Chelsea & Burnley’s Ashley Barnes
What the hell is going on at Chelsea this January?
The Blues have gone past the point of being ‘in danger’ of becoming a laughing stock in the transfer market.
It’s been clear since last summer that Antonio Conte has been on the prowl for a new attacker.
Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer, however it’s been clear for a long time that Antonio Conte wants more options up top.
Last summer Chelsea tried and failed to sign Fernando Llorente. He joined Tottenham.
In the current transfer window, the Pensioners have been linked to some questionable deals. That’s included claims that West Ham’s Andy Carroll or Stoke’s Peter Crouch could move to Stamford Bridge.
But according to Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon, Chelsea’s latest target is Burnley’s Ashley Barnes.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 21, 2018
Really?! Barnes has bene fortunate to get plenty of game time this season as Burnley’s number one striker, Chris Wood, has missed a large chunk of the season.
Yet, with that said Barnes has still only scored three goals in the Premier League this year.
For the record 28-year-old Barnes is out of contract in 2019. He’d also be able to compete for Chelsea in the Champions League.
Edin Dzeko & Emerson Palmieri
On Sunday morning belief was boosted that Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri could be about to sign deals with the Blues.
This season Dzeko has scored 12 goals in 26 matches in all competitions.
And who is Emerson Palmieri? He’s a 23-year-old Brazilian left-back who would plug another hole in Conte’s squad.
On Sunday morning Fabrizio Romano – who often writes for the Guardian – has taken to social media to report on Chelsea’s moves for the Roma pair.
In great news for Blues fans it’s claimed that Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri have both “accepted” offers for Chelsea.
With the personal contracts wrapped up, focus is shifted on whether Chelsea can convince Roma to sell.
Fabrizio Romano notes that a €50 million offer for the Roma twosome was rejected, so Chelsea have to up their offer next week.
It’s believed the deal could end up being €50 million plus another €10 million in add-ons.
#Chelsea and #Roma are in talks for Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri. The players have accepted Chelsea and they're waiting.
First bid: €50M for both, rejected. Roma asked €50M + €10 M add ons.
Next week #Chelsea and Roma will try to find final agreement. 🔵✔️#CFC #transfers
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 21, 2018