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Chelsea can learn from Man Utd as Liverpool close in on transfer agreement

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But after Liverpool’s interest became clear, reports in Portugal stated that Nunez’s preference was a switch to Anfield and an agreement is now said to be close. The deal may come as a blow to United in their bid to chase down those fighting at the top of the table.

However, Erik ten Hag has far more pressing matters to attend to over paying a near club-record fee for another attacker. Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho make up a strong attacking three while other bargains are available in the market to improve their squad depth

Paying £85m would eat into Ten Hag’s budget when the bigger issue for United is sorting out their midfield and defence. Ten Hag has been in discussions with the United board on his plans for the window and Frenkie de Jong appears to be the main target in midfield.

Another midfielder is also set to be targeted with two signings replacing the departing Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic. Full-backs were an important part of Ten Hag’s system at Ajax and he may also want improvements on both flanks.

Another attacker will also likely be signed, with United expected to spend big throughout the window. But conceding defeat to Liverpool in the race for Nunez now allows them to spread that money around for other targets needed in their squad.

Like United, Chelsea have more pressing issues to attend to than spending big on an area of the squad they don’t necessarily need at the moment. With Antonio Rudiger joining Real Madrid and the futures of both Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta uncertain, the defensive unit is in need of a rebuild.

Jules Kounde remains the priority with Sevilla demanding a fee in the region of £50m, but at least one other defender will need to be signed. There has also been plenty of suggestions that Chelsea will look to make improvements in midfield.

Declan Rice has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, although West Ham’s asking price is proving too steep at the moment. Ibrahima Sangare has been touted as a potential alternative, with PSV valuing the midfielder at around £30m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chelsea have selected five main Lukaku transfer replacements lined up amid Inter Milan loan talks

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Chelsea have their focus set on five potential replacements for Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to reports. It comes after a disappointing season for the Belgian upon his return to Stamford Bridge.

In a move that cost roughly £100million, expectations were high for the striker after his stint in Serie A. However, he managed just eight goals and one assist in 26 Premier League appearances.

Chelsea have their focus set on five potential replacements for Romelu Lukaku this summer, according to reports. It comes after a disappointing season for the Belgian upon his return to Stamford Bridge.

In a move that cost roughly £100million, expectations were high for the striker after his stint in Serie A. However, he managed just eight goals and one assist in 26 Premier League appearances.

“We demand a lot from our strikers also in terms of intensity. There are several reasons why things are like this [a lack of goals] and we are on it.”

However, that faith may have broken down since, with reports claiming that Lukaku is set for an Inter Milan return this summer. The deal is set to be a loan, with his wage covered and with a fee on top.

This would leave the Blues with fewer options for a main, goalscoring centre-forward. However, the Daily Mail claims that work is already being done to prepare for that, with five options named.

The report states that Robert Lewandowski, Richarlison, Jonathan David, Victor Osimhen and Gianluca Scamacca are all of interest to the club. All of those names have also been linked with other clubs, opening up the possibility of several transfer battles at once.

With Todd Boehly set to handle negotiations, there may still be some twists to come, though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raheem Sterling’s true transfer value revealed as Chelsea make £35million Sadio Mane demand

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Man City’s price tag of around £60 million on winger and Chelsea’s main attacking transfer target this summer Raheem Sterling has been vindicated but the Blues can still potentially save up to £17m.

It has taken a short while for Chelsea to get going in the summer transfer window following months of sanctions that prevented them making headway, but with Romelu Lukaku’s situation seemingly heading towards a positive conclusion, attention is starting to finally switch towards incomings. Although defence is the main priority in this summer’s transfer window amid fresh updates on Jules Kounde and Man City’s Nathan Ake, it is in fact another player from the current Premier League champions who could be joining Chelsea next season.

This is according to The Athletic, who report that confidence is growing between both parties that a deal can be completed in the near future which will see the player make the move that he hopes guarantees him more regular first-team football. Sterling is set to enter the final year of his contract with City, and reports do vary on the potential cost to Chelsea, with estimates between £35million and £60million.

