Despite having burned through more than £130million on Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell as well as signing Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva on free transfers, Chelsea aren’t finished in the transfer market.
The Blues’ manic spending shows no sign of slowing down, with the signing of Kai Havertz for around £90m set to be announced in the coming days.
Frank Lampard is also in the market for a goalkeeper, having fallen out of love with Kepa Arrizabalaga this season.
There’s some interesting gossip on that front. Here’s the latest from Stamford Bridge.
Donnarumma swap deal mooted
Chelsea are in discussions with AC Milan over Gianluigi Donnarumma and are ready to offer Kepa in part-exchange, according to Football Insider.
Donnarumma, 21, has made 203 appearances for the Rossoneri since making his senior breakthrough in 2015.
One of the most highly rated young goalkeepers in world football, he is often touted as the heir to Gianluigi Buffon in Italy.
With his contract set to expire next summer, however, Donnarumma’s future hangs in the balance.
In a creative attempt to structure a deal, Chelsea have reportedly offered to sign Donnarumma in a loan-to-buy arrangement with Kepa heading the other way on loan.
The Blues would then acquire Donnarumma permanently next year – though what exactly happens to Kepa remains unclear.
Aston Villa want Abraham reunion
Having scored 26 goals in 40 appearances as Aston Villa were promoted to the Premier League two seasons ago, Tammy Abraham needs no further introduction in the West Midlands.
Now, The Daily Mail reports that Villa have enquired about Abraham’s availability.
The arrival of Werner and Havertz in west London is likely to limit Abraham’s game time, though he is determined to stay and compete with them for minutes.
Abraham scored 18 goals in all competitions for Chelsea last term, so it’s little surprise that he sees his future at Stamford Bridge.
Spending spree heaps ‘more pressure’ on Lampard
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Chelsea’s vast summer spending means that there will be “more pressure” on Lampard next season, according to former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Weekend Sports Breakfast, Cascarino said: “Frank will be fully aware that him getting that investment means there’s a different challenge now.
“He will know the expectation won’t just be qualifying for Champions League football. That was the expectation last summer, and if they managed it with a transfer embargo then it’s a bonus.
“But that’s not the challenge now. Now it’s guaranteed top four, but really they’re giving him the funds to challenge for the top two.
“With that sort of spending you can’t lose 17 games.Chelsea lost 17 games last season, they had a goals against column that was dreadful.
“They opened the Premier League campaign by losing 4-0 at Man United, they conceded four against Ajax, they took a few hammerings against Bayern Munich home and away and lost 5-3 against Liverpool, where they were conceding goals for fun and looked all over the place.
“That brings more pressure and Frank will know that, but if he doesn’t reach their expectations and goals then he’s not going to be manager of Chelsea next year.
“If they lose 17 games in a season, he won’t be Chelsea manager.”