Fulham boss Mark Hughes is preparing a move for Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta.
The Welshman wants to take the 19-year-old midfielder to Craven Cottage on loan, according to The Independent. The France U-20 international has struggled to establish himself in the champions’ first team, and a temporary move to their London neighbours could prove a tempting prospect.
Hughes said: “He’s a player I know and I like the qualities he has. We are having lots of conversations about players, but at the moment we don’t know if any will go through. There is a lot of interest out there, whether we can conclude the deals only time will tell.”
David Luiz deal near.
Sky Sports understands that representatives from Benfica are in London thrashing out the terms of a deal to bring defender David Luiz to Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian has been tracked by the Blues over recent weeks, but the €50m release clause in his contract has proved a stumbling block with the Portuguese outfit refusing to offer much in the way of compromise over the transfer fee.
However, Chelsea want to offer €25m plus either Paulo Ferreira or winger Salomon Kalou, though Benfica are said to be more interested in scouring the youth ranks to identify potential stars of the future.
They signed centre-back Jardel last week in what could be regarded as a deal done in the view of replacing Luiz. Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira is now in London, and a deal appears imminent.
No Sanchez meeting.
Carlo Ancelotti has refuted rumours that the Blues have held discussions with Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo about signing winger Alexis Sanchez.
Pozzo had claimed earlier in the week that discussions were held, but these negotiations appear to be news to the Italian.
It was also claimed that Chelsea were quoted €30m (£25.1m) for the player, according to Sky Sports.
Ancelotti said: “It’s not true that we’ve spoken with the owner of Udinese. I don’t like to speak about this because it’s confidential.”
Carlo: I didn’t want Pienaar.
Ancelotti has also denied that he had any intention of signing former Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar.
The South African signed for Spurs earlier this week in a deal thought to be worth around £3m, and it was reported at the time that Chelsea had also been interested.
But Ancelotti claims he never wanted the 28-year-old to move to Stamford Bridge.
He told Sky Sports: “You have to ask Pienaar, not me. I didn’t speak with him. I never met in my life Steven Pienaar. I didn’t search Steven Pienaar to come here to play for Chelsea. We don’t need a midfielder, we don’t need to have these kind of players.”