Chelsea 'want Lautaro Martinez-Lukaku swap', Blues 'to sign Kounde this month' and 'target Skriniar' – transfer latest | The Sun

CHELSEA reportedly want Lautaro Martinez in return, if they are to sell Romelu Lukaku back to Inter Milan.

Meanwhile good progress appears to be being made on the signing of Jules Kounde, with Spanish press reporting that Sevilla want the deal done this month.

The Blues are also looking to sign a second centre-back, with Milan Skriniar and Matthijs de Ligt the top targets.

And reports suggest that Chelsea are in a one-horse race to sign Ousmane Dembele after PSG pulled out of a deal for the Barcelona star.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Dembele 'set for Chelsea transfer'

    Chelsea are reportedly in pole position to land Barcelona ace Ousmane Dembélé.

    Dembele will be a free agent at the end of this month.

    And he's opted to head to Chelsea to link up with former boss Thomas Tuchel who he worked with at Borussia Dortmund, according to Le10Sport.

    PSG were in contention to sign the winger but dropped out of the race in the last few days.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Prem teams interested in Sangare

    Man United and Chelsea are set to do battle for PSV Eindhoven ace Ibrahim Sangaré.

    The 24-year-old reportedly has his heart set on a move to the Prem this summer, according to the Utd report.

    And there’s no shortage of top-tier clubs willing to give the defensive midfielder a new home.

    Newcastle and Liverpool have also been linked with Sangare recently.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea tribute to kit-man

    A Chelsea statement was issued after the death of kit man Eric Asiedu.

    It read: “It is with great sadness that Chelsea Football Club has learned of the passing of our colleague Eric Asiedu.

    “Eric was a hugely popular figure at our Cobham training ground in his role as Academy kitman, always going about his work with an infectious smile and wonderful positivity. He will be sadly missed by us all and the pain of his sudden passing will be felt by many.

    “Affectionately known as ‘boss’ by players and staff alike, Eric went above and beyond to develop strong relationships with those he worked with in the Under-18 age group.

    “He was a caring mentor and confidant in the dressing room to players taking their first tentative steps into full-time football, while carrying out his daily duties in meticulous fashion.

    “A humble and warm character, Eric joined Chelsea FC in April 2013, his presence and personality proving integral to the values of our Academy culture. He has been a constant on the sidelines during a great many of our youth team successes over the years.”

    It added: “Eric’s passion for the job, the players he supported, and his love for Chelsea was evident for all to see and will be sorely missed. All at Chelsea send our deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends at this most difficult time.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tributes pile in for Chelsea kit man

    Winger Hudson-Odoi, 21, and wing-back Reece James, 22, also added to JT's touching tribute.

    Hudson-Odoi wrote: "This really hurts! RIP ERIC.

    "You really helped me through a lot growing up in the academy and you was more than a Kit man, you was a Good hearted man who wanted nothing but the best for Everyone!!

    "Thank you for everything and May your soul Rest in perfect peace."

    And James tweeted: "Rest In Peace Eric.

    "You was more than a kit man. You had a real clean heart, funny personality and always wanted the best for all the academy lads. Miss the days when I used to rummage for fresh Nike socks.

    "Until we meet again fly high & rest easy. Will miss you."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea kit man passes away

    A host of Chelsea legends and current stars have paid tribute to academy kit man Eric Asiedu following his death.

    The club confirmed the sad news on Wednesday that the much-loved backroom member had passed.

    Former Chelsea captain John Terry took to Twitter to pay his respects, writing: "RIP ERIC Heartbreaking news today. BOSS you will be deeply missed."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Boehly to meet Prem executives

    Chelsea's new owner Todd Boehly is set to attend the Premier League annual meeting this week.

    The American billionaire will be accompanied by counterpart Behdad Eghbali to the get-together on Thursday, The Mirror reported.

    The pair will attend the meeting in place of Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia for the first time, the report added.

    It will also be Boehly and Eghbali's formal introduction to the other 19 top-flight club representatives.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Transfer interest in Chelsea's forgotten man

    Chelsea's forgotten man Baba Rahman is wanted by a host of clubs this summer with Middlesbrough and Reading leading the chase.

    The Ghana international left-back cost the Blues £20million back in 2015 after signing from German side Augsburg.

    But the 27-year-old has gone on to only make 15 Premier League appearances for Chelsea since and has spent most of his time at the club out on loan.

