West Ham’s asking price for Declan Rice has seen Chelsea turn to an Atletico star instead, while Man City want four more signings and are ready to stun the football world with some incredible transfers, according to Thursday’s paper gossip.
LAMPARD TURNS TO JOSE GIMENEZ
Frank Lampard has made Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez his No.1 target at centre-half for Chelsea.
That’s according to the Daily Star, who claims the Blues have been forced to switch targets. The interest in Gimenez appears to have come about after West Ham priced them out over Declan Rice.
Lampard is keen to bring Rice back to the club where he started his career in their academy. But West Ham’s insistence that they won’t sell for less than £80m appears to have scared Chelsea off.
West Ham boss David Moyes has always stated that Rice is a big part of his plans. Now it seems their tactic of slapping a big price on the player has scared Chelsea away.
Instead, Lampard and Co feel a deal for Uruguayan lynchpin Gimenez would make much more sense.
Gimenez has a £110m exit clause in his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano. But it’s reported Chelsea have been informed they can sign the player for just £60m this summer.
The 25-year-old often struggles with niggling injuries. As a result, he has never made over 23 LaLiga appearances in a season. This season, he’s played just 26 times in all competitions.
As per the report, Atletico would be willing to sell for around £60m. But any deal will have to wait until after Atletico’s Champions League campaign is concluded. They face RB Leipzig in their quarter-final tie next Thursday.
CITY WANT FELIX, KOULIBALY
Manchester City want to sign four more players this summer. Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez and Joao Felix are on their wanted list. (Sky Sports / The Athletic)
Leeds are ready to step up their hunt to sign Tottenham defender Juan Foyth and Benfica star Florentino Luis. (Daily Star)
Juventus are reportedly already lining up candidates to replace under-fire boss Maurizio Sarri – including Mauricio Pochettino. (The Sun)
Chelsea transfer target Matthias Ginter says he is “flattered” by their interest – but has ruled out a summer switch. (The Sun)
Werder Bremen have stated their interest in taking Manchester United winger Tahith Chong on loan. (The Sun)
James Rodriguez is set for a stunning transfer from Real Madrid to arch-rivals Atletico. (The Sun)
Tottenham are set to enter the race for £16m Said Benrahma with Brentford set to break up their famed BMW attack. (Daily Mirror)
Jose Mourinho is set for a complete defensive shake-up with Serge Aurier set to leave this summer. (Daily Mirror)
LEWIS DESPERATE FOR LIVERPOOL MOVE
Jamal Lewis is desperate to force through a move to Liverpool and is happy to serve as back-up to Andy Robertson. The Reds are yet to meet Norwich’s £20m price. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal’s famed global scout Francis Cagigao – the man who discovered Cesc Fabregas – is set to be one of the high-profile casualties of the club’s redundancy cull. (Daily Mail)
Manchester City’s players have an added incentive of around £15m in collective bonuses as they hunt European glory. (Daily Mail)
Aston Villa are ready to move for Brentford’s star striker Ollie Watkins as the Bees try to keep their ‘BMW’ frontline intact. (Daily Mail)
Southampton are set to approve a restructuring of their famed academy by replacing their U23 side with a senior B team. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Everton are interested in signing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma as an alternative to Lille’s Gabriel Magalhae. (Daily Express)
Fulham are preparing to offer Scott Parker a lucrative new contract. (Daily Express)
Leeds may have to spend £50m if they are to land Brentford duo Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma. (Daily Express)
Fulham have an option to sign Harrison Reed and make him their first signing after earning promotion to the Premier League. (Daily Telegraph)
Celtic are braced for big bids for Odsonne Edouard with Arsenal, Leicester and Aston Villa all linked. (Daily Record)
Crystal Palace have offered a contract to Scotland winger Ryan Fraser. The 26-year-old is a free agent after leaving Bournemouth. (The Guardian)