Chelsea could send midfield wonderkid Andrey Santos to Nottingham Forest on loan as part of a swap deal for Brennan Johnson
- Nottingham Forest are keen on bringing in Chelsea midfielder Andrey Santos
- The Blues are open to loaning him out as part of a deal for Brennan Johnson
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Nottingham Forest have turned to Chelsea’s Andrey Santos as they look to bolster their midfield and that could help Mauricio Pochettino.
As Mail Sport revealed, Forest made a £30m offer for Monaco’s Youssouf Fofana last week but the 24-year-old France international has been holding out for a better option amid interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham this summer.
Santos has been excellent form in pre-season but Chelsea are overloaded with expensive midfielders and Pochettino’s immediate concern is his attack.
While happy with Nicolas Jackson’s contribution, the Chelsea boss recognises his side lack a goal threat and a creative number ten.
Chelsea have been considering Forest’s Brennan Johnson for a number of weeks and the idea of loans – such as Santos – plus cash to secure the Wales international appeals to some staff at the club.
Nottingham Forest are keen on bringing in 19-year-old Chelsea midfielder Andrey Santos
The Blues are keen on a swap deal for highly-rated Forest striker Brennan Johnson
The loss of Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise over an alleged illegal approach came as a blow to plans while Lyon’s coveted Bradley Barcola is expected to join Paris St Germain.
The winger is rated at £50m and has strong interest from Tottenham and West Ham. Paramount to his decision, should a fee be agreed, is the amount of playing time he receives.
The 22-year-old is understood to prefer Tottenham for that reason so Chelsea’s path is not so clear cut.
In recent weeks, Forest have also expressed interest in Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah, but he has a hamstring injury, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ian Maatsen. The left-back has been offered a new deal by Chelsea but is unsure amid interest from West Ham and Borussia Dortmund too.
Gonzalo Montiel is expected to fly in on Monday for his medical with Forest ahead of signing from Sevilla for £9.4m. The Argentine right-back, who scored his country’s World Cup winning penalty, could yet be joined by compatriot Nicola Dominguez from Bologna, another midfield option.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are expected to step up their bid for New England Revolution keeper Djordje Petrovic in the coming days after offering £12m for the Serbian.
Mauricio Pochettino is keen to strengthen a Chelsea attack that looks a little short on goal threat
Michael Olise remains a target but the £50 million-rated winger is thought to prefer Tottenham and recently signed a new deal at Crystal Palace
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