Paper Talk: Chelsea eye Gibson and Keane, Berahino plot

Date published: Friday 9th September 2016 8:11

Chelsea have been impressed by young defenders Michael Keane and Ben Gibson, while Saido Berahino could move abroad to leave West Brom on the cheap.


Antonio Conte is reported to have identified Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson and Burnley centre-back Michael Keane as potential replacements for John Terry.

The Daily Mail report that the young pair have received glowing reports from Chelsea scouts as the club makes plans for life without their skipper.

The story claims the Blues are keeping a particularly close eye on English talent as they look to stay on the right side of Premier League rules on homegrown player regulations.

Former England youth and Under-21 international Gibson, 23, came through the ranks with Boro, while Keane, also 23, joined Burnley permanently in January 2015 after failing to make the breakthrough at Manchester United.



Saido Berahino could move to Europe briefly before returning to the Premier League on the cheap, according to the Daily Express.

West Brom striker Berahino has only one year remaining on his contract, having been linked with Spurs, Stoke and Crystal Palace over the last 12 months.

The 23-year-old has been close to leaving The Hawthorns on a number of occasions but the Baggies have stuck to their valuation of the striker.

However, Berahino could agree a deal with a foreign club as early as January which would see West Brom receive only around £400,000 compensation for their prized asset, as opposed to a much larger fee set by tribunal if the forward was to move to a Premier League rival.

That is the vague possibility laid out by former agent Jon Smith in an interview with Football Fancast, and the Daily Express names the player concerned as Berahino.


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