    He was with Reading last season, Ghanasoccernet.com is claiming that Middlesbrough were monitoring Rahman’s performances closely at the Royals and were greatly impressed.

    However, Reading also want to keep hold of the 5ft 11in ace.

    And two clubs he's previously been on loan with, PAOK and Augsburg, have also returned for him.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea Women make signing

    Chelsea Women have signed Eve Perisset from Bordeaux.

    The defender joins the Blues on a three-year deal, football journalist Nizaar Kinsella reported.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuchel slammed over youth policy

    Thomas Tuchel has been blasted for not giving youngsters a chance to shine at Chelsea by football legend Ian Holloway.

    Holloway expressed his frustration over the lack of opportunities given to Chelsea's young crop when it was highlighted by a talkSPORT host.

    To which Holloway replied: "That’s my annoyance.

    “Plenty of young players were playing under Frank Lampard, but Tuchel’s come in and put all of the old ones back in.

    “That’s not the way forward for Chelsea, it’s not.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea target Skriniar

    Chelsea are reportedly looking to hijack a move for Tottenham transfer target Milan Skriniar.

    According to the Daily Mail, Skriniar is a transfer target for Chelsea as well as Tottenham, who are coached by former Inter boss Antonio Conte.

    However, despite both clubs being likely to have substantial transfer funds available in the upcoming window, the report states there is some distance apart on the valuation of the defender.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Alonso's Chelsea joy

    But Alonso's happy about his Chelsea career achievements despite his eagerness to play in Spain.

    He said: "I’ve played 50 games, we’ve been world champions, we’ve been unlucky in the cup finals.

    "I can’t complain about anything at Chelsea but the desire to play in Spain is there.

    "It’s not entirely up to me and I’m happy at Chelsea. I am sincere.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Alonso speaks on Chelsea future

    Marco Alonso has revealed he's likely to remain at Chelsea this summer although he'd like to move to Spain.

    He said when asked about a summer move to the La Liga by Onda Cero : "Not at the moment. On paper I have one more year of contract and that is what it is until today.

    "I have already said other times that I would like to but it does not depend entirely on me.

    "There are two games left here and then it’s time to rest.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    So long Saul

    Chelsea have confirmed that Saul Niguez will return to Atletico Madrid this summer.

    The blues decided a few weeks ago not to activate the buy option clause embedded in Saul's loan switch to the club, Fabrizio Romano reported.

    The transfer specialist also stated that Saul now plans to evaluate his future when he returns to Spain after several clubs expressed interest in him last summer.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Tuchel's stance on Lukaku

    Thomas Tuchel is reportedly eager to offload Romelu Lukaku this summer.

    And the Blues boss plans to share his feelings over Lukaku's departure to the club's new owner Todd Boehly, according to The Telegraph.

    The report also states that Tuchel is likely to get his wish as Boehly wants Tuchel to have a say in the club's recruitment policy in order to keep the German happy.

  • Alex Cole

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has reportedly promised Thomas Tuchel full control of transfers.

    It should also spell an end to expensive, wasteful transfers… such as £97.5million Romelu Lukaku.

    Lukaku has been “messaging Inter Milan since Christmas” in a bid to secure a return to the club.

    This comes following reports from Sky Italia that Lukaku has been calling former team mates, the coach, directors and the president at Inter Milan since Christmas to try and move back to the San Siro.

    Jules Kounde will join Chelsea ‘before the end of the month’, according to reports.

    The Blues have been chasing the Frenchman since last summer when they had an approach snubbed by the LaLiga side.

    Sevilla are already working to find his replacement.

    Arsenal and Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus.

    Jesus and Man City supposedly agreed that his price would be set at £43million.

  • Alex Cole

    Who will Tuchel go for?

    A new forward will be on the cards should Lukaku be granted a return to Inter Milan.

    Man City’s Gabriel Jesus and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele are both wanted by Tuchel.

    But Tuchel’s main concern will be finding at least two top-class centre-backs.

    Antonio Rudiger has already agreed a free transfer to Real Madrid.

    While Andreas Christensen is also set to join Barcelona for nothing.

    Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is thought to be on the verge of finally sealing a Stamford Bridge switch.

    Meanwhile, RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol is a candidate for the left of the back three.

  • Alex Cole

    Tuchel power

    It should also spell an end to expensive, wasteful transfers such as £97.5million flop Romelu Lukaku.

