Chelsea could use Alvaro Morata as a makeweight to help them land Borussia Dortmund teenage sensation Christian Pulisic.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues believe they could tempt Dortmund into selling the 19-year-old star by offering them Morata in return.
The forward had a mixed first season in England; despite scoring six goals in his first six Premier League games, he went on a 13-game goalless run at the start of the New Year.
After his underwhelming campaign, he missed out on Spain’s World Cup squad and has since been linked with a departure from Chelsea – just one year into his five-year contract.
USA winger Pulisic has made just shy of 100 first team appearances for the Bundesliga club in three years and is valued in the £60m bracket.
Chelsea is believed to be considering him as a replacement for Eden Hazard or Willian should either leave the club and will use Morata to sweeten the deal with Dortmund.
Another Chelsea striker, Michy Batshuayi, impressed on loan at Dortmund in the second half of last season, but the German club is less interested in making the move permanent.
It’s not the first time Morata has been linked with a swap move away from Stamford Bridge, with a Juventus return that would see Gonzalo Higuain move to London also suggested in recent weeks, as well as a swap with Milan for keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Michael Emenalo set to raid Chelsea for wonderkid
Chelsea is willing to allow Monaco to sign their young defender Jonathan Panzo, who has been key for their youth side over the last season.
The defender, who can play at left back and also in the heart of defense, is a top target for Monaco and former Chelsea man Michael Emenalo, who is set to use his connections with the Blues to convince them to part with the young star.
RMC Sport claims Monaco want the deal tied up as soon as possible, and it’s even thought former technical director Emenalo could raid the club for more of their young talent as the transfer window rolls on.
Chelsea is notorious for allowing young stars to slip through their fingers after failing to allow them a proper chance to shine, and this just looks like the latest example of that happening.
Away from the transfer market, the Blues are waiting for news of their managerial situation, with Antonio Conte holding firm and refusing to leave until a payout that he deems acceptable is offered.
It’s been claimed the Blues are moving closer to landing Maurizio Sarri, yet their fans are getting increasingly concerned as the days roll on and no solid confirmation of a move for the former Napoli manager emerges and the rumor mill carries on churning.