Paper Talk: Contract details emerge as Chelsea close in on left-back deal

Date published: Saturday 22nd August 2020 9:33 - Robert McCarthy

Frank Lampard

Chelsea are close to finally completing a deal for their top left-back target, while Tottenham have been offered the chance to sign a World Cup winner, according to Saturday’s transfer gossip.



Chelsea are reportedly finally closing in on the signing of Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell.

Numerous reports have suggested that a deal is close to being finalised. With Chilwell having ‘medical checks’ on a heel injury in London, as Chelsea are kept informed.

It is claimed that the England full-back could have a full medical as early as this weekend ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Daily Express states that the Blues will offer Chilwell as much as £150,000 per week.

Ben Chilwell

The 23-year-old will be offered a five-year deal at Chelsea, worth around £8m per year.

According to Spotrak, Chilwell currently earns around £65,000 per week, totalling a yearly salary of £3.38m. He currently has four years remaining on his existing deal.

Although Leicester are demanding as much as £80m for the left-back, a deal could be done for nearer to £60m.

With Chilwell’s arrival seemingly imminent, the Blues are expected to offload Emerson Palmieri back to Serie A. Inter Milan are said to be the main suitors for the former Roma man.



Tottenham have been gifted the chance to sign World Cup winner Sami Khedira on a free this summer after his release by Juventus.

Chelsea are “readying” a move for Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as an alternative to current shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga. (Daily Star)

Atalanta and Leeds both want to sign out-of-favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi. (Daily Express)

Chelsea have held advanced talks about a free transfer move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are to keep their £67.5m-a-year deal with Abu Dhabi airline Etihad with the club hopeful that sponsorship goes beyond next season. (Daily Mail)

Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes has reportedly completed his Arsenal medical ahead of a summer move to the Emirates Stadium. (Daily Mail)



Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan

Manchester City will step up their efforts to sign a striker with Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez their number one target. (The Sun)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is raiding Wigan to add coach Anthony Barry to his first team staff. (The Sun)

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has set his sights on Freiburg’s £20m centre-back Robin Koch after missing out on Ben White. (The Sun)

Manchester United are signing strike starlet Isak Hansen-Aaroen – confirmed by a glowing Instagram post from his Norwegian club Tromso. (The Sun)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the start of Liverpool’s defence of their Premier League title after picking up a knee injury during the club’s Austrian training camp. (The Times)

Gareth Southgate will wait to discover the full facts of Harry Maguire’s altercation with Greek police before deciding whether to include him for England’s Nations League games next month. (The Times)


Ryan Kent


Rangers have issued a ‘hands off’ warning to Leeds United after the Glasgow side rejected an opening bid for winger Ryan Kent. (Daily Mail)

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku refused to collect his runners-up medal after their Europa League final defeat to Sevilla. (Daily Mail)

Premier League stadiums are likely to remain closed to away fans despite clubs informing supporters they hope to have them back from October 3. (Daily Mail)

Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus revolution is kicking into gear, with the Italian champions’ new boss axing Gonzalo Higuain and Sami Khedira from his squad. (Daily Mail)

Pat Rice’s long and storied association with Arsenal is coming to an end as part of the club’s behind-the-scenes restructuring. (Daily Mail)

Liam Moore is on Celtic’s radar as Neil Lennon weighs up a Shane Duffy alternative. (Daily Record)


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