Tuchel 'contacts £50m Sterling ahead of bid', Chelsea 'to make £38m De Ligt offer plus Werner', Kounde transfer news | The Sun

THOMAS TUCHEL has reportedly contacted Raheem Sterling directly, as Chelsea look to push through a move for the £50m-rated Man City star.

The Blues are also said to be ready to bid for Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus, according to reports.

It is claimed that they will offer the Italian club £38m plus Timo Werner to secure the Dutchman.

The Blues are desperate for reinforcements at centre-back after Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen quit the club.

A verbal agreement is said to be in place for Sevilla's Jules Kounde but the deal has yet to get over the line.

And Romelu Lukaku is set to fly to Milan next week to complete his loan move to Inter.


  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea receive Richarlison boost

    Everton have to balance the books in the next five days in what could be a major boost for Chelsea and Tottenham's pursuit of Richarlison, according to reports.

    The Toffees ongoing battle with financial fair play (FFP) rules mean the London clubs could be best served by moving early.

    The Athletic report that the "bulk" of Everton's incoming transfer business will have to be done after June 30, which could explain the lack of transfers at Goodison Park so far.

    The reason for the deadline is due to FFP, which is calculated until the end of June.

    The Merseyside club has been under prolonged pressure over their finances, with rival clubs even attempting to use it against them during last season's nail-biting relegation battle.

    The free-spending start to Farhad Moshiri's reign has left the club needing to balance the books.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ziyech 'hands in transfer request'

    Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has reportedly handed in a transfer request as he bids for a move to AC Milan.

    The winger is believed to be frustrated with his lack of game time and sees a future with the Italian champions.

    Sky Italia report Milan and the Blues are now in talks over a potential move as the attacking reshuffle at Stamford Bridge continues.

    Ziyech could follow Romelu Lukaku in switching London for Milan, while Thomas Tuchel and the Chelsea hierarchy keeping tabs on a number of forward players.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuchel ‘makes contact with Sterling’

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has made contact with Raheem Sterling ahead of lodging a £60million bid, according to reports.

    The Blues are keen to sign the Manchester City winger this summer and feel he could be available given his contract situation.

    Sterling, 27, has just one year remaining on his City contract, and Chelsea believe they may be able to convince him to leave the Etihad.

    According to the Telegraph, Tuchel has opened dialogue with Sterling’s camp ahead of a potential bid.

    Entering the final 12 months of his contract, Sterling is open to all options — but wants to play regularly in the countdown to the winter World Cup.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea starlet set for Feyenoord

    Feyenoord are on the verge of signing Chelsea starlet Ian Maatsen, according to reports.

    The left back has been on loan with Coventry who were keen on retaining his services for another season.

    But the 20-year-old opted to return to boyhood club Feyenoord, 90min reported.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Werner 'open to Juventus transfer'

    Timo Werner is reportedly open to a move to Juventus this summer.

    Werner's being touted by Chelsea for a possible swap deal involving Juve star Matthijs de Ligt.

    De Ligt's said to be keen on a move to the Blues.

    And reports from the Metro claim Werner has no objections against joining Juve.

    Although he'll have to lower his wages to complete the move, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    PSG close in on Skriniar

    PSG are reportedly honing in on Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar.

    Skriniar’s already agreed personal terms with PSG.

    And now the French giants have to agree a fee with Inter for Skriniar, according to Get French Football News.

    The report states PSG’s latest offer for the defender is £51m.

    Chelsea were also said to be tracking Skriniar.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Raphinha over Richarlison

    Ray Parlour reckons Raphinha will be a better signing for top Prem clubs over Richarlison.

    Both Brazilian stars are being tracked by the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

    But Parlour reckons Raphinha will be better value for money.

    He said on talkSPORT: "I think Richarlison is a top player, don’t get me wrong, but he’s a little bit inconsistent at times.

    "Raphinha has shown he’s a top player and I’m sure lots of clubs will be in for him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Boehly to hold direct talks

    New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is on a personal mission to stop Reece James leaving the club this summer, reports claim.

    The full-back currently receives £70,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge.

    And Boehly's willing to raise that significantly to avoid James going elsewhere, the Metro reported.

    Although talks between Boehly and James will unlikely begin before the end of the summer as the club look to secure six new signings.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea hold Ziyech exit talks

    Chelsea and AC Milan have reportedly held tals over Hakim Ziyech.

    Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is open to getting rid of the winger to make space for new arrivals, and trim down his squad in the process, according to The Guardian.

    And Ziyech's also interested in a move away from Stamford Bridge to relauch his career, the report adds.

