Thomas Tuchel has added a new name to a three-man shortlist to strengthen Chelsea’s defence, while a deadline has been set for Georginio Wijnaldum’s future at Liverpool becoming clear – all according to Wednesday’s Euro transfer gossip.
TUCHEL HAS THREE-MAN DEFENSIVE SHORTLIST
Thomas Tuchel has identified three potential defensive targets for Chelsea from the Bundesliga, according to SportBild.
Tuchel is already turning his attention to the summer transfer window, which will be his first real opportunity to re-shape his new Chelsea squad.
The Blues spent heavily on attacking reinforcements last summer. While they could target one more striker for next season, they will likely be focusing mainly on their backline.
Thiago Silva has impressed since his free transfer from PSG. But Chelsea will need a longer-term solution at some point.
With that in mind, German tactician Tuchel is looking towards his home country for reinforcements.
According to Bild, Tuchel has drawn up a wish-list of three names. He will pursue one of Dayot Upamecano, David Alaba or Niklas Sule.
Chelsea’s interest in Upamecano is no secret. Bayern Munich are the favourites to sign the RB Leipzig starlet, but have confirmed they are battling the Blues and Liverpool.
Alaba’s place on their wish-list has also been well documented. The Austrian is out of contract at the end of the season and will be leaving Bayern.
Therefore, many clubs across Europe want to sign him. Real Madrid are particularly keen, but Alaba could still end up in the Premier League.
Sule a new name on shortlist
His Bayern teammate Sule, though, is a new target for Chelsea.
The 25-year-old featured little last season, but has already played in 12 Bundesliga matches and four in the Champions League this time around.
The German international is only under contract until 2022. So, unless Bayern can convince him to stay, he might be available for a discount.
That could be appealing to Chelsea, who are not shy of spending but have also shown they can make shrewd moves like the addition of Silva.
What’s more, Spox claim that Sule can move on if Bayern decide to offer a new contract to Jerome Boateng instead.
DEADLINE SET FOR WIJNALDUM DECISION
Georginio Wijnaldum is growing more likely to sign a new Liverpool contract if they can raise their financial offer. A decision is wanted by April. (Todofichajes)
Manchester City scouted Palmeiras striker Patrick de Paula, 21, in the Copa Libertadores final. (UOL)
City have a three-name shortlist for their main strike target to replace Sergio Aguero, though. They are eyeing up Borussia Dortmund starlet Erling Haaland and Inter duo Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku. (Don Balon)
Aguero has an offer to join MLS side LA Galaxy next season. He could choose that route instead of PSG, Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Inter Milan. (Todofichajes)
Juventus have not given up their pursuit of Napoli-owned striker Arkadiusz Milik, despite him joining Marseille on loan. (Calciomercato)
The Serie A champions sold Sami Khedira with a view to signing Paul Pogba. If they cannot sign the Manchester United midfielder, they will turn to one-time Arsenal target Houssem Aouar. (Calciomercato)
Aouar is also wanted by Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid – on the condition that they can sell Isco. (Don Balon)
Arsenal have made Isco a top target for next season but will only go up to €10m with their offer. (Todofichajes)
NEW DEAL FOR NEYMAR
Neymar has agreed a four-year extension to his contract with Paris Saint-Germain. (TNT Sports)
But PSG may have to sell Kylian Mbappe if they want to sign Sergio Ramos or Lionel Messi. (TNT Sports)
Real Madrid are willing to sell Vinicius Junior at the end of the season. (AS)
Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will have to promote academy players as he does not have a transfer budget to work with. (AS)
Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon has said “yes” to a potential return to Real Madrid. (El Chiringuito)
Gareth Bale will not terminate his contract when he returns to Real, posing them a problem as he will now take up a non-EU space in their squad. (Marca)
Borussia Dortmund want to sign former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, currently at RB Leipzig. He would replace Roman Burki. (Bild)
PREM PAIR WANT BARCELONA MAN
West Brom wanted to sign Martin Braithwaite on loan from Barcelona on deadline day. However, the striker declined the opportunity as he is happy with his gametime at Barca. (Mundo Deportivo)
Braithwaite remains a target for fellow Premier League side West Ham, though. They could make a €15m offer in the summer, which Barca would deem acceptable. (Todofichajes)
Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has declined the offer to take over from Andre Villas Boas at Marseille. (Sky Sport Italia)
Chelsea turned down a deadline-day offer from Barcelona for full-back Marcos Alonso. (Mundo Deportivo)
Real Madrid and Barcelona are keeping tabs on Sporting CP midfielder Pedro Goncalves, who effectively replaced Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes. (Don Balon)
Lyon have made Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema a priority target for the summer. Benzema previously came through their youth ranks. (Todofichajes)
Former Southampton striker Graziano Pelle will sign a contract with Parma tomorrow. (Tuttomercatoweb)