Transfer Gossip: Unhappy Chelsea man desperate to fill problem Liverpool position in huge lift for Klopp; Boehly ready to sell £22m star to AC Milan
An unhappy Chelsea star is pushing for a switch to Liverpool this summer to get his flagging career back on track, while Sunday’s Transfer Gossip claims Blues owner Todd Boehly is ready to sell another midfielder to AC Milan for £22.1million.
KLOPP BOOST AS CHELSEA STAR EYES ANFIELD MOVE
Mason Mount is reportedly keen on a move to Liverpool this summer as talks over a new Chelsea contract have stalled.
The England midfielder is said to be demanding pay parity with Chelsea’s top-earning stars in order to commit his long-term future to the Stamford Bridge outfit.
But Football Insider reports that the 24-year-old is keen to play under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, as he is a ‘huge admirer’ of the German tactician.
And with talks between the Blues and Mount now deadlocked, it opens the door for Liverpool to potentially strike.
Mount currently has less than 18 months left to run on his current deal in west London.
He reportedly nets a reported wage of £80,000-a-week at present, while renewal terms have not been good enough.
Mount suffering under new tinkerman Potter
Mount has scored three goals and added six assists in 32 games in all competitions this season. However, he’s often found himself rotated in and out of the side by Graham Potter.
As for the Reds, they could let James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all leave on free transfers this summer.
The likes of Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara have also struggled with injuries, while Jordan Henderson is also no longer first-choice.
CHELSEA NAME ASKING PRICE FOR MILAN TARGET
AC Milan and Chelsea could do some more business together this summer, if the latest reports are to be believed.
Calciomercato claims that the Italian giants are eyeing up Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a potential replacement for Aster Vranckx, who will not make his loan move from Wolfsburg into a permanent switch this summer.
The owners of both clubs are said to have a great relationship, with first contact made over Loftus-Cheek back in October when Milan visited Stamford Bridge in the Champions League.
The 27-year-old is having a hard time getting regular game time under Graham Potter, especially given the sheer size of Chelsea’s squad and the number of additions that have been made since Todd Boehly took over at the helm.
The report adds that the Blues are evaluating the possibility of selling Loftus-Cheek among a number of other first-team stars to trim that squad and make Potter’s life a little easier when it comes to selection.
An asking price of €25m (£22.1m) is being mooted, although much will depend on the player’s willingness to quit the London club.
CITY WILLING TO LET BARCELONA TARGET MOVE ON
Manchester City are reportedly willing to let Bernardo Silva leave the club in the summer, with Barcelona still interested in landing the Portugal international.
A report in Spanish publication Sport claims that while Silva wants a pay rise to stay at City, that has led to the club to try and cash in on the playmaker who still has over two years left on his current deal.
It’s claimed that sporting director Txiki Begiristain reportedly informed Silva at a recent meeting that he can leave the club if he desires.
Meanwhile, Sport adds that City have even informed the player’s agent Jorge Mendes that they will accept bids of £65 million in the summer.
Barcelona have long-term been admirers of Silva and have tried to sign the player numerous times, with a January swoop their last attempt.
However, Pep Guardiola was reluctant to let such a key first-team star leave midway through the season.
The report also adds that Silva is interested in joining Xavi’s Barcelona project, although wages could be an issue for the Catalan club.
They are currently trying to stay within the financial fair play rules. Indeed, they’ve been told by LaLiga president Javier Tebas that they must trim €200m from their wage bill ahead of next season.
To that end, a move for Silva could be hard to pull off – especially given his salary demands.
Silva scored his fourth goal of the season in Saturday’s win over Newcastle at The Etihad.