CHELSEA are on the verge of signing Fenerbahce centre-back Attila Szalai, with Hungarian coach Marco Rossi calling it a ‘done deal’.
The Blues are currently preparing to lose Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta in the summer.
All four defenders see their contracts expiring at the end of the season, with speculation swirling over whether they will sign an extension.
Thomas Tuchel has no chance, believed to have signed 23-year-old left-back Szalai.
Asked if any of his players looked ready to make big bucks in 2022, Hungarian boss Szalai said Calciomercato: “It’s hard to name a player.
“But now I see very clearly Attila Szalai, who plays for Fenerbahce… I think he is joining Chelsea.
“Obviously, he has been watched by important clubs in Spain, but clearly his move to Chelsea is a done deal.
“He would also be a great player for Italian football.”
live news delivery
Bellingham ‘polls the police’, the Tottenham Covid outbreak, Campbell keeps an eye on Newcastle
JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET £10 FREE BONUS WITH 100 GAMES TO PLAY AND NO SETTINGS (Applicable Ts&C)
Szalai only joined Fenerbahce from Apollon Limassol on the Cypriot side in January 2020 for £1.8m.
But after playing for Hungary at Euro 2020, when his national team nearly beat Germany, France and Portugal to reach the knockout stages, the defender caught the eye of many European giants.
The midfielder’s transfer value has increased tenfold, with Chelsea tipped to offer SIX YEARS contracts worth around £65,000 a week.
Szalai has a contract with Fenerbahce until 2025, which is why the Blues will be forced to pay £20m.
The defender previously played for Rapid Vienna and Hungarian club Mezokovesd.
⚽ Read ours Live blog football news for the latest gossip, gossip and deals done
https://www.the-sun.com/uncategorized/4220480/chelsea-transfer-atilla-szalai-fenerbahce-done-deal/ Chelsea’s move for Fenerbahce defender Attila Szalai is a ‘done deal’ in the words of the Hungarian manager