Hakim Ziyech takes action amid Chelsea decision to offload him

Hakim Ziyech has reportedly asked a “trusted intermediary” to find potential buyers this summer.

Signed just last year, Ziyech was a regular under Frank Lampard, but has struggled for opportunities since Tuchel replaced him at the start of the year.

The former Ajax man was an unused sub for the Champions League final in Porto last month, signifying his current status within the Blues squad.

Calciomercato claim that Ziyech has been deemed transferable by Chelsea bosses, with AC Milan reported to be an interested party.

Napoli are touted as another potential destination for the winger amid claims that three European clubs have made contact with his agent.

Chelsea are said to value Ziyech at around €35m, accepting they will likely make a loss on the €44m they paid just over 12 months ago.

France president Macron throws weight behind N’Golo Kante for Ballon D’or, jokingly asks Chelsea midfielder funny question

Emmanuel Macron wants N’Golo Kante to win the Ballon D’or prize as a result of his string of sterling performances of the Chelsea midfielder.

Didier Deschamp’s men are preparing for their Euro 2020 opener against Germany on Tuesday and this week they were visited by Macron, who delivered some words of wisdom to the players and coaches as they bid to win a second trophy in a row.

The French president Macron believes Kante deserves be recognised as the best of the best after a superb season with him lifting the Champions League, with Chelsea, calling him calling him “an example” for the nation.

Macron also raved about PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe, saying he and Kante represent ‘values of effort, togetherness and loyalty’.

“N’Golo Kante is a great player, like Kylian Mbappe and he is an example,’ he told RMC Sport, via ESPN. He is an example for the youth of the country.

“When we see again the season Kante has had with his club, and I hope the Ballon d’Or too and I’m sure what he will do in this Euros.

“Him and Kylian are good people too, with values of effort and togetherness. They are loyal to the clubs where they come from. And I think it is very important for the country because sport is always bigger than just sport.”

Macron, who also joked with Kante by asking him if he “still had three lungs”, was accompanied by his wife Brigitte for his visit of the squad in Clairefontaine as he urged the squad to “go to the end” and go one further than Euro 2016 – when they lost in the final to Portugal.

“You have nothing to prove, you are very great players,’ he said. ‘But do not give up… and until the last minute.”

PSG make fresh move to beat Chelsea to Achraf Hakimi

Chelsea will need to speed up their negotiations with Achraf Hakimi, or risk losing out to PSG in the race for his services.

The Inter Milan star is one of Tuchel’s priorities this summer as he looks to build upon his Champions League winning squad.

Inter are open to selling the player, with the Italians facing financial troubles.

It was recently reported that the Blues matched PSG’s £56.1m bid for the player, although TuttoMercato report that the French side are at a more advanced stage of negotiations in regards to personal terms.

Italian journalist Enzo Bucchioni details that Hakimi has already agreed to terms on a contract that would net the Morrocan around £7m-per-year.

Ex-Blues star tells Harry Kane to accept ‘Judas’ tag by moving to Chelsea, says “Tottenham can’t give him trophies “

William Gallas feels Harry Kane should follow his lead and move across London to rivals Chelsea, even if it means being branded a ‘Judas’.

The French defender swapped Chelsea for Arsenal during his playing days, before then joining Tottenham in another controversial transfer.

Kane has the opportunity to do something similar amid interest from Chelsea, but his allegiances to Spurs could stop him making a move to Stamford Bridge.

“Harry Kane has to leave Tottenham this summer,” Gallas told Ladbrokes at the launch of their new European Championships 5-a-side Bet.

“He’s a top-class striker, and top-class strikers have to play at big, big clubs. Clubs who can win trophies. Tottenham can’t give him that.

“If he had the choice between, let’s say, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, I think he’d go abroad because he doesn’t want to offend fans,” Gallas said.

Romelu Lukaku’s agent reacts to Chelsea interest in Inter Milan striker

Romelu Lukaku’s agent Federico Pastorello has played down speculation suggesting his client could make a sensational return to Chelsea.

The Belgian striker spent three years at Stamford Bridge between 2011-14, but struggled to make an impression and was eventually sold to Everton.

