Here’s all the news from around Stamford Bridge over the past 24 hours.
Inter Milan ‘in deep talks’ with N’Golo Kante
Italian outlet Calciomercato report that Antonio Conte remains keen to reunite with N’Golo Kante at Inter Milan (via Read Chelsea ).
The latest suggestion is that the Serie A giants are in talks with the French international’s representatives to see if a deal can be struck.
Kante, 29, remains contracted to Stamford Bridge until 2023, giving the Blues leverage to command a substantial fee when it comes to potential negotiations.
A World Cup winner, he was also named the PFA Player Of The Season when Chelsea won the title under Conte in the 2016/17 season.
He’s also started all eight Premier League matches so far this campaign.
Frank Lampard criticised for treatment of Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud’s agent Michael Manuello has accused Chelsea manager Frank Lampard of treating his client unfairly.
Reports emerged earlier this week suggesting that the veteran France international could push for a move in January.
Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps has hinted that the 34-year-old may struggle to feature in the Euros next summer if he doesn’t get regular minutes for his club.
Giroud has played more minutes for France than he has for his club so far this season, with his only start for the Blues coming in the Carabao Cup.
“I think that, in his case, it depends how you look at things,” Manuello told Foot Mercato (via GFFN ). “If you look at the situation after 1st August, I agree with you (that the situation looks the same as this time last year).
“If we take what happened at the end of last season, I do not agree with you because Chelsea played in June and July. In the last 6 months, Olivier played more than 16 matches, if you take all his playing time together with Chelsea.
“He beat a record that nobody has talked about because no player at the age of 33 has ever achieved an end of season like this. Effectively, since the start of September, things have changed but what has not changed is his capacity to play matches for France, contrary to what was said by certain others.”
Hasselbaink believes Chelsea still need first-team additions
Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes that his former Blues team-mate Lampard could still do with more new signings at Stamford Bridge .
Roman Abramovich sanctioned more than £200million worth of new recruits over the summer, with the likes of Edouard Mendy, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner among those who have arrived to bolster the first-team squad.
Oft-criticised last season, the defence has improved since the addition of experienced Brazil international Thiago Silva on a free transfer, but Hasselbaink believes it remains an area that could yet be enhanced further.
“I still think Chelsea need another centre-half. Thiago Silva has come in – but he’s 35,” Hasselbaink told Ladbrokes.
“He’s probably got another year in him at best after this season, so you need someone to come in who will take over from him – but you then need another name who can play next to that person.”