Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Tuesday, June 29.
Blues considering Toney swoop
Chelsea have ‘watched’ Brentford striker Ivan Toney as they step-up their efforts to bolster their attacking options this summer.
That is according to Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry, who insists the Blues have taken a liking to the former Peterborough goal-getter.
Toney, who netted 33 goals in all competitions last season, is likely to attract plenty of interest this summer, purely because of his goal-scoring record last term.
But although the Blues’ main target to strengthen their attacking department this summer is Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, they have, according to Fry, been keeping a close eye on Toney.
Fry said: “I still think [teams] like Everton and even Chelsea [are interested in him]. I know Chelsea are looking at the top range of centre-forwards, but I know they’ve watched him and like him, and if they don’t get A, B, and C, who knows?
“Then I expect Ivan to go for £40million, £45million, £50million, but now he’s got them in the Premier League, only the top clubs could afford him.”
Southgate issues Mount update
Ahead of this evening’s eagerly-anticipated Euro 2020 last-16 clash between England and Germany, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, alongside fellow Blues ace Ben Chilwell, is in contention to make a return.
Both Mount and Chilwell were forced to miss the Three Lions’ Group D finale against the Czech Republic last Tuesday evening at Wembley after coming into contact with Scotland’s Billy Gilmour, who returned a positive Covid-19 test following the clash with England.
Despite continuously testing negative, Mount and Chilwell have been forced to isolate away from the rest of the squad for over a week, with that isolation period finally coming to an end in the early hours of this morning.
But despite training away from the group, Southgate has refused to rule them both out.
Speaking last night, Southgate said: “Clearly it’s really complicated because there’s the physical periodisation that you would want for a game like this. Then there’s the tactical training. Meetings we’ve had, they have to be in a separate room and dial in on zoom. The whole experience for them, including travelling down tonight is very, very difficult.
“But they are young players who can get on with things pretty well. It’s a decision I’ve got to take when we’re looking at how they’ve been able to train and everything else. There’s a lot wrapped up in that call.”
Whether either of them will be in a strong enough condition to start remains to be seen.
Blues ‘make’ first Haaland bid
According to journalist Ekrem Konur, as cited by TEAMtalk, Chelsea have tabled their first ‘official’ bid for Borussia Dortmund ace Haaland.
He claims that the Blues have made their first move to try and prize the Norway international to Stamford Bridge with a player plus cash offer.
It is reported that Chelsea have offered Dortmund £60million, as well as Tammy Abraham, who is valued at around £34million, for his services.
In truth, it is highly unlikely that Dortmund would be willing to entertain such an offer, even though it would offer them a replacement striker, as they value the Leeds-born forward Haaland at around £150million.