Inside Football: Everton Won't Sell Chelsea Target; Monaco Wait on Batshuayi
The battling performances of Idrissa Gueye impressed Chelsea to the extent they sounded out Everton over the possibility of signing him.
In this week's Inside Football column, there will be more details revealed about Gueye's situation and examinations into potential deals involving Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi, West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass and Crystal Palace forward Fraizer Campbell.
Everton Won't Sell Midfielder at Any Price
Chelsea have explored the chances of signing Gueye this summer, but Everton are making it clear they will not consider selling the midfielder.
The Blues are looking into midfield reinforcements for next season, as extra depth is needed to deal with the added strain of UEFA Champions League football.
Gueye, who plays in a similar style to Chelsea's N'Golo Kante, has been identified as a player who would fit perfectly into manager Antonio Conte's system.
However, the message from Everton is he will not be available at any price—and they want to tie Gueye down to a new, improved deal.
Manchester United and Arsenal have also shown some interest in the 27-year-old Gueye, but officials at Goodison Park will remain firm with their stance, with Lukaku and Ross Barkley already set to leave this summer.
Chelsea set AS Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko as their prime midfield target, but there is big competition to sign him, so other options are being looked at as well.
Monaco to Step Up Batshuayi Chase
Batshuayi is caught up among the Chelsea uncertainty, and Monaco are emerging as a potential landing spot.
As Chelsea battle to sign Lukaku and also seek to sort out Diego Costa's future, Batshuayi is waiting to clear up his situation.
He is keen to find a new club because his chances at Stamford Bridge were severely restricted last season, and he wants guaranteed first-team football.
Monaco have been given the impression he would be keen on linking up with them, and it could be that their interest in Batshuayi helps Chelsea land Bakayoko.
Snodgrass on the Move?
Snodgrass had high hopes when he joined West Ham in January, but his future is already uncertain.
It has been a frustrating time, as he was not a guaranteed starter for manager Slaven Bilic. Snodgrass wants to prove he can turn things around, but sources have said the Croatian is unsure about how the winger fits into his plans.
The Hammers still lack the inspiration of Dimitri Payet, and it is possible Snodgrass will be sold as they search for a new talisman.
Snodgrass, 29, will have other Premier League options if a move does open up, and newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion are believed to be monitoring his situation.
Huddersfield Wait on Campbell
Huddersfield Town fear Fraizer Campbell is going to turn down the chance to join them.
They have been looking for Campbell to switch from Palace to his hometown club, as they feel it would provide a great boost ahead of their first Premier League campaign.
Campbell's contract is about to expire, but he is believed to have reservations about the transfer and is keeping his options open.
The 29-year-old made 13 appearances for Palace last season and scored one goal.