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Reece James sends Gareth Southgate Trent Alexander-Arnold message amid Real Madrid interest

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Reece James has defended Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the pair set to rival one another for a place in Gareth Southgate’s starting-eleven at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. The Liverpool defender has faced growing criticism for his defending ability in recent times, but the Chelsea man ruled out such claims and insisted that ‘mistakes are normal’.

The Cobham graduate, who sees his contract at Stamford Bridge expire in three years, started just one of England’s UEFA Nations League fixtures this month, filling in at right-back in the goalless draw with Italy. His only other cameo came in an appearance off the bench against Hungary where he conceded a penalty shortly after coming on.

Speaking after the clash with Roberto Mancini’s side at Molineux on Saturday night, James first outlined his intentions to land a first-team role heading into the upcoming World Cup. He said: “I’ll try everything I can [to be first choice]. Only my performances will be able to prove what I can bring. In these games and building into next season I’ll hopefully be able to show that I’m ready to play every game.”

Showing great camaraderie, James then responded to Alexander-Arnold’s critics: “I make mistakes as well. I gave away a penalty against Hungary so we are both still learning our trade. Liverpool have 95 per cent of the ball and he defends less than I have to. People have a lot of stuff to say and don’t really know the game. Trent is a great player.”

However, despite the Liverpool defender’s plaudits, it’s James that Real Madrid are reportedly looking to sign this summer. The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish giants ever since the European titans clashed in the Champions League quarter-final two months ago.

According to the Mirror, Carlo Ancelotti has placed the defender at the top of his summer shopping list. Los Blancos have reportedly been impressed by James, having watched him on nine occasions this season.

Real Madrid’s interest in the right-back spot follows growing uncertainty in their defence, with Lucas Vazquez – a forward – often having to fill in for the ageing Dani Carvajal. The report concludes by outlining that Ancelotti’s entourage of scouts and technical staff see him as the next piece of the club’s puzzle.

So, in a bid to ward off interest from potential suitors, it’s believed that Chelsea’s new owners made it a priority to resolve his future with a new deal. However, according to the MailOnline, no approach has yet been made to extend James’ contrac,t despite a growing concern that the defender will feel undervalued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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