Chelsea are ready to make a £75m move for a Man Utd and Liverpool attacking target, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sounded out over a move for a Real Madrid star, according to Tuesday’s paper gossip.
CHELSEA READY TO RAID BUNDESLIGA AGAIN
Chelsea will attempt another raid on the Bundesliga with a move for Manchester United and Liverpool target Kai Havertz this summer.
The Blues are expected to seal the £53m transfer of RB Leipzig centre forward Timo Werner when the transfer window opens, but Frank Lampard is also want a younger wide player to replace veteran outgoing stars Pedro and Willian.
And a report in the Daily Mail claims that the 20-year-old Havertz is the player they want, even though they will face strong competition from other top European clubs.
Havertz has scored five times in four games since the resumption of the Bundesliga and is on the radar of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, as well as United and Liverpool – although Jurgen Klopp has recently admitted that the Reds are unlikely to make any major signings this summer, having already missed out on Werner.
Chelsea are expected to have to spend big again to win the race for Havertz, with the attacker’s market value sitting north of £75m and the player under contract until 2022. They have already spent £38m on attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech of Ajax.
But the London club are determined to force their way back into Premier League title reckoning next season, having lost ground to their rivals when they were under transfer embargo last summer.
Havertz has been in the Leverkusen first team since he was 17 and has seven caps for Germany. He has been influential this season but was left out of the squad that lost 4-2 at home to Bayern at the weekend.
AND MORE GOSSIP
Chelsea are challenging Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund to sign Flamengo’s Brazilian midfielder Gerson (Daily Express)
Arsenal are still favourites to sign Spanish midfielder Marc Roca from Espanyol (Daily Express)
Premier League clubs will try to block sight lines into their grounds to discourage fans from gathering outside stadiums when top-flight action resumes (Daily Mail)
Premier League clubs have started spying on each other – amid suspicions some are stretching the rules around training-ground protocols to gain a competitive edge (Daily Mail)
The delayed £300m takeover of Newcastle United does not include any allowance for relegation, given that the Saudi-led consortium are expected to be in control long before the season’s resumption (Daily Mail)
Manchester United have been sounded out over a cut-price deal for long-term target James Rodriguez (The Sun)
Charlton chief Tahnoon Nimer has handed over the Addicks to a new regime put together by club lawyer Chris Farnell (The Sun)
The Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle United has been hit by a fresh political blow (Daily Mirror)
The American entrepreneur Henry Mauriss is preparing to make a formal offer to buy Newcastle United if the purchase of the club by a Saudi Arabian-led consortium is not completed (Daily Telegraph)
Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, is open to a permanent move away from Real Madrid after spending the season on loan with Arsenal (Independent)
Manchester United are set to agree new contracts with left-back Brandon Williams and goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who has spent the last two seasons on loan with Sheffield United (ESPN)
Kalidou Koulibaly has been told to snub Manchester United for their Premier League rivals, Liverpool or Chelsea, this summer (Daily Mirror)
Celtic face a fight with a top English Premier League club to land Fraser Forster this summer (Daily Record)
Motherwell and Kilmarnock are both keen to land goalkeeper Scott Fox, who is a free agent after leaving Partick Thistle (Daily Record)