Thomas Tuchel plans a new contract for himself and a title-deciding Chelsea signing, while Aston Villa edge Arsenal in a transfer hunt – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
TUCHEL PLANS CHELSEA, LUKAKU TRANSFER
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to re-sign Romelu Lukaku this summer in a bid to mount a serious title challenge, according to a report.
The Blues capped off a remarkable turnaround in this season’s fortunes with Champions League triumph against Manchester City. As a result, one pundit has claimed that the Blues will be in the driving seat to convince their transfer targets that they are on the trajectory to more silverware.
Indeed, the Premier League is in their sights after last winning it under Antonio Conte in 2017.
But while Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger have helped form a stern defence, Chelsea lack a top striker. Since Tuchel arrived in January, the Blues have only scored more than two goals in a match once in 30 matches.
As a result, Blues bosses see former Stamford Bridge man Lukaku as the more ‘realistic’ target. That is despite Inter wanting £100million, with Chelsea looking to drive the fee down.
Transfer Chatter - Barcelona went Pep back as Manchester City focus on Premier League star, while Arsenal and Brighton are negotiating a swap deal.
Barcelona are willing let Ronald Koeman leave in order to bring back Pep Guardiola as Manchester City turn their attention to Jack Grealish, while Arsenal and Brighton remain locked in talks over a potential swap deal, all in today's transfer chatter.
Serie A champions Inter could accept a lower fee, given they are looking to make one big sale due to their dire financial situation.
Lukaku‘s advisors are aware of Chelsea’s interest and so are bracing themselves to enter talks. The player struggled at Chelsea but found his feet in loan spells with West Brom and Everton.
From there, he joined the Toffees and later earned a massive move to Manchester United. However, his time there turned sour and he moved to Inter in the summer of 2019.
As well as a deal for Lukaku, The Guardian reports that Tuchel is set to sign a new contract after steering Chelsea’s turnaround.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Aston Villa believe they have edged ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Norwich star Emiliano Buendia. (Football Insider)
Leicester have leapfrogged West Ham in the hunt for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard. (Football Insider)
Serge Aurier has admitted that he wants to leave Tottenham. What’s more, the Frenchman wants a return to Paris Saint-Germain. (L’Equipe)
Chelsea will offer Thiago Silva a new one-year deal after his fantastic contributions this season. (The Sun)
Meanwhile, Blues boss Tuchel says that two or three summer signings could be “very, very good” for his club’s progression. (Goal)
CHELSEA FACE TRANSFER FIGHT
However, Chelsea face a fight to keep centre-back Antonio Rudiger – who has a year left on his contract – at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mirror)
That is because Tottenham have again emerged as candidates to sign the Germany international. (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United‘s Europa League defeat to Villarreal could hand them an easier Champions League group next season. (The Sun)
LIVERPOOL TO SIGN AFRICAN STARLET
Meanwhile, outgoing Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum says that he cannot deny contact with Barca. (Marca)
WIJNALDUM TRANSFER FACES DELAY
However, the move faces a delay because Netherlands boss Frank de Boer does not want Barcelona staff conducting medicals at his Euro 2020 camp. (Voetbal International)
Rangers could be scuppered amid their links with in-demand Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman. Indeed, he could be set for a move to Atalanta. (Daily Record)
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has entered talks over a bumper new contract in Turin. (Goal)