Report: Chelsea enter race to sign 100M rated French star


Chelsea have reportedly entered the race to sign Monaco winger Thomas Lemar this summer.

The 22-year-old has been one of the most highly coveted players in European football over the last 18 months thanks to his exploits in helping Monaco win the Ligue 1 title in 2016-17 and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Lemar was strongly linked with a move away from the principality club last summer and again in January, but ultimately stayed put as the Monegasques finished second in 2017-18 behind Paris Saint-Germain.

According to French outlet L’Equipe, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are now possible destinations for Lemar, while Arsenal and Liverpool could once again look to sign the highly-rated winger.

Spanish giants Atletico Madrid are also believed to be in the running for the France international.

Juventus Offers Higuan For Morata
Reports suggest that Chelsea have been offered the opportunity to sign Gonzalo Higuain as part of a plan by Juventus to lure Alvaro Morata to Turin.

The Old Ladies are reportedly keen on acquiring Morata and are giving considerations to tempting Chelsea with the Argentine to enable them land the Spaniard.

Morata joined Chelsea last summer and has struggled to make his mark in the Premier League, and it went from bad to worse as he was hit by injuries that restricted him from featuring consistently.

His performance for Chelsea undoubtedly played a part in his exclusion from Spain’s World Cup squad and Juventus might be prepared to offer him a lifeline.

Juventus harbor interest in Morata but must clear the 30-year-old Higuain from their wage bill first. The Argentine who has scored 55 goals since joining from Napoli for £78million in 2016 earns £125,000 weekly.

Meanwhile, Chelsea would seek a replacement for Morata should the move materialize, as the club has also been linked with a move for Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski.