Transfers: Chelsea target Griezman, Grealish 'warned off' City
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Chelsea are concerned that three highly-rated academy prospects will head for the exit door after the Blues allowed academy graduates Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi to leave.
Tomori last month secured a £25million move to AC Milan, for whom he featured on loan in the second half of last season.
The 23-year-old played 17 times in Serie A after joining on a temporary deal in January and helped Milan finish runners-up in the Italian top-flight.
Meanwhile, fellow centre-back Guehi is set to join Crystal Palace in a deal that will see the Eagles spend slightly north of £15m.
Guehi has spent the last 18 months on loan at Swansea City and was an integral member of the Swans team who reached the Championship play-off final in May.
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The 21-year-old was also part of the England team who won the U17s World Cup in 2017 and scored one of the goals in the 5-3 victory over Spain in the final.
However, he played just twice for Chelsea’s senior side and is now set to depart for Palace, where Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has been appointed as head coach.
According to The Athletic, the departure of the pair has caused some concern among members of Chelsea’s youth set-up.
Prospects Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate and Myles Peart-Harris are believed to be stalling on new contracts and have not been included in the first-team’s squad for their pre-season training camp in Scotland.
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Defender Dynel Simeu, another member of the Blues’ under-23s side, is apparently close to joining an unnamed Premier League team.
Chelsea have frequently developed exciting young talent before moving them on and including a hefty sell-on percentage clause in any deal.
Former boss Frank Lampard handed several senior debuts to academy graduates but that business plan remained the same.
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For instance, right-back Tariq Lamptey was sold to Brighton in January 2020 but the Blues will earn a large portion of any future transfer fee if the South Coast club choose to sell the 20-year-old.
Lampard’s arrival improved the pathway for players to earn first-team exposure but concerns have reportedly resurfaced since he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in January.
However, two members of the Chelsea XI who started the Champions League final victory over Manchester City had progressed through the club’s ranks.
Mason Mount assisted Kai Havertz’s goal and had scored the second goal in the semi-final success over Real Madrid.
Reece James started in defence, while Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour were on the bench. Others travelled as back-up.
Scottish midfielder Gilmour has joined Norwich City on loan for the 2020-21 campaign.
Meanwhile, Guehi’s imminent arrival at Palace on a permanent deal will allow Vieira’s side to also target Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan.
The South Londoners wanted Gallagher last season but could not do a deal as they instead signed Michy Batshuayi from the west Londoners.
Premier League clubs cannot sign more than one player on loan from a single top-flight rival.
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