Richarlison 'wants Chelsea transfer over Real Madrid deal', Blues 'LEAD De Ligt race', Kounde to undergo surgery | The Sun

CHELSEA have received a boost in their pursuit of Everton's Richarlison.

Last week, SunSport broke the news that the Brazilian was keen on a move to Chelsea, PSG or Real Madrid.

And now, reports from Brazil suggest that Richarlison is keen to join Chelsea as he feels his style of play best suits the Premier League.

The Blues are also said to be leading the race for Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus.

But they've hit a slight snag in their pursuit of Jules Kounde, with the Frenchman set to undergo surgery on a long term injury.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Richarlison eyes London move

    Everton striker Richarlison is keen on signing for Chelsea or Tottenham, according to reports.

    Real Madrid are also keen on the Brazilian, but he's wary of joining the La Liga giants, according to uol Sport.

    That's because he's eyeing a spot in Brazil's World Cup team, and isn't sure if he will play regularly for Real next season.

    But he's keen on leaving Everton this summer, and wouldn't a move to London to link up with Spurs or the Blues, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea set for transfer blow

    Wolves have no intention of selling Rayan Ait-Nouri amid speculation Manchester City and Chelsea are closing in on a £25million swoop.

    Wanderers boss Bruno Lage wants to build up his thin squad and is in no mood to let the French wing-back leave with four years left on his deal.

    But Wolves sources insist neither of the Prem giants has expressed an interest in Ait-Nouri, who cost £10m from French side Angers last summer.

    And significantly, they are not interested in cashing in to make a speedy £15million profit.

    Angers have a clause entitling them to 50 per cent of any future sale, meaning Wolves have little incentive to sell.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Matic completes Roma transfer

    Roma have competed the signing of Nemanja Matic on a free transfer from Manchester United.

    Matic, 33, has penned a one-year deal that will expire in June 2023.

    During his first interview with the club he hinted that he made the switch in order to reunite with Jose Mourinho, who lured him to Old Trafford in 2017.

    He said: “I am pleased and honoured to be joining this club and I cannot wait to start the new season with my teammates.

    “Roma is a big club, with amazing fans and a coach, Jose Mourinho, who is well known to everyone – making the decision to come here very straightforward.

    “I hope that by working together we are able to achieve some great things.”

  • Sam Dymond

    De Ligt deal back on?

    In need of comfort after the disappointing news of Jules Kounde's surgery, Chelsea fans? Then how about this: a move for Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt could be back on the table.

    The Dutch defender was reportedly poised to put pen to paper on a new deal with the Old Lady, but the player now states that no agreement has been reached.

    Instead, Football Italia believes Chelsea are leading the race to sign the 22-year-old ahead of Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United.

    Journalist Dean Jones has previously gone on record to say that De Ligt was 'the dream' signing for Chelsea.

    The centre-back has a €120m release clause within in his contract, which will raise to €140m next season if no offers are forthcoming.

  • Sam Dymond

    Levi leveraged for Richarlison swoop

    Chelsea could tempt Everton into selling Richarlison by offering young defender Levi Colwill as part of the deal.

    The Telegraph reported this morning that Spurs were in pole position to sign the Brazilian, but the Blues haven't given up hope of hijacking the move.

    The Toffees have shown an interest in Colwill, who impressed on loan at Huddersfield last season, and previously worked with Everton boss Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

    Thomas Tuchel had indicated that he wants the upcoming pre-season to run the rule over Colwill, but could be willing to let him leave on loan again to get Richarlison over the line.

  • Sam Dymond

    Breaking: Kounde to undergo surgery

    Chelsea transfer target Jules Kounde is to undergo surgery on a long-standing injury, it has been revealed.

    The defender was subbed off at half-time in France's 1-0 Nations League defeat to Croatia last night, and afterwards Didier Deschamps announced that the 23-year-old required treatment.

    “I knew very well his physical condition,” the French coach stated.

    “As of tomorrow, he will have an intervention because he has a problem that dates back several months.”

    While Kounde is expected to recuperate in time for pre-season, the news has cast doubt on the player's expected move to Stamford Bridge.

  • Sam Dymond

    Frank-tastic! Chelsea recall legendary signing

    It was 21 years ago today that Chelsea surprised many by paying £11m for young West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard.

    The 22-year-old had hardly pulled up trees in East London, and was seen as the teacher's pet being the nephew of manager Harry Redknapp, and the son of coach Frank Lampard snr.

    However, following the departure of his uncle and father, Lampard engineered a move away from Upton Park – and rewrote Chelsea history.

    Over the next 13 years, Lampard would become the Blues' record goalscorer, and the highest scoring midfielder of the Premier League era.

  • Sam Dymond

    Ray-an light for the Blues

    Chelsea will move for Wolves defender Rayan Ait-Nouri once Marcos Alonso completes his move to Barcelona.

    The Blues have been keeping tabs on the French U21 star since it became apparent that the club would face a defensive exodus this summer.

    Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have already confirmed their departures, and Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta could also be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit door.

    Alonso's transfer would leave Thomas Tuchel with few options at left-back, particularly with Ben Chilwell having only just returned from an ACL injury.

    And journalist Alan Nixon believes Chelsea have earmarked £25m rated Ait-Nouri – although they are likely to face competition from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Gary Stonehouse

    GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Chelsea have exercised the option to extend Billy Gilmour’s contract by 12 months.

    The 21-year-old Scot’s deal at Stamford Bridge now runs until 2024.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea are considering a swoop for Wolves wing-back Rayan Ait-Nouri.

    Ait-Nouri would provide competition and cover for Ben Chilwell in the left wing-back slot at Stamford Bridge.

    Also, the Blues are reportedly dreaming of signing Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus this summer.

    But luring him away from Juve won’t be easy.

    That’s because the Old Lady plan on building their defence around De Ligt, according to the Chelsea Chronicle.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea are reportedly confident they can land Ousmane Dembele and Jules Kounde in a double transfer swoop.

    Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is keen on the winger and was tracking him last season.

    And new club owner Todd Boehly is willing to provide the funds to help Tuchel’s wishes come true, according to Give Me Sport.

    Along with Dembele, the Blues are expected to complete the signing of Kounde from Sevilla for £68.5m, the report adds.

    Finally, Nemanja Matic has landed in Italy ahead of his free transfer move from Manchester United to Roma.

    He is due to reunite with former Chelsea and United manager Jose Mourinho in the capital city for a third time.

    Matic was pictured arriving at Ciampino’s airport in Rome earlier today, where he was only too happy to wave for the camera.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Pulisic future debated

    Chelsea may be open to letting Christian Pulisic leave if they bring in Ousmane Dembele.

    That's the view of talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

    He said: "Pulisic’s dad put out that tweet that he hastily deleted, saying that he had a sort of big decision to make.

    "So yeah, I think if Dembele came in, although obviously he played alongside him at Dortmund, I think they would be open to offers for Pulisic.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Prem fixture list leaked

    Ahead of Thursday's Premier League fixture release, a schedule for the 2022-23 season has been 'leaked' online.

    An image has emerged on Twitter supposedly showing the first eight match days of the season.

    There are banana-skin away ties for Arsenal and Chelsea, who will both travel to the South Coast, according to the leaked list.

    The Gunners face Brighton, fresh off an excellent 9th-place finish in the last campaign, while the Blues are in action at St. Mary's against Southampton.

    The first meeting between two of the 'Big Six' comes three weeks into the season, allegedly, when Manchester City take on Chelsea.

    And in a nightmare opening run for the Blues it's claimed they will face Tottenham the week after.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Peter Kenyon leads Everton bid

    Ex-Man United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon is reportedly the front man for the consortium that are trying to buy Everton.

    He is part of a group that includes chief executive of Minneapolis-based Talon Real Estate Maciek Kaminski and American businessman John Thornton.

    And The Telegraph states that it is being advised by investment specialist Michael Klein and US law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges.

    Current Everton owner Farhad Moshiri values the club at over £500m, which takes into account their debt.

    This report claims that “heads of terms have been signed” although talks are still at a “relatively early stage”.

    And the consortium could demand that they get some guarantees should the Premier League club get a points deduction or large fine over Financial Fair Play issues.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea eye MK Dons defender

    Chelsea have been linked with a move for MK Dons defender Harry Darling.

    That's according to Football League World want Darling to shore up their depleted defence.

    But the Blues face competition from Norwich City and Brighton who are also chasing the 22-year-old, the report added.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Matic arrives in Italy

    Nemanja Matic has landed in Italy ahead of his free transfer move from Manchester United to Roma.

    He is due to reunite with former Chelsea and United manager Jose Mourinho in the capital city for a third time.

    Matic was pictured arriving at Ciampino’s airport in Rome earlier today, where he was only too happy to wave for the camera.

    And he also signed autographs for fans waiting for his arrival ahead of putting pen-to-paper on his Roma contract.

    The veteran is now due to undergo the formalities of a medical before officially joining last season’s Europa Conference League winners.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gilmour pens new contract

    Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour has signed a contract extension to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2024.

    The 21-year-old Scotland international spent last season on loan at Norwich in the Premier League.

    Chelsea confirmed the news via their official website on Monday, two days after his 21st birthday.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lukaku's poor form explained

    Ex-Chelsea star Mikel John Obi says Romelu Lukaku has failed to meet the intense physical demands of the Premier League.

    When asked why Lukaku appears to now be a "square peg in a round hole" at the Blues, Mikel told Naija FM: "The league is totally different.

    "The English league is too strong, too powerful, too fast, whereas the Italian league is too slow.

    "The English league has too much quality. The pace of English football is way too much for the Italian league.

    "In the Italian league you can play until you're 40 years old, but in the English league you're putting in way more work."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea plan double swoop

    Chelsea are reportedly confident they can land Ousmane Dembele and Jules Kounde in a double transfer swoop.

    Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is keen on the winger and was tracking him last season.

    And new club owner Todd Boehly is willing to provide the funds to help Tuchel's wishes come true, according to Give Me Sport.

    Along with Dembele, the Blues are expected to complete the signing of Kounde from Sevilla for £68.5m, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Blue De Ligt

    Chelsea are dreaming of signing Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus this summer.

    But prising him away from Juve won't be easy.

    That's because the Old Lady plan on building their defence around De Ligt, according to the Chelsea Chronicle.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea consider transfer swoop

    Chelsea are considering a swoop for Wolves wing-back Rayan Ait-Nouri.

    Ait-Nouri would provide competition and cover for Ben Chilwell in the left wing-back slot at Stamford Bridge.

    Ait-Nouri would provide competition and cover for Ben Chilwell in the left wing-back slot at Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea and England ace Chilwell spent six-months of the recent campaign out with a cruciate ligament injury.

    Ait-Nouri meanwhile played 27 games in all competitions for Wolves, helping Bruno Lage's side to a 10th-place finish in the Premier League.

    And his form has led to the Blues considering whether to make a move.

    Ait-Nouri has played 51 times in total for Wolves after signing from French club Angers in October 2020, initially on loan.

  • Sam Dymond

    Kante withdraws from France squad

    N'Golo Kante has been forced to withdraw from the French squad ahead of this evening's Nations League clash with Croatia.

    The 31-year-old Chelsea midfielder has been struggling with a knee injury, and has returned to Cobham for treatment.

    Kante played the full 90 minutes of France's defeat to Denmark ten days ago, but has since missed the meeting with Austria and a first game against the Croatians.

    The Blues star was hampered by niggling injuries throughout last season, and was only able to make a total of 26 appearances in the Premier League.

  • Sam Dymond

    Breaking: Blues extend Gilmour's contract

    Chelsea have exercised the option to extend Billy Gilmour's contract by 12 months.

    The 21-year-old Scot's deal at Stamford Bridge now runs until 2024.

    Gilmour spent last season on loan at Norwich City, and returns hoping for further first team opportunities in south-west London.

    The former Rangers youngster has made 22 appearances for Chelsea, but only five since Thomas Tuchel took charge.

  • Sam Dymond

    Alonso 'confirms plans' to leave

    Marcos Alonso has reiterated his desire to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

    Fabrizio Romano reports that the Spaniard is desperate to depart Chelsea in order to join Barcelona.

    The left-back has already agreed personal terms with the LaLiga giants, and it's now up to the club to agree a fee with Chelsea.

    Alonso, 31, has scored 29 goals and provided 23 assists in 212 appearances for the Blues.

  • Sam Dymond

    Dembele deal edging even closer

    Ousmane Dembele will soon be unveiled as a Chelsea player.

    That's according to Spanish outlet Sport (via Sports Witness), who report that 'everything seems to indicate' that the Barcelona forward will soon be moving to Stamford Bridge.

    The 25-year-old is out of contract at the Nou Camp this summer, and will depart on a free transfer – just five years after joining for €105m.

    The Frenchman's time with the LaLiga giants has been hampered by injuries; in 149 appearances in all competitions, he scored 32 goals and provided 34 assists.

  • Sam Dymond

    No Blues deal for Hakimi

    Chelsea are unlikely to sign Paris Saint-Germain right-back Achraf Hakimi this summer.

    Thomas Tuchel admitted he is an admirer of the Moroccan international when the Blues were first linked with a bid for the defender a year ago.

    Reports of a move for Hakimi have resurfaced recently, particularly in the wake of rumours suggesting Real Madrid could move for Reece James.

    However, transfers expert Fabrizio Romano is adamant that no talks have taken place.

    “Chelsea wanted Achraf Hakimi a year ago, and certainly he has always been high on the list of Thomas Tuchel, who is a big fan of Hakimi,” he said for Caught Offside.

    “So far, Paris Saint-Germain have assured that they have not received any proposals.”

  • Sam Dymond

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Chelsea are on the verge of a deal for US keeper Gabriel Slonina, according to reports.

    Fabrizio Romano has tweeted the Blues are leading the race over Real Madrid – with an £8million fee agreed.

    The Italian journalist wrote: ‘Gabriel Slonina deal update. Chelsea are now really close to signing the talented goalkeeper, they are pushing after Real Madrid bid rejected – talks are in progress with Chelsea to get the deal done soon.’

    “€10m fee expected by Chicago for 2004-born GK Slonina,” Romano added.

    Sevilla are playing hard ball over a fee for Jules Koundé.

    The LaLiga club know Chelsea’s desperation in finding defensive cover, after losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

    And reports in Spain say they are looking at a £55million fee for the French defender now.

    The centre back has been on Chelsea’s radar since last summer, with the Blues close to a deal before last season.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek might find himself surplus to requirements this summer at Stamford Bridge.

    But the midfielder may have a suitor in Serie A giants Inter Milan.

    The England star is being chased by the Italians, according to Corriere dello Sport.

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