Chelsea reach agreement with West Ham to sell midfield wonderkid

Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with West Ham to sell midfield wonderkid Pierre Ekwah.

Sky Sports claimed that the 19-year-old’s move to the London Stadium is set to confirmed on Wednesday when the transfer window officially opens.

The highly-rated France youth international arrived at Stamford Bridge back in 2018 for £1.8 million from Nantes.

Ekwah, who is primarily a defensive midfielder who can also play at centre back, has recorded 13 caps for his country’s Under-16’s.

Chelsea ‘hold Erling Haaland talks’ despite whopping transfer fee slapped on striker by Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea are reportedly in talks to sign Erling Haaland despite the resolve of Borussia Dortmund not to allow the Norway international leave this summer.

The Bundesliga giants have, according to AS, slapped a £172million (€200m) price tag on their talismanic forward.

Should Haaland stay for the upcoming season, a release clause a little under £70m will activate next summer.

But it is the Blues who could hold the upper hand, with Roman Abramovich ready to fund a £154.5million pound move – which is Dortmund’s asking price.

According to journalist Kristof Terreur, Haaland’s future is unpredictable, though he did reveal the talks between Champions League winners Chelsea and the 20-year-old.

He told The Football Terrace: “I know that there have been talks with Haaland’s people before, but Haaland is a difficult one to predict, too.

“Definitely, since Dortmund qualified for the Champions League, you feel that now they have an extra reason to keep him.

“But Haaland is the one that everybody wants to get and I would wait for him.”

Sky Sports Italy journalist Angelo Mangiante backed up Terreur’s position last week.

“Brilliant! Very composed on the ball”- Arsenal legend heaps praise on Chelsea starlet after his country’s win ahead of Euro 2020

Ian Wright has hailed Chelsea midfield maestro Billy Gilmour who delivered a brilliant cameo in Scotland’s win over Luxembourg on Sunday night before he was forced off due to a head injury in the 75th minute.

The diminutive playmaker showcased his talent during the 30 minutes he was on the field, playing a number of skilful passes to his teammates.

Wright told ITV Sports: “Brilliant, in respect of his one touch play.

“Very composed on the ball. Can run with the ball.

“Every time I’ve seen him play (for Chelsea), it’s been in that holding midfield. In this game, they were trying to get him forward.

“He’s got a lot of ability about him. He’s a very good player.”

Gilmour was left dazed after a dangerous challenge by Vorskla’s Olivier Thill and was substituted for James Forest in what appeared to be a precautionary move from Scotland boss Steve Clarke.

Chelsea and Scotland fans will hope he is available for the Tartan Army’s Euros 2020 opener against the Czech Republic next Monday.

Christian Pulisic wins another trophy, says “It’s just the perfect way to end the year”

Christian Pulisic has won the CONCACAF Nations League trophy, and said Sunday’s triumph over Mexico was the perfect way to end his season as the Chelsea forward lifted another trophy just eight days after winning the Champions League.

The USMNT captain scored the winning penalty in the second half of extra time, leading the U.S. to a 3-2 win over rivals Mexico to win the inaugural final.

As captain, Pulisic was able to lift his first international trophy following one of the more chaotic games in this rivalry’s history.

“It’s just the perfect way to end the year, honestly,” he told CBS after the game as cited Goal.

“I’m so proud. I’m so proud of this group, and we needed everyone today and it was a phenomenal performance.”

He added: “We’re so proud and we still have a long way to go but we’re happy with this.”

Pulisic’s big moment came in the 114th minute with the score 2-2. After splitting two Mexico defenders with a run into the box, the Chelsea star was dragged down, prompting a VAR review.

During that VAR review, Mexico boss Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino was sent off and, following a lengthy delay, the penalty was eventually awarded.

Despite that delay, Pulisic wasn’t flustered as he smashed his spot-kick into the upper right-hand corner past Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico’s hero in the shootout win over Costa Rica on Thursday.

Sarri joins Lazio as manager today

Maurizio Sarri could reportedly sign the Lazio contract today and be announced as their new coach, setting aside concerns over transfer strategy.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Sky Sport Italia, the Corriere dello Sport and Football Italia, Sarri is whittling down the final details with his agent Fali Ramadani.

Monday is expected to be decisive and should see both the contract signature and announcement of his arrival at the Stadio Olimpico.

The former Napoli, Chelsea and Juventus boss had taken a couple of days to consider his decision, with rumours he wanted more guarantees on the transfer plans from President Claudio Lotito.

They are now working out the staffing structure, which should see Sarri reunited with his former assistant manager Giovanni Martusciello.

Inter Milan President gives Chelsea hope of signing Romelu Lukaku

Club president Steven Zhang has handed Chelsea hope in their bid to sign Romelu Lukaku, hinting that a player like the Nerazzuri striker could be available for the right price.

The west London club’s manager Thomas Tuchel has made the Belgium international his preferred striker. But Lukaku recently stated he’s not planning to leave Inter.

But the Serie A champions will have to think about selling players this summer in order to balance the books.

Their former boss Antonio Conte left the club because of Inter’s plan to scale down their investment on the squad.

“Last summer the pandemic had greatly affected our revenues but we continued with him [Conte], focusing on the season convinced that we could win,” Zhang said.

“The decision was right [for Conte to leave], but now the bill brought by the pandemic is such that we cannot fail to review the situation by looking for savings that lead to a future budget balance.

“We must reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfer market strategy. Our different views on the situation led to the separation.”