Chelsea consider Barcelona star after being knocked back in moves for Brighton & Tottenham midfielders

A series of updates surrounding the ongoing efforts of the powers that be at Chelsea to reinforce the club’s midfield ranks has been provided late on Thursday.

It has of course long been common knowledge that Todd Boehly and co, despite a thoroughly busy January transfer window to date, are far from done when it comes to adding fresh blood to Graham Potter’s squad with a view to the 2nd half of the campaign.

Once what now looks an imminent deal for PSV Eindhoven talent Noni Madueke has been wrapped up, Chelsea will swiftly turn their attentions towards securing reinforcements in the middle of the park.

Earlier in the month, Benfica standout Enzo Fernandez was widely expected to make the move to Stamford Bridge, only for any potential deal to collapse owing to the refusal of Chelsea to meet the Argentine’s mammoth release clause.

The Blues, in turn, turned their attentions elsewhere, chiefly in the direction of Brighton & Hove Albion sensation Moises Caicedo.

In fact, earlier this week, the big-spending Londoners went as far as to table an opening offer for the Ecuadorian.

As confirmed by transfer expert David Ornstein on Thursday evening, however, the offer, coming in at £55 million, was rejected out of hand by Brighton:

So, where next for Chelsea?

Well, yet another insight into as much was forthcoming online a short time ago.

On this occasion, the info comes courtesy of Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, who has revealed that the powers that be in west London today inquired as to the availability of struggling Tottenham star Yves Bissouma.

Once more, however, Chelsea’s advances were firmly rebuffed.

This came as the Spurs hierarchy made clear that Bissouma will be going nowhere this month, even in the case of Hakim Ziyech being included as part of an exchange deal.

Furthermore, it is added that Juventus’ Weston McKennie is not on the agenda at Stamford Bridge, but a move for Barcelona summer addition Franck Kessie is not out of the question:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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