Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Saturday, July 17.
Saul makes transfer joke
Reported Chelsea target Saul Niguez has made a somewhat tongue-in-cheek remark to speculation he could be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer.
The Spain midfielder has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent days, with Antoine Griezmann reportedly being lined up in a swap deal between the two La Liga clubs.
Saul has also been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea and Liverpool said to be interested in the Atleti star’s services this summer.
And, when surrounded by fans asking him to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano (footage captured by Marca ), Saul said: “They already kick me out of here.”
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Sarr could be Guehi alternative
New Chelsea centre-back Malang Sarr could prove to be an alternative to Marc Guehi next season.
Guehi is expected to join Crystal Palace very soon, football.london understands, which came as a slight shock to many Blues supporters.
However, Sarr – who signed for the west Londoners last summer but was loaned out to Porto – has shared his ambitions of helping the Champions League winners stay at ‘the top’.
He said to Chelsea’s official website: “I have a good feeling here; everybody is very good with me. I can feel everybody is ambitious here.
“They want to work and they really want us to give the best every day, and that’s a good thing because that’s how I see things.
“I really want to work hard every day and try to improve in every aspect. I hope to join the team and help the team to the top. They finished the season as Kings of Europe.”
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Blues staff left concerned
As mentioned above, Chelsea academy graduate Guehi is set to leave the club in the coming days and he could soon be followed by some more youngsters.
That’s according to The Athletic, who say Lewis Bate, Tino Livramento and Myles Peart-Harris – three academy stars – are now stalling on agreeing new contracts with the Blues.
The trio did not travel with the development squad for pre-season friendlies in Scotland, the report claims. This has apparently left some Chelsea staff members worried about losing three young players with huge potential.
19-year-old defender Dynel Simeu is expected to join an unnamed Premier League club next week after turning down a two-year contract with the west London side recently.
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