Liverpool set to smash transfer record as Klopp battles Man United for free-scoring striker

Manchester United are prepared to rival Liverpool for the signing of Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, according to ESPN.

United are looking for a young forward this summer and 22-year-old Nunez is high up on their list of players.

Liverpool have also registered their interest and sources have told ESPN that United would not be put off even if it meant going head-to-head with the Anfield side.

Nunez, according to sources, is keen for regular Champions League football which would put Liverpool ahead in the race but United believe there is a chance he could be convinced to move to Old Trafford.

Sources have told ESPN that an issue for both United and Liverpool is Benfica’s valuation.

The Portuguese side initially quoted more than £110m to sign the Uruguay international, although there is a feeling any bid over £80m would be taken seriously given Nunez, who has a contract until 2025, is keen on a move.

Chelsea fans express anger over new kit

Chelsea fans have been left fuming by the look of their potential new kit after an image was leaked online.

A photo appeared of the Blues’ possible new home shirt with a white collar and with Three still as their sponsor.

Fans were not happy with the design, one simply said: “horrific.”

Another claimed: “that looks horrendous.”

More supporters used words like “ugly” and “terrible”.

Others took aim at the manufacturers saying: “it’s time to dump Nike.”

Steven Gerrard suffers Luis Suarez blow

Aston Villa have suffered a blow with reports Luis Suarez is set to return to South America.

The former Liverpool star has been strongly linked with a move to join ex-Reds captain Steven Gerrard at Villa Park, with the striker set to depart Atletico Madrid.

However, it appears the Uruguayan will pass up the chance to move back to the Premier League.

Present of River Plate, Jorge Brito, has revealed talks with Suarez over a move to the Argentine giants.

River Plate are seeking a new striker after losing wonderkid Julian Alvarez – who scored 14 goals in 17 games this year to Man City.

And Brito has revealed talks have already happened with Suarez in Paris over a move, also sharing that they are willing to offer him wages of around £4.2million-a-year to encourage him to sign.

“The talks [with Suarez] are taking place and I think the first one was in Paris”, he told Radio La Red.

“River is willing to make a significant economic effort so that Luis Suarez is the replacement for Julian Alvarez. It is the dream of Gallardo and the leadership.

“There were already talks with the Uruguayan. It’s difficult but Suarez didn’t close the door at all.”

Chelsea get transfer boost as Barcelona identify ‘Lewandowski alternative’

Barcelona have reportedly identified Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno as an alternative to Robert Lewandowksi.

Lewandowski has voiced his desire to leave Bayern Munich amid Barca’s interest.

But Bayern have yet to grant Lewandowski his wish.

And if the German side continue to play hard-ball, Barca could turn to Moreno who has an £85m release clause embedded in his contract, according to Sport.

However, reports suggest Villarreal may accept £34m for the attacker that Chelsea were previously linked with.

Chelsea legends, stars pay tributes as Blues staff dies

A host of Chelsea legends and current stars have paid tribute to academy kit man Eric Asiedu following his death.

The club confirmed the sad news on Wednesday that the much-loved backroom member had passed.

Former Chelsea captain John Terry took to Twitter to pay his respects, writing: “RIP ERIC Heartbreaking news today. BOSS you will be deeply missed.”

Winger Hudson-Odoi, 21, and wing-back Reece James, 22, also added to JT’s touching tribute.

Hudson-Odoi wrote: “This really hurts! RIP ERIC.

“You really helped me through a lot growing up in the academy and you was more than a Kit man, you was a Good hearted man who wanted nothing but the best for Everyone!!

“Thank you for everything and May your soul Rest in perfect peace.”

And James tweeted: “Rest In Peace Eric.

“You was more than a kit man. You had a real clean heart, funny personality and always wanted the best for all the academy lads. Miss the days when I used to rummage for fresh Nike socks.

“Until we meet again fly high & rest easy. Will miss you.”

A Chelsea statement was issued after the death of kit man Eric Asiedu.

It read: “It is with great sadness that Chelsea Football Club has learned of the passing of our colleague Eric Asiedu.

“Eric was a hugely popular figure at our Cobham training ground in his role as Academy kitman, always going about his work with an infectious smile and wonderful positivity. He will be sadly missed by us all and the pain of his sudden passing will be felt by many.

“Affectionately known as ‘boss’ by players and staff alike, Eric went above and beyond to develop strong relationships with those he worked with in the Under-18 age group.

“He was a caring mentor and confidant in the dressing room to players taking their first tentative steps into full-time football, while carrying out his daily duties in meticulous fashion.

“A humble and warm character, Eric joined Chelsea FC in April 2013, his presence and personality proving integral to the values of our Academy culture. He has been a constant on the sidelines during a great many of our youth team successes over the years.”

It added: “Eric’s passion for the job, the players he supported, and his love for Chelsea was evident for all to see and will be sorely missed. All at Chelsea send our deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends at this most difficult time.”

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Revealed: Two players Inter Milan offered to Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku in swap deal

Inter Milan are prepared to offer Chelsea the pick of two players in order to sign Romelu Lukaku.

Inter cannot afford to buy Lukaku outright, but are willing to add either Milan Skriniar or Alessandro Bastoni to sweeten the deal, the Express report.

This will be a blow for Man United and Tottenham who are both reportedly tracking Bastoni at present.

Meanwhile, Chelsea and Inter Milan will hold talks over Romelu Lukaku this week, according to reports.

However, the two parties will have to come to an agreement as Inter cannot afford to buy Lukaku outright, according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs.

The report also states that Lukaku is prepared to take a significant wage cut to get the deal done as he’s got his heart set on a move to Inter despite interest from Bayern Munich.

Liverpool reject Bayern Munich second offer for Sadio Mane

Liverpool have rejected an improved offer from Bayern Munich for Sadio Mane, according to talkSPORT.

The Reds turned down an initial offer from the German champions earlier this week.

That bid comprised of a guaranteed initial fee of £21m, with £4m of add-ons, of which a large amount would depend on Bayern winning the Champions League.

Bayern’s initial approach for Mane, who is into the final year of his contract at Liverpool, was rejected and a second bid, which saw the figures on offer increased to a total of £30m, has also been knocked back. The second offer comprised of £23.5m upfront and the bonuses increased by £2.5m to £6.5m.

A source told ESPN in order for the transfer fee to reach that figure Bayern would have to win the Champions League three years in a row and Mane would have to win the Ballon d’Or three times.