Barcelona president vows “to keep” Manchester United, Chelsea target

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has vowed “to do what’s in my power to keep Frenkie” de Jong at the Camp Nou this summer.

Manchester United are tracking the Dutch international as part of Erik ten Hag’s incoming squad changes ahead of the 2022/23 Premier League season.

Ten Hag is keen on a reunion with his former Ajax schemer, but the two clubs are still some distance apart in their valuations of the 25-year-old.

United are confident of reaching a compromise with the Catalan giants, but Laporta is determined to keep de Jong, despite the pressure to sell him.

“I am going to do what’s in my power to keep Frenkie, but it’s also a salary issue, and that has to be adjusted”, as per exclusive reports from Mundo Deportivo.

“He is a Barça player , one of the best in the world in his position.

“We know there are clubs who want him, not just United, but we have no intention of selling.

“He wants to stay, he’s comfortable in Barcelona, and I will do everything I can to make him stay.”

Laporta’s comments will come as a blow to United’s confidence over securing a transfer with de Jong previously hinting at a preference to stay in Barcelona.

His current deal at the Camp Nou expires in 2026, and talks are planned for a restructuring of his contract in the coming weeks, as Barcelona look for a resolution.

Other senior players have agreed to pay cuts in 2022 with high earning squad players including Ousmane Dembele offloaded by Laporta.

Chelsea receive major boost over Raphinha transfer

Chelsea have received a major boost in their ongoing transfer war with Barcelona over Leeds star Raphinha.

According to Diario AS, the Blaugrana may not need the Brazil international after all as Ousmane Dembele “has got closer to renewing” his deal.

Dembele’s contract runs out today and the Catalan giants are frantically trying to convince him to pen a new one as manager Xavi wants him in his squad this coming season.

And it seems like there is a significant possibility the forward may remain at the Nou Camp.

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Chelsea set to hijack Manchester United move for Frenkie de Jong

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.

Thiago Silva intervenes again as Chelsea are given price of Thomas Tuchel target

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 signs new long-term Liverpool contract, reacts to new deal

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.”

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Raphinha delivers huge blow to Chelsea

Leeds ace Raphinha has delivered Chelsea a huge blow by telling his agent to block any further contact from the club amid interest from Barcelona, reports claim.

The Blues were in pole position to land Raphinha after they seemingly stole him from Arsenal’s clutches.

But the winger has done a u-turn by demanding he representatives shut down Chelsea’s advances as he prefers a move to Barca, according to Sport.

And he’s prepared to wait patiently until the Catalan giants show their hand, it was added.

Jules Kounde: Chelsea representatives fail to meet Sevilla’s demands

Chelsea representatives’ trip to Sevilla to land Jules Kounde has failed, reports claim.

The Blues sent three negotiators to the Spanish city to has out a deal for the defender.

But the trio have returned to London empty handed after failing to meet Sevilla’s demands, according to El Chiringuito journalist Marcos Benito.

He claims Sevilla wanted 60million euros for Kounde, plus 10m in variables.

However, the talks concluded as the Blues contingent couldn’t agree on the figure, it was added.

“Roma are trying to sign Cristiano Ronaldo”

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.”

Revealed: How Chelsea missed out on Richarlison despite making last-minute bid

Chelsea missed out on Tottenham new-boy Richarlison despite making a last-ditch bid.

Prior to his move to Spurs, the Brazilian was among the Blues’ shortlist of potential Romelu Lukaku replacements.

When Tottenham accelerated their interest this week, Chelsea made an attempt to gazump them.

According to the Metro, the West Londoners’ surge in interest prompted Spurs to up their bid.

The Lilywhites offered Everton £50million plus £10m in add-ons, with Blues owner Todd Boehly unwilling to match.

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England international to undergo Manchester City medical on Friday

Kalvin Phillips is due to return from his holiday today and complete his £45million switch to Manchester City.

The champions agreed a deal with Leeds for the England midfielder late last week and personal terms have also been sorted out.

He is booked in for a medical on Friday and providing that all goes to plan he is expected to be a City player by the weekend.

Leeds were hoping to persuade the 26-year-old to give them another season after they avoided the drop on the last day of the campaign.

They felt the prospect of playing regular first-team football in the build up to the World Cup could prove crucial for Phillips.

However the chance to play in the Champions League for manager Pep Guardiola proved too hard to turn down for the Elland Road favourite.