Manchester City, Real Madrid put on alert over Reece James

Manchester City and Real Madrid have reportedly been put on alert by the fact that Chelsea are yet to approach Reece James about a new contract.

The 22-year-old signed a new deal two-and-a-half years ago worth around £70,000-per-week, but according to the Daily Mail, no talks have yet taken place on a new contract despite James’ emergence as a first-team star, with three years left on his current deal.

There is said to be confidence that James will remain at the club, despite Man City reportedly seeing him as a potential long-term replacement for Kyle Walker.

Osimhen, Iwobi hand Super Eagles win after Sierra Leone take shock lead

The Super Eagles of Nigeria kicked off their AFCON Qualifier campaign with a 2-1 victory over Sierra Leone in Abuja.

It only took the Leone Stars 11 minutes to score as Jonathan Morsay headed the visitors in front, from a lovely cross down the left. But Alex Iwobi restored parity 5 minutes later with a well taken goal from a beautiful run of play.

Victor Osimhen scored the winning goal in the 41st minute by reacting quickest to a Simon Moses’ knockdown.

Marcos Alonso reacts to Barcelona transfer speculation

Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso says he would like to return to Spain but any move away from Stamford Bridge this summer depends on the club sanctioning a transfer.

Alonso has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona with his Chelsea deal due to expire in 2023.

“I have one more year on my contract,” he told radio station Onda Cero from the Spain camp, where he is preparing for Wednesday’s UEFA Nations League match against Switzerland.

“I have said before I would like to [return to Spain], but it doesn’t depend on me. It’s clear that the desire to play in Spain one day is there.”

Barcelona’s financial position will not allow them to pay a big fee for Alonso, so they are depending on Chelsea’s new owners agreeing to let the left-back leave on the cheap.

Alonso, meanwhile, hopes that following six years of service, and with just 12 months to run on his contract, the Premier League side will open the door to a transfer this summer. Barca are also set to sign Chelsea centre-back Andreas Christensen for free when his contract expires at the end of the month, while Cesar Azpilicueta is a target, too.

Thiago Silva hints at Gabriel Jesus’ Chelsea move

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has dropped a huge £43million Gabriel Jesus transfer hint with what he has done on social media as Romelu Lukaku loan exit rumours intensify.

The west London club reportedly plan to make statement of intent by launching a £43m assault to rival Arsenal for the Manchester City striker, who is expected to be shown the exit door by Pep Guardiola this summer to compensate for the arrivals of Haaland and youngster Julian Alvarez respectively.

This is according to Goal whose report goes on to clarify that Jesus would come in to directly replace the want away Lukaku, who made his intentions well known as early as January 2022 with his explosive Sky Italia interview which came on the eve of an important Premier League clash against Liverpool.

Despite the Blues’ willingness to join the race to sign the 25-year-old Brazilian star, it is still understood that Edu’s relationship with Jesus’ camp means that they are still very much the favourites in this race – this was a statement transfer guru Fabrizio Romano echoed on his latest transfer video.

Nevertheless, Chelsea have shown in the past that they can upset their London rivals and hijack deals, like when they signed Willian under the noses of Tottenham.

And if Silva’s activity is anything to go by, then maybe Boehly and his board are planning the same thing on the red side of North London this time around.

This is because the veteran defender has liked a post on Instagram by a Chelsea News account reporting on the Jesus to Chelsea rumours. For further context, the former Paris Saint-Germain mainstay has liked tweets linking Ousmane Dembele to Chelsea.

Silva, according to football.london, could potentially help the Blues gain an edge over Arsenal in this race if he is able to talk to the striker in question over the next few days and weeks on international duty.

Bukayo Saka warned against Man City move as Liverpool, Real Madrid join chase

Bukayo Saka has been urged to remain with Arsenal by ex-Gunner Theo Walcott.

Walcott warned Saka that he won’t be a big fish at City like he is at the Emirates.

And Arsenal are adamant that their current Player of the Year is going nowhere and remain confident that he will soon sign a new long-term deal.

Both Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with the 20-year-old England winger since the Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification last month.

But Arsenal are adamant that their current Player of the Year is going nowhere and remain confident that he will soon sign a new long-term Emirates deal.

Reports via 90min claim that the England star is in no rush to sign a new long-term deal at the Gunners.

The player is about to enter the final year of his deal but there is an option for an extension to it.

Meanwhile, the Mirror are claiming that Bukayo Saka will not be heading to Man City this summer.

The Premier League champions are keeping an eye on him but won’t make a move in this transfer window.

Real Madrid, who have joined Liverpool and Manchester City in the race to sign Sake, are reportedly keen.

Bayern Munich prepare third offer for Sadio Mane

After having a second bid for Sadio Mane turned down, Bayern Munich are already preparing a third offer, according to SPORT1.

The Bundesliga champions have been tracking the Liverpool winger for a number of months, but Jurgen Klopp’s side have so far kept strong against their valuation which is believed to be around €40m.

The latest indicates that Julian Nagelsmann’s side will make an offer of €35m plus a further €5m in bonuses as they attempt to bring the 30-year-old winger to the Allianz Arena for a third attempt.