Chelsea make transfer U-turn as €15m option unlikely to be triggered

By Josh Challies

Chelsea are looking to turn a corner following a difficult spell in the season and a boost has been provided by securing a spot in the Carabao Cup final.

That maintains Chelsea's push in all four competitions with safe passage in the FA Cup and the Champions League already chalked off.

Further business in the transfer market may be on the horizon, however, and there appears to have been a decisive change.

Antonio Rudiger was widely expected to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the season but Bild via TeamTalk state his 'priority' is to remain at Chelsea.

Rudiger had courted attention from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, with the German being free to discuss terms for a pre-contractual agreement this month.

However, those European super clubs could now be disappointed with a major change in stance that may see Rudiger now extend his deal.

Elsewhere, Juventus are eyeing a move for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek if they lose the services of Arthur Melo or another central midfielder this month, reports in Italy state.

Arthur is courting the attention of a host of clubs around Europe, including that of Arsenal, and it could result in a domino effect in the market.

Finally, CalcioMercato states that Tiemoue Bakayoko is not a 'big part' in AC Milan's plans for the future - putting his future under speculation.

The Italian side pushed to land Bakayoko on loan again in the summer, with a two-year deal and a €15m option for a permanent switch.


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