AC Milan prepare triple raid on Chelsea

AC Milan are reportedly preparing a TRIPLE transfer raid on Chelsea for Hakim Ziyech, Olivier Giroud and Fikayo Tomori.

All three players have found game time hard to come by at Stamford Bridge this season.

And Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Serie A runners-up Milan are ready to pounce.

Tomori was shipped out on loan to AC Milan, where he obviously impressed with his performances.

Big things were expected of Ziyech after he joined Chelsea last summer for £37million from Ajax.

But the Moroccan arrived injured and didn’t do enough to impress previous boss Frank Lampard or his predecessor Thomas Tuchel.

Barcelona plot sensational five-player raid of Manchester City

There are reports Barcelona are plotting a sensational FIVE-PLAYER raid of Manchester City.

The LaLiga giants have already turned to Pep Guardiola’s squad to sign Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero on free transfers.

But after missing out on Georginio Wijnaldum – with Paris Saint-Germain winning the race for the free agent – Barca are set to turn back to City with FIVE Etihad stars in sight.

To fill the void of Wijnaldum, Spanish outlets El Chiringuito TV and Sport have claimed Ronald Koeman wants in-form Ilkay Gundogan.

El Chiringuito TV even claims Barcelona have met with the agents of both Gundogan AND Riyad Mahrez after their sensational seasons.

Madrid-based Sky Sports journalist Matteo Moretto has claimed Barcelona are pondering a move for Raheem Sterling.

And Sport have also claimed Barcelona are in the market for Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus in a staggering raid of City.

REVEALED: Why Chelsea are ‘confident’ of pulling off Erling Haaland deal

Chelsea are said to be ‘confident’ of pulling off a big-money deal for Erling Haaland despite a slew of setbacks.

The Blues declared their intentions to land the Borussia Dortmund superstar early on despite expected competition from the likes of Manchester City, United and other big clubs across Europe.

But with Dortmund said to be demanding somewhere in the region of £150million for their eye-caching frontman ahead of his £68m release clause coming into play next summer, Chelsea may be one of the few clubs with a real chance.

The Blues have been clear that they need a top striker this summer and reports claim Roman Abramovich is willing to provide £150m for new signings this summer.

In a post-pandemic market, Chelsea are one of the few clubs with that spending ability, and that might be why they are said to be ‘confident’ of pulling off a deal this summer, or at least according to former Middlesbrough striker turned Norwegian media man Jan Aage Fjortoft, who has delivered some exciting news.

“Chelsea working intense (sic) to get Erling Haaland. He is seen as the ‘missing’ player to make them challenge for the PL title next season,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Fee very high, but confidence that this can be solved. The main obstacle could be the wage-structure at Chelsea.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi hints at plan to switch from England to Ghana

Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi has hinted that he is open to switching his international allegiance to Ghana in the future.

The 20-year-old is still eligible to represent the West African nation despite being capped three times at senior level by England.

As reported by Joy Sports, he said: “I think obviously when you’re young, you have the opportunity to play for England throughout all the years, from under 15 to under 16 all the way up.

“When they obviously gave me the opportunity to come I was in the country already.

“It’s something that I already had in my mind, set on already playing for England.”

“So it was the thing obviously choosing Ghana or England, and at the end of the day I said I always had the right people around me who always advise me – what’s right, what’s wrong. England came and I said ‘Yeah, let me go and play for my country.

“But I said Ghana is my home as well, so we’ll see, we’ll see. You’ll never know, so.”

Maurizio Sarri wants Lazio to arrange loan-to-buy deal for Chelsea attacking midfielder

Maurizio Sarri reportedly wants Lazio to request Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan.

The announcement of Sarri taking over at the Stadio Olimpico is expected within the next couple of days and the focus already turns to his transfer strategy.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the midfielder is the first reinforcement being asked for by Sarri, with Lazio most likely looking for a loan-to-buy deal from Chelsea, as is customary.

He has just completed a loan spell at Fulham and does not seem likely to get much playing time at Stamford Bridge next term either.

Loftus-Cheek is still only 25 years old, but had his best season at Chelsea under Sarri’s guidance, scoring 10 goals and providing five assists in 40 competitive games.

The England international would therefore be eager to reunite with his coach from 2018-19.

He has three more years left on his contract and he’s one of the players Thomas Tuchel wants to take a look at this summer before deciding his fate.

Angry Sadio Mane blasts Senegal during win over Zambia

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has lashed out after being left in the dark while on international duty with Senegal.

The Reds ace provided a goal and an assist during his country’s 3-1 win over Zambia on Saturday but was left stuck in the changing rooms at half-time when the usual 15 minute break had to be extended to 35 minutes due to a power cut.

Mane was not impressed – either with the lighting issue – or the playing surface.

Foot Mercato as cited by Sport Witness, quote him as saying: “The Senegalese people deserve better. What happened is deplorable. For top level players, it’s complicated to wait 30-35 minutes and then get back into the game.

“What happened isn’t worthy of a football country like Senegal. I think they need to do better. And the state of the pitch was catastrophic.”

Juventus set to swoop for Manchester City star as Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement

Juventus are reportedly preparing a move for Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus this summer.

But the Serie A side will only make an approach for the Brazilian if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves.

Ronaldo, 36, has been the subject of significant transfer speculation, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United linked.

And according to Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia, Juventus have already started looking for his replacement, with Jesus topping their wishlist.

PSG striker Mauro Icardi and Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic are also believed to be on the shortlist, with Massimiliano Allegri keen to improve his forward options.

Also, new sporting director Federico Cherubini is said to be plotting a renewal of Alvaro Morata’s loan deal.

The report states that Jesus could be sacrificed by City as they raise funds to sign Harry Kane.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke reveals reason for taking off Chelsea youngster during pre-Euro2020 friendly

Steve Clarke revealed taking Billy Gilmour off was purely a precautionary move.

Scotland ran out 1-0 winners in Luxembourg but passed up a host of opportunities to make it more emphatic.

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

Gilmour was smashed less than half an hour after coming off the bench by a cowardly, aerial Olivier Thill challenge to the head.

He was left dazed after a dangerous challenge by Vorskla’s Thill and was substituted for James Forest.

It left the youngster in a crumpled heap for a couple of minutes before heading to the sidelines.

But after the match Clarke said: “The good news is he is fine. The doctors took him off as a precaution and we’ll assess him over the next couple of days.

“He’s a tough boy; he’s from Ardrossan! He’s fine. The challenge happened and I didn’t get a good view of it and I am yet to see it back.

“But its one of those things that happen in football. The reaction of the players was good in surrounding to show we are together.

“Let’s not make that the big story. The big story is we are now fully prepared for our first tournament in 23 years.”

“Was it right, was it wrong” to join Chelsea-Timo Werner talks about his decision to join Blues

Timo Werner has opened up on his decision to sign for Chelsea instead of Liverpool last summer.

The Reds were frequently linked with the striker last summer while he was at RB Leipzig, where he scored 34 goals in the 2019/20 season.

Various reports suggested that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp wanted the German to operate as an alternative striker option to Roberto Firmino.

However, in the end the Reds opted not to move for Werner and instead moved on to sign Diogo Jota from Wolves on a long-term deal.

That opened the door for Chelsea who paid the £50m release clause in Werner’s contract at Leipzig.

“I have often asked myself: was it right, was it wrong?” he told Bild, via football.london.

“Now I can say that it was the right step and the best decision.”