Paper Talk: Chelsea plot sale of trio as they get serious over Haaland

Date published: Saturday 13th February 2021 9:43 - Matthew Briggs

Thomas Tuchel TEAMtalk

Chelsea are serious about a move for Erling Haaland are planning on selling a number of players to fund the summer deal, while Arsenal can sign Dani Ceballos for just £22m, all in the papers.

 

CHELSEA TO FUND HAALAND SWOOP

Chelsea will have to sell some of their fringe players if they are to land Erling Haaland this summer, claims a report.

The Blues, along with Manchester City and Manchester United are understood to be pursuing the Borussia Dortmund hitman.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has even admitted he is “following” the 20-year-old, whom United tried to land in January 20.

Football.london acknowledge that Chelsea are one of the clubs chasing the Norway superstar and claim players will have to be sold to fund a move in the summer.

The Norway international’s €75m release clause is only valid in 2022 and so Dortmund can ask for any fee before that.

Apparently Spanish Kepa Arrizabalaga, as well as defenders Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori are the three most likely to be sold to fund a move for Haaland.

Kepa was a £72m signing but he is behind Edoard Mendy, while Tomori is currently on loan at AC Milan with a £27m option to buy.

Meanwhile Christensen will only have a year remaining on his contract in the summer and could be axed with Thomas Tuchel believed to be eager to land another centre-back.

£22M FOR CEBALLOS

Arsenal can reportedly turn Dani Ceballos’ loan spell at the Emirates into a permanent deal for just £22m. (The Sun)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the ‘wonderful’ time he spent with Erling Haaland as the Manchester United boss admitted he is ‘following’ the Dortmund starlet (various)

Arsenal are attempting to get their summer business started early and they’re close to finalising a deal for Sporting Lisbon striker Tiago Tomas. (The Sun)

Man City’s Angelino has triggered a clause that will see him move to RB Leipzig on a permanent basis (Daily Mail)

Paris Saint-Germain are stepping up their efforts to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Liverpool are preparing for the departure of Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, and are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach’s Germany player Florian Neuhaus, 23, as a replacement. (Kicker)

DE PAUL FOR LIVERPOOL

Fabian Ruiz, Rodrigo de Paul

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp could also move for Udinese’s 26-year-old Argentina forward Rodrigo de Paul in a £30m deal. (Sun)

Bayern Munich have agreed to sign Liverpool and Chelsea target Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig, with the France defender, 22, set to sign a five-year deal. (Bild)

Arsenal believe they can convince 19-year-old England youth international Folarin Balogun to sign a new contract. (London Evening Standard)

German side Bayer Leverkusen have joined the race for Balogun, with Stuttgart and Rennes also interested. (Mirror)

 

 

Borussia Dortmund’s England winger Jadon Sancho is almost certain to be playing elsewhere next season but the German club have little chance of getting £100m for the 20-year-old which they demanded from Manchester United six months ago. (Eurosport)

Everton and France defender Lucas Digne, 27, has agreed a new contract to stay with the Toffees. (Sky Sports)

Managerless Bournemouth should consider ex-Arsenal and France midfielder Patrick Vieira, 44, as their next boss, says his former Gunners team-mate Martin Keown. (Talksport)

New York Red Bulls and DC United are considering joining the race to sign West Bromwich Albion’s former England defender Kieran Gibbs, 31, who remains a target for Inter Miami. (ESPN)

COSTA HEADING TO BRAZIL

Diego Costa TEAMtalk

Spain forward Diego Costa, 32, who left Atletico Madrid in December, is in talks to sign for Brazilian club Palmeiras – the club he supported as a boy. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has compared England midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. (Talksport)

FFF chief Noel Le Graet has said that Zinedine Zidane is still the top candidate to succeed Didier Deschamps (RTL)

Fulham manager Scott Parker has launched a frustrated outburst over a tribunal’s ruling that Liverpool must pay an initial fee of just £1.5 million for Harvey Elliott (various)

American striker Aron Johannsson has joined Lech Poznan on a deal until the end of the year, with the option to extend until the summer of 2023.

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