    However, he will have to work out a salary with Milan who do not want to pay the current wage packet he receives from Chelsea.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Beckham reveals moment of redemption

    David Beckham reckons his goal against Greece for England vindicated him in the eyes of fans across the country after his red card in World Cup 1998.

    Beckham even claims Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea supporters were among the list of forgiving fans.

    He said when asked about his favourite goal: “I think it has to be the goal against Greece.

    I think that was, possibly, the moment for me where most of the nation forgave me for what I did four years before.

    “I think that was probably the moment England fans – whether it West Ham, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool – went, ‘okay, enough is enough’.

    “It was a special moment, to play in a game that was so important for our country – at Old Trafford – it has to be the best [goal].”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gazza reveals brutal Chelsea snub

    Paul Gascoine has revealed that he brutally snubbed Chelsea in 1995.

    Reminiscing alongside former Gers team-mate Ally McCoist on talkSPORT, Gascoigne said: "I remember speaking to [then Lazio boss] Dino Zoff and asking him what clubs were interested in me at the time and he said Chelsea.

    "I said ‘I ain’t going there, what’s the other one?’ He replied Aston Villa.

    "And I said I ain’t going there either, and then he said Rangers. So I’m walking out of the door and I turned around and said ‘I ain’t going to Queens Park Rangers’.

    "No, Glasgow Rangers. I slammed the door and said to Dino get them over quickly."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Three centre-back shortlist revealed

    Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed that De Ligt is on a three-man centre-back shortlist.

    He he has stated that Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Manchester City ace Nathan Ake and Sevilla's defensive stalwart Jules Kounde.

    Romano tweeted: "Chelsea are genuinely interested in Matthijs de Ligt, confirmed.

    "Juve will ask for a big fee as they’re discussing to extend Matthijs’ contract, but still no full agreement.

    "De Ligt is appreciated by Thomas Tuchel – part of the list with Koundé and Nathan Ake."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea eye De Ligt swap

    Chelsea are reportedly lining up a player-plus-cash transfer offer to Juventus for star defender Matthijs de Ligt.

    De Ligt is tied down in Turin until 2024, but he has allegedly told the Serie A giants he intends to leave after putting in a transfer request.

    And Chelsea are said to be ready to bring him to Stamford Bridge, where they are willing to offer Juve forward Timo Werner.

    According to Sky in Italy via Sky Sports, Chelsea are ready to bid £38million for De Ligt as well as handing over the Germany international.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    New owner Todd Boehly has reportedly made it a personal mission to try and keep Reece James by offering him a new long-term deal.

    The Blues would like to ease emerging doubts over James’ future amid links to Real Madrid and Manchester City.

    According to the Daily Mail, owner Boehly has made a decisive move to resolve James’ “contractual situation”, with the player currently picking up around £70,000-a-week.

    Elsewhere, Christopher Nkunku has revealed he’s pleased to be staying with RB Leipzig amid interest from Chelsea.

    It comes amid news Newcastle will consider a swoop for Chelsea striker Armando Broja if they cannot sign Hugo Ekitike. 

  • Jack Figg

    Gift of the Gab

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly set to bolster his attacking options by sealing the transfer of Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus in the next seven to 10 days.

    The Gunners are in desperate need of a striker or two and Arteta and Co are moving quickly to get their targets through the door.

    According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are nearing a £50million agreement with City for striker Jesus, who was also linked with Chelsea.

    There is growing confidence that the deal will be completed within 10 days.

    Jesus' arrival would follow hot on the heels of Fabio Vieira's confirmation.

    The midfielder joined Arsenal from Porto in a £30m deal as Arteta looks to bolster his squad ahead of a push to return to the Champions League.

  • Jack Figg

    Tuch and go

    Thomas Tuchel has said he wishes Reece James could clone key player James.

    In April, the German said: "I would love to have two of Reece James, that would solve the problem, it’s like 50% towards wing-back and 45% towards the back three.

    "It depends a little bit on how the opponent plays against us.

    "Do we expect a lot of possession, how is their structure for their offensive transition.

    "For this it can sometimes be helpful for Reece to play in the back three and be the first guy to cover in the transition and to not be involved in the attack.

    "We have his speed and physicality in the protection of the opponents counter-attack.

    "I’m a bit more into that his very best position is the wing-back position where he is perhaps even more decisive, more useful but it is more demanding.

    "The next step is to be a regular player over 50, 55, 60 matches and from there we have to decide that those positions are filled with top quality with him."

  • Jack Figg

    Rab race

    Adrien Rabiot wants to leave Juventus to join a Premier League club this summer.

    And Chelsea are the outright favourites to clinch his signature ahead of Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City, according to Betfair.

    The France international joined Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in July 2019.

