AC Milan put pressure on Chelsea for another Blues star

AC Milan have turned up the heat in their pursuit of Hakim Ziyech following their successful swoop for ex-Blues frontman Olivier Giroud.

The Serie A side are eyeing a temporary deal for the Chelsea forward as a less pricey option than their other targets, according to Calciomercato.

Ziyech, 28, has been heavily linked with a Milan move with reports in Italy claiming the Blues star is a dream target for Stefano Pioli’s side.

The attacking midfielder, who sealed a £36.7million move to Stamford Bridge from Ajax in July 2020, is thought to have fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea.

With Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Timo Werner thought to be ahead of the forward, reports claim opportunities for him could be limited next season.

Chelsea are, according to The Sun, thought to have warm relations with Milan following the two giants reaching an agreement over Olivier Giroud’s £2million move to the San Siro from Stamford Bridge.

Italian football outlet Calciomercato claims the Serie A side hope to seal a loan move for Ziyech, who netted six goals in 39 appearances across all competitions for the Blues last term.

And it is thought Barcelona’s Coutinho and Real Madrid winger Isco are also on the San Siro’s giants transfer giant’s wish list.

Manchester City set to get rid of highly-rated star to fund Harry Kane, Jack Grealish £225m swoop

Manchester City need to get rid of just ONE star to fund a sensational double swoop for Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.

And Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva looks set to be the one sacrificed as boss Pep Guardiola freshens up his Premier League champions.

The Sun report that England skipper Kane, 27, is poised for a British record £160million move if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy rubber stamps the deal.

The Etihad giants know it will cost upwards of £225m to land Kane and Aston Villa’s Grealish, with the Spurs man set to earn an eye-watering £400,000-a-week at his new club.

But there will be no fire sale needed from Guardiola’s squad to raise the cash.

And striker Gabriel Jesus has been told he is staying, for now at least, despite Juventus interest.

City already had £45m burning a hole in their pocket from the sale of Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich last year.

Chelsea have “strong interest” in ex-Manchester United star

Chelsea have placed free agent Sergio Romero on their shortlist of candidates as they look to bring in cover for Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer, according to reports.

Mendy established himself as Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice goalkeeper across an outstanding debut season after swapping Rennes for west London, playing a key role as the club secured a fourth-placed finish and won the Champions League.

But Kepa is the only other serious option available to Tuchel as it stands – after Willy Caballero’s contract at Stamford Bridge came to an end – and the Blues are scouring the market for cover between the sticks.

Fulham’s Marcus Bettinelli, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, is firmly on Chelsea’s radar and former Manchester United shot-stopper Romero is also attracting strong interest, according to The Telegraph.

Romero has been without a club after his six-year stay at Old Trafford came to an end and the ex-Argentina international is keen to resolve his future as quickly as possible, with the new season on the horizon.

The 34-year-old made just seven league starts for United after arriving in England from Sampdoria back in 2015 but proved himself as a reliable deputy to David de Gea in cup competitions.

Barcelona president denies Antoine Griezmann exit report

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has denied reports that Antoine Griezmann is on the verge of leaving the club.

The Catalan giants are desperate to sell players this summer as they cannot yet register Lionel Messi’s new contract nor new signings registrations due to them operating above their wage budget.

Griezmann – one of the highest earners at the Camp Nou – is thought to be one of those most likely to leave due to his high salary and interest from elsewhere, notably his former club Atletico Madrid.

Paul Pogba rejects Manchester United contract, set for Old Trafford exit

Paul Pogba has rejected a new £50million contract at Manchester United and is set to leave this summer.

Pogba’s unwillingness to sign a new deal has forced United to look at selling their club record £89million signing – or risk losing him for nothing next summer.

Paris St Germain are ready to pay £45m for Pogba, who has one year left on his current United contract, but has turned down the offer of a £350k-a-week deal.

United wanted to tie Pogba down to a new long-term deal and woul have offered a huge pay hike on his £250k weekly deal

Harry Kane set for £160million Man City move as Tottenham Daniel Levy makes transfer U-turn

Reports in England claim that Harry Kane is poised for a £160million move after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy agreed to let him join an English rival.

The Euros hero, 27, is set to join Man City on a record £400,000 a week.

According to The Sun, Levy revealed his U-turn to Harry and his team last Friday. A source said: “Harry is delighted. He never wanted to leave on bad terms.

“His value has never been higher.”

