Chelsea transfer gossip as Blues hunt for striker

Some of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…

Sky Sports claim Maurizio Sarri wants Chelsea to pay up to £50m for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson if the Blues boss is unable to bring Gonzalo Higuain to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea assistant boss Gianfranco Zola recently appeared to confirm the club are interested in the England international.

That sparked speculation over how much Chelsea would be willing to pay for Wilson.

And Sky Sports believe Sarri wants to go all out in pursuit of Wilson if a deal cannot be agreed for Argentine Higauin, who is currently on loan at AC Milan from Juventus.

Meanwhile, the Mail suggest West Ham could target Wilson in a big-money deal if Marko Arnautovic leaves.

It comes amid reports that Hammers striker Arnautovic is the subject of interest from Chinese clubs.

The Daily Star have claimed that Wilson, not Higuain. is Chelsea’s preferred signing as they hunt for a new striker.

The Star have also claimed that Bournemouth are demanding up to £70m for Wilson.

Related West London Sport story:
Zola appears to confirm Wilson interest

Speculation over Motata continues

Speculation continues over the future of Alvaro Morata.

The Chelsea striker has been linked with several clubs, including AC Milan – as part of a deal involving Higuain – and Sevilla.

Now it is claimed that Atletico Madrid are interested in Morata, who has struggled since his move to west London from Real Madrid.

The Mail believe Atletico are keen to snap him up during this month’s transfer window.

It comes after Spanish radio Cope reported that Atletico transfer negotiator Andrea Bertra has travelled to London for talks with Chelsea.

Higuain deal close, Mail say

Chelsea are close to a deal to bring Higuain to the club for the rest of the season, the Mail say.

Juventus are said to be ready to end his season-long loan at Milan and let him join Chelsea on loan with a view to a permanent move.

Bayern’s Hudson-Odoi pursuit

Doubts also remain over the future of Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is wanted by Bayern Munich.

The Mail say Chelsea are unhappy with the nature of Bayern’s pursuit of the teenager and will report the German champions to Fifa if they find evidence of an illegal approach.

Fulham want Blues pair – Star

The Daily Star say Fulham are looking to tie up deals to bring in Danny Drinkwater and Victor Moses from Chelsea.

Both players are out of favour at Stamford Bridge and can leave, with Drinkwater having previously played under Whites boss Claudio Ranieri at Leicester, where they won the Premier League title.

Fulham are said to have shown the pair around the club’s training ground in an effort to convince them to make the move.

Palace eyeing Abraham – Mirror

Crystal Palace are looking to sign Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.

It comes after Abraham’s expected move to Wolves did not materialise – although Wolves do not believe the deal is dead.

The Mirror say Palace are now attempting to snap up Abraham, who is on a season-long loan at Aston Villa.

Related West London Sport story:
Abraham set to stay at Villa

Silva linked

The Sun say Chelsea are looking to sign Andre Silva.

It is claimed that any deal would depend on Alvaro Morata replacing Silva at Sevilla, where the Portuguese striker is currently on loan from AC Milan.

It comes after reports claimed that Sevilla are looking to bring in Morata, who has been tipped to leave Chelsea this month.