A detailed shot of the corner flag at Kingsmeadow during the Chelsea Ladies v Liverpool Ladies WSL match. Held at the Kingsmeadow Athletics & Fitness Centre, Kingston upon Thames, UK on the 7th October 2017 Photo: Charlotte Wilson for FA

Chelsea linked with move for Russian international forward

FA Women’s Continental League Cup finalists Chelsea are being linked with a summer move for Russian international forward Nadezhda Karpova according to recent press reports from the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old Yaroslavl-born hotshot is out of contract at the Estadio Jesus Navas at the end of the season and the player is expected to leave the Spanish Primera Division club.

It is believed that Karpova has already received a contract offer from Italian side AS Roma, however, the striker is also being linked with Chelsea and it is understood that the FA Women’s Super League club could be her preferred destimation this summer.

Karpova started her senior career in her homeland with FC Zorky Krasnogorsk before joining Chertanovo Moscow. In 2017, the player moved to Spain when she joined Valencia before signing for current club Sevilla last year.

Should Karpova make the move to Kingsmeadow this summer, there would surely need to be some movement within the Chelsea squad. The Blues currently have six forward players on their books and it is difficult to see just where the Russian forward would fit in. Chelsea’s recent signing of Australian international Sam Kerr has only made the competition for places in attack even stronger.

As well as possible interest from Chelsea, it has been reported that Reading and West Ham United could also consider moves for Karpova this summer.

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