Chelsea plot swoop for “New Kevin De Bruyne” this summer as AC Milan, Juventus, others circle

There are reports that Chelsea are on the verge of acquiring the sevices of Mads Bayer.

According to the Mirror, Chelsea want to bring the Brondby sensation to their youth set-up but Brexit rules could prevent that from happening, at least for now.

The 15-year-old Bayer is likened to Kevin De Bruyne in his home country of Denmark. He cannot sign a professional contract yet and is still under a school contract with Brondby which lasts until 2023, a situation akin to Jude Bellingham last year.

According to current Brexit rules, English teams cannot sign foreign players under the age of 18. Even the number of transfers for players under the age of 21 is restricted to three each window.

That would give a major boost to other teams interest in Bayer. AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter Milan are believed to have already held talks with the Danish U-17 international over a potential transfer.

Willian reveals differences between training at Arsenal and Chelsea, explains dip in form at Emirates

Willian has lifted the lid on the differences between training at Arsenal and Chelsea following a difficult first season with the Gunners.

He told Brazil outlet Lance: “Each coach has his own way of working and each club has a philosophy of play.

“I was used to a more physical, intense training system.

“At Arsenal, with Arteta, we work much more on the tactical issue, aiming and opponent. We must respect and I must adapt to this new model.”

The Arsenal winger revealed injuries have played a part in why fans are yet to see him hit his Chelsea form in north London.

He said: “I had a good start and I never had many injuries, I always showed regularity, but I was out on three occasions this year. That’s why I couldn’t be Willian of Chelsea.

“I hope to return to my high level and a bad season does not define my qualities and my potential. I still want to win titles.”

On his goals to regain his spot in the Brazil squad, he said: “My goal is to return to the Brazilian team and play the next World Cup.

“I know that the moment is not appropriate for my return because of the difficult season I had, but I want to resume good football, regularity, be productive with goals and assists, as it was at Chelsea, and represent Brazil.”

Chelsea set to sign versatile non-league starlet

Reports in England claim that Chelsea are weighing up a move for non-league starlet Seb Drozd.

The Blues have been keeping close tabs on the 18-year-old, who is on the books of Isthmian League side Uxbridge, but is currently on trial with Brentford’s B team.

Drozd’s abilities were first spotted by the Blues when he featured in a showcase organised by the AG Football Academy.

The versatile left-footed teen can play as a full-back, wingback or in midfield.

And after shining in front of Chelsea’s scouts , Drozd also impressed in two games for QPR’s U18s last autumn.

A source close to Drozd said: “His style is perhaps a throwback and is similar to Damien Duff or Chris Waddle when in wide areas, but he has pace.”

Manchester City’s free-scoring star hands Pep Guardiola huge pre-Champions League final boost

Riyad Mahrez has handed Manchester City a huge pre-Champions League final boost – by insisting he wants to see out his career at the Etihad.

The Algeria winger has won six trophies with Pep Guardiola’s side since arriving from Leicester in 2018.

And the former Foxes ace has no intention of moving on to pastures new, telling RMC: “I feel great at Manchester City, and I have no wish to look elsewhere.

“I don’t yet know what my situation will be, but I am happy at City – and they are the club where I want to be.

“People have spoken about me ending my career with Marseille, but that is not something I think about.

“I want to finish my career in England, with City. I don’t foresee myself at Marseille.”

Lionel Messi’s representatives ‘put the feelers out’ to Chelsea over summer transfer

A report by The Sun states that representatives of Barcelona star Lionel Messi have ‘put the feelers out’ to Chelsea and Manchester United over a possible transfer in the coming window.

Manchester City have also been contacted by the Argentine’s camp. The Citizens have been told that they could seal a transfer for Messi if they can pay him £500,000-a-week.

Messi has enjoyed a scintillating campaign at Barcelona where he has scored 34 times, but a Camp Nou exit could be on the cards this summer.

And City refuse to rule out a move that could see them pay around £25million in wages to Messi each year. The report adds that Roman Abramovich has ‘long dreamed of signing Messi’.

