Paper Talk: Fight on for Chelsea as Tuchel demands signing of Milan assist king

Date published: Tuesday 6th April 2021 8:26 - James Marshment

Chelsea have offered a contract to an AC Milan star, but face competition from two rivals, more Jose Mourinho sack talk has emerged, while Tuesday’s transfer gossip claims agents for a top Manchester United star are actively looking to move their client on this summer.


Chelsea are reportedly pushing hard to sign Hakan Calhanoglu this summer, with Thomas Tuchel a big fan of the playmaker.

The Blues seemed particularly blessed for players in that position. The likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic are already struggling for game time, while Mason Mount is also an option.

However, Tuchel is said to be keen on adding Calhanoglu to the mix. The star is one of the mainstays of the Milan side challenging for Serie A title glory this season. He has chipped in with two goals and nine assists this season. But with his contract due to expire this summer, he looks set to move on as a free agent.

According to the Daily Express, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has already reached out to his agents. 

Indeed, they stated the Blues have already offered Calhanoglu a contract though face competition from two rivals. As per Sky Italia, Juventus have already made their move. Arsenal meanwhile also have an interest depending on what happens with Martin Odegaard.

Calhanoglu is said to be asking for wages of £80,000 a week, which is not beyond Chelsea’s means.

And he is said to be open to the idea of playing in the Premier League, amid past links to Manchester United.

His arrival though is likely to increase speculation that both Pulisic and Ziyech could move on. The Moroccan, for one, is said to be struggling to impress Tuchel and could leave after just one season.


David De Gea, Manchester United keeper

David de Gea is being offered to Europe’s top clubs by his representatives as the goalkeeper prepares to leave Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham can pay under £30m in compensation if they part with Jose Mourinho due to performance clauses linked to European qualification. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham stars are baffled and angry after Jose Mourinho claimed Toby Alderweireld did not train before Newcastle despite images showing him at sessions. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal fear Kieran Tierney will be out for a number of weeks with a knee injury. David Luiz is expected to play again this season despite having knee surgery on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

Erling Haaland has landed in Manchester ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s clash with City on Tuesday night wearing a backpack in City’s colours. (Daily Mail)

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Barcelona are open to bringing Neymar back to the Nou Camp but only on a free transfer when his PSG contract expires in 2022. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid are fabricating transfer interest in Erling Haaland to drive up the price for other prospective buyers. (Daily Mail)

All 12 host cities at Euro 2020 have indicated to UEFA they will accommodate at least some fans at the tournament in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has remarkably been accused of shooting a lion in South Africa in 2011 and then importing its skin, skull and jaw to Sweden. (Daily Mail)

Erling Haaland is Pep Guardiola’s number one summer target despite Man City’s financial claims. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool have been linked with 22-year-old RB Salzburg striker Patson Daka who could be available for a just £17m. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham players are losing patience with Jose Mourinho insinuating they are not good enough to challenge for a top-four place. (Daily Telegraph)


Zinedine Zidane has moved to distance himself from talk of a transfer for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool are interested in signing AZ Alkmaar midfielder Teun Koopmeiners in the summer. (The Sun)

West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Atletico Madrid outcast Vitolo as an alternative to Jesse Lingard. (The Sun)

Arsenal reportedly want Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi should they sell Hector Bellerin this summer. (The Sun)

David Luiz will have to take an Arsenal pay cut if he is going to stay at the Emirates beyond this summer. (The Sun)

David de Gea wants to quit Manchester United with Dean Henderson now the No 1 at Old Trafford. (The Sun)


Martin Odegaard Arsenal frustration

Martin Odegaard is being offered to three of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals with the ‘heartbroken’ ace ready to leave Real Madrid. (The Sun)

James Rodriguez admits he prefered a move to Atletico Madrid, with that move blocked by Real Madrid. (The Sun)

Manchester United want to buy Erling Haaland this summer and could offer him the No 7 shirt. (Daily Express)

Liverpool are reportedly in the running to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona this summer. (Daily Express)

Celtic hope to announce Eddie Howe as their new manager this week though he may delay taking charge until the summer. (The Scottish Sun)

Bologna starlet Aaron Hickey is hinting over a future move to Celtic. (The Scottish Sun)


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