Paper Talk: Chelsea to splash cash on defender in Bundesliga double raid

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2021 8:28 - Samuel Bannister

Chelsea could make a big-money move for a top defensive target, while Arsenal could raid another Premier League club for a new goalkeeper – according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.

 

UPAMECANO WANTED BY CHELSEA

Chelsea are preparing to make a big-money bid to try and sign Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig, according to reports.

Upamecano is one of the most in-demand defenders in Europe thanks to his performances in the Bundesliga over the past few seasons.

At the age of 22, he is already fulfilling his potential and could grow even further – making him an attractive proposition for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

According to Sky Germany, Chelsea are the most likely Premier League club to rival Bayern Munich for his signature.

Previous reports have suggested that Bayern are close to an agreement for Upamecano. They have made a habit of luring top talent from other Bundesliga clubs and the France international could be the next to follow that route.

With David Alaba set to leave the club and join Real Madrid, Bayern will need to find a long-term replacement. Upamecano seems to be the perfect profile.

However, Chelsea are trying to stand in the way of that deal. Having invested heavily on their attack in the summer, they are prepared to focus on their defence in the summer.

Upamecano would be a high-profile addition that should strengthen their backline for years to come. They would have to spend heavily to sign him, but have shown they are willing to do so.

Tomori exit could facilitate move

Fikayo Tomori TEAMtalk

A chain of events could help them win the race for Upamecano as well. If Chelsea send Fikayo Tomori to Milan – as the Serie A side’s technical director Paolo Maldini has suggested is close, as per Sky Sports – then that would mean the Italian giants would drop out of the race for Mohamed Simakan.

In turn, Leipzig would be able to line up Simakan as a replacement for Upamecano, who could then head to Chelsea to complete the merry-go-round.

Therefore, they could launch a double Bundesliga raid – with reports also suggesting they are keen on Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

ARSENAL IDENTIFY GOALKEEPER TARGET

Arsenal are considering a move for Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman – currently on loan in the Championship with Swansea – to become their new number two. (The Sun)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reluctant to let Jesse Lingard leave Manchester United this month amid links with West Ham and Tottenham. (ESPN)

West Ham have made contact for Barcelona left-back Junior Firpo – but so have AC Milan. (ESPN)

Sporting director Leonardo has confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain are still trying to sign Lionel Messi. (Sport)

PSG also hope to find out this week if they will be successful in their attempts to sign Dele Alli from Tottenham. (Daily Mirror)

Alli, for his part, is confident that he will be able to join the French champions and reunite with Mauricio Pochettino. (The Sun)

Mohamed Salah says his future at Liverpool is “in the club’s hands”, but a new contract is not a priority for the champions. (Daily Mail)

Norwich have set a £50m asking price for attacking midfielder Emi Buendia to fend off interest from Arsenal. (Sky Sports)

LEEDS, LIVERPOOL MISS OUT ON DE PAUL

Rodrigo de Paul

Inter Milan have agreed to sign Leeds and Liverpool target Rodrigo De Paul in the summer. However, they could take him this month if they sell Christian Eriksen. (Tuttosport)

Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted that Southampton may not be able to keep Danny Ings away from the clutches of bigger clubs. (Daily Mirror)

Derby County have blocked Manchester City’s efforts to sign Scott Carson permanently unless they can pay £500,000 this month. (Daily Mail)

Dylan Levitt and Teden Mengi could depart Man Utd on loan this month after the club learnt of interest in their academy graduates. (Manchester Evening News)

Leicester could battle Arsenal for Porto attacking midfielder Otavio when he becomes a free agent. However, Serie A sides Milan and Roma are also keen. (Leicester Mercury)

West Brom remain keen on Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne. (Express & Star)

The Baggies will not pursue a deal for Newcastle frontman Andy Carroll, though. (Talksport)

West Ham have made a bid for Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri. (The Athletic)

SANCHO MADE TO WAIT

Jadon Sancho could leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer, but a move is unlikely this month. (Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace could make an offer for Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta. (The Independent)

Fulham tried to re-sign striker Moussa Dembele before he joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Lyon. (Football Insider)

Atletico also remain keen on Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, leaving the Gunners with a decision to make. (Daily Star)

Chelsea could lose teenage midfielder Marcel Lewis, who is out of contract in the summer and wanted by several clubs. (Football Insider)

Aston Villa have opened talks with the representatives of Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson. (The Times)


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AND MORE GOSSIP

Former Watford manager Vladimir Ivic is the favourite to take over at Sheffield Wednesday, who are also considering Doncaster’s Darren Moore. (Daily Mail)

Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton has emerged as a target for Luton Town, where he used to play on loan. (The Argus)

Marseille have pulled out of the race to sign free agent Diego Costa due to his wage demands. (The Sun)

Man City defender John Stones could earn an England re-call thanks to his strong form. (The Times)

Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey is waiting for a chance with England despite being approached by Ghana. (The Sun)

The Premier League could become the first competition to introduce permanent concussion substitutes. (Daily Telegraph)

 

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