Chelsea transfer news and rumours: First-team quintet to leave? Gonzalo Higuain latest, plus more

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It’s hard to do a lot of business during the January transfer window but these rumours suggest Chelsea are going to buck that trend

Chelsea may have secured the signing of Christian Pulisic last week but there is still a lot more movement expected in and out of Stamford Bridge in January.

The Blues are intent on getting a new striker in as Maurizio Sarri clearly doesn’t rate Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud.

Morata wants to leave Chelsea and the club look like they’re not going to stand in his way

Morata wants to leave Chelsea and the club look like they’re not going to stand in his way

However, there more Chelsea transfer sagas that haven’t been finalised yet including the future of promising teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Below you can see the the latest transfer news and gossip involving the Blues.

Ins:

Callum Wilson

Chelsea have been linked with the Bournemouth frontman for months but the latest news is not encouraging for them.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said he would not sell Wilson “for any price”, however, Howe did say he was not the chairman of the club so there could be hope for Chelsea to capture the England international.

Wilson in action for Bournemouth against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup in December

Wilson in action for Bournemouth against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup in December

Mbaye Diagne

Another reported setback for the Blues has seen a £13.5million bid rejected for Senegal forward Diagne.

Leeds are also reportedly in the hunt for Diagne, who plays for Turkish club Kasimpasa.

Gonzalo Higuain

Sarri worked with Higuain when he was in charge of Napoli and this is the striker the Chelsea boss clearly wants.

The Juventus man, who is spending the season on loan at AC Milan, is 31-years-old which goes against Chelsea’s usual transfer policy of signing players under the age of 30.

The on-loan AC Milan forward is valued at £32m by Juventus

The on-loan AC Milan forward is valued at £32m by Juventus

However, that doesn’t appear to have affected things as it was reported that Higuain’s agent arrived in London yesterday to complete his move.

Michy Batshuayi

A player who could be coming back to the Bridge sooner than expected is striker Batshuayi, who is having his season-long loan at Valencia terminated five months early as he has failed to make an impact in Spain.

Valencia’s general director Mateu Alemany claims negotiations are ongoing with other clubs to take the Belgian and Everton are rumoured to be interested.

Despite a good loan spell at Borussia Dortmund last season, Batshuayi has struggled at Valencia

Despite a good loan spell at Borussia Dortmund last season, Batshuayi has struggled at Valencia

But for now, it looks like Batshuayi is going back to the Bridge.

Nicolo Barella

This setback could have implications for wantaway midfielder Cesc Fabregas as Chelsea are eager to find a replacement for the Spaniard in January before they let him go.

However, it looks like this player will not be Barella as the Cagliari man does not want to think about leaving until the summer due to “family reasons”.

Outs:

Willian

The winger was linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer and it appears the LaLiga giants are after him again – this time offering £50m plus unsettled Malcom.

Willian’s form has divided Blues fans so to offload the 30-year-old and get a younger player, with plent of promise could be very appealing for the Chelsea top brass.

Malcom could head the other way if Willian joins Barca

Malcom could head the other way if Willian joins Barca

Alvaro Morata

If Higuain was to join Chelsea, then this would clear the path for Morata to end his Chelsea nightmare.

The Spanish striker has no shortage of admirers despite his woeful form in the Premier League, with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all in the running for him.

However, a loan move to Sevilla seems the most likely destination in January and then Morata will surely leave on a permanent deal in the summer.

Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas said goodbye to the Chelsea faithful after their FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest but his move to Monaco appears to be on hold until the Blues can find a replacement.

As already mentioned, it looks like Barella will not be joining the Blues in this window at least so things are rather up in the air regarding Fabregas’ movements.

Have Fabregas’ goodbyes to the Chelsea fans come too soon?

Have Fabregas’ goodbyes to the Chelsea fans come too soon?

Victor Moses

Make-shift wing-back Moses has become a forgotten man at Chelsea so it’s not surprising he has been linked with a move away.

The latest gossip saw the Nigeria international linked with a loan move to Turkish giants Fenebahce. Moses is contracted at Chelsea until 2021.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

And last, but by no means least, the latest on Hudson-Odoi.

The 18-year-old is at a crossroads in his career and he is clearly worried about committing his long-term future at Chelsea due to the club’s dreadful track record of bringing in youth players to the first-team in recent years.

Hudson-Odoi may be forced to turn his back on the club he supports

Hudson-Odoi may be forced to turn his back on the club he supports

German giants Bayern Munich are very interested in the winger, offering Chelsea up to £35m on a permanent deal and are also willing to give him the No.10 shirt if he moves to the Allianz.

Sarri and a number of players have publicly urged Hudson-Odoi to stay with the club he’s supported since he was a boy. The decision he makes this month will shape the rest of his career.

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