Nottingham Forest set to sign Super Eagles striker

Nottingham Forest are signing forward Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin, according to reports. talkSPORT understands.

The Nigerian international forward is set to return to the Premier League after a prolific season at Union Berlin, meaning that Liverpool are set to cash-in on a clause

Forest will pay a club record £17.5m to make Awoniyi their first summer signing.

Awoniyi, who scored 15 Bundesliga goals last season, was on the books of Liverpool but never made a senior appearance.

Romelu Lukaku’s Inter Milan return hits brick wall

Romelu Lukaku’s loan move back to Inter Milan has hit a buffer with president Steven Zhang not willing to pay the Blues €10m for a loan and also cover the Belgian’s wages.

The Belgium forward has been heavily linked with a move to San Siro just 12 months after leaving Inter for Stamford Bridge in a deal worth €115m.

David Ornstein reports that negotiations continue for Lukaku, but as it stands, Inter aren’t happy with the terms suggested.

On Sunday, reports suggested Inter had a breakthrough in the negotiations as a compromise was being made financially despite the Nerazzurri being made aware they would need to pay more than their initial offer of €5m plus bonuses.

And Gianluca Di Marzio among others suggests on Monday that Inter have gone back with an offer of €7m plus bonuses.

Sunday’s reports included that Chelsea were looking for around €10m plus bonuses so it remains to be seen if this bid will be accepted.

Lukaku scored 64 goals in 95 appearances during his first spell with the club and helped them win the Scudetto before leaving for Chelsea.

Antonio Rudiger reveals how he snubbed Barcelona to sign for Real Madrid

Former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has been unveiled at Real Madrid and said he rejected an approach from his new club’s bitter rivals Barcelona.

Rudiger, who turned down a lucrative new deal to remain at Stamford Bridge, had been in demand across Europe but insisted he was never tempted by advances from Barca.

“Yes, there was interest from Barcelona,” he told a press conference. “But I told my brother it was Real Madrid or nothing.

“What I can promise is, I will give everything for the club and I want to win as many trophies as possible.

“You come to a big, big, massive club – that’s a huge step for myself. But I try to enjoy the pressure.

“I see myself as fortunate to be here, to do what I love.

“I was in the trophy cabinet of Real Madrid and there the pressure starts. This is something that you cannot run away from. You have to try to enjoy it.”

Rudiger spent five trophy-laden seasons with Chelsea, winning the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

His agent was first in contact with Real last September before a conversation with new manager Carlo Ancelotti in April convinced him to move to Santiago Bernabeu.

“That was the most important moment to speak with Mr Ancelotti and then I made also made my choice that I want to play for this club and under him,” said Rudiger.

“The conversation was that he wants me, he trusts in my abilities and that I can be very helpful for him and to the team.

“At my age, where I am right now, this is enough. And, at the end of the day, it’s Mr Ancelotti.

“You know in Madrid, you will have competition and in general nothing is guaranteed so you have to fight for your place and that is why I am here, I am ready to do that.”

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Jules Kounde’s representatives growing frustrated as Chelsea drag their feet

Jules Kounde’s representatives are reportedly growing frustrated with Chelsea’s negotiation tactics this summer.

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as Sevilla look increasingly ready to sell the French international.

The latest reports stated that the Blues remain in ‘active negotiations’ for Kounde as they look to conclude a deal for the defender.

Last summer saw Thomas Tuchel’s side miss out on Kounde, with the head coach confirming their interest.

He said: “It was clear we tried for Kounde and Saul and it was very, very late but it was a very, very smooth transfer window because I had full concentration on training and on my team.

“The amount of support of Petr Cech as a link, and together with Marina (Granovskaia), was fantastic, so it was pretty relaxed with a good outcome because in the end it was possible to add Saul into the group, which was a key position for us to have more alternatives and to not put all the pressure on the three guys’ shoulders.

“So there’s a lot of competition now going on and it’s my job to be a good moderator.”

And now, 90min have reported that Kounde’s representatives are growing frustrated with the current negotiation situation.

The representatives of the French star have warned Chelsea that the Blues must start ‘making more of an effort’ to get his signature, with talks ‘dragging on’.

Furthermore, the report states that Chelsea have been looking to strike a deal closer to £50 million, rather than paying his release clause.

Kounde’s party are ‘less than impressed’ with the reluctance of Chelsea to increase their bid so far this summer.

Both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have departed the club, with the German being officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player.