Chelsea is reportedly interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro in the upcoming summer transfer window, with Paris Saint-Germain also in the running.
The Blues have been linked with the Brazilian before, with Don Balon reporting earlier this season that they’d made an offer for the player.
Don Balon is now claiming Chelsea are after him once again in an ambitious move for someone who’s become one of Real Madrid’s most important players in recent seasons.
Given the poor form of summer signings Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater since Nemanja Matic’s move to Manchester United, it is unsurprising to see Chelsea targeting a top class defensive midfield player.
Casemiro is undoubtedly one of the best in Europe and that’s why PSG are also being mentioned as suitors, though Diario Gol has previously reported that he has a release clause as high as £176million.
Real will surely not want to let the 26-year-old leave for any less than that if possible, but then it remains to be seen if Chelsea could realistically afford to pay that much.
Casemiro himself may surely doubt whether switching to Stamford Bridge would be the right move after the club’s struggles this season surely mean they’re set to miss out on qualification for the Champions League.
Napoli name their price for Chelsea target ahead of the summer
Chelse has been strongly linked with a move for Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly in recent weeks.
The powerful defender has been in good form for Maurizio Sarri’s side, who are continuing to push for the Serie A title. Koulibaly netted the decisive goal on Sunday as Napoli defeated Juventus 1-0.
Napoli wants to keep hold of Koulibaly beyond the summer transfer window but interest is building, with Chelsea touted as a potential destination for the player.
Although the Italian giants are desperate to retain their center-back’s services ahead of next season, reports from Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Calciomercato, indicate that Napoli would consider offers worth at least €70 million.
Chelsea’s defensive woes have been well documented throughout the course of the season and it’s likely to be a summer consisting of upheaval with Antonio Conte set for a summer exit.
Koulibaly has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and Chelsea will be hopeful of convincing him to make the switch.