CHELSEA transfer news is heating up ahead of the new season and Express Sport is here to bring you all the latest gossip and done deals from the Stamford Bridge as they unfold.
Diego Costa set to stay
05:15: Chelsea face keeping Diego Costa with the exiled forward rejecting a move to Serie A giants AC Milan, reports claim.
Costa’s Chelsea career is over after Antonio Conte dumped the striker over text message back in June.
Chelsea’s other striking options are fairly limited, with Michy Batshuayi the only recognised player able to compete with Morata for a spot in Conte’s line-up.
Despite not making any more ventures into the transfer market for a forward, Conte has made it clear that Costa will not be turning out for the Premier League side again.
But The Sun say the 28-year-old now looks likely to STAY at Chelsea after he snubbed a move to Italy.
Barcelona eye Eden Hazard deal
04:45: Barcelona reportedly plan on using funds gained from Neymar’s imminent move to Paris Saint-Germain on Premier League duo Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho.
Barcelona will likely look to sign a marquee name to appease supporters furious at Neymar’s exit.
Barcelona have been heavily linked with transfers for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele.
However, The Sun say they are now targeting swoops for Chelsea and Liverpool players Hazard and Coutinho.
It is said they view Hazard as a statement signing and the Belgium international is their dream choice to fill the void left by Neymar’s exit.
Chelsea in the mix for Everton’s Ross Barkley
04:15: Chelsea are in the frame to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, reports claim.
Barkley, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham too, has refused to sign a new deal with the Toffees.
The Liverpool Echo report that Chelsea’s need for more home-grown players as lead them to target Barkley.
The Toffees want £50m for the England star, despite him having less than 12 months left to run on his contract.