Reports in Italy claim that Tottenham Hotspur Christian Eriksen is at the centre of a potential battle royale between Juventus and Real Madrid as the two top European clubs are set to commence talks with the midfielder.
The 27-year-old’s Tottenham Hotspur contract expires in June and he can therefore legally begin discussions with other clubs soon.
He has long been associated with both Real Madrid and Juventus, but, Football Italia state that the lack of a transfer fee gives the Bianconeri an extra boost.
They already snapped up players such as Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey as free agents and hope to do the same with Eriksen.
According to both the Corriere dello Sport newspaper and Sky Sports UK, Juventus have laid the groundwork for an Eriksen approach.
He will be 28 in February and joined Spurs from Ajax in 2013 for €13.5m.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has revealed the reason for rejecting a lucrative transfer offer from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
The Frenchman has scored three goals for the Blues despite his injury problems, which prevented him from featuring in most of the matches involving his club so far this season.
He was outstanding in the Premier League encounter against Manchester City at the Etihad, scoring the Chelsea’s only goal. The Stamford Bridge club were defeated after Kevin De Bryune and Riyad Mahrez scored two vital goals for the defending champions.
And owing to Kante’s consistent superlative performances, PSG and some top European clubs are reportedly keen to sign him.
He, however, rejected the French champions transfer offer in the summer for “sporting reason”, stating that “I felt good in London”
Speaking to French television channel Canal Plus, the World Cup winner said: “Sometimes we do not necessarily know where we want to go.
“But we know what we have. I know I was in Chelsea and I was good there. If I did not want to come to PSG it was more a sporting choice. I felt good in London, in the project and I was happy to stay there.’
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation that Zlatan Ibrahimovic would join him for a reunion at White Hart Lane.
The former Manchester United striker is keen to join another top European club after announcing that he will be leaving LA Galaxy next month.
Spurs were linked with the 38-year-old just last week after the appointment of Mourinho, and reports claimed he’s billed to replace Fernando Llorente, who left for Napoli last summer.
Some Serie A clubs are reportedly angling for the services of the Swede, and AC Milan are determined to bring him back to San Siro.
But the Portuguese has poured cold water on the reported move, saying: “I have more than a connection [with Ibrahimovic], amazing player, amazing guy, but I would say no chance,’ affirmed the former Inter boss.
‘We have the best striker in England. It doesn’t make sense to sign him when we have Harry Kane.”
Bruce Buck has denied reports that Roman Abramovich has concluded plan to sell the Stamford Bridge club.
There were reports that Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe made efforts to buy the Blues, but his offer fell short of Abramovich’s valuation of the club.
According to Buck, the club’s owner remains fully involved at Stamford Bridge and is not interested in “bargain’ bids” for the club.
Speaking to The Guardian, Buck revealed that owner Abramovich has never ordered him to get ready for a sale of the club despite some interest from bidders hoping to buy Chelsea at a bargain price.
Abramovich has reportedly not attended a home match since the British government delayed renewing his visa with the Chelsea owner then taking out Israeli citizenship in May 2018 and cancelling planned development to Stamford Bridge, report the Sky Sports.
Buck said: “So far as I know, absolutely not; to the contrary. I have never heard a word from Mr Abramovich: ‘Let’s get this ready for a sale,’ or something.
“Because of the political situation, there are people who think they might want to buy Chelsea football club at a bargain.
“We do get inquiries and we really have nothing to say to these people.
“In terms of being involved, in looking at new players, talking about whether to extend players’ contracts, do we buy this player, do we sell this player, [Abramovich] was always intimately involved in that from day one and is just as intimately involved now.”
Responding to talk that Chelsea appear to be on hold because of Abramovich’s absence, Buck said: “I understand what you are saying and it is hard to disprove it, except to say: ‘Let’s see what happens in the next transfer window.’
“The point I am making – it’s a glib one – if we go out in the next window and spend a zillion, it’s pretty hard to argue that things are on hold.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard assuaged the bitter feelings of his players after losing to Manchester City at the Etihad despite taking the lead in the first half of the encounter.
City came from behind to win 2-1 at the Etihad, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez following N’Golo Kante’s opener.
The Blues had never lost any of their away matches in this season’s Premier League.
Asked by Sky Sports what message he had for his players in the dressing room at full-time, Lampard said: “The fact that it hurts to lose any match, but even more when you’re not used to it. In the league, and with our away form, we’ve been winning for a long time.
“We’ve got to take the positives, and learn from the negatives. We need to look at that – but let’s go again.”
Lampard said it was a game of narrow margins, with City’s quality in attack the reason they emerged from the game as narrow victors.