£208m Messi agreement
Once the World Cup is over the attention for Lionel Messi turns not only to his Paris Saint- Germain future but also what he will be doing next season. The Argentine is out of contract next summer and hasn’t signed an extension to his initial two-year deal in France. Reports suggest he is close to agreeing a final farewell in MLS with Inter Miami, but interest in him from top clubs still exists.
In 2014 it was reported that a major £208m transfer had been agreed for him to join Chelsea, and the feeling of him one day coming to Stamford Bridge hasn’t quite disappeared. At 35 he may not be the answer to Graham Potter’s questions, but as a star of the world, it’s never far away from being dreamed of for Chelsea fans.
Armando Broja horror injury
The World Cup break hasn’t quite had the effect that Chelsea had hoped. Although Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell are all undergoing recovery from their injuries, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has had his progress halted with a knock and now Armando Broja faces a long spell on the sideline. The Albanian went down and screamed in pain following a collission with Ezri Konsa against Aston Villa on Sunday in a friendly and looks set to miss most of the rest of the season. It has caused a major issue for Potter heading into January and the remaining part of the season, which almost has two thirds left to go.
Manchester City make Gvardiol move
Chelsea have been dealt a blow after Pep Guardiola made a move to speak with transfer target Josko Gvardiol. The Croatian defender was wanted by the Blues over the summer and has earned more admirers with his World Cup displays. Guardiola has reportedly spent time talking to the 20-year-old in a bid to convince him that signing for the champions is the move to make, and City have the financial power to make a deal tough for other clubs to pull off. The Citizens have a world record bid ready and are also set to sweaten the deal with a loan back to Leipzig for the rest of the season, according to FootMercato.