Romano reveals TWO Chelsea transfer truths

Robin Bairner
Robin Bairner
  • 19 Mar 2024 07:56 GMT
  • 3 min read
Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea

Fabrizio Romano has revealed the truth behind Chelsea’s search for a left-back in the summer transfer window and also the Blues’ pursuit of a Premier League striker.

Romano announced last week that Chelsea are set to find themselves in competition with Manchester United to find a solution in that area of the pitch but did not commit to names of players that either club might chase.

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Transfer rumours abound over who the Blues could target in that area of the park, with Wolves defender Rayan Ait Nouri one of the players linked with a move to the Stamford Bridge outfit.

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Romano has revealed the situation as it stands.

“Chelsea are keen to explore the left-backs market for the summer transfer window, most likely for a top young talent in that position, and so it’s inevitable that we’re going to be hearing a lot of names linked with the Blues in the weeks ahead,” Romano writes on the Daily Briefing.

“I’ve seen some reports about the likes of Rayan Ait-Nouri at Wolves, and also talented young Brest left-back Bradley Locko, but it’s still early to know specific names, as far as I understand.

“It is true that Chelsea are looking for left-backs, but we’re going to hear a lot of names and I don’t like to add too much speculation, just report the facts, so let’s see what they decide as it’s still only the early stage of discussions and I’m not aware of a preferred player that they’re targeting for that role as of yet.”

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Pedro Neto and Rayan Ait Nouri, Wolves
© IMAGO - Pedro Neto and Rayan Ait Nouri, Wolves

Jhon Duran to Chelsea?

Romano also discussed the case of Aston Villa attacker Jhon Duran, who has been linked with Chelsea for several weeks.

“Jhon Duran was another name linked with Chelsea back in January, but the move was never close. At the moment I’m not aware of concrete contacts, he’s just one of many players they considered and discussed but it never led to a proper negotiation with Villa. He’s fully focused on Villa now, no one else,” Romano says.

Duran joined Aston Villa from the Chicago Fire in January 2023 for €16.6 million and the 20-year-old has since scored five goals for the club in 37 appearances in all competitions.

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