He has since become one of the world’s best forwards, however, and scored a superb 24 goals in 36 appearances in Serie A this season to help fire Inter to the title.

There have been some reports claiming that Chelsea could make a move to re-sign the 28-year-old in the coming weeks.

But speaking to reporters after a meeting with Inter, Pastorello simply said: “Romelu is happy at Inter. He has a contract so there are no problems.”

Brazilian club Palmeiras tell Chelsea transfer fee for star as Blues seek replacement for Fikayo Tomori

helsea are interested in Palmeiras centre-half Gustavo Gomez, according to Paraguayan outlet La Nacion.

Another report claims that his Brazilian employers have become aware of an approach from Stamford Bridge.

Palmeiras have subsequently told Chelsea to stump up the ‘millions’ it would take to sign him. While his Transfermarkt value sits at €6million (£5.1million) his true valuation remains unclear.

The Blues are looking to strengthen their depth at centre-half following the expected departure of Fikayo Tomori to Milan, and Gomez is seen as a reliable option.

Gomez, 28, previously used to play for Milan between 2016 and 2019 before returning to South America to play for the Brazilian club.

He is a full Paraguayan international since 2013 and has made 45 appearances since then, scoring three goals.

Spain national team stars vaccinated against covid-19 by military this morning after Busquets, Llorente tested positive

La Roja were vaccinated this morning at Las Rozas by the Armed Forces according to a statement from the Spanish Football Federation.

The players of the Spanish national team either received or completed their vaccination against covid-19, depending on their personal situation and whether they’ve received a dose yet or not.

A dozen health professionals, supported by a dozen uniformed officers, travelled to Las Rozas to administer the doses.

The vaccination was fast-tracked in collaboration between the Spanish Football Federation and the Ministry for Health after Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente, two first-teamers, returned positive PCR tests this week, throwing La Roja’s preparations for Euro 2020 into chaos.

Thomas Tuchel identifies alternative to Achraf Hakimi as Inter Milan reject Chelsea £56m bids

Tuchel is reportedly eyeing Wolves star Adama Traore as a potential alternative to Achraf Hakimi.

According to Sky Italia, Inter Milan have rejected £56m bids for wing-back Hakimi from both Chelsea and PSG.

The Serie A champions believe the Morocco international is worth close to £70m – but Tuchel may have other plans in mind.

According to The Telegraph, Tuchel views Traore as a potential candidate to strengthen Chelsea’s right flank, along with Hakimi.

The report claims the manager has been delighted with Reece James, and neither Hakimi nor Traore would be a replacement for the England international.

Traore, 25, could be sold by Wolves this summer as the Molineux club look to raise funds for new manager Bruno Lage.

Paul Pogba opens up on Olivier Giroud-Kylain Mbappe rift ahead of Euro 2020

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has played down talk of a possible rift between Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe and insists there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.

The Chelsea striker was clearly frustrated after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bulgaria on Tuesday, and complained about a lack of service from his team-mates.

Keen to avoid any unwanted pre-tournament drama, Didier Deschamps looked to diffuse the situation and insisted Giroud’s observation was not meant as a direct swipe at Mbappe during his post-match press conference.

Pogba – who got 90 minutes under his belt versus Bulgaria – joined his manager in rubbishing rumours of possible friction between the two attackers as he addressed the media on Thursday.

Asked whether there has been any tension between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba joked: ‘No, the only tension is on the back and legs!

“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.

“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly.

“You know Kylian, you know his qualities.

“He can score and make great passes. He does amazing things at his age.

“He is an altruistic player. But I always tell him that it would be good if he defended more to help the midfielders (laughs).

“In any case, I did not see anything and we do not feel any tensions. Nothing came out.”

Roman Abramovich makes his choice between Harry Kane and Erling Haaland

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly put Harry Kane above Erling Haaland on his transfer wishlist this summer.

The Blues have made contact with both Borussia Dortmund and Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola over a move for the striker, Goal reported on Wednesday.

But according to Gianluca Di Marzio , Abramovich favours signing Kane, believing a move for Haaland would be too complicated.

The difficulty for Chelsea is that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to sanction a sale for his club’s London rivals, while Kane himself is said to be eyeing a move to either Manchester United or Manchester City.