Manchester United have emerged as favourites to sign a talented Leicester star, while Newcastle will rival the Red Devils for a £60m Italy winger, according to Saturday’s transfer gossip.
MAN UTD PLOT SWOOP FOR BEN CHILWELL
Manchester United will battle it out with Chelsea and Manchester City for Ben Chilwell, claims a report.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a huge admirer of the left-back and is now in pole position to sign him.
The report in The Sun claims Solskjaer sees the addition of Chilwell as a major priority this summer. Furthermore, they state his arrival will cast doubt over Luke Shaw’s long-term future at Old Trafford.
Chilwell is rated at around the £60m mark, but the interest in the player could push a deal close to £75m.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is also very much keen on Chilwell. However, the Blues’ pursuit of Kai Havertz appears to have swung the battle in United’s favour. That comes after reports of tension between Lampard and and Blues director Marina Granovskaia over their summer plans.
Leicester, however, appear in no hurry to sell Chilwell either. Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has, as you’d expect, taken a tough stance on his future.
“There’s no need to comment on it. He’s come back, he looks fantastic,” Rodgers said. “He’s come back refreshed and in everything he’s done he’s looked exceptional.”
Asked again about Chilwell’s future, Rodgers added: “We’re relaxed on it. It’s a sequence the club is used to. When you have a talented group of players they’re going to make the headlines, but I’m pretty relaxed on it.”
Chelsea, however, do plan to offload Emerson Palmieri this summer and an initial £15m deal appears to have been agreed.
Should Chelsea miss out, Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico and Porto’s Alex Telles are other potential options.
NEWCASTLE, MAN UTD BATTLE FOR CHIESA
Manchester United are close to agreeing a fee with Fiorentina for Italy winger Federico Chiesa. (Daily Star)
Newcastle plan to rival Manchester United for Chiesa, who is rated at £60m. (The Sun)
Manchester City could use Nicolas Otamendi and Oleksandr Zinchenko in a swap deal for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. (The Sun)
Tottenham have offered Chelsea star Willian a huge signing-on fee to join Tottenham. (The Sun)
Arsenal face competition from AC Milan, Valencia and Real Betis over a permanent deal for Dani Ceballos. (Daily Express)
Chelsea are tracking the progress of Monaco’s French winger Malamine Efekele, 15. (Daily Mail)
Leicester are planning a £31m swoop for Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic. (Daily Mail)
John Terry is the latest high-profile candidate to express interest in the vacant Bristol City post. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Kevin De Bruyne plans to stay at Manchester City even if their two-year Champions League ban is upheld. (Daily Mail)
Manchester United and Liverpool have “made contact” with Napoli over Kalidou Koulibaly, though Manchester City could yet swoop in. (Daily Star)