Real Madrid set to hijack Chelsea move for United States international

Real Madrid have made an “official proposal” for Chicago Fire goalkeeper Gaga Slonina.

The keeper was once a target of Chelsea’s before government sanctions were put in place.

The 2004-born shot stopper has admirers at Bayern Munich too.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano confirmed: “Real Madrid official proposal for Gaga Slonina will be on the table soon, per club sources.

“He’s considered a top talent for the future as also Chelsea and Bayern wanted him.

“Chelsea were one step away from signing Slonina before the sanctions.”

Jose Mourinho set to raid Manchester United

Roma manager Jose Mourinho is eyeing a double swoop for Manchester United pair Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot.

SunSport exclusively revealed earlier this month that the Europa Conference League winner were interested in Wan-Bissaka.

The full-back is admired but valued at £25million by the Red Devils, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Also said to be on Mourinho’s shortlist is Dalot with reports suggesting United value him at just £13m

Roman Abramovich sues European Union Council over sanctions

Roman Abramovich has filed a lawsuit at the EU’s general court against the European Union Council, which imposed sanctions on the former Chelsea owner as part of measures targeting Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s close allies.

The EU in March included the Russian oligarch on its list of individuals targeted with frozen assets and travel bans over their role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Officials from the Council and the EU’s court could not comment on the details of the legal case when contacted Tuesday.

Abramovich was forced to sell Chelsea after being sanctioned by the British government for what it called his enabling of Putin’s “brutal and barbaric invasion” of Ukraine.

The sale of the Premier League club for £2.5 billion ($3.2bn), the highest price ever paid for a sports team was completed Monday by a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly.

It marked the end of the trophy-filled, 19-year tenure of Abramovich. The European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, said Portuguese authorities confirmed that the sale of Chelsea by Abramovich, who holds a Portuguese passport does not benefit him or an entity associated with him, and that the proceeds would only be released for humanitarian activities in Ukraine.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag monitoring another Chelsea star

New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is reportedly keeping tabs on Mason Mount’s contract situation at Chelsea.

Mount’s contract talks at Stamford Bridge have stalled amid the protracted takeover of the club by Todd Boehly.

The Sun claim his long-term future with the Blues is no longer secure and that United have already registered their interest with the player’s camp.

They add that Liverpool and Manchester City have also made discreet enquiries for the England ace.

Ten Hag knows of Mount’s abilities from his loan with Vitesse Arnheim in Holland in the 2017/18 season.

It is said the manager has tracked his progress since and would ‘jump at the opportunity’ to try and bring him to Old Trafford.

Ivan Perisic reveals how Antonio Conte influenced his Tottenham move

Ivan Perisic says it is a privilege to work with Antonio Conte again and is excited to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League with Tottenham.

The new Spurs winger said: “I’m really excited to start with the Spurs family.

“When I got a call from the coach and sporting director, I said I really wanted to play in the Premier League since 2009 when I starting to play professional football in Belgium. This is the moment and I can’t wait.

“I was waiting [in] the last two to three games, I was watching. After the victory against Arsenal, it was obvious Tottenham would go in the Champions League and it was good for me because I want to play the best games, do a great job in Champions League and Premier League and both cups.

“It was always my dream to play in the best five leagues in the world and the Premier League was a missing puzzle [piece]. Now I’m here and my hope is it’s going to be perfect.

“It’s a privilege to work with a coach like this.

“He’s living football, every minute, ever hour, every day. When he’s sleeping, he’s thinking about football. I like his character and I know he’s going to do a great job here.

“I’m going to bring a lot of hard work, I like to work a lot, for the team. I can play several positions in the system Tottenham is playing now.

“I’ll bring also a lot of experience, I used to play for a lot of great clubs.”

Chelsea dealt blow over move for defence ace

Reports in Italy claim that Chelsea have been dealt a blow in signing Brazilian Gleison Bremer.

The centre back has been extensively watched by Blues scouts at Torino’s games.

But now, Calcio Mercato have reported that Inter Milan have made the aggressive defender a priority this summer.

The Premier League giants are losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen from their backline, and are in desperate need of reinforcements at the back.

They have also been linked with a move for RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol.

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Man City shop for Chelsea target Raheem Sterling’s replacement, battle Real Madrid for AC Milan star

AC Milan star Rafael Leao has been attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs across Europe recently, but Foot Mercato indicates that Manchester City now plan to join the race for his signature.

Pep Guardiola’s side reportedly see the 22-year-old forward as a potential replacement for Raheem Sterling.

Leao was involved in a number of important goals for the Rossoneri last season, with 19 total goal contributions across 34 games in the Serie A title winning campaign.

That has seen him linked with Real Madrid, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting last week that the Santiago Bernabeu hierarchy were prepared to part ways with €120 million to secure the Portugal international’s services.

But with Man City and Paris Saint-Germain keeping tabs on Leao, a transfer battle could soon be triggered if an official approach is made from either one of the three European giants keen to land one of Milan’s best prospects.

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“Desperate” Inter Milan offer swap deal for Romelu Lukaku’s return from Chelsea

Chelsea and Inter Milan are set for talks over a transfer move for Romelu Lukaku which could involve Stefan de Vrij going the other way.

Cash-strapped Inter are desperate to re-seign Lukaku and are keen to offer De Vrij as part of the package, according to La Repubblica

The Nerazzurri’s CEO Beppe Marotta is desperate to have both Paulo Dybala and the Belgium international in his attack next term and continues to explore all options.

The De Vrij option could tempt Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel into doing a deal.

Tuchel desperately needs defensive reinforcements with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen both departing on free transfers

Official: Ivan Perisic completes Tottenham move

Ivan Perisic has completed his move to Spurs after signing a two-year deal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Linked with the Croatian international in the past, the 33-year-old has signed on the dotted line in N17 with his deal at Inter Milan due to expire at the end of June.

Arriving in the capital on Sunday and staying overnight at The Lodge, the club’s state-of-the-art accommodation for the team, at their Hotspur Way training base, the left wing-back then completed his medical on Monday.

He signed a two-year deal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which according to football.london, is worth €6million (£5.1m) a year, which works out at £98,000 a week.

Reuniting with his former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte having played for him as a left wing-back for the Nerazzurri, the ex-Borussia Dortmund man will help boost the head coach’s options in that area of the pitch.

A key position in Conte’s system with the wing-backs expected to chip in with plenty of goals and assists, Perisic will be a valuable addition after hitting ten goals and nine assists for Inter in 2021/22.

The player will also bring a wealth of experience to Tottenham after making over 650 appearances in total throughout his career for club and country. Playing a major role in Croatia’s run to the 2018 World Cup final, the new Spurs man has won two Bundesliga titles, Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League during his career so far.

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(Watch Video) Ivan Perisic arrives in London to complete Tottenham move

Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic has landed in London as he prepares to complete his move to Tottenham.

The 33-year-old will undergo his medical at Spurs today ahead of signing a two-year deal at the club.

The Croatia international is joining on a free with his Inter deal expiring at the end of the June.

Perisic worked with Tottenham boss Antonio Conte at Inter during their Serie A title winning campaign in 2020/21.