    He’s since made 129 appearances, scoring six goals and providing six assists in all competitions.

    The 27-year-old’s contract expires in June 2023, but reports suggest he doesn’t intend to see out his deal in Turin.

    The Telegraph claim Rabiot wants to leave the Serie A heavyweights to join an English club playing Champions League football.

  • Jack Figg

    Blue deal


    New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has reportedly made it a personal mission to try and keep Reece James by offering him a new long-term deal.

    The Blues would like to ease emerging doubts over James' future amid links to Real Madrid and Manchester City.

    According to the Daily Mail, owner Boehly has made a decisive move to resolve James' "contractual situation", with the player currently picking up around £70,000-a-week.

    Tying the academy product down to a new deal is one of the club's top priorities.

    However, formal discussions over fresh terms are yet to get underway.

    Talks could get underway once the summer transfer window closes at the end of August.

  • Jack Figg

    Ron away

    Bayern Munich are not interested in signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United, according to reports.

    Recent reports have suggested Ronaldo is unhappy with the lack of movement in the transfer market from Man United, leading to speculation he could quit the club this summer.

    Such speculation included links with Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich, which would represent a new challenge for the Portuguese superstar.

    However, BILD's Christian Falk has reported such interest is untrue, with Bayern holding no tangible interest in the 37-year-old.

  • Jack Figg

    Nkunku speaks on new contract

    Christopher Nkunku has revealed he’s pleased to be staying with RB Leipzig amid interest from Prem giants Chelsea and Man United.

    He told the club’s media after penning his new deal: “I’m pleased to continue wearing the RB Leipzig shirt.

    “After our great achievement in winning the DFB-Pokal, it remained clear that my story here isn’t over yet – we want more!

    “I was really impressed with the club’s efforts to keep me, so a big thanks goes to those responsible for the trust in me and especially to Oliver Mintzlaff, with whom I was always in close contact.

    “RB Leipzig have made a name for themselves on the international stage in recent years and have shown time and again that we can compete for titles. We want to build on that going forward and go one step further.”

  • Jack Figg

    Go Bro

    Newcastle will consider a swoop for Chelsea striker Armando Broja if they cannot sign Hugo Ekitike, according to reports.

    The Magpies have had their sights set on signing Ekitike, 20, since January, but they have struggled to get a deal across the line.

    They came close to an agreement earlier this year when Reims accepted a £33million bid, but the striker decided to snub the offer to stay in France until the end of the season.

    Now, Newcastle are reportedly close to a new deal worth £36million as they continue their pursuit of the Frenchman.

    However, numerous clubs including Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have also expressed an interest, meaning the discussions could be hijacked.

    As a result, Eddie Howe and his staff have lined up an alternative option.

  • Jack Figg

    Raph-in for him

    Man Utd and Liverpool have reportedly joined the trace for Raphinha.

    And that has sparked a major Premier League battle for the Brazilian's signature.

    London trio Chelsea, Tottenham and particularly Arsenal are interested in landing him this summer.

    The Gunners saw their first bid rejected but are set to go back to Leeds with an improved offer.

    However, as reported by Sport in Spain, they now face competition from the powerhouses in the North-West.

    But it is understood Raphinha has so far kept the door closed on a transfer within the Premier League.

  • Jack Figg

    Raphinha for Ziyech?

    Could Chelsea offer Hakim Ziyech to Leeds in part-exchange for winger Raphinha?

    That’s the speculation today as the Blues and Manchester United remain linked with the Elland Road Brazilian.

    Signing Raphinha, 25, would be an impressive statement for new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.

  • Jack Figg

    Chelsea receive Gnabry transfer boost

    Arsenal have received a huge boost in their pursuit of ex-Gunner Serge Gnabry.

    That’s as Bayern Munich transfer chief director Hasan Salihamidzic has refused to rule out selling Gnabry, although he insisted the club want him to stay put.

    Salihamidzic said, reported by Fabrizio Romano: We really want to keep him. I hope that he chooses Bayern.

    “If a player doesn’t want to decide for the club, then we can find a solution that makes everyone happy.”

  • Jack Figg

    Borna Blue

    Chelsea can secure Stuttgart defender Borna Sosa for £21million this summer, according to reports.

    The Blues have already seen Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen depart since the end of the season.

    Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is also being linked with a move to Barcelona.

    And left-back Marcos Alonso has reportedly told the club he wants to leave Stamford Bridge.

    The loss of Alonso would leave Chelsea short in the left-back position, with Ben Chilwell still recovering from a serious cruciate ligament injury.

    And Sosa, 24, could plug that gap as he has shown the ability to play at left-back and left wingback.

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