Welcome to the football.london transfer briefing. To help you keep on top of all things Chelsea going on in the market we've got the latest noises coming from social media, journalists and so-called ITKs, rounding up what's what in the world of the Blues.
Chelsea offered Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for just £34 million ($43.2m) this summer after his agent, former Blues attacker Mateja Kezman, sought a solution for his future.
The Serbian midfielder is into his final 12 months at Lazio under contract and and has long been linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester United as well.
As Chelsea look to continue their midfield revamp, starting to add players in following the sale of five first team stars from last season, Moises Caicedo is the primary target but his £80m ($101.6m) price tag is steep in comparison to Milinkovic-Savic.
The 28-year-old had yet another impressive season in Italy, scoring nine and assisting eight in 36 games. Across the past four league seasons he has 35 league goals and 35 assists. As a more attacking but still physically imposing option, Kezman has sounded out Chelsea as a destination, especially given the need to replace Mason Mount.
football.london says: Milinkovic-Savic promised to be one of the great transfer stories that never happens. He always appeared destined to be a Premier League player without much progress truly being made towards it happening. Now, as he is in his peak, it would be an exciting deal.
There have been high profile flops from Italy recently that may well put many in doubt but with an almost non-existent midfield and an even greater lack of senior players part of the plans for next season, a 28-year-old international with 43 caps is near enough a no-brainer.
He adds height to a generally small side that has seen physicality dwindle in recent years. He is an endurance machine and played over 3,000 minutes for three of the past four years. Given his experience in Europe, too, it is certainly an appealing deal. Goals from midfield have been hard to come by and replacing Mount's source of output would come naturally to Milinkovic-Savic.
The only issue is that given he could be available for free next year and has no prior experience in England, it would be a risky transfer that cannot really be afforded to go wrong at this current stage.
Victor Osimhen hint
Victor Osimhen has hinted a stay in Naples this summer despite mass interest from across the continent. The 23-year-old fired in 26 league goals with five assists last season, asserting himself as one of the premier marksmen in the world.
Now, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich all keen on signing him for what could rise to above £120m ($152.4m), the Nigeria star has opened up on his feelings about Napoli. It comes after reports suggested he was looking to move following the departure of Scudetto winning coach, Luciano Spalletti.
"I have never seen a city crazier about football like the way the Neapolitans are," he told SoccerNet. "They show all their players love. And wherever I go to, I am being respected. Kids love me, a lot of people admire me, they idolize me by putting on the replica of my mask.
"It shows the hard work I have given to them and what I mean to them. And for me, there’s no better place to be than this place.
"I am so happy I made the right choice by coming here. And achieving this kind of greatness with the Neapolitans is something that I will wake up and always smile about.
"My children’s children will come into this world and realize that their father has done something amazing."
football.london says: Actions speak louder than words but they are certainly not the words of someone angling for a transfer. It is evident that the Napoli team created a remarkable bond throughout the season and unlike other exciting squads that have been ripped apart across the past decade, this one is set to remain together.
Kim Min-Jae has already found a new club but other than that the core is set to remain. Osimhen, though, is the real jewel in the crown. He is the one player they will be desperate to keep, even just for an extra season. He has just one year left on his contract after the 2023/24 season though and delaying a potential transfer would only see his price drop.
Chelsea will be aware of this and the fact that they can't really afford to let any chance to sign a world-class striker slip. Players like Osimhen do not come around too often and in a competitive market, if there is even a sniff of a chance of getting him then it must be taken.