Liverpool goalkeeper dedicates last-minute goal to late father

Alisson Becker dedicated his astonishing stoppage-time winner at West Brom to his late father – and said he hoped he was watching somewhere.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m too emotional this last month, for everything that has happened with me and my family.

“But football is my life. I played since I can remember with my father.

“I hope he was here to see it, I’m sure he is celebrating with God at his side.”

AC Milan, Inter slug it out for forgotten Chelsea loanee

Reports in Italy claim AC Milan and Inter are both interested in signing Davide Zappacosta this summer.

As reported by Calciomercato, Zappacosta has caught the eye of both Milan clubs with his performances on loan at Genoa. He is contracted to Chelsea until 2022, however, and will return to Stamford Bridge in June.

That could see Chelsea recoup a decent transfer fee for the Italy international, who joined from Torino for around £23m in 2017. He has made 24 appearances for Genoa this term, scoring four goals.

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid star rubbish reports about summer exit from club

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and Nacho Fernandez have slammed media rumours that he has told players he is leaving the club this summer.

The Frenchman was reported to have informed the Los Blancos squad of his intention to walk away from the club at the end of the season regardless of how the campaign ends.

However, following Zidane’s on denial of the rumoured meeting, Nacho added his voice to the claims of media gossip surrounding the Los Blancos manager’s future at the club.

“News has come out that he told us something in a talk,” he told a post match interview with Marca.

“I don’t know anything about this, the coach has a contract here and he is fine with us, but it’s a decision he and the club will make.”

Meanwhile, Zidane himself told Marca: “How am I going to tell the players that I am leaving now, if we ‘risk our lives’ and I say I am leaving?.”

“You can tell the stories that you want, I will never say this to my players.

“At the end of the season we will see, but now I’m with them for the last game.”

(Watch Highlights) Napoli beat Fiorentina as top four battle hots up in Serie A

Napoli were made to work hard for their 2-0 win away to Fiorentina, also hitting the woodwork twice, and a top four finish is still in their hands.

It was an aggressive start from both sides, as Pietro Terracciano flew to palm away a Piotr Zielinski strike and smothered the Fabian Ruiz follow-up. Dusan Vlahovic’s diving header hit the back of the net, but he was clearly offside.

Lorenzo Insigne’s free kick dipped over the wall and thumped the crossbar on 33 minutes, one he could hardly have hit any better.

Terracciano got down well to parry a Matteo Politano strike at the near bottom corner, but there was controversy when Nikola Milenkovic pulled Amir Rrahmani’s shirt on a corner. After viewing it again on VAR, the referee opted for a penalty, although it was a silly foul because the ball was nowhere near them.

Insigne stepped up, it was a poor penalty and Terracciano managed to parry, but only as far as the Napoli captain’s follow-up to finally break the deadlock.

Fiorentina tried to fight back with Ribery’s twisting and turning runs wreaking havoc, including a chance he set up for Giacomo Bonaventura that was smothered.

Insigne then hit the frame of the goal for the second time, this time a daisy-cutter off the base of the upright after Politano’s back-heel flick.

Napoli’s luck was in moments later, though, as Osimhen’s cross was knocked down by Insigne for Zielinski, whose shot seemed to be going wide until it took a massive deflection off Lorenzo Venuti. The wild celebrations, particularly from their third choice goalkeeper rushing onto the pitch, rather irritated Fiorentina.

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(Watch Video) Romelu Lukaku jokes about how police disrupted his birthday celebration

Romelu Lukaku had made headlines this week when Police broke up his birthday party, and the Belgian celebrated his goal against Juventus pretending to be fined and arrested.

Lukaku celebrated his birthday with some teammates in a hotel in Milan city centre earlier this week.

However, Police broke up the party at three in the morning when the attendees were about to go home.

Italy has a nationwide curfew in place, from 10 pm to 5 am, and the former Manchester United striker and the attendees are expected to be fined €400 for violating it.

The Belgian striker joked about the incident when he celebrated his goal against Juventus on Saturday, report Football Italia.

Lukaku converted a spot-kick in the first half and celebrated with his teammate Achraf Hakimi who pretended to be a Police officer drawing up a report.

Hakimi was one of the party attendees and Lukaku even pretended to be arrested, putting his hands behind his back.