Revealed: Why Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski ‘rejects Chelsea’ transfer

Robert Lewandoswki won’t join Chelsea because he fears he won’t be successful in the Premier League as he was in Germany.

That’s according to his former agent Cezary Kucharski.

He told Sport 1: “I always heard Robert give a childish explanation that it rains so much in England.

“But I think the real reason was that he didn’t think he could be as efficient as in Germany. Robert was really afraid of that.”

The Bayern Munich striker has repeatedly emphazised his determination to join Barcelona instead of Chelsea.

Cesar Azpilicueta under intense pressure to leave Chelsea

Cesar Azpilicueta is under pressure to slap in a transfer request — or risk his dream move to Barcelona.

The Chelsea captain wants to leave this summer and return home to Spain.

But Nou Camp giants Barca are growing frustrated with the lack of progress over the defender’s bid to talk his way out of the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Boss Thomas Tuchel said the pair will sit down and discuss his future but Barcelona want the deal done quickly.

Barcelona boss Xavi is keen to have the veteran right-back available for pre-season training next month.

The Spanish side have threatened to find ‘other solutions’ to the gap being left by the departure of club legend Dani Alves, who has confirmed he is leaving for a second time.

Azpilicueta is due to hold talks with Tuchel in the coming days to seek an amicable separation agreement.

Official: Southampton sign Manchester City’s goalkeeper

Southampton have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu from Manchester City.

The 20-year-old, who already has 10 caps for Republic of Ireland, moves to St Mary’s on a five-year deal, becoming the club’s first new recruit of the summer.

Bazunu had an impressive breakthrough season on loan at Saints’ south coast rivals Portsmouth.

Saints were looking to bolster their goalkeeping ranks with Fraser Forster leaving on a free transfer to join Spurs.

It is understood they have paid City an initial £12million for Bazunu, which could rise to £15m with potential add-ons.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said: “As a club, we are always on the lookout for young talent and Gavin is a very exciting addition to the squad. We believe he has tremendous potential to improve and will give us great competition for places in the goalkeeping department.

“He is a goalkeeper with a very modern style of play, comfortable in the build-up phase, who has developed physically through some very important loan moves early in his career.

“He is already an international goalkeeper, which is very rare for his age. Coming from Manchester City, we know he has learned from some of the very best coaches and teammates, and coming here gives him more opportunities to develop his game through playing in the Premier League.”

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Official: Tottenham confirm Bissouma move as Antonio Conte continues Spurs revolution

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Yves Bissouma from Brighton & Hove Albion for around £25million.

The midfielder has penned a four-year deal after four years with the Seagulls.

Bissouma joins Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic to become Antonio Conte’s third senior signing of the summer.

Mali international Bissouma will provide competition in midfield to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur and Oliver Skipp with the futures of Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso all uncertain.

The 25-year-old moved to the south coast in 2018 and made more than 100 appearances in all competitions for the Seagulls. In the process he proved himself to be one of the best midfielders in England’s top flight.

Brighton boss Graham Potter said: “The transfer is a very good one for the club and player.

“Yves has shown his undoubted ability and been an important player for us during his time with us.

“Now he has a new challenge with Tottenham, including the opportunity to play Champions League football, and everyone at the club wishes him well.”

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