New Genoa boss, and former Chelsea striker, Andriy Shevchenko is reportedly weighing up a move for Blues midfielder Christian Pulisic.
Pulisic moved to Stamford Bridge in 2019 from German outfit Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth around £58million. The USA star enjoyed an impressive debut campaign, having 13 goal involvements in 25 Premier League outings.
However, he has hardly featured so far this term, mainly due to an ongoing ankle injury.
That has led to talk that Chelsea may look to offload him, with Genoa emerging as a potential destination.
Shevchenko played 77 times for Chelsea before he left in 2009 and was the Ukraine manager for five years before recently taking over the Serie A outfit.
Il Secolo XIX (as cited by Sport Witness) reports that Shevchenko has “an eye on” Pulisic. The Stamford Bridge playmaker is said to be “ideal for the 4-3-3 the manager has in mind”.
The report adds that the Blues may be open to a loan if Pulisic is “guaranteed first-team football under someone they know well”.
Chelsea forced to wait on striker
Meanwhile, Chelsea and Everton will have to wait until next summer to land an in-form striker, according to reports.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is searching for attacking reinforcements following injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. Lukaku has been out for Chelsea’s last five matches after suffering an ankle sprain in the 4-0 Champions League victory over Malmo.
He returned to training on Friday but missed the 1-1 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge. It’s hoped that the Belgian hitman will feature prominently after the international break.
Werner, meanwhile, had to be subbed off in the second group stage win over Malmo. His return date is less clear, leading to rumours of a potential new signing.
Everton are also looking to add to their forward line in 2022. Star men Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison continue to attract attention from other teams. Arsenal and Newcastle are monitoring Calvert-Lewin, while Richarlison is a target for PSG.
The man on both Chelsea and Everton’s wish lists in Porto ace Luis Diaz. He has been in great form this campaign, notching 11 goals in 16 appearances. That includes two recent Champions League goals against AC Milan.
Agent change boosts Diaz move chances
The chances of a transfer were boosted last month as Diaz made super agent Pini Zahavi his agent.
However, the latest reports coming out of Portugal are not so promising. Sport Witness, citing those rumours, state that Diaz will remain with Porto in January.
The Portuguese outfit are keen to keep him so they have a solid chance of winning the league title. Club president Pinto da Costa is aware of the transfer interest but will not entertain any offers this winter.
Instead, Porto may look to sell Diaz in the summer. Bids of around €25m were made earlier this year but the club could receive way more than that fee if the Columbian continues his impressive form.