Chelsea have confirmed a new five-year contract for Lewis Baker. The Premier League champions also announced that the 22-year-old midfielder has joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan.
Baker progressed through the club’s academy and made his first-team debut in 2014 against Derby in the FA Cup.
After joining Boro, he said: “It’s going to be an exciting season, there are a lot of games in the Championship.
“I’m here to give my input and hopefully get the club back to the Premier League. Hopefully we can do that together.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea are odds-on to sign Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City.
Antonio Conte fancies adding Drinkwater to his squad but has had a £15m knocked back with the Foxes holding out for double that.
The Leicester star is interested in moving to Stamford Bridge and BetStars director of trading Ian Marmion said: “Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge could be about to come to an abrupt halt with the surprise signing of a Premier League midfielder.
“In the last 24 hours odds have been slashed from to 2/1 to odds-on at 4/5 for Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater to sign for the Blues, as the Premier League champions look to bolster their options in the middle of the park.
“The chance to join Antonio Conte’s men could prove too good an opportunity to miss for Drinkwater and we expect to see him in a Chelsea shirt sooner rather than later.”
Finally, Chelsea are hoping to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley for £25m. Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol said: “[Barkley] is refusing to sign a new deal, Chelsea and Spurs are interested. “They think they can get him for around £25m, Everton think he’s worth double that at £50m.
“Barkley is back training and Ronald Koeman says it is still possible that he could be an Everton player this season.” Everton boss Ronald Koeman insisted yesterday that the 23-year-old will not be sold on the cheap.