon their pursuit of the central defender, Sport Witness have provided the latest on the situation.
They report that the Blues are yet to make a formal offer to the Andalusian-based club for a player that has been touted as one of the best centre-halves in La Liga.
Spanish outlet AS add to the report that Sevilla chief Monchi has lined up Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara, a player that has been tentatively linked to west London before, as Kounde’s potential replacement if an official offer comes in from Chelsea.
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Tiemoue Bakayoko focussed on securing Serie A return
AC Milan are pushing to secure the return of Tiemoue Bakayoko and the player has prioritised the Rossoneri, according to a report.
According to Nizaar Kinsella of Goal.com, Milan are pushing once again to sign Bakayoko having made enquiries earlier in the window. The Frenchman has been repeatedly linked with a potential return to the Rossoneri having spent the 2018/19 season on loan at San Siro back when Gennaro Gattuo was head coach.
Kinsella adds that Milan have always been the priority of the 26-year-old despite interest from clubs in Ligue 1, so it seems that after two years Bakayoko could finally secure his Milan comeback.
Jurgen Klopp condemns Blly Gilmour homophobic chant
Jurgen Klopp has urged all football supporters to cease abusive chanting at games after Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour was subjected to homophobic abuse in the Canaries’ 3-0 defeat on opening weekend to Premier League title challengers Liverpool.
Gilmour, 20, played the full 90 minutes of his first Premier League game of the season against one of the Blues’ main title rivals this season.
The 20-year-old, who broke onto the scene after his impressive performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup win against the Reds two seasons ago, was verbally targeted by a section of Reds supporters during the win.
He said: “So, we can decide now; this is not our song anymore.
“I’m not sure if people listen to me but it would be nice. I don’t want to hear it anymore for so many reasons.”
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