Thrilled Harry told of his joy at his pending £160million Man City move while best man at his brother’s wedding.

Elder sibling Charlie is the England skipper’s agent and the good news was shared with family and friends at last Sunday’s nuptials.

Euros hero Harry, 27, is understood to have shaken hands on a £400,000-a-week deal with City after Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy finally caved in — having previously said he would only sell the star to a European club.

It will be a four or five-year deal – that is still to be finalised.

Levy rang Harry and Charlie, 32, to tell them of his U-turn on Friday, two days before the older Kane’s wedding.

Harry put in a transfer request earlier this summer.

It followed Spurs’ failure to win a trophy after losing to City in April’s League Cup Final.

England’s Man City trio of Kyle Walker — a former teammate at Spurs — Raheem Sterling and John Stones are understood to have given Harry advice on where to live in the North West. City boss Pep Guardiola may be asked to offer some star players as part of the deal.

Official: Chelsea lose another highly-rated youngster as Leeds United announce Lewis Bate move

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Lewis Bate from Chelsea after rejecting the Blues contract.

The midfielder is highly rated by the Blues’ academy staff and the club had hoped to agree a new long-term contract with the 18-year-old.

According to football.london, Bate was offered a lucrative deal by Chelsea but with concerns over whether there would be a route for him to make the first team, that was turned down.

That meant the England youth international had less than 12 months remaining on his contract and interest in his services had emerged from a number of Premier League sides.

Leeds came to an agreement with Chelsea on Tuesday which will see the Blues receive an initial £1.5million with further significant add-ons and a sell-on fee percentage included.

Bate has signed a three-year contract with the Whites and will join up with Mark Jackson’s Under-23s for the forthcoming season.

Blues star tells Chelsea he wants to leave as transfer talks continue

Napoli and Chelsea are still in talks for Emerson Palmieri with the Italy international who has reportedly informed the Blues he wants to leave.

Emerson will see his contract expire in June 2022, but the Premier League giants have an option to extend his stay at the club until 2023.

The Brazil-born defender with an Italian passport moved to South London from Roma in a €20m deal in 2018.

Now, the former Giallorossi coach Luciano Spalletti wants to reunite with the 26-year-old at Napoli, but according to several reports in Italy, the Blues’ asking price is still too high.

Chelsea midfielder undergoes medical ahead of permanent exit from Stamford Bridge

Lewis Bate is on the verge of joining Leeds United from Chelsea, according to The Athletic.

Bate arrived in West Yorkshire this morning to undergo a medical and, baring any late snags, will soon be unveiled as a Leeds player, bring his time at Stamford Bridge to a close.

Discussions between Chelsea and Leeds are believed to have gathered pace at a relatively quick speed and a fee between the two clubs of around £1.5million has been agreed upon, report football.london.

Although Chelsea are poised to land an initial windfall of £1.5million from Bate’s exit, the value of the deal could rise depending on how well his career takes off at Elland Road.

As well as that, The Athletic report that Chelsea have inserted a sell-on clause within the deal, meaning if Bate is to be sold by Leeds in the future then the Blues would land a percentage of that sale price. However, no buy-back clause has been included.

Bate could complete a move to Leeds United this evening.

Chelsea set to present “monster offer” for Erling Haaland as Borussia Dortmund remain resolute

There are reports that Chelsea are preparing a “monster offer” to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

The Blues have tried in vain to persuade the Bundesliga side to accept a players-plus-cash deal for the £150m-rated hotshot.

According to the reports, Chelsea are ready deliver a £135million bid for the Norway international.

The Sun had earlier reported how that has forced the Champions League holders to revive their interest in Bayern Munich’s record-breaking Robert Lewandowski as they try to give boss Thomas Tuchel the prolific goalscorer he wants.

However, Haaland remains Chelsea’s No1 target and 90mins claims they are now readying a ‘monster offer’ for the Norwegian.

And those claims have been backed up by various other sources since.

One of those was former Premier League and Norway star Jan Aage Fjortoft, who told ESPN that a ‘fantasy bid’ of £135m is set to arrive on Dortmund’s desk.

He said: “Chelsea have him as their main target.

“They would like to test Dortmund with a fantasy offer, and a fantasy offer will be around €150m (£135m) – double what they can get for him next summer.”

But Dortmund are determined to hold onto the striker for at least another season.

They have already lost Jadon Sancho to Manchester United and they are loath to lose their talisman as well.