The Evening Standard have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have expressed an interest in signing Chelsea centre-back Trevoh Chalobah on loan ahead of the window slamming shut on Thursday.
Antonio Conte has made it clear that Spurs will have to sign replacements if anyone leaves before the transfer window close (Fabrizio Romano), and reports over recent days have indicated that Japhet Tanganga could be on his way out, with AC Milan said to be leading the race for the centre-back (CalcioMercato).
Chalobah has been mooted as a potential replacement, with The Evening Standard being the first publication to report a week ago that Tottenham were competing with Roma and Inter Milan for the Chelsea man’s services.
However, journalist Nizaar Kinsella took to social media to reveal on Wednesday that the Chelsea academy graduate is ‘unlikely’ to join Spurs since the Blues are looking to loan him out rather than sell him.
If The Evening Standard’s latest update is to be believed, Spurs are one of five clubs who are willing to sign the 23-year-old on loan.
The report suggested that RB Leipzig, Inter Milan, AC Milan and AS Roma have also expressed interest in a temporary deal for the Chelsea youngster.
I do not see why Chelsea would want to loan Chalobah to a direct rival. Even putting that factor aside, the 23-year-old will not get regular game time at Spurs, which would be the whole point of any loan move. So, I do not think this move has any legs and we will likely move abroad for the remainder of the campaign.