9am Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Haaland and Declan Rice LATEST updates, Giroud linked to Atletico move


Atletico Madrid have identified Olivier Giroud as the ideal replacement for Diego Costa, who left the club on Tuesday.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico will attempt to sign Giroud in the January transfer window but are hoping to do business with a small cash offer.

That could be a bit hard considering Chelsea have spent over £200million in the summer and would look for a significant sum to balance the books.

But then again Atleti are banking on the Blues’ fear of losing their striker for free in the summer when his contract expires

Meanwhile, Chelsea have recently been linked with a shock bid for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Braut Haaland.

Haaland has been on fire ever since moving to Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg earlier this year as he has already netted a staggering 33 goals in 32 matches across all competitions.

Rumours have surfaced suggesting the Blues will try and sign the star striker in January but that is extremely unlikely.

And that is because club director Marina Granovskaia is keen on only one transfer in the January transfer window with Declan Rice posing as a priority.

Plus, Dortmund would almost definitely never agree to let such an important player leave in the middle of the season

Finally, Man Utd are leading the charge for Chelsea target Moises Caicedo.

Fabrizio Romano claims contacts have been made with the 19-year-old Ecuador midfielder.

There are no bids on the table yet but the ball is in United’s court.

And it’s now up to the Red Devils to make their move before Chelsea and other sides join the fray.


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