Paper Talk: Real Madrid tempt Chelsea with £100m opening bid for key duo

Date published: Monday 30th July 2018 9:00

Real Madrid are ready to make an opening bid of £100million to try and sign two Chelsea stars, while Antonio Conte could take over at AC Milan, according to Monday’s papers.

 

CHELSEA DUO TARGETED BY REAL MADRID

Real Madrid have reportedly made Chelsea an opening offer of £100m for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and attacker Willian.

The Belgian goalkeeper has made no secret of his desire to move back to the Spanish capital, where his children live, and has just one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Willian, meanwhile, looked set to join Barcelona last week but the Catalan club baulked at Chelsea’s £70m asking price and settled on spending half that amount on Bordeaux winger Malcom instead.

The 29-year-old, who has also been strongly linked with Manchester United, is being valued at around £65m by Real and is seen as a direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the report in the Daily Mail.

Courtois’ potential exit has seen Chelsea linked with England keepers Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland, with the former the strong favourite to make the move to the west London club before the transfer window shuts on August 9.

 

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Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom is closing on a permanent move to Greece with PAOK Salonika (The Sun)

Pep Guardiola has hinted some of his young guns will feature in the Community Shield at the weekend after impressing on tour (The Sun)

Tottenham will open their new stadium with a ceremony paying homage to the area’s rise from the ashes of the 2011 riots (The Sun)

Patrick Bamford will have a medical at Leeds United on Monday ahead of a possible £10m move from Middlesbrough (Daily Mail)

Fulham hope to wrap up an agreement with Swansea City for defender Alfie Mawson early this week (Daily Mail)

Middlesbrough are keen on Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo and West Brom’s Matt Phillips (Daily Mail)

Leicester have rekindled their interest in Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson (Daily Mail)

Olivier Giroud is planning on staying and fighting for his place at Chelsea despite holding talks with Marseille (Daily Mail)

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Jefferson Lerma has missed two deadlines to return to training with Levante as he tries to force through a £24m move to Bournemouth (Daily Mirror)

Mattia Caldara has overtaken Juventus team-mate Daniele Rugani as Chelsea’s No 1 centre-back target (Daily Mirror)

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war between Crystal Palace and Porto (Daily Mirror)

Antonio Conte is set to take over from under-fire Gennaro Gattuso as AC Milan head coach on a £5.5m-per-year deal (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace and Southampton are mulling whether to make an offer for Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich will sell striker Martyn Waghorn to Derby County, but not until they have recruited a replacement (Daily Mirror)

Aaron Ramsey is a shock target for Chelsea (Daily Mirror)

Andros Townsend has stressed it is imperative Crystal Palace hang onto talisman Wilfried Zaha (Daily Mirror)

Jordan Pickford is set to be offered a new contract at Everton as they look to secure the long-term future of the 24-year-old England goalkeeper, who has been linked with Chelsea (The Times)

Marseille and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Olivier Giroud (The Times)

Sevilla are keen to take Tiemoue Bakayoko but the midfielder is likely to stay at Chelsea as they want a loan fee and his full wage to be paid to sanction a temporary deal, which appears to be too expensive for the Spanish club (The Times)

Fiorentina are interested in Manolo Gabbiadini, the Southampton striker (The Times)

Chelsea’s Brazilian defender David Luiz, 31, wants to stay at Stamford Bridge following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as manager (Daily Telegraph)

Rangers are preparing a second bid of £300,000 for Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty (Daily Record)

Steven Gerrard hopes to add two more players to his Rangers squad before their first league game on Sunday (Scottish Sun)

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