Not Bakayoko: Chelsea agree £17million for versatile CM, 5-year deal on card

Chelsea have offered England international and versatile midfieder Nathaniel Chalobah a new bumper contract at the Club, reports the Sun.

Chalobah failed to break into the first team of Chelsea despite impressing the Blues manager Antonio Conte during last summer’s pre-season. He has been attracting interest from a host of Premier League Clubs including Swansea, Watford and Southampton.

He played from the bench for Chelsea in nine League games, starting only one but he contributed to Chelsea’s conquest of the League nonetheless.

The midfielder is now in the final year of his contract but the report has further stated that the Blues have handed him a new five-year deal with a payrise from £45,000 to £65,000 a week, which totals to £17million over the five years of the new contract.

Although Antonio Conte is a big fan of Nathaniel Chalobah, the 22-year-old midfielder does not appear to be in the plans of the Italian for next season. Chelsea have agreed a deal with French outlet Monaco for the signature of Tiemoue Bakayoko and this is expected to displace Nemanja Matic, who has been a first team player for the Blues’ team, leaving no chance for Chalobah.

Chalobah joined Chelsea in the summer of 2005 from Fulham but he has failed to break into the first team instead he has transverse Europe of several loan spells.

GFN understands that Chelsea will accept an offer in the region of £5million from his suitors but they risk not having any home grown player if Chalobah leaves. Nathan Ake, Dominic Solanke and Betrand Traore have already moved on.