Chelsea closing in on signing of French teenager, report claims

A round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea and QPR…

Chelsea are said to be closing in on a deal to sign French teenager Naoui Ahamada, the Daily Express claims.

Lyon, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain are also supposedly keen on signing the youngster, who is on the books of SC Air Bel.

Reports in Italy suggest Juventus want to sign Oscar and Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea.

Reacting to that speculation, the Express believes the Blues would agree to let Oscar join Juve if they can sign Isco from Real Madrid.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, suggests any Juventus raid on Chelsea would depend on Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal leaving the Serie A club.

Eurosport Turkey claims Besiktas are in talks to sign Loic Remy from Chelsea. It suggests the proposed deal is a one-year loan with an option to buy for seven million euros (£5m).

The Sun believes Chelsea will look to send Brazilian youngster Kenedy out on loan to aid his bid for a work permit, once they have completed a deal for the 19-year-old Fluminense forward.

And there is more speculation over apparent Chelsea interest in Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Cuadrado has struggled for form since joining Chelsea
Cuadrado has struggled for form since joining Chelsea

The Express claims Stoke will want £9m before they allow Begovic to move to Stamford Bridge, while the Daily Star reports that Napoli have reiterated they will not sell Higuain for anything less than his release clause of £67m.

Aston Villa defender Micah Richards has urged his new club to make a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin, the Birmingham Mail claims.

Speculation over Austin’s future has continued since West London Sport revealed last week that Rangers had rejected an offer from Leicester.

And Richards is quoted as saying Austin would make a perfect replacement for Christian Benteke if he was sold by Villa, adding: “Charlie Austin has scored a lot of goals hasn’t he?

“Some of the games I watched towards the end of last season, he was winning games on his own.”

Newcastle have also been linked with a move for Austin but the Daily Express now believes they will sign Anderlecht’s Aleksandar Mitrovic instead.

TalkSport suggests Armand Traore, who hasn’t travelled with Rangers on their pre-season tour of Italy, is being monitored by French club Lille.

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