Chelsea transfer news: Ruben Loftus-Cheek considered for proposed swap deal with Inter Milan | Soccer | sport
Chelsea want to sign Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan and the Blues are said to be in favor of a swap deal to minimize spending with Ruben Loftus-Cheek among those considered heavyweights, according to reports. Thomas Tuchel is looking to mark the new era in style this summer, when he is set to receive a big transfer budget from new club owner Todd Boehly.
Chelsea are yet to kick off their spending despite strong links with Jules Kounde, however, it looks like he is now the only centre-back on their radar.
The Mail say – in line with Italian media reports – that Chelsea want to sign Slovakia international Skriniar from Inter.
Paris Saint-Germain are also seriously interested in the former Tottenham target, who could leave Inter this summer.
The Nerazzurri are still struggling financially off the pitch and a big sale could help balance the books.
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The 27-year-old only recently said he believed his future was at the San Siro, which would suggest he wasn’t considering a summer exit.
“My future is at Inter,” Skriniar said. “I have a contract and nothing has changed. Transfer rumors come out every six months, every year. But there’s nothing specific – I’m happy with Inter.
Chelsea are also believed to hold an interest in RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol.
The Croatia international is valued at almost £70m and is expected to stay in Germany next season.
Tottenham have also shown interest in the former Leeds target, but Chelsea have plenty of alternative options in mind.
The Blues are widely expected to solidify their interest in Sevilla man Kounde with an official offer when they feel the time is right.
He came close to joining last summer but negotiations with Sevilla stalled after an opening offer of £42.5m.
Pau Torres is another name that interests the Blues.