Paper Talk: Leeds to rival Chelsea for star high on Lampard’s transfer radar

Date published: Saturday 1st August 2020 8:12

Said Benrahma, Josh Da Silva, Ollie Watkins

Leeds have a Brentford star on their radar and could make a move to sign the Chelsea target in the next week, while Liverpool have swooped to sign a Polish teenager, according to Saturday’s paper gossip.

 

SAID BENRAHMA SWOOP A STRONG OPTION FOR LEEDS

Leeds plan to rival Chelsea for Brentford’s star man Said Benrahma, according to reports.

The Bees star has enjoyed a sensational season in the Championship and has 17 goals and nine assists to his name from 45 appearances.

Rated in the £25m bracket, the Algerian winger can play off both the left and the right wing.

He’s been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, though their capture of Hakim Ziyech makes him less of a priority for Frank Lampard’s men.

But with Willian set to leave on a free, Chelsea will have a gap to fill.

But there is also growing interest from Premier League new boys Leeds United.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side won the Championship by 10pts to secure their return to the top flight after 16 years away.

And they have already drawn up a list of targets as they plan to establish themselves back among the top flight.

According to the Daily Express, Benrahma is high on their wanted list.

However, any deal will prove difficult if Brentford beat Fulham in Tuesday’s play-off final.

But should Scott Parker’s side triumph, Leeds could launch their move for the 24-year-old before the end of the week.

The Bees star spoke out on his future recently.

“I was really flattered [to see myself linked with those clubs],” he said.

 

“But, at the same time, I am so focused about getting out of the Championship with Brentford that I do not pay too much attention. But it gives me confidence.

“It has always been a target of mine to play in the Premier League and I really wish to play in the Premier League with Brentford.

“It would be magnificent for Brentford because it would be the first time and we have really been working hard on it. I am still confident.”

The Athletic claims Leeds are also keeping tabs on his Brenford teammate Ollie Watkins.

Watkins struck 25 goals in the Championship this season and could come in as competition for Patrick Bamford.

 

TOTTENHAM KEEN ON CALLUM WILSON

Tottenham are planning a raid on Bournemouth for striker Callum Wilson. The striker has already made it clear he intends to quit the Cherries. (Daily Express)

Callum Wilson

Chelsea will sign a new goalkeeper, a left-back and potentially a new centre-half once Kai Havertz has been secured. (Daily Express)

Liverpool have signed 16-year-old Polish sensation Mateusz Musialowski from SMS Lodz. (The Sun)

Manchester United and City have reportedly made an offer to sign Angers’ left Rayan Ait-Nouri. (The Sun)

Everton have reportedly made an £18million bid for Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon. (The Sun)

Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly chasing 17-year-old goalkeeper Ricardo van der Laan from Portuguese side Belenenses. (The Sun)

Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plotted a shock move to Chelsea in January. However, the deal collapsed due to his wage demands. (Daily Mail)

 

AND MORE GOSSIP

Jadon Sancho looks to be a step closer to becoming a Manchester United player, after Borussia Dortmund reportedly agreed an initial £60m fee. (Daily Mail)

Mesut Ozil has reportedly spent the last few days in Turkey and will play no part for Arsenal in the FA Cup final. (Daily Mail)

Tanguy Ndombele

Tanguy Ndombele wants to join Inter Milan but Spurs are reluctant to let him go. (Daily Mirror)

Dayot Upamecano has put pen to paper on a new contract with RB Leipzig in news which will come as a blow to Arsenal and Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool will face competition from Manchester City as they look to sign Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are facing a transfer battle with West Ham for the signature of Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi. (Daily Star)

 

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