Chelsea Change Course, Eye Sanchez, Lukaku Chelsea have set their sights on a pair of Premier League stars this summer as their intere...
Chelsea have set their sights on a pair of Premier League stars this summer as their interest in Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata has apparently fallen off, according to the Telegraph.
The paper reports the Stamford Bridge club are lining up a bid for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Everton's Romelu Lukaku after Antonio Conte met with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia to hammer out transfer plans for this summer.
Sanchez, who has yet to commit his future to the Emirates club, has interested the Blues as far back as 2011, before he moved from Udinese to Barcelona. He could see Conte & Co. join Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Chinese sides in a bidding war for the Chile star, with his desire to stay in London likely to tip the scales in Chelsea's favour.
Lukaku, meanwhile, has already told Everton he doesn't want to sign a new deal at the club, which has sparked fear around Goodison Park that he's set his mind on rejoining the Blues, who "made enquiries about re-signing Lukaku last year, but are optimistic they stand a better chance of landing the Belgian this time around," according to the paper.
The summer swoop that would cost Chelsea well over £100 million in transfer fees corresponds with the club's sudden apathy toward Real star Morata, who, the outlet says, had told friends he was anticipating a move to London this summer. Oops.
Arsene Wenger's future has been a hot topic seemingly since the New Year, and the Daily Star is reporting they may know his next destination.
According to the outlet, "Paris Saint-Germain have offered Arsene Wenger an immediate return to the dugout if he opts to quit Arsenal."
The French giants, the paper says, have let Wenger know the job is his should he step down with the Gunners, offering a one-year contract with an option to extend it another year should the 67-year-old manager want it.
The problem, according to sources, is that ol' Arsene is having trouble letting go at his longtime club and is hoping for "another opportunity to restore Arsenal to greatness."
Man United Keen On Keane
As they did in spectacular fashion with Paul Pogba last summer, Manchester United aren't afraid to right a previous wrong in the transfer market. And as in the case of the former Juventus man, they are interested in bringing back another future star who was allowed to leave Old Trafford for far too little.
With Chris Smalling and Phil Jones confirmed to have sustained long-term injuries this week, the Daily Mail are reporting Jose Mourinho & Co. are interested in signing former academy product Michael Keane from Burnley.
Of course, the move won't come cheap as United will be expected to shell out £25 million for the England international just two years after seeing him get away for one-tenth that amount.
Man Utd In Clear To Move For £56m-Rated Atletico Star
Manchester United have been told they can sign Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez this summer – with reports in Spain suggesting the club is considering activating his release clause.
The Uruguayan has only made 14 starts in all competitions this campaign with half of those in the Spanish league and rumours are rife that he could leave the Vicente Calderon.
Mundo Deportivo claims that Atletico are keen to wait until a club matches his £56million release clause with Diego Simeone willing to part with the centre-back.
A lack of playing time is understood to have convinced Gimenez that it will be the right time to leave and Jose Mourinho could renew his interest after a deal hit the buffers last summer.
Inter Milan are considering loaning Gabriel "Gabigol" Barbosa to Atalanta as part of a new partnership between the two Italian clubs, reports Football Italia. After paying €29.5 million to buy Gabriel from Santos last August, the Brazil international has played only 81 minutes of Serie A football over seven substitute appearances for the club.
Bayern Munich are set to sign 20-year-old midfielder Julian Brandt from Bayer Leverkusen for €30 million, according to German outlet Bild.
Former Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole has agreed a new deal at United Soccer League side Tampa Bay Rowdies, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. Cole has impressed at Rowdies since joining the club last May as a free agent, scoring nine goals in 24 appearances in the USL and one of 10 players nominated for the Golden Ball award.
Chelsea are to focus their summer transfer plans on Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23. (Daily Telegraph)
The Stamford Bridge club are also interested in re-signing 27-year-old left-back Ryan Bertrand from Southampton, and want Saints' 25-year-old centre-back Virgil van Dijk. (Evening Standard)
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has accused Real Madrid of trying to unsettle his 26-year-old attacking midfielder Eden Hazard. (Independent)
Paris St-Germain have let Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger know he can become their manager if he leaves the Gunners. (Daily Star)
Manchester United are interested in re-signing defender Michael Keane, but Burnley will only sell the 24-year-old for £25m - 10 times the price they paid United in 2015. (Daily Mail)
West Ham are interested in signing Arsenal forward Lucas Perez for a fee similar to the £17m the Gunners paid for him last summer. (Daily Mirror)
Meanwhile, vice-chairman Karren Brady has responded to rumours about West Ham manager Slaven Bilic's future, saying "we rate him, so we are planning to keep him". and telling his critics to "shut up". (Sun)
Chelsea would like to use Wembley while their new stadium is being built, but they have held renewed talks with West Ham about using their London Stadium if they cannot reach an agreement with the Football Association. (Times - subscription required)
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says Jack Wilshere is facing an "interesting decision" over his future. Arsenal midfielder Wilshere, 25, has been on loan at the Cherries this season. (Evening Standard)
Howe would also be interested in bringing Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe back to Bournemouth - where he played alongside Howe on loan in 2000-01 - if the 34-year-old leaves the Black Cats.(Daily Express)
Everton midfielder Tom Davies, 18, is close to signing a new five-year contract with the Goodison Park club. (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Juventus have been beaten to the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud, 21, by Borussia Dortmund. (Guardian)
Manchester City's 19-year-old forward Gabriel Jesus is expected to return to action before the end of the season after suffering a broken metatarsal. (Manchester Evening News)