Roberto Firmino breaks silence on a potential transfer to Chelsea, with talks scheduled for a significant deal
Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for some major incomings at Chelsea in the final half of the January transfer window. The Blues are yet to make a signing this month despite the need for a number of options in different positions exposed by a brutal injury crisis that has plagued the club during the 2023/24 season.
The absence of Christopher Nkunku has been significantly felt at Stamford Bridge with the hope being, upon his arrival in the summer, he would be able to deliver the goals. However, having missed the first few months with a knee injury, the France international is now suffering from a hip problem.
That has resulted in Chelsea exploring the January market for striker options with Al-Alhi’s Roberto Firmino the latest to emerge as a potential short-term signing for the Blues. Elsewhere, talks over the future of an exciting wonderkid are on the agenda with London rivals Arsenal, in hindsight, sure to be annoyed by their decisions that led to a bold Chelsea call that has certainly paid off.
With that said, here are this morning’s Chelsea transfer rumours from football.london.
Firmino blocks Chelsea transfer
Former Liverpool striker Firmino joining Chelsea would certainly be a shocking transfer. The Brazil international spent eight years playing his football at Anfield before moving on this past summer for a new challenge in Saudi Arabia. Firmino has struggled for goals since his switch and therefore a Premier League return has been mooted.
However, that coming at Stamford Bridge seems highly unlikely given his previous verdict on Liverpool. “It is time, unfortunately,” he admitted in his Liverpool exit message. “I am very proud of everything that I have done here with the team, what we achieved together and the beautiful history we made together. I am very proud. Maybe one day I could come back, I don’t know, but it’s time to go.”
football.london says: “Regardless of his possible want to return to the Premier League, a move to Chelsea should be out of the question given his love affiliation with Liverpool. Although the Blues are not a direct rival, it could certainly be seen as a betrayal by the 32-year-old among supporters.
“Signing Karim Benzema however, is perhaps much more feasible given he is yet to experience football and life in England. The former Real Madrid has recently been left out of his side’s training camp which has prompted exit links to emerge with Chelsea as an interested party. Based on all of the above, it seems far more likely that Benzema signs as opposed to Firmino.”
Hutchinson contract talks
Omari Hutchinson was one of many young talents signed by Chelsea in the first few transfer windows of Todd Boehly’s ownership reign. The 20-year-old joined the club from Arsenal and has made 30 appearances this season while on loan at Championship side Ipswich with three goals and three assists to his name.
Given Hutchinson’s impressive form at Portman Road, football.london understands his entourage are very confident the winger will have talks with Chelsea over extending his contract at the club. His current deal at Stamford Bridge until 2025 with a huge year on the horizon for the attacker as he attempts to break into the first-team picture.
football.london says: “Chelsea are blessed with a number of exciting youth talents and Hutchinson is certainly up there as one of the best. As has been shown by the struggles of David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos to get game time away from Chelsea in the first half of the season, Hutchinson’s loan move to Ipswich has greatly benefited all parties.
“Getting regular minutes is vital for any player to improve and Hutchinson is arguably plying his trade in one of Europe’s most difficult leagues. With that in mind, it is no wonder there is confidence that he will extend his stay in west London and if he can make the step up into the Premier League, there is no reason why he cannot become a crucial member of Pochettino’s young squad.”