Chelsea transfer round-up: Ranieri offers escape route as ex-Blue eyes return

Chelsea have already had a summer of significant upheaval, with more than £200million spent on new players and multiple departures on loan.

However, more exits could be on the cards as the Blues prepare to trim a bloated squad and get some fringe players off their books, either temporarily or on permanent deals.

With Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and more moving to west London, and the potential of further additions to come, we could see a lot more movement between now and the end of the transfer window.

We’ve got the latest from around the UK and beyond as a couple of midfield men potentially move closer to new surroundings, while there’s also an update on a former fan favourite who has been tearing things up since leaving Stamford Bridge in a big-money move.

Gallagher to join Baggies on loan after new Chelsea deal

Conor Gallagher has been in high demand this summer, after impressing on loan in the Championship last season.

The midfielder has been the subject of loan approaches from a number of Premier League clubs, with Crystal Palace thought to have been leading the way, but football.london reports that Gallagher is now poised for a season-long switch to West Bromwich Albion.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson opted to take Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea, rather than making Gallagher a priority, so the youngster is now expected to move to the Baggies.

However, Chelsea are understood to be waiting for the 20-year-old to sign a new deal before confirming the loan exit.

Gallagher played 45 times in the Championship last season, beginning the campaign on loan at Charlton before moving to Swansea City in January, and also played for the Swans in the play-offs.

Chelsea would be ex-Blues' first choice in Europe return

Oscar has been a real hit in China since leaving Chelsea for Shanghai SIPG in 2017, but the Brazilian’s latest comments may interest fans of the London club.

The midfielder, now 29, has won two trophies with his current club, including the 2018 Chinese Super League, and finished last season as their joint-top league goalscorer.

Oscar revealed his international colleagues David Luiz and Willian, with whom he also spent time at Stamford Bridge, have been in touch telling him to join them at Arsenal, but he still has a lot of time for Chelsea.

“I really want to go back to Europe,” Oscar told Fox Sports Brasil, as translated by Sport Witness.

“Not now. At the moment I’m well here in China, I still have my contract here, which I hope to fulfil.

“Of course the first club I’d choose if I could go back to Europe is Chelsea, for sure, which is the club that I built a very beautiful history with.”

Ranieri could offer Chelsea reject an escape

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Chelsea have been active this summer, signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

However, one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.

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After a couple of underwhelming Premier League loan moves, Danny Drinkwater has been left with fewer options ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The midfielder, who cost Chelsea £35m back in 2017, hasn’t played for the Blues’ first team since the 2018 Community Shield.

He began the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Burnley but left with just one league appearance to his name, while a half-season stint at Aston Villa was marred by an altercation with team-mate Jota in training, and he didn’t feature for the Villans after February 16.

Drinkwater has spoken about the possibility of continuing his career overseas, and reports in Italy suggest Claudio Ranieri – his manager when he won the Premier League with Leicester – could offer him a way out of west London.

According to Il Secolo XIX (via Football Italia), an intermediary has contacted Ranieri’s Sampdoria to offer Drinkwater to the club.

Samp finished last season in 15th place in Serie A, with Ranieri having taken over mid-season and helped drag them away from relegation trouble.

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