Paper Talk: Chelsea put trio up for sale as Lampard eyes final £70m splurge

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Frank Lampard TEAMtalk

Frank Lampard wants one more signing at Chelsea before the window shuts and will finance it by selling three big names, while Manchester United are targeting an Ajax star, according to Wednesday’s transfer gossip.



Chelsea are reported to have put N’Golo Kante up for sale in a bid to claw back some of their major outlays this summer.

The Blues are set to take their summer spending close to the £250m mark this summer. Edouard Mendy is set to be the latest addition in a busy summer for Frank Lampard’s side.

However, Chelsea are not done there yet.

A report in the Daily Express claims Lampard remains desperate to get his hands on Declan Rice. Prising the star from West Ham though won’t come cheap. Chelsea are likely to have spend £70m on the player. The England man could yet end up costing a club-record £75m fee if the Hammers play hardball.

In order to further their chances, the Express quote transfer expert Ian McGarry as saying Chelsea will listen to offers for Kante.

Publicly Lampard has always stated the France star is a big part of his plans.

However, McGarry says otherwise as he told the Transfer Window Podcast he could be a surprise departure.

The spending doesn’t look to be over just yet,” he predicted.

“N’Golo Kante, the French World Cup winner and someone who has been instrumental in Chelsea’s defensive and central midfield area, is absolutely on the market.

“We understand that there is a loan offer for him to go to Inter Milan. Chelsea would prefer to sell.”

Kante won’t be the only exit at Chelsea either. As per The Guardian, Lampard has opened the door to Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi to also leave. The exit of the duo could fetch around £50 in combined fees.

The Blues are also in talks over the sale of Tiemoue Bakayoko.

According to Le 10 Sport, PSG are keen to sign the midfielder and could bring him in for £30m.




Manchester United are monitoring Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico – as a possible alternative to Alex Telles. (The Sun)

The Red Devils are considering taking up a one-year option to extend Jesse Lingard’s contract in order to protect his £25m valuation. (The Sun)

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero is desperate to leave Manchester United after falling to third-choice keeper. (The Sun)

Manchester United have reportedly slapped an £18m price-tag on Chris Smalling. (The Sun)

Mohamed Elneny’s agent has travelled to Turkey to deal with offers from Galatasaray and Trabzonspor for the Arsenal midfielder. (The Sun)



Juventus star Douglas Costa is emerging as a surprise target for Wolves. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United have rubbished claims they are in talks with Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele. (Daily Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund remain adamant Jadon Sancho will not be leaving the club during the summer transfer window. (The Independent)

PSG are confident Dele Alli wants to join the club as talks with Tottenham continue over a 12-month loan deal. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal defender Sokratis will reportedly only join Napoli should Kalidou Koulibaly depart the Serie A giants. (Daily Star)



Gini Wijnaldum has rejected a new Liverpool contract, according to reports. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are currently negotiating wages with Ismaila Sarr after reaching an agreement with Watford. (Daily Express)

Barcelona have made a renewed bid to sign Norwich defender Max Aarons, with a £5m offer to take him on an initial season’s loan. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal face competition from a Champions League club in the race for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. (Daily Telegraph)

Stoke manager Michael O’Neill insists it’s “highly unlikely” James McClean will join Celtic in the coming weeks. (Daily Record)