Wednesday 7 December 2016

Chelsea to beat Tottenham to Godfred Donsah signing

Published 08/08/2015 | 11:04

Donsah may snub Tottenham for a move to Chelsea. Photo: Getty
Donsah may snub Tottenham for a move to Chelsea. Photo: Getty

Chelsea have reportedly moved ahead of Tottenham in the race to sign the highly rated Ghanian midfielder, Godfred Donsah.

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Donsah is a 19 year old who plays for Cagliari, and last year enjoyed something of a breakthrough season. He scored twice in 20 games and quickly established himself as one of the brightest talents in Serie A, despite his club's relegation.

Cagliari realise that they have to sell and it was thought that Tottenham had moved ahead of their north London rivals Arsenal in the race for Donsah's signature.

However, Chelsea are now thought to be in pole position to complete a move, after contacting the representatives of the player.

Despite this, the Cagliari president, Tommaso Giulini, has in recent weeks been bullish about the player's future.

“We had a chat a few weeks ago with Juventus and Chelsea, but I am stunned by all these rumours around him,” Giulini said.

“We have many other players on low wages and their contracts will be renewed at the right time, including Donsah’s."

But with Chelsea's financial fire power, and Cagliari's double swoop for the midfielders Gianni Munari and Marco Ezio Fossati, a move is not thought to be a million miles away.

Donsah is the second player from Ghana to have been linked to Chelsea this transfer window, as they have long had an interest in Augsburg's Baba Rahman.

Jose Mourinho recently told Sky Sports that "We need a left-back, the board knows that and my feeling is that we are going to have one", which would suggest Rahman's arrival is imminent.

Meanwhile, Oscar looks set to remain a Chelsea player.

Juventus have been long-term suitors for the Brazilian playmaker, who Mourinho does not always include in his starting line up.

There had been speculation in Italy that the club were willing to match Chelsea's valuation of £30 million for the player.

However, the Juventus club director, Giuseppe Marotta, has ruled out a move for the 23 year old.

"A trequartista? We are looking for a midfielder numerically, not with any specific qualities, but in the context of a very eclectic midfield which includes [Paul] Pogba, [Claudio] Marchisio, [Sami] Khedira and [Roberto Pereyra]," Marotta told the Italian radio station Quotidiano Sportivo.

"[Paulo] Dybala could play as a trequartista. Isco and Oscar are two players who aren't extraordinary, but they would add to Juventus. Unfortunately they aren't ours and we will never sign them."

There had been speculation in Italy that the club were willing to match Chelsea's valuation of £30 million for the player.

However, the Juventus club director, Giuseppe Marotta, has ruled out a move for the 23 year old.

"A trequartista? We are looking for a midfielder numerically, not with any specific qualities, but in the context of a very eclectic midfield which includes [Paul] Pogba, [Claudio] Marchisio, [Sami] Khedira and [Roberto Pereyra]," Marotta told the Italian radio station Quotidiano Sportivo.

"[Paulo] Dybala could play as a trequartista. Isco and Oscar are two players who aren't extraordinary, but they would add to Juventus. Unfortunately they aren't ours and we will never sign them."

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