12noon Chelsea news: Chelsea’s new Pirlo target, N’Golo Kante staying and paying tax, Houssem Aouar on wishlist

LYON playmaker Houssem Aouar and Juventus defender Daniele Rugani could head in to Chelsea after the Christmas decorations head out.

Read on below to find out the details, plus the latest transfer news, views and gossip from around Stamford Bridge.

 Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is a major target for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea

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Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is a major target for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea

CHELSEA have been linked with a move for Italian starlet Sandro Tonali – but he is already being hailed as the 'next Andrea Pirlo'.

The Bresica midfielder has already earned an international call-up despite not even playing a top-flight match.

N'GOLO KANTE will pay more tax than Amazon and Starbucks combined – after signing a new five-year deal with Chelsea.

The Frenchman has refused to set up off-shore companies to funnel his £290,000-a-week wages through, but just how much do they all pay in tax?

N'GOLO KANTE has signed a new five-year deal to make him the Blues' highest paid player.

Chelsea penned the midfielder to a new contract to ward off interest from Paris Saint-Germain – with the Frenchman hitting headlines with his insistence to pay tax.

CHELSEA are reportedly keen on signing Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

RMC Sport claims the playmaker has been identified by Maurizio Sarri as a top target in January.

CHELSEA are closing in on Daniele Rugani after holding successful talks with the Juventus defender's agent.

Rugani's representative jetted into London to hold talks with Chelsea and Juve chiefs over a January transfer on Thursday.

RADJA NAINGGOLAN has revealed why he snubbed Manchester United and Chelsea for Inter Milan.

The Belgian superstar was tipped to join Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge over two years ago – but says he enjoys Serie As more tactical style and his quality of life.

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JORGINHO'S agent has urged Chelsea to sign his client's former team-mate Gonzalo Higuain as the Blues look to bolster their attacking threat.

The pair formed a brilliant relationship together for Napoli under Maurizio Sarri.

CHELSEA risk losing youth star Marcin Bulka on a free transfer after the goalkeeper revealed he is weighing up a move away.

The 19-year-old joined the Blues from Escola Varsovia in 2016 after rejecting the approach from La Liga giants Barcelona.

CHELSEA have been warned Mauro Icardi might not be able to cope with the physicality of the Premier League.

The Inter Milan and Argentina forward has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

N'GOLO KANTE finally has a character flaw – he doesn't like paying for food in Mayfair restaurants.

The Chelsea midfielder is seen as one of the most humble and nicest guys around, but club team-mates David Luiz and Willian have revealed what happens when you ask him to pay at their restaurant.

DIDIER DROGBA has confirmed his retirement after a stellar 20-year career that saw him lift 18 major trophies.

The Chelsea legend posted a throwback picture and a heartfelt message on his social media, having spent the past 18 months at US side Phoenix Rising, a club he co-owns.

CHELSEA are in the race to sign Inter Milan’s £70 million-rated star Milan Skriniar.

The Slovakia defender is on Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s shopping list as he draws up plans to bolster his team’s back four.

DAVID LUIZ is keen to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge, but talks about extending his contract have yet to start.

The Brazilian defender is a firm favourite of Maurizio Sarri and wants to stay at Chelsea, but he needs them to make the first move.

MAURIZIO SARRI is facing an injury headache as Mateo Kovacic is a doubt for their match against Tottenham on Saturday.

The Croatian missed the crucial England tie, with Ethan Ampadu also picking up a knock during the international break.

CHELSEA have received another boost in their bid to USA starlet Christian Pulisic.

The Borussia Dortmund winger is set for showdown talks with the German side over a potential move in January.

ARSENAL and Newcastle will join Crystal Palace in the hunt for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to the bookies.

The Chelsea ace has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, as he continues to be unhappy with his lack of playing time.

AC MILAN has become the latest club to be interested in taking Andreas Christensen away from Stamford Bridge.

The Dane has struggled for game-time, with the Italians also targeting Gary Cahill as they continue to suffer with a defensive crisis.

 

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LYON playmaker Houssem Aouar and Juventus defender Daniele Rugani could head in to Chelsea after the Christmas decorations head out.