Chelsea have confirmed to Barcelona that they will send an offer for Frenkie de Jong in the coming days, according to SPORT.
The Dutchman, strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in the past month, is not ready to leave Barcelona. The Red Devils have, however, reached an agreement with Barcelona for a sum amounting to nearly €85 million including add-ons.
They are, unfortunately, not a part of the Champions League, which is a deal breaker for de Jong. Moreover, if reports are to be believed, he does not have a particularly sound relationship with Erik ten Hag and believes United is an ‘erratically’ ran club.
Chelsea, on the other hand, present themselves as a stronger option. Not only are they part of the Champions League, but with one of the best managers at the helm, they are one of the best-coached sides in the world.
That said, it seems unlikely that de Jong will move to either club. He has recently gotten engaged, and has even bought a house in the city. His dream, as a child, was to play for Barcelona, and he will not leave the city after just three years of initially arriving.
German champions Bayern Munich survived a late comeback from RB Leipzig to claim a 5-3 victory in the DFL German Supercup on Saturday with an impressive first half attacking display and new signing Sadio Mane scoring on his debut.
Bayern, aiming for an 11th consecutive Bundesliga title this season, were eager to prove they remained a serious attacking threat despite the departure of top striker Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona, and they did not have to wait long.
They scored three times before the break through Jamal Musiala, Mane and Benjamin Pavard to take control of the game.
Musiala rifled in the opener in the 14th minute before Serge Gnabry cut through the Leipzig defence and delivered a perfect assist for Senegal international Mane, who has joined from Liverpool, to tap in the second goal in the 31st.
Leipzig’s collapse looked complete in first half stoppage time when Musiala weaved his way into the box and set up Benjamin Pavard to drill the ball home.
Bayern’s backline was equally as effective in the first half with Leipzig having only one shot on goal in the 45 minutes.
That all changed after the break with the hosts hitting the woodwork in the 56th with substitute Andre Silva’s powerful header before Marcel Halstenberg went one better with his own header three minutes later to cut the deficit.
Gnabry briefly restored Bayern’s three-goal cushion when he fired into the top of the net on the rebound after Thomas Muller’s shot was palmed away by keeper Peter Gulacsi.
A 77th minute penalty by Christopher Nkunku made it 4-2 before Leipzig team mate Dani Olmo scored with a powerful shot to set up a nervous finale to an entertaining encounter.
However, late substitute Leroy Sane made sure of the first title of the season for Bayern, scoring on the break with the last kick of the game.
Chelsea have a verbal agreement to acquire Chicago Fire and U.S. youth international goalkeeper Gabriel “Gaga” Slonina for a base fee of $10m that could rise to $15m with add-ons, according to ESPN.
Slonina, 18, is headed to London to complete a medical exam and if it’s successful will sign the deal, which will see him finish out the current MLS campaign on loan with the Fire and then head to Chelsea on Jan. 1.
Slonina has long been considered one of the jewels of the Fire’s academy, and took over the starting goalkeeper spot with the first team last season as a 17-year-old. When Slonina made his professional debut Aug. 4, he became the youngest starting goalkeeper in league history at 17 years, 81 days.
The Blues first expressed interest in signing Slonina earlier in the summer but looked set to miss out on a deal as Real Madrid entered the race.
Real Madrid had at least one bid rejected by Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire, however, and now Chelsea are on the verge of a £13m transfer.
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to walk away from talks with Milan Skriniar amid Chelsea interest.
This would come as a major boost for the Blues who are also said to be interested in the Slovakian centre-back.
Thomas Tuchel has been in the market to sign another defender and had identified the 27-year-old as a potential target.
PSG are considering walking out due to financial reasons and would approach other targets. Skriniar moved to Inter Milan in 2017 from Sampdoria and has established himself as one of the best defenders in Italian football.
L’Equipe journalist Loic Tanzi reports that the centre-back remains out of reach financially for the club and other targets will be approached if Inter do not lower their demands.
Chelsea are interested in Skriniar but PSG were considered the most likely contenders to sign him.
Pep Guardiola said Erling Haaland will prove his worth to Manchester City and show his “incredible quality” after the €60m summer signing was upstaged by Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez during a 3-1 Community Shield defeat in Leicester.
Haaland, one of the game’s most exciting young talents, touched the ball just 14 times in 90 minutes and missed a clear chance to score in stoppage time. In contrast, €75m signing Nunez scored one and registered an assist during a 31-minute substitute outing for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
But despite Haaland’s false start in his first game in English football, City manager Guardiola said he had no concerns over the Norway international’s ability to succeed at the club.
“He [Haaland] had chances, two or three in first half and one at the end,” Guardiola said. “He fought a lot, made the movements. It’s good for him to see the reality of new country, new league, but he was there.
“He didn’t score. Another day he will score. He has an incredible quality on that and he will do it. He has an incredible sense. He is going to help us a lot — he had the chances, he was there. Nothing changed.”
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is irritated by reports that Timo Werner could be leaving Stamford Bridge amid claim that the forward is ready to accept a massive pay cut in order to leave for RB Leipzig, according to BILD.
The striker has struggled since arriving at Stamford Bridge and failed to live up his reputation from his days in the Bundesliga.
According to German media outlet Bild, Werner would like to go back to RB Leipzig and is ready to accept a pay cut to do so.
He is said to be ready to halve his salary to see a move back to the Bundesliga, but it may not be that simple for RB Leipzig.
The Bundelisga club are said to be actively working on Werner’s return, but Tuchel does not currently want to let go of the forward.
Werner has previously admitted that he could see his future away from Chelsea and was not in the Blues’ squad to face Udinese on Friday evening, due to injury.