Chelsea transfer news: Villarreal set to beat Blues to signing of Napoli defender Raul Albiol

26 Jun

Villarreal are expecting to beat Chelsea to the signing of Napoli defender Raul Albiol after activating his release clause.

The Spaniard is in high demand this summer after clubs were alerted to the £5.2million release clause written into his contract at the San Paolo.

Villarreal have moved one step closer to signing Albiol

In the current market, that makes the 32-year-old a bargain compared to other players and both Chelsea and Villarreal have shown an interest in him.

Albiol is keen to listen to offers from both clubs as he is ready to leave Naples in search of a new challenge.

Villarreal, however, are the ones leading the chase for the centre-back as – according to AS – they have activated his release clause.

The Spanish club are now able to open talks with Albiol over personal terms and they are hoping to reach an agreement soon.

Albiol had been linked with following Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea

Villarreal are banking on the defender wanting to return to Spain – otherwise they fear he may opt for the riches of Chelsea instead of them.

Incoming Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri planning to bring four Napoli players to Stamford Bridge

22 Jun

Maurizio Sarri is planning to overhaul Chelsea’s playing squad when appointed Blues manager by bringing four of his Napoli players to Stamford Bridge.

Sarri, the Italian, is expected to be announced as Chelsea manager in the coming weeks, succeeding compatriot Antonio Conte following his two seasons in west London.

Sarri is expected to be confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager in the coming weeks

The 59-year-old remains contracted to Napoli despite Carlo Ancelotti already being announced as their new manager, and talks between the Serie A club and Chelsea over the transfer of Sarri had been held up due to disputes over the release clause in his deal.

However, reports suggest Sarri’s move to Chelsea has progressed, and he is already said to be drawing up a shortlist of transfer targets.

And, according to the Mirror, he wants to bring four Napoli players to west London when confirmed as manager of the Stamford Bridge club.

Elseid Hysaj, the full-back, Raul Albiol, the central defender, and forwards Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens are the reported targets.

Dries Mertens established himself as one of Europe’s finest forwards under Sarri

There are no indications as to whether Ancelotti would allow four key players to leave the San Paolo, especially as a fifth, Jorginho, is already in talks over a move to Manchester City.

Chelsea face rival offer from Villarreal in bid for Napoli defender Raul Albiol

20 Jun

Villarreal are set to rival Chelsea’s bid for Napoli defender Raul Albiol.

The Spaniard is said to have a £5.2m release clause in his current contract and this has generated interest from multiple clubs.

Albiol played for Real Madrid between 2009-2013

Chelsea are tracking the 32-year-old closely as his former boss at Napoli, Maurizio Sarri, is in line to takeover at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri is a big fan of Albiol and he is eager to work with him again if he lands the Blues job.

The Spaniard has now also been offered the chance to go back home too though as, according to AS, Villarreal want him.

The La Liga club are in the market for a centre-back and they are looking at Albiol as a target.

Chelsea transfer target Raul Albiol set for crunch talks with Carlo Ancelotti over his Napoli future

5 Jun
Chelsea FC transfer news: Summer target Raul Albiol set for crunch talks with Carlo Ancelotti over his future
Napoli defender Raul Albiol in action

Chelsea target Raul Albiol wants showdown talks with new Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti before deciding his future.

Albiol has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this summer and he has a reported release clause of around £6million.

The 32-year-old impressed under Maurizio Sarri last season, but now he is uncertain how he will feature under new boss Ancelotti.

And, according to TMW, that has left Albiol considering his future and demanding talks with Napoli.

The centre-back wants to sit down with Ancelotti and the board to discuss his future at the club.

Chelsea will no doubt be waiting to hear the outcome of those talks as they look to bolster their defence this summer.