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Chelsea Morning Headlines For Tuesday, 14.

Chelsea And Inter Milan Both Hold 'First Discussions' Over Signing 32.4m Rated French Ace

Chelsea and Inter Milan are set to battle it out over Lille attacking midfielder Jonathan Ikone, according to Le10 Sport.

The French publication claims that both clubs have held their “first discussions” with Lille over signing the France international, although there have been no formal offers at this stage.

Ikone, who is valued at £32.4m by Transfermarkt, had a pretty average campaign with just four goals and seven assists in 36 appearances.

However, he is only 22 years of age, and he is capable of playing in a number of positions, including as a number 10 or anywhere across the front three.

After a slow start, Ikone did finish the campaign pretty strongly with six assists in his last 13 league games. He also got his first senior cap for France back in September, scoring on his debut in the 4-1 win over Albania.

It’s likely that Chelsea are considering alternatives to Kai Havertz, just in case a move for the German international proves to be too costly.

Former Blues Boss Plotting Raid On Chelsea As He Looks To Snap Up TWO Players

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte wants his club to sign Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, according to reports in the Italian media.

The former Blues boss is said to be keen on reuniting with the Frenchman after having worked with the player for two years during his time at Stamford Bridge

Conte is reportedly looking to add experience to his squad and he is said to have asked Inter‘s hierarchy to make a move for Kante, as well as his teammate Emerson Palmieri.

An enquiry for Kante will likely be given short shrift considering the 29-year-old’s importance to the squad. The midfielder has missed a lot of football this season due to injuries but manager Frank Lampard has selected him on a regular basis when fit.

The France international is currently out of action due to a hamstring problem and he remains a doubt for tomorrow’s crucial game against Norwich City.

Should Be Getting Him, Especially For 30m' 'Not An Upgrade' Fans Discuss Claim That Keeper Is High On Chelsea's List Of Targets

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is high on Chelsea’s list of goalkeeper targets, according to reports in England. The Cameroon international is said to be available for around £30m with the player keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.

It is believed that the Blues are in regular contact with Onana’s agents ahead of a possible transfer, but fans on Twitter had a mixed reaction to the news:

One of the major concerns about Onana is his physicality. Although he is slightly taller than Kepa at 6ft 3, he wouldn’t be described as the most imposing of goalkeepers.

There are other names in the frame, with manager Frank Lampard said to be a big fan of Manchester United’s Dean Henderson but the likelihood of the Red Devils being willing to sell to a direct rival is low.

Onana’s reasonable price tag may tempt Chelsea into making a move for him, with their current number one Kepa having struggled for form this campaign.

Koulibaly Is Much Better' 'Average, No Thanks' Fans On Twitter React To Claims That City Could Bid 54m For Serie A Stopper

Manchester City could make a move for Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar if their Champion League ban is lifted, according to reports in Italy

A decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is expected tomorrow morning, but if the Citizens are eligible for European competitions, they are believed to be prepared to shell out €60m (£54m) on Skriniar.

Fans on Twitter are not so sure the Slovakian international would be the answer to the club’s problems at the back:

Skriniar, who has also been linked with Manchester United in recent days, has struggled for form since the restart but he is a promising defender.

At 25 years of age, he has played 261 senior games as well as being capped 31 times by Slovakia. Considering City’s defensive woes this season, though, supporters want someone who has been tried and tested at the highest level and they are not convinced that Skriniar is the best solution available.

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