Chelsea target six in £200m spree, including Matthijs de Ligt

The summer transfer window is here and there’s a lot of gossip about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you the latest rumours, comings and goings and of course deals done!

TOP STORY: De Ligt among six Chelsea goals in £200m spree

The Daily Telegraph claims that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has been “promised to have six summer signings” by the club’s new owner Todd Boehly, who will give him around £200m to fight for the Premier League title again.

In defense, the Blues need a rebuild after the departures Antonio Rudiger and Andrew Christensen with free transfers. Seville’s Jules Kounde has been linked with a €60m move while Chelsea have reportedly offered a striker Timo Werner to Juventus in their negotiations for the centre-back Matthijs de Ligtsays Gianluca Di Marzio.

De Ligt, 22, is under contract until 2024, which includes a release clause worth €120m, and Juve are reportedly unhappy with a direct cash offer. Lens right-back Jonathan Klaus Strengthening the depth of defense is also being considered amid doubts about the captain’s future Cesar Azpilicueta and Marco Alonso.

Ahead, sources have told ESPN that Man City is on Raham Sterling However, the club’s main attacking target is the Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele and Everton’s Richardson should also be on their shortlist.

striker Romelu Lukakuwho only returned to Chelsea last summer for 115 million euros, is returning to Inter Milan and Bayern Munich on loan Robert Lewandowski is of interest to replace it.

Meanwhile goalkeeper kepa Marca said his ‘clear goal is to play’ so they might have to find another replacement for the No. 1 Edouard Mendy.

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09.56 CET: Real Madrid winger Rodrygo will join teammates Eder Militao and Vinicius Jr. according to AS when signing improved contracts with the Spanish champions.

The Brazilian trio were pivotal in helping Madrid win the LaLiga title and Champions League last season. They have all been offered contracts until June 2027 with an option to extend them for another year while their release clauses are also raised to €1bn.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly hoping that Rodrygo, Militao and Vinicius will sign their new contracts before the pre-season starts on July 8.

Rodrygo scored nine goals and provided seven assists in 49 appearances in all competitions for Madrid last season. Militao and Rodrygo’s current contracts expire in 2025, while Vinicius’ contract expires a year earlier.

09:34 CET: Luis Suarez has asked for another week to consider the offer from Argentine giants River Plate.

Suarez, 35, who is a free agent after his contract with Atletico Madrid expires this month, is keen to stay in Europe but hasn’t ruled out a move to River.

Reportedly, money would not be an obstacle for the Uruguay forward to join River. He scored 11 league goals for Atletico last season and helped Uruguay qualify for the World Cup while he is currently on holiday in Spain with a friend Lionel Messi.

09.15 CET: West Ham midfielder Tomas Soukek is of interest to Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton, says The Sun.

Soucek, 27, has been one of the stars of the Premier League in recent years and is yet to agree on a new contract.

As a result, the Czech international could move on if West Ham receive a bid of around £30m.

08.57 CET: Newcastle have agreed a £30m deal for the Lille defender Sven Botmansays the BBC.

Botman, 22, has been on manager Eddie Howe’s radar for some time but they have had competition from AC Milan.

The Netherlands Under-21 international is highly rated and Howe is set to include him in a new defense that also includes the former Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran TrippierBrighton centre-back Dan Brand and left-back Aston Villa Matt Targett.

blank08.34 CET: Manchester United and Ralph Rangnik agreed to cut ties at the end of the season in part because of Eric ten Hag‘s reluctance to work with German in his proposed advisory role, sources have told ESPN.

Rangnick spent the second half of last season as interim manager at Old Trafford and was due to take up a two-year advisory role from this summer.

But just a week after the end of the season, United announced Rangnick would make a clean break with the club and focus fully on his role as manager of the Austrian national team.

Sources told ESPN that United arranged for the agreement to be terminated in consultation with Ten Hag, although Rangnick was already unhappy he wasn’t granted a formal handover to the new manager.

blank08.00 CET: Manchester City have agreed a contract with Leeds United Calvin Phillipssources have told ESPN.

City are expected to initially pay £42m to sign the midfielder, with a further £3m due in add-ons. Man City U23 midfielder Darko Gyabi18, will join Leeds in a separate deal worth £5million.

Phillips will next finalize personal terms with City before undergoing a medical. The 26-year-old should complete his move to the Etihad Stadium in time to work with Pep Guardiola’s side for their tour of the United States.

The England international becomes the club’s second big signing of the summer after capturing the £51.2million striker Erling Haland from Borussia Dortmund.

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Shaka Hislop says Gabriel Jesus should swap Manchester City for Arsenal if Mikel Arteta’s alleged interest is true.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Abbie Ingham)

Gabriel Jesus According to The Athletic, he will leave Manchester City for Arsenal. The 25-year-old is reportedly set to join the Emirates for £45million while the Gunners finalize personal terms. The Brazil international, who has one year left on his contract, will leave the Etihad after five years where he scored 95 goals and assisted 46 in 236 games for the Premier League champions.

– West Ham are close to a permanent signing Alfons Warzenhof for £10.5m after a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain, The Sun reports. The Hammers are set to announce the deal next week after personal terms are agreed. The 29-year-old goalkeeper has mainly been used as a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski in the Premier League but is reportedly ready to take over as No. 1 next season.

Christian Ericsen decides whether to join Manchester United or stay at Brentford next season, according to Sky Sports. The 30-year-old – who trained with Erik ten Hags Ajax after suffering cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 – has reportedly received a more lucrative offer from the Red Devils. However, the Denmark international has concerns about moving his family this summer as his contract with the Bees expires at the end of this month.

– Newcastle United have agreed a deal with Lille Sven Botman, reports The Athletic. The Magpies had turned down three offers to sign the 22-year-old in the January transfer window and the centre-back is now set to join for €37m including increases with a medical taking place next week, according to reports. The Netherlands Under-21 international has made 79 appearances for Lille after joining from Ajax in 2020.

– Arsenal and Tottenham are still looking for Raphinhaas negotiations with Barcelona continue to stall Fabrizio Romano. Leeds are asking for £65m to sign the 25-year-old and have already turned down the Gunners’ opening bid. Although Leeds haven’t received any new offers for the winger, next week looks set to be crucial. Chelsea are also reportedly keen on the Brazil international playing at full-back but the Blues consider Raheem Sterling their priority this transfer window.

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