Regardless of what fee is to be agreed upon, it is looking clear now that Sterling will become one of the first signings of the Boehly era at Stamford Bridge, with Kounde and Ousmane Dembele also strongly linked.

Whilst both still remain on course to become Chelsea players for 2022/23, The Telegraph have validated this sentiment with their updates on the situation which should progress even further once the £97.5m club-record signing ends his second London stay in favour of an early Serie A return.

Their report has also included details on the likes of Christopher Nkunku, Ake and a plethora of other defensive options still under consideration in this big squad rebuild but the price of Sterling himself was also noted. They say that around £50-60m will need to be put on the table by Marina Granovskaia if they are to wrap up these negotiations swiftly despite what looks like pre-mature reports stating that £35m could be agreed upon.

Now, whether £60m or even £50m is too steep for someone with little time left on their contract remains up for debate, but the selling club in this example have been vindicated for their price tag by the CIES Football Observatory.In their estimation, with all factors considered, they have priced a player who has scored 131 goals in 339 for City in all competitions since his switch from Liverpool back in 3015 anywhere between £43m-£60m. Knowing Granovskaia’s ability to negotiate a good deal, she and the rest of the Blues board will hope that a compromise nearer the £43m point can be reached and settled upon between both parties.

Although, there is still belief amongst the current World Champions that a figure of around £35m, which Liverpool have just sold Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich for in similar circumstances contract-wise, should be reasonable for a transfer like this one. Whether City stands firm or not remains to be seen.

Chelsea fans- How much should the club be really looking to splash out on Raheem Sterling this summer considering the £200m transfer budget? Leave your thoughts down below in the comments section!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice Chelsea attack after Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele transfers

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Chelsea’s attack for next season could look rather different if two signings in particular were to happen in this summer’s transfer window.

It has taken a short while for Chelsea to get going in the summer transfer window following months of sanctions that prevented them from making headway, but with Romelu Lukaku’s situation seemingly heading towards a positive conclusion, attention is starting to finally switch towards incomings. Although defence is the main priority in this summer’s transfer window amid fresh updates on Jules Kounde and Man City’s Nathan Ake, it is in fact another player from the current Premier League champions who could be joining Chelsea next season.

This is according to The Athletic, who report that confidence is growing between both parties that a deal can be completed in the near future which will see the player make the move that he hopes guarantees him more regular first-team football. Sterling is set to enter the final year of his contract with City, and reports do vary on the potential cost to Chelsea, with estimates between £35million and £60million. Regardless of what fee is to be agreed upon, it is looking clear now that Sterling will become one of the first signings of the Boehly era at Stamford Bridge, with Kounde and Ousmane Dembele also strongly linked.

Dembele is set to make his final decision about his future upon his return from holiday, despite speaking about his current situation with a Barca supporter in a recent encounter. His injury record was reportedly of concern to the higher-ups at Stamford Bridge if he was to be brought in. Amidst the rumours that the 27-year-old’s arrival could end any Dembele transfer hope, football.london understands that the Blues are planning to bring both aforementioned targets in to help refresh the attack.

The business up to may not stop there though despite the need for major defensive surgery and potentially in the midfield too if Ruben Loftus-Cheek was to leave amid fresh Lazio transfer updates. It is well known that a new striker is wanted and Robert Lewandowski is viewed as the ideal man to take on the mantle that is going to be left by the £97.5m club-record signing. His willingness though to join Barcelona has made this one a no-go so far. Alternative options had included Lautaro Martinez, Darwin Nunez and Jonathan David.

However, Lautaro wants to stay put at Inter whilst Nunez moved to Premier League rivals Liverpool. Nothing concrete recently has come out on Lille forward David, so that is certainly one to look out for throughout the window. Currently, though, the striker options that manager Thomas Tuchel will have at his disposal will be Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Armando Broja. The latter two have been linked away this summer but it seems unlikely Todd Boehly would let both go prior to a World Cup season which will see squad depth tested to the maximum. Replacements would have to be purchased in the worst-case scenario.

With much of this transfer window still to play out, what would Chelsea’s best front three combination be ahead of this unusual up-and-coming season kicking off in early August if Sterling and Dembele both arrive?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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