Chelsea January transfer news LIVE: Blues turn to Barnes in striker search

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Chelsea turn to Burnley's Barnes

Chelsea have turned to Burnley striker Ashley Barnes in their attempts to bolster their forward line, Goal understands.

The Blues have been linked with Andy Carroll, Edin Dzeko and Peter Crouch in recent days.

And now Antonio Conte's side are interested in bringing Barnes - who has scored three Premier League goals this season - to Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea target Richarlison posts cryptic message

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Richarlison has sparked speculation over his future at Watford after posting a cryptic message on his Twitter account.

The Brazilian has been in sparkling form since moving to the Hornets in the summer, so much so that Chelsea are weighing up bringing him to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

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Chelsea close in on £44m double signing

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Chelsea are closing in on the £44 million double signing of Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri from Roma, claims the Daily Mail

Roma feel the time is right to cash in on Dzeko, who will be 32 in March. The arrival of Emerson will allow the Blues to let Kenedy and Baba Rahman depart on loan. 

Chelsea to battle Barca for Real starlet

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Chelsea and Barcelona are braced for a summer battle to land Real Madrid starlet Oscar Rodriguez, claims Don Balon.

The 19-year-old midfielder is set to be out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to move on after struggling for minutes with the Blancos.

Chelsea make Slimani approach

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Chelsea have made an approach to sign Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, according to The Sunday Times.

Antonio Conte wants to add a tall forward to his ranks before the end of the January transfer window, and has been linked with Andy Carroll, Edin Dzeko and Peter Crouch.

Now his attention has switched to Slimani, who he hopes to take on loan from the King Power Stadium for the second half of the season.

Dortmund eye Batshuayi

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With Chelsea looking to bring in a new striker and Borussia Dortmund preparing to part with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gianluca Di Marzio claims Michy Batshuayi is now a target for the German club.

The Belgian sits behind Alvaro Morata in the Stamford Bridge pecking order and could slip further down the list if interest in the likes of Edin Dzeko and Peter Crouch delivers a new arrival.

Low lays out Real demands

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Germany boss Joachim Low has made Real Madrid aware of the players he wants to sign if he is to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Santiago Bernabeu, claims Don Balon .

The World Cup-winning coach will demand that Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal are brought in if he is to take the reins.

Sunderland want Ampadu loan

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Championship side Sunderland are hoping to land Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu on loan, claims The Sun.

Ampadu has already made multiple appearances for Chelsea's first team in 2017-18, leading Chris Coleman to register an interest in the Wales international. 

Dzeko still motivated to play for Roma

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Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has insisted that Edin Dzeko still wants to give his all for the club despite rumours linking him to Chelsea. 

The former Manchester City man has become one of the most potent strikers in Serie A since moving to the Giallorossi, smashing 39 goals in all competitions last year on his way to the Capocannoniere award. 

That form has not gone unnoticed, with the Bosnian reportedly unsettled by the interest shown in him from Stamford Bridge, but Di Francesco confirmed that Dzeko would start in Sunday's vital clash against Inter

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Rahman set for Schalke loan

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Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman is set to join Schalke on loan, the German club's sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed.

The Ghana international suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage at the start of 2017, ruling him out for the remainder of the year.

However, he is now on the comeback trail and Schalke, who took Baba on loan in the 2016-17 season, are in talks to secure him for the rest of the season.

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Chelsea line up Vidal bid

Arturo Vidal Bayern Munich

Chelsea are interested in signing Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich this summer, report Bild .

Bayern have agreed a deal to sign Leon Goretzka from Schalke once the season ends, and that acquisition could trigger a transfer for Vidal, with Antonio Conte's side leading the pack.