Transfer gossip: Kepa wants loan move, Sun say

Some of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is willing to take a pay cut in order to secure a loan move in January, according to The Sun.

Kepa, who has lost his place to Edouard Mendy following a series of mistakes, recently indicated that he wanted to stay at Stamford Bridge and try to win back his spot in the team.

But The Sun declare that being relegated to Spain’s third-choice keeper has convinced Kepa that he needs to move elsewhere and play regular first-team football to ensure he does not miss out on next year’s European Championships.

The newspaper say he will therefore accept a reduction to his wages – he reportedly earns £150,000 a week – in order to facilitate a loan move when the transfer window reopens.

Chelsea discussing Emerson loan deal – reports

Chelsea are reportedly in talks with Napoli over a loan deal for Emerson Palmieri.

The Italy international has been tipped to return to Serie A when the transfer window reopens in January.

And Italian publication Republica claim discussions have opened with Napoli over a possible move for Emerson, who is out of favour at Stamford Bridge.

‘Deal agreed’ for Bakayoko

Chelsea and Napoli have reportedly already agreed Tiemoue Bakayoko’s permanent move to the Serie A club after his loan spell. 

According to a number of Italian newspapers, the move will go through at the end of the season.

Barcelona linked with Rudiger

There continues to be speculation over the future of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

The German, dropped from the side by Blues boss Frank Lampard, is now being linked with Barcelona.

Spanish newspaper Sport claim Rudiger is among the centre-backs Barca are considering as a possible replacement if Samuel Umtiti leaves the club.

Palace linked with Alonso

Crystal Palace are interested in Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso, according to the Mail.

The newspaper say left-back Alonso has been identified as a possible replacement for former Chelsea man Patrick van Aanholt, whose Palace contract expires next summer.

Boateng still being touted for move

Chelsea are once again being linked with Jerome Boateng.

The Bayern Munich defender has been touted for a move to Stamford Bridge many times in recent years.

And The Sun have picked up on German publication Bild claiming that Chelsea are among Premier League clubs keen on Boateng.

Arsenal and Tottenham are also said to be interested in signing the Germany international, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

Rice speculation continues

Chelsea also continue to be linked with West Ham’s Declan Rice.

A number of newspapers have picked up on a story by Football Insider claiming that Chelsea are planning to move for Rice in January and are willing to sell players in order to fund the deal.

Inter ‘want Giroud in January’

There remains speculation over the future of Olivier Giroud as well.

Italian outlet Calciomercato say Inter Milan will look to sign the Chelsea striker when the transfer window reopens.