Chelsea are monitoring the situation of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and could make a move if his transfer to Manchester United falls through, according to The Guardian.
The Red Devils have long been linked with the Netherlands international and have now reportedly agreed a fee of €65m with the Blaugrana, meaning negotiations are now centred around De Jong’s personal terms. He is open to moving to Old Trafford despite previously stating that he is in no rush to leave Barcelona, who are in need of extra funds.
However, the former Ajax player reportedly wants to play in the Champions League, which is something he won’t be able to do yet at Man United.
Chelsea had watched De Jong closely before he joined Barcelona and Thomas Tuchel is said to be a big admirer of his, and while it isn’t certain a move will be made it is felt this could be more straightforward than trying to sign West Ham United’s Declan Rice.
The Blues’ priorities are defence and attack as they have been linked with Manchester City duo Nathan Ake and Raheem Sterling, Leeds United’s Raphinha, Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
However, there is some uncertainty around their midfield despite the plan to use Conor Gallagher, as Jorginho and N’Golo Kante could leave after Saul Niguez returned to Atletico de Madrid following his unsuccessful loan.
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly set to demand a £43m transfer fee if they are to let defender Presnel Kimpembe leave this summer.
Tuchel will be aware of Kimpembe’s capabilities after managing during his time at PSG, and the French international will also have a friend in the playing squad.
Thiago Silva has reportedly been texting Kimpembe asking him to join the club, as relayed by Football.London.
The pair played together in France, and the connection they have off the pitch may be beneficial to Chelsea.
The Ligue 1 side are willing to move on the 26-year-old centre-back, who came through the clubs academy before making his professional debut for PSG in 2015, and it is reported that there is interest from both Juventus and Chelsea.
According to Foot Mercato, Chelsea are interested in signing Kimpembe, and PSG are demanding in the region of £43m to allow the defender to leave the club.
Kimpembe has been a key player in recent seasons, having made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 last year, while he is also a regular in the France national team.
And amid speculation that Juventus could part ways with Matthijs de Ligt, who has also been linked with Chelsea, Kimpembe could be his successor at the Allianz Stadium if the club open negotiations at PSG’s starting point.
Mohamed Salah has finally extended his contract with Liverpool, putting an end to speculation over his future.
The Egyptian winger has penned a three-year contract for the Anfield club.
With only 12 months remaining on his existing deal, the Egyptian King has finally put an end to mounting speculation about his future by putting pen to paper on a fresh deal that will see him continue to lead Liverpool’s forward line.
His new terms, in excess of £350,000 a week, makes him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
The deal still fits into the club’s sustainable wage structure and is incentivised with scoring bonuses.
“I feel great and [I am] excited to win trophies with the club. It’s a happy day for everyone,” Salah said.
“It takes a little bit of time, I think, to renew, but now everything is done so we just need to focus on what’s next.
“I think you can see in the last five or six years the team was always going [upwards]. Last season we were close to winning four, but unfortunately in the last week of the season we lost two trophies.
“I think we are in a good position to fight for everything. We have new signings as well. We just need to keep working hard, have a good vision, be positive and go for everything again.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will sign for Roma in a few days, according to Italy legend Angelo Di Livio.
He claims Jose Mourinho’s side are aggresively pushing for Ronaldo’s signature, and could announce the deal by July 7.
Di Livio declared to Retesport: “I have confirmation from several sources that Rome is trying to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.
“From what I learned in recent days, Roma are really trying to sign Cristiano Ronaldo and July 7 could be the date of the announcement. It is a rumour that is constantly circulating in the world of football. Many former footballers talk about it, many agents speak about it.
“In addition, I happened to speak to a dear friend who works in television and who learned of the Ronaldo negotiation from a very important manager of Roma during a dinner a few days ago.”