Paper Talk: Tuchel to raid PSG again for final piece of Chelsea jigsaw

Date published: Thursday 6th May 2021 8:53 - Robert McCarthy

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wants to bring another PSG defensive stalwart to Stamford Bridge this summer, while Thursday’s transfer gossip also states that a trio of Arsenal stars will be sold.

TUCHEL TARGETS ANOTHER PSG RAID

Thomas Tuchel could be reunited with Brazil centre-back Marquinhos if the German boss has his way this summer.

The PSG skipper is said to be one of several high-profile names on the Chelsea boss’ wishlist this summer, as Tuchel looks to strengthen an already loaded Blues squad.

The defender was one of few PSG players who actually impressed in the Champions League semi-final loss to Manchester City. He showed  his danger from set-pieces by scoring in the first leg and hitting the bar in the second.

The Sunday World states that Tuchel’s arrival has spurred Roman Abramovich into another transfer splurge.

The Blues have already been linked with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku this summer. But the Daily Star claims that Marquinhos has emerged as the surprise addition to the Blues’ boss’ list.

The Brazil vice-captain played under Tuchel for two years in Paris, where they won four major trophies and reached a Champions League final together.

Tuchel was sacked as head coach back in December, however just a month later he was back in a job with Chelsea.

The report states that he now wants to raid his old club for the 26-year-old.

PSG failure could prompt exit

Marquinhos has been an ever-present at the Parc de Princes since he signed for £27m from Roma in 2013, reaching 300 appearances for the club in January. However, PSG missing out on European silverware yet again may prompt him to move on.

The defender’s potential arrival would see him reunite with his national team skipper Thiago Silva.

Chelsea do already have a number of centre-backs on their books, with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christiansen, Kurt Zouma and Cesar Azpilicueta all joining Thiago Silva in having played regularly this season. Fikayo Tomori has also impressed on loan at AC Milan, who are keen on a permanent deal for the Blues star.


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ARSENAL TO CASH IN ON TRIO 

Alexandre Lacazette, Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah are likely to be sold by Arsenal this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Jose Mourinho’s move to Roma could open the door for a Liverpool deal for Lorenzo Pellegrini. (Daily Mirror)

Jurgen Klopp is “absolutely” staying at Liverpool regardless of whether his side qualify for next season’s Champions League. (Daily Mirror)

Allan Saint-Maximin has told Newcastle it’s “not enough to only have a good team”. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have Ivan Toney on their list of striker targets ahead of the summer transfer window. (Daily Express)

Arsenal have opened talks with Maurizio Sarri about replacing Mikel Arteta at the end of the season. (Daily Express)


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TONEY TO COST WEST HAM PRETTY PENNY

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Ivan Toney is a summer target for West Ham – but will cost £35m. (The Sun)

Mohamed Salah could be PSG’s top option if they can’t keep Kylian Mbappe. (The Sun)

Liverpool have reportedly slapped a £17m price tag on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s head. (The Sun)

Genk goal machine Paul Onuachu reportedly hopes to end up an Arsenal player by the end of the summer. (The Sun)

Norwich are in competition with Southampton and West Ham to sign Manchester United and England Under-21 full-back Brandon Williams on loan in the summer. (The Sun)

Arsenal are set for a transfer overhaul that will see the club swapping scouts for data analysis. (The Sun)

MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

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Manchester City will consider making a bid for the West Ham midfielder Declan Rice if Fernandinho decides to leave at the end of the season. (The Times)

Manchester United are braced for bids for Diogo Dalot this summer – with AC Milan keen on a permanent deal. (The Sun)

Brighton are mulling over a move for West Brom loan star Mbaye Diagne. (The Sun)

Fernandinho’s recent performances have led to the growing possibility of the veteran extending his contract at Manchester City. (Daily Mail)

UEFA is under major pressure to move the Champions League final to England after Chelsea joined Manchester City in the biggest game in club football. (Daily Telegraph)

Andy Carroll is likely to leave Newcastle United when the season finishes, ending his second spell at the club where he started his career in 2006. (The Times)

Odsonne Edouard has been ruled out of Celtic’s opening Champions League qualifying round. (Scottish Sun)

 

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