Thomas Tuchel is looking to bring a pair of top-quality Germany stars to Chelsea this summer, an Arsenal midfielder is in talks over a summer move, while Liverpool are scaling up their bid to lure a West Ham star, according to Friday’s transfer gossip.
TUCHEL WANTS GERMANY PAIR TO JOIN CHELSEA
Chelsea have reportedly made contact with Borussia Monchengladbach winger Jonas Hofmann.
The Sun, via Bild, claims the Thomas Tuchel wants to be reunited with his former Borussia Dortmund charge at Stamford Bridge.
The 28-year-old is contracted until 2023 and is valued at around £14m. And with no buyout clause in his deal, Tuchel is hopeful Chelsea can land a bargain.
Gladbach are expected to lose a number of key players this summer with boss Marco Rose set to take over at Dortmund.
The loss of Hofman would certainly hit hard. The winger has six goals and 10 assists this season. He also made his debut for Germany back in October.
It’s claimed Tuchel has already made contact with the player’s advisers to sound him out over a summer move. The good news for Chelsea is that Bild feels Hofmann is ready for a new challenge and is open to joining the Blues.
Any move to London would likely increase claims that one of Christian Pulisic or Hakim Ziyech could be sold.
The Blues look could also add to their German contigent this summer with a raid on Bayern Munich. According to AZ, Tuchel has also made the signing of Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule a top priority.
But with David Alaba and Jerome Boateng due to depart, it seems unlikely Bayern will sanction Sule’s sale.
LIVERPOOL, MAN UTD READY TO UP RICE EFFORTS
Liverpool and Man Utd look set to ramp up their efforts to sign West Ham star Declan Rice. (Daily Express)
Chelsea will rival Manchester United and Real Madrid for Erling Haaland’s signature this summer. (Daily Express)
Manchester City have slashed their offer to Lionel Messi by a staggering £170m. (The Sun)
Manchester United are hoping to beat neighbours Manchester City to Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic. Liverpool also reportedly hold an interest. (The Sun)
Son Heung-min reckons it is “unfair to talk about a new contract” at Tottenham. (The Sun)
LUCAS TORREIRA WANTS FIORENTINA MOVE
Wilfried Zaha has given the clearest hint yet that he wants to quit Crystal Palace this summer. The winger says he wants be able to show his kids the medals he has won. (The Sun)
Man Utd may have found their Jadon Sancho alternative in Amad Diallo. (Daily Mirror)
Erling Haaland signed a Man Utd shirt, met with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and caused havoc with a flight before signing for Dortmund in 2019. (Daily Mirror)
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Nottingham Forest may give homegrown right-back Jordan Gabriel another chance amid doubts over Cyrus Christie’s future. (Daily Mirror)
Darren Drysdale will not referee his scheduled match this weekend following his altercation with Ipswich’s Alan Judge. (Daily Mail)
Gareth Bale is in line to start against West Ham after being subbed off during his impressive display against Wolfsberger. (Daily Mail)
Everton will reportedly demand £70m for Moise Kean this summer. (Daily Mail)
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reckons Memphis Depay will snub a move to Barcelona in favour of signing a new contract. (Daily Mail)