While most of Chelsea’s transfer business has been wrapped up, the longer deadlines for EFL clubs – as well as those in Russia and Portugal – means further deals can be done before the end of the month.
The Blues still have a packed squad, having spent more than £200million on new players in 2020, and exits appear more likely than arrivals.
We’ve got the latest on two players who have been linked with moves away – one of whom is expected to be playing his club football away from Stamford Bridge sooner rather than later and one of whom may be the subject of further interest in January.
There’s also an update on a big-name player reportedly courted by the Blues over the summer, who ended up staying put as Chelsea pursued a different target.
Moses’ exit delayed as deadline looms
Victor Moses has less than a week to complete his Chelsea loan exit, with delays over his medical delaying the former Wigan Athletic man’s move to Spartak Moscow.
The Nigerian international ended last season on loan at Inter Milan, but Antonio Conte’s side opted against taking up an option to make the deal permanent.
This opened the door for Spartak, but football.london reports that the deal has been held up despite the player verbally agreeing terms over a move.
However, the report suggests the delay is unlikely to put the move in any real jeopardy, with the Russian transfer window open until October 17.
Moses has played more than 100 games for Chelsea since joining from Wigan in 2012, but has been out on loan on multiple occasions, with the switch to Spartak poised to be his sixth temporary spell away from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea attempted Ter Stegen move before signing Mendy
Chelsea were reportedly one of three clubs who attempted to coax Marc-Andre ter Stegen away from Barcelona during the transfer window.
The Blues’ search for a new No.1 eventually led them to Edouard Mendy, but reports in Spain suggest they were keen on the German international and made an effort to tempt him away from Camp Nou.
According to Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), the London side were joined by Inter and Juventus in attempting to convince Ter Stegen to leave the club which he joined in 2014.
The report claims the former Borussia Monchengladbach keeper didn’t entertain a departure and always planned to commit his future to Barca.
Ter Stegen’s current deal expires in 2022, but he is expected to sign a new long-term contract keeping him in Catalunya until 2025.
Inter could return for Kante in January if they can offload Eriksen
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N’Golo Kante remains a Chelsea player, but there were moments during the last transfer window when an exit for the Frenchman looked possible.
Inter was the most likely destination, according to reports over the last few months, with Antonio Conte pushing for a reunion with one of the most important members of his 2016/17 title-winning side.
According to Corriere dello Sport (via Inside Futbol), Conte’s side haven’t given up hope of a move, and could return for the former Leicester City midfielder as soon as January.
However, a deal would seemingly be contingent on Inter finding a buyer for Christian Eriksen, with the club reportedly ready to listen to offers for the Dane less than a year after signing him from Tottenham Hotspur.
After struggling with injuries last season, Kante has started all four of Chelsea’s Premier League games this term.
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