Juventus eyeing swap deal for Arsenal striker

Juventus are interested in a swap deal involving their midfielder Arthur Melo for Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli, according to Calciomercato.

The Gunners were reported to have tried to sign Melo in January.

The Old Lady want Martinelli to help reinforce their attack as they might see loan duo Alvaro Morata and Moise Kean return to Atletico Madrid and Everton, respectively.

Raheem Sterling told to ‘avoid Chelsea move’

David James says Raheem Sterling would be better off staying at Manchester City rather than joining Chelsea.

England winger Sterling has been linked with a move to the Blues or Real Madrid.

Former Three Lions No 1 James, 51, told GGRecon: “[He should] stay at City!

“It is a testament to how well Raheem Sterling has done that he has been linked to two massive European champions.

“You do question – given how soon the World Cup is, and what can happen with a move with Manchester to London for example – whether that adjustment could affect form.”

Chelsea suffer transfer blow over move for Argentina star

Tottenham target Lautaro Martinez says he wants to stay at Inter Milan.

The Chelsea target impressed for Argentina in their 3-0 win over Italy in the inaugural Finalissima on Wednesday.

Martinez scored the opener and then set-up Angel di Maria for the second goal.

Afterwards he said: “My plan is clear – I really want to stay at Inter next season.

“I’ve not received communications from the club as of today and I want to continue at Inter next season.”

The 24-year-old bagged 23 goals for Inter this season and is now reportedly on Chelsea’s radar – with Inter keen on bringing back Romelu Lukaku back to the San Siro from the Blues.

Emerson reacts to speculation about his Chelsea future

Italy left-back Emerson Palmieri says he is ready to return to Chelsea after his loan spell at Lyon.

The defender started for his country as they lost 3-0 to Argentina in Finalissima on Wednesday.

On plans to reignite his career at Stamford Bridge, the 27-year-old said: “‘For me personally it’s been a good season, I played a lot of games. Let’s see what happens in the future.

“I have a contract with Chelsea. I’ve played there for three years and won some things. If I need to go back there I’m happy.”

Official: Chelsea confirm star’s departure from Stamford Bridge

Chelsea have confirmed that centre-back Antonio Rudiger has left the club to join Real Madrid on a free transfer after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired.

Writing as part of the statement on the club’s official website, they announced: “We bid farewell to Antonio Rudiger as he departs Stamford Bridge with his Chelsea contract expiring, bringing to a close his five trophy-filled years with the club.

“Chelsea Football Club thanks Toni for his contribution to our success over the last five years and wishes him well in his future career.”

Lionel Messi gives his verdict on Chelsea star Jorginho

Lionel Messi has described Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a “complicated” player to face.

Argentina legend Messi squared off against Italy’s Jorginho as the South Americans enjoyed a 3-0 win in Finalissima on Wednesday.

Jorginho was out-of-sorts with a number of stray passes, but Paris Saint-Germain star Messi admitted he is always a difficult rival.

In his post-match interview, he told reporters: “The first half was a bit complicated for us because we couldn’t find a way around Jorginho, who played a bit free and that made it difficult for us to get the ball.”

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Liverpool target Chelsea star to replace Sadio Mane

Liverpool could turn to Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic, Arsenal flop Serge Gnabry or a Manchester United transfer target to replace Sadio Mane, according to reports.

Senegal forward Mane is expected to end his six-year spell at Anfield this summer and join German champions Bayern Munich.

The 30-year-old, who has scored 120 goals in 269 appearances for Liverpool, said he would reveal his decision after the Champions League final.

While Mane is yet to discuss his future following Liverpool’s narrow defeat to Liverpool in Paris, reports say he is closing in on a move to the Bundesliga after deciding to leave Anfield.

Mane’s departure would represent a substantial blow to Jurgen Klopp but at least Liverpool will be able to recoup a transfer fee rather than lose him for free when his contract expires next summer.

As Liverpool signed Luis Diaz at the start of the year and have already agreed a deal with Fulham for Fabio Carvalho, Klopp may resist the temptation to dip into the transfer market if Mane does leave.

However, the Daily Mail say several players are on Liverpool’s radar, including Chelsea star Pulisic and former Arsenal winger Gnabry.

Klopp is a known admirer of Pulisic and the American has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after slipping down Thomas Tuchel’s pecking order.

Gnabry, who made 18 appearances for Arsenal before being sold in 2018, is also appreciated by the Merseyside club and has one year left on his Bayern Munich contract.

It is claimed that Liverpool could also move for Villarreal and Netherlands star Arnaut Danjuma, who Manchester United have expressed interest in signing.

Romelu Lukaku snubs Antonio Conte over Tottenham move

Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku has rejected to chance to reunite with Antonio Conte at Tottenham in favour of a return to Inter, according to reports.

The Belgian worked with Conte at Inter and scored 24 goals in the title winning campaign under the Italian in the 2020/2021 season.

He then re-joined Chelsea last summer in a deal worth around £100m but it hasn’t gone to plan for the forward at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku scored just eight Premier League goals this season and often found himself on the bench with the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner preferred by manager Thomas Tuchel.

His off field antics haven’t helped either with the 29-year-old doing an interview earlier this campaign in which he criticised his role under Tuchel and admitted he would like to return to Inter.

Since, he has been heavily linked with a move back to join the Italian giants, who finished second in Serie A to rivals AC Milan this season.

However, according to CalcioMercato (via Caught Offside), Spurs boss Conte made an approach to Lukaku, but the former Manchester United man rejected in favour of a return to Milan.

Lukaku would prefer a move to Inter because it would give him the chance to be a leader, something that would be less of the case at Chelsea or Spurs.

Jules Kounde: Chelsea begin transfer talks with Sevilla

Chelsea have begun talks with Sevilla over the transfer of centre-back Jules Kounde, according to Sport.

With Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen both departing the west London club for Spain, and captain Cesar Azpilicueta potentially doing the same, the Blues are eager to complete a deal for the 23-year-old France international as soon as possible.

Despite competition, Sport report Chelsea are leading the way in the pursuit of the Sevilla player, with the club said to have started talks immediately as the recent takeover was completed.

The Catalan publication suggests that should Chelsea complete the move for Kounde, it will require a transfer fee of between €50m and €60m.

The price is thought to be quite significantly lower owing to financial difficulties at the south Spanish club.

It had been reported that the owners, led by Todd Boehly, were to provide a significant cash injection this summer to allow Tuchel to carry out the rebuild.

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Former Liverpool star backs Chelsea move for Raheem Sterling

Former Liverpool and Manchester City goalkeeper David James has backed Chelsea target Raheem Sterling to flourish at Stamford Bridge.

James told GGRecon: “With regards to Chelsea, I mean this is a testament to how well Raheem Sterling has done, linking him to Real Madrid and Chelsea; the two massive European champions in recent years.

“Manchester City, Chelsea, or Real Madrid wouldn’t do Raheem Sterling any harm for playing in the World Cup.

“You do question, given how soon the World Cup is, and what can happen with a move – like with Manchester to London, for example – there might not be the external adjustment that could affect form.

“He’s an experienced player so you would like to think that he would handle that. If there is a move and it is to Chelsea or Real Madrid, it shouldn’t be a problem for Raheem.

“He’s more than capable of doing the performances on the field. It’s a pat on the back for Raheem.”