Transfer Gossip: Boehly goes big with Chelsea sporting director salary offer and war chest, but Man Utd could step in; West Ham eye Serie A swoop

Todd Boehly Chelsea May 2022

Chelsea chief Todd Boehly has offered a potential sporting director a salary and massive funds, while West Ham eye a Serie A raid – both in all the latest Transfer Gossip.

TODD BOEHLY EYES CHELSEA SPORTING DIRECTOR

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has reportedly submitted a salary offer to potential sporting director recruit Luis Campos and tempted him with a transfer war chest.

The Blues have been one of the headline-making Premier League clubs following the arrival of their new consortium of owners. Led by Boehly, they spent a record amount for a Premier League club in a summer transfer window.

Former Leicester defender Wesley Fofana proved their most expensive recruit. Chelsea also signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling in high-profile additions.

Throughout the summer, it is Boehly who managed the club’s transfer business in an owner-cum-sporting director post.

Now that the transfer window is over, though, he wants to fill the latter role permanently. Reports revealed on Sunday how Boehly contacted Paris Saint-Germain’s Luis Campos over a move to Stamford Bridge.

According to the latest from Le Parisien, Boehly has gone two crucial steps further by tempting him with the finances of a move.

The American has offered the 58-year-old Portuguese an €8million (£6.9million) yearly salary. Furthermore, Campos could receive €300million (£260million) to bolster Chelsea’s ranks.

Chelsea initially want Campos in for the next two transfer windows to see how he fares.

Luis Campos fate not sealed

But, the fact that Campos can only work for a maximum of three clubs at once is adding intrigue to the situation.

Campos currently works at PSG and Celta Vigo, so the Chelsea job would be available to him.

Although, Le Parisien adds that Manchester United could yet swoop in for Campos. There are suggestions that British businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe is interested in buying the Old Trafford club from the Glazers.

And Ratcliffe has reportedly made Campos his top target to lead Man Utd’s transfer strategy if he takes over.

PSG would require compensation from any club looking to poach Campos away. Chelsea reportedly paid Brighton £20million to snap up manager Graham Potter after sacking Thomas Tuchel.

WEST HAM EYEING MALINOVSKYI RAID

Atlanta star Ruslan Malinovskyi remains a transfer target for West Ham, who could try to sign him again in January, a report claims.

The Hammers enjoyed a flurry of late signings in the recent summer window. The likes of Emerson Royal, Thilo Kehrer and Lucas Paqueta all moved to the London Stadium.

However, they were still active on deadline day and – alongside Tottenham – supposedly made a move for Ukrainian midfielder Malinovskyi.

Although, Calciomercato now reports that the Hammers did not want to pay Atalanta’s €50million (£43million) valuation of the 29-year-old.

The report adds that Malinovskyi is not enjoying as smooth a relationship with Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini as he would like.

Indeed, the midfielder has yet to complete a 90-minute stint this season.

As such, West Ham could yet go back in for him in the upcoming winter window if the situation remains the same.

Malinovskyi has played 134 games for Atalanta, scoring 30 goals and assisting 27 others.

His contract expires next summer, so he would be available on a cut-price fee in January – or as a free agent at the end of the season, providing he does not extend his terms.

And he will also be free to talk to overseas clubs like West Ham and Tottenham in January if there is no movement over his contract.

TRANSFER GOSSIP – BRIGHTON FINALISING MANAGER SEARCH

Brighton will step up talks this week with two potential managerial successors to Graham Potter.

The Seagulls are on the lookout for the next coach in their dugout after Potter’s move to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea.

Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou has been mentioned as a candidate after impressing for the Scottish club.

According to The Guardian, though, Lens’ Franck Haise and Bodo/Glimt chief Kjetil Knutsen are in the frame.

What’s more, former Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto de Zerbi is on Brighton’s shortlist.

Brighton owner Tony Bloom has met with chief executive Paul Barber and technical director David Weir to discuss targets.

The report adds that Knutsen is the current favourite to take over and the Seagulls could formally approach him in the next few days.