Here are the Chelsea morning headlines for Tuesday, March 31.
Blues interested in World Cup winner
Chelsea are interested in signing Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira.
The 26-year-old, who played a pivotal role in France’s 2018 World Cup win, has struggled with knee injuries over the past two seasons, playing more of a peripheral role with his compatriot Clement Lenglet featuring more often alongside Gerard Pique in Barcelona’s backline.
The Catalan club are reportedly close to letting him leave this summer, as concerns have emerged over their finances, with their wage bill reportedly making up an unsustainable 80% of their total revenue.
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The price quoted is €50m (£44m), which would be a bargain in the current market if he’s able to put his injuries behind him and regain the kind of form he showed when he first moved from Lyon to Barcelona in 2016, particularly in their first title win under Ernesto Valverde in 2018.
But they’d surely face competition for his signature, and the speculation cites Arsenal as another club interested.
Mount impresses Messi
Having done well under Frank Lampard’s tutelage on loan at Derby County last season, Mason Mount has taken another step forward this season, breaking through at the top level for his boyhood club and earning his first England caps.
And that progress has not gone unnoticed by the world’s best player, with the current Balon d’Or holder Lionel Messi picking him out for special attention.
Mount, who has scored five goals and registered six assists in 41 appearances for Chelsea this season, features in a ‘Youth On The Rise’ card in a new set from Trading Card manufacturers Topps, designed by Messi himself.
“Having watched him play he has the potential to be one of the…