Transfer gossip: Chelsea linked with Atal

Some of the recent transfer speculation involving Chelsea….

Chelsea will target Nice defender Youcef Atal if the Blues are able to make signings in January, it is claimed.

A successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport would lead to Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban being lifted and the club being able to sign players again.

And The Sun have picked up on a story by Italian outlet claiming that Algeria full-back Atal is being lined up.

The 23-year-old is apparently rated at £35m.

Gaya also linked

It has also been claimed that Chelsea will go for Valencia left-back Jose Gaya when the transfer ban is due to end next summer.

Talksport have picked up on a story by Soccer Link, which claimed the Spain international could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.

Gaya reportedly has an £89.5m release clause in his Valencia contract.

Chelsea ‘begin Emerson contract talks’

Chelsea have reportedly begun talks over a new contract for Emerson amid reports he is wanted by Juventus.

Juve’s former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is said to want Emerson, who has ousted Marcos Alonso as Chelsea’s first-choice left-back.

The player is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2022.

And the Express have picked up on a story by suggesting that Chelsea are looking to cement his long-term future at the club.

Blues ‘pretty confident’ of January signings

Chelsea expect the transfer ban to be lifted in January, according to the Mirror.

The Blues were unable to make signings during the summer because of a two-window ban imposed by Fifa following an investigation into Chelsea’s signing of foreign under-18 players.

The Mirror say leading agents have been informed that Chelsea expect to do business at the turn of the year.

An anonymous agent is quoted by the newspaper as saying: “Chelsea are anxious to strengthen their squad and seem pretty confident that they will win the appeal and be able to trade again in January

“It could mean the difference to them finishing in the Premier League top four and qualifying for the Champions League.”