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Transfer Gossip: Chelsea could gazump rivals for £50m striker deal independent of Lukaku; Crystal Palace plot Tottenham raid

Neymar and Richarlison celebrating for Brazil

Chelsea could beat Tottenham to the signature of Everton forward Richarlison, while Crystal Palace have identified a top-four squad member to replace Conor Gallagher, according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.


Chelsea have a genuine interest in Everton forward Richarlison in a pursuit that will be independent of what happens with Romelu Lukaku.

Richarlison looks likely to be on his way out of Everton this summer after their narrow escape from relegation last season. The club could cash in to balance the books, while the Brazilian would rise to a bigger platform.

In that regard, he has been linked with a transfer to Tottenham recently. They have appeared to be in pole position to give him the next step in the Premier League. Arsenal are another admirer.

But according to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are in strong contention to sign Richarlison too. Interestingly, their pursuit does not hinge on whether Lukaku leaves for Inter Milan first.

Thomas Tuchel wants to add more mobility to his attack this summer. With that in mind, Chelsea have been exploring a deal for Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

The Mail confirm Sterling is on their radar, but so is Richarlison. Either could join to replenish the ranks in a department of the Chelsea squad that has somewhat struggled in recent months.

Richarlison wants Chelsea move over Arsenal and Manchester United

Everton striker Richarlison wants a move to Chelsea this summer says reports

For a deal for Richarlison to happen, Everton are holding out for a transfer fee upwards of £50m. But they will listen to offers for the 25-year-old.

Therefore, Chelsea – who have Champions League football on offer, just like Tottenham – have a chance of taking the former Watford star.


Harry Winks on the ball for Tottenham Hotspur

Crystal Palace are new contenders for the signature of Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks.

The academy graduate has fallen further down the pecking order for Spurs after the arrivals of Rodrigo Bentancur in January and Yves Bissouma this summer.

As such, he is now expected to find just the second club of his career at the age of 26. His takers could still be a Premier League club.

Everton were recently linked, for example. But according to The Sun, Crystal Palace have joined the race to sign Winks – and could obviously keep him in London.

Palace are looking for a replacement for Conor Gallagher in the middle of the park after his loan spell from Chelsea ended. Winks, a 10-time England international, could be their man.

There is also the aforementioned competition from Everton, The Sun remind, while Southampton and Sevilla are other suitors.

Tottenham are willing to listen to proposals for Winks, but are hoping to receive a fee of around £20m for his transfer.


Georginio Wijnaldum, PSG midfielder during Champions League group game v RB Leipzig

Liverpool are distancing themselves from talk that they could take Georginio Wijnaldum back on loan.

Rumours recently emerged about Wijnaldum returning to Liverpool one year after his exit. His move to Paris Saint-Germain has not particularly gone to plan on an individual level.

With Liverpool delaying their pursuit of a new midfielder until 2023, it had been speculated that the Dutchman could be targeted for a loan return in the interim.

However, according to the Liverpool Echo, there are no plans for that to happen. Instead, Liverpool will enter the 2022-23 season with their existing midfield options.

Beyond then, the plan will be to sign a top-class option in the position. But until that time comes, there will be no return for Wijnaldum, despite his previous success with the club and likely availability.

One reason behind their snub is the fact that new sporting director Julian Ward is focusing on younger options. In addition, manager Jurgen Klopp does not want to block the pathways of talents like Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones.

Hence, Wijnaldum will have to find a different, perhaps less familiar, solution if he is to leave PSG this year.