Chelsea plot to hijack Manchester United move for England international

There are reports in England that Chelsea have added Manchester United’s target Jadon Sancho to their wishlist if their transfer ban be lifted in January.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Monday that Chelsea’s appeal against their transfer ban will take place on November 20.

If successful, Chelsea could potentially look at bringing in new recruits in January in a boost to their top-four chances.

Attacking options seem high on their list with both Wilfried Zaha and Timo Werner long-term targets.

But the Telegraph report Chelsea are also interested in signing Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

The 19-year-old has been a revelation in the Bundesliga since his move from Manchester City in 2017.

He enjoyed a breakout campaign last season, scoring 12 league goals to garner attention from England boss Gareth Southgate.

Sancho has since become a regular in the international set-up, making a total of 10 appearances with his first England goals coming in the 5-3 win over Kosovo in September.

And his performances have also seen Manchester United strengthen their interest in signing him, although Chelsea could now compete with them for his signature.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek tells Frank Lampard his most suitable position

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has sent a clear message to Chelsea boss over his desire to operate as a ‘box-to-box’ midfielder as he nears a return from injury.

The England international has been sidelined with an Achilles problem since May after injuring himself in a post-season friendly against the New England Revolution.

The injury has kept Loftus-Cheek out of action for six months and the Lewisham-born star has watched on as his fellow academy graduates have grasped the opportunity given to them by Frank Lampard with both hands.

But Loftus-Cheek has revealed he hopes to play at least ‘half a season’ this term as he eyes a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad, report the Metro.

“It’s going well!” Lofust-Cheek told Versus.

“It’s been a long time and I’ve had a few setbacks as well. It’s never been just a straight path but I’m close now…I’ve been running and moving, I feel I’m right on the edge. I’m close and I can’t wait.”

Loftus-Cheek has long been regarded as the finest talent to emerge from Chelsea’s academy in the last 20 years but his progress has not always been straightforward.

The midfielder’s best performances have arguably come on loan at Crystal Palace, where Loftus-Cheek was often played on the right or left of midfield.

The Londoner insists he was happy to learn new roles at Selhurst Park but he believes it is time to ‘nail’ down his position as a box-to-box midfielder.

“I’m most effective as a box-to-box midfielder,” said Loftus-Cheek.

“Getting up and down, creating and also defending. I’ve played in a number of positions because I’m versatile so it’s easy for managers to move me around.

“I played left and right midfield at Palace but I managed to do well. That’s cool when you’re coming up but as I’m maturing I kinda want to nail down one position and hopefully that position is box to box.”

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Frank Lampard’s January transfer wishlist REVEALED as Chelsea make move for ban to be lifted

Reports have emerged over Chelsea’s £150m plan to sign three top players to streghten the team in January if their transfer ban is lifted.

According to The Sun, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner are all on Frank Lampard’s wishlist.

And after only being allowed to sign Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid last summer, the Blues could spend upwards of £150million when the transfer window reopens.

Chelsea were banned from signing players for two windows after being found guilty of breaching rules regarding the registration of young players.

But with their case being heard by the The Court of Arbitration for Sport on November 20, Frank Lampard is already planning for a busy January, report the Sportsmail.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, he said: ‘At Chelsea we will always look to improve in windows, if we’re allowed to, and if the players we might look at are better or we feel are adding to the squad.

‘Of course I’m interested because it’s obviously going to affect potentially what we can do in January or not.’

Zaha is likely to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge after pushing to join both Arsenal and Everton during the summer transfer window.

Palace are understood to want in excess of £70m for the former Manchester United man, while Leicester could demand £50m for England international Chilwell.

Werner, who has also attracted interest from Liverpool and United, signed a new long-term contract with Leipzig over the summer, although reports suggest his release clause is as low as £25m.

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Real Madrid plot Raheem Sterling swoop, to offer star plus cash for move

There are reports Real Madrid are preparing to test Man City’s resolve with an audacious offer of Gareth Bale plus £70m in exchange for Raheem Sterling.

According to Sky Sports, representatives from Real will travel to watch Sterling’s performances for England next month – at home to Montenegro and away to Kosovo – before deciding on the final details of a proposal to City.

Sterling’s representatives met with Real’s general director Jose Angel Sanchez in the summer in a failed bid to tempt City’s prized possession to the Bernabeu.

However, Los Blancos President Florentino Perez knows another 12 months without a deal will see Sterling’s £150m present valuation increase further still.

Privately City, and in particular manager Pep Guardiola, are understood to have little interest in signing the 30-year old Welshman.

Equally if Bale chooses to remain with Real, then Perez will have to part with a figure close to the world record £198m paid to Barcelona by PSG for Neymar.

Sterling, who has scored 7 goals in 10 appearances so far this season, still has three years left on the £280,000 a week deal he signed a year ago and is unlikely to demand that City let him go.