Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium by Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Tuesday. The Blues took the lead thanks to a Hakim Ziyech goal in the first half. However, the Seagulls restored parity through Adam Webster after the break.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Chelsea transfer stories for January 19, 2022.
Frank Leboeuf advises Chelsea to sign Kylian Mbappe
Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf believes the Blues need to sign PSG’s Kylian Mbappe if they are to close the gap with Manchester City. The London team is 12 points behind the leader of the tournament.
Leboeuf is request In ESPN FC Extra Time to name the player Chelsea should sign to turn their fortunes around. The French had a quick response:
“Kylian Mbappe. He’s free next summer, and when I see the players ahead, it’s clear that Kylian Mbappe will make a huge difference for Chelsea, yes,” Leboeuf said.
The former Blues defender also shed some light on manager Thomas Tuchel’s future at Stamford Bridge.
“I don’t think (Chelsea will sack Tuchel this summer), and I don’t want them to because I think he’s done enough to show that he has the talent to take the club to the next level. And again, if you have too many injured players, even if you buy (Romelu) Lukaku, what can you expect from your team?” Leboeuf said.
“It becomes, not average because Chelsea are not average, but you are not as good as Manchester City and maybe Liverpool. So it is difficult to defend yourself. Hopefully he can have a season. better with fewer injuries and prove that he is one of the best coaches in the world,” Leboeuf continued.
The Blues battle Real Madrid for Corentin Tolisso
Chelsea are locked in battle with Real Madrid because of Corentin Tolisso, theo El Nacional.
The Blues have identified the Frenchman as the ideal replacement for Saul Niguez. The Spaniard joined the London side last summer on loan, but failed to find a place at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel is unimpressed with the 27-year-old and is unlikely to sign him permanently.
Instead, the German coach identified Saul’s replacement in Tolisso. The Frenchman is in the final year of his current contract with Bayern Munich and is expected to leave the club this summer. Chelsea are keen to sign him following a Bosman move, but the player is said to want a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Barcelona lead race for Andreas Christensen
Barcelona are leading the race for the signature of Andreas Christensen, according to Sport. The Danish defender will leave Chelsea when his current contract expires at the end of the season. The 25-year-old has been a regular starter for Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
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However, Blues failed to convince him to extend his stay. Barcelona were ready to take advantage of the situation, and had advanced talks with Christensen’s entourage.
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