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Pochettino identifies £130m-star as primary target as Chelsea prepare PSG raid



Chelsea transfer news: The latest Blues headlines and stories with updates on Keylor Navas, Jules Kounde and Victor Osimhen

Mauricio Pochettino of Paris Saint-Germain and Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain during the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City FC at Parc des Princes on September 28, 2021
Pochettino identifies £130m-star as primary target as Chelsea prepare PSG raid

Your Chelsea transfer roundup on Thursday, May 25.

Navas eyed

Chelsea are reportedly considering a move for on-loan Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Keylor Navas. The 36-year-old shot-stopper faces an increasingly uncertain future upon his return to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, with just 12-months remaining on his contract.

The Blues are said to be in the market for a new option between the sticks so Navas has been shortlisted, according to French outlet Foot Mercato. The report states that Emi Martinez from Aston Villa has also been name-checked in relation to replacing Kepa Arrizbalaga and Edouard Mendy.

Despite the Costa Rican’s impressive performances this season, Forest are expected to pursue a move for Dean Henderson instead. With Mauricio Pochettino close to being appointed as next Chelsea manager, signing somebody like Navas – who once worked closely with the Argentine at PSG – could be a risk-free move.

Kounde update

Xavi has broken his silence on the future of Jules Kounde ahead of the summer transfer window. The 24-year-old defender was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea last summer, but he opted for Barcelona instead.

According to Spanish publication Sport, Kounde is open to leaving Camp Nou – and the Blues are prepared to revisit a deal for the Frenchman. With plenty of speculation over his future, Xavi denied claims that Kounde is unhappy at the club.

“I spoke with Koundé and I was clear with him,” said the Barcelona boss. “I know there are a lot of stories — but the player left the meeting happy and same for me. There are no problems. The conversation has been clear, no problem and no issues.”

Osimhen ‘priority’

According to Sky Germany, Chelsea have made Napoli star Victor Osimhen their top priority this summer. A £130million price tag has been put on the Nigerian international after a campaign which saw him score 28 goals across the Serie A and the Champions League.

Napoli are adamant Osimhen will not be leaving the club this summer, whatever the offer, chel always understands. However, Chelsea aren’t said to be put off by the Italian side’s stubborn stance. It would be an expensive transfer after a huge outlay in the previous two windows and the lack of Champions League football may be an issue, too

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