    Sporting director Marina Granovskaia and technical director Petr Cech will continue to operate on transfers behind the scenes.

    But instead of identifying signings and leading negotiations, they will now assist Tuchel on delivering the players he wants.

    It’s reckoned the Blues boss will have around £200million to play around with this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    Boehly gives Tuchel full control

    New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has reportedly promised Thomas Tuchel full control of transfers, writes Anthony Chapman.

    The Telegraph claims American investor Boehly is desperate to follow the business model of Premier League rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

    Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have transformed their sides into European powerhouses in recent years.

    The duo have built squads based around their playing philosophy, resulting in plenty of silverware.

    And Boehly is eager for Chelsea to follow suit under Champions League winner Tuchel.

    Giving the German the say over dealings will allow Tuchel to finally build a squad perfectly designed for his possession-based 3-4-3 formation.

  • Alex Cole

    Toon in for Morata

    Newcastle have reportedly joined the race to prise Alvaro Morata away from Atletico Madrid, writes Jake Lambourne.

    The Spanish striker is on his way back to the Wanda Metropolitano after spending the last two seasons on loan at Juventus.

    Chelsea flop Morata is facing an uncertain future under Diego Simeone, with Arsenal claimed to be eyeing up a shock transfer.

    Serie A giants Juventus remain keen on turning his temporary stay in Turin into a permanent switch.

    It is believed that the Old Lady aren’t willing to match Atletico’s £30million asking price having already forked out £17m on his loan.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Newcastle are keeping tabs on Morata ahead of a possible swoop.

  • Alex Cole

    Lewandowski speaks on Bayern exit reasons

    Robert Lewandowski has opened up on why he wants to leave Bayern Munich.

    He told Sport.Onet: “I only want to leave Bayern. Loyalty and respect are more important than work. The best way is to find a solution together.

    “Something died in me and I want more emotions in my life. An exit is the best solution for both parties.

    “No other offers were even considered by me other than that of Barcelona. I want to leave Bayern, that’s clear.”

    Chelsea have previously been linked with a move for the Polish attacker.

  • Alex Cole

    Half time: Germany 0-0 England

    Germany will be keen to show more attacking prowess in the second half for the patient German fans in Munich.

    They are seeing plenty of the ball and are stretching England – they are one pass away from opening their opponents up and scoring.

    Gareth Southgate could no doubt put a good spin on a draw in Munich, but it is very difficult to win World Cups without scoring any goals.

    Not have these two nations played out such a stalemate since the fields of France many moons ago.

    Tactically, this is a better showing by both – they just seem unable to break each other down.

    Both managers have plenty of attacking options on the bench.

    Follow the game with SunSport’s live blog.

  • Alex Cole

    Lukaku’s private messages with Inter

    Romelu Lukaku has reportedly been “messaging Inter Milan since Christmas” in a bid to secure a return to the club.

    According to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, “since last Christmas Lukaku has been sending public and private messages to Inter” in a bid to clinch a two-year loan transfer.

    Di Marzio goes on to claim that the forward has been “calling the directors and the coach, former team-mates and the President, ready to leave a third of his salary in London, ready to do everything he can to make the impossible possible.”

  • Alex Cole

    Put it on R-ice

    Chelsea have dropped out of the transfer race for Declan Rice.

    The Blues want to rebuild their midfield, but don’t want to splash the cash on Rice.

  • Alex Cole

    Germany vs England

    England will be hoping to make what happened in Budapest a distant memory when they take on Germany TONIGHT.

    But the Germans won’t make it easy as they’ll be eager to get revenge for the Euro 2020 round of 16 defeat.

    Germany XI: Neuer; Schlotterbeck, Rudiger, Klostermann; Hofmann, Gundogan, Kimmich, Raum; Muller, Musiala, Havertz

    England XI: Pickford; Trippier, Maguire, Stones, Walker; Phillips, Rice; Mount; Sterling, Kane, Saka

    Follow the game with SunSport’s live blog.

  • Alex Cole

    Tuchel and Boehly sit-down set

    New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly will meet Thomas Tuchel for crunch transfer talks this week, reports claim.

    And the main topic of discussion will be Romelu Lukaku’s future, according to Football London.

    Boehly’s scheduled a sit-down with Tuchel on June 9, a day before the transfer window opens.

    Once those talks between boss and owner conclude, Lukaku will fly into London to have a chat with Boehly, the report added.

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