Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea are waiting earnestly for the summer transfer window as they are planning to hit the market with some fresh forwards to build up their team for the 2021/2022 .
Despite Inter Milan reportedly putting Romelu Lukaku on the “unsellable” list, seeing as how they’re in a dire financial situation, their stance could change should someone come up with an exorbitant bid of around €120m for the Belgium international.
With Inter also seemingly interested in Emerson Palmieri, it could be well in the realm of possibilities for us to strike a deal and bring Lukaku back. This is starting to look like one of the few feasible options to strengthen our centre forward position this summer.According to Corriere dello Sport’s latest report (via Sport Witness), Lukaku’s sale could help the club’s accounts quite a bit, and would mean that they wouldn’t have to offload any other players and keep the rest of the title-winning squad intact. How that might affect the future of head coach Antonio Conte is unclear, but if he goes, Lukaku’s exit would become more likely as well.
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Erling Haaland’s future is said to be mainly dependent on Borussia Dortmund qualifying for next season’s Champions League, and the 20-year-old recently made it clear once again how much importance he assigns to that (as do most players).
“I always want to play at the highest level. The Champions League is particularly important to me.”
-Erling Braut Haaland; source: BILD via Goal
Meanwhile, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has also continued his unwavering propaganda of holding on to Haaland for next season.
“I have the clear expectation that Erling Haaland will play for us next year. And I don’t waste any thoughts on anything else. I am just totally relaxed. Nobody believed us with Jadon Sancho last summer until deadline day, and he’s still with us today.”
-Hans-Joachim Watzke; source: Sport BILD via ESPN
Not that they were frontrunners, but Bayern Munich have also distanced themselves from the Haaland talks, at least with respect to this summer.
“A package that costs – as we heard – over €100million is unimaginable for FC Bayern at the moment.”
“Robert [Lewandowski] still has a two-year contract here. His performances cannot be questioned. He’s scored 39 goals [in the Bundesliga] so far! Just for that, we don’t have to think about Haaland today. Robert can keep this level for a few more years.”
-Oliver Kahn; source: Sport BILD via Football London
Speaking of Lewandowski, who’s been getting linked with a move away in recent weeks as his agent, Pini Zahavi tries to negotiate a new contract extension, he’s spoken of his happiness at Bayer Munich, and why a summer departure looks improbable. That’s not going to make his agent’s job any easier!
“I have spoken to a lot of people about Italian football, they told me various things about your league. I know some teams well because I faced them in the Champions League. The truth, however, is that in addition to having a contract with Bayern, I feel great at this club.”
-Robert Lewandowski; source: Tuttosport via Goal
Barcelona have reached an agreement in principle to sign Sergio Agüero on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to Diario Suport, La Vanguardia (via Diario AS) and Mundo Deportivo. The move will be announced officially once the season ends, with Agüero set to sign a 2-year contract. The Argentina international, who also had an offer from Juventus, lowered his salary demands to fulfill his dream of playing with his friend, Lionel Messi at club level. Consequently, Messi is also expected to sign a new 2-year deal.
According to ESPN, Barca plan on adding another striker for the long-term as well — which may or may not be Memphis Depay. Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak, Benfica’s Darwin Nunez and Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno are also said to be on their wishlist.
Chelsea have officially announced the signings of Jayden Wareham and Declan Frith, and the latest youngster to join them could be Seb Drozd, as per Goal. Drozd plays for non-league Uxbridge, who play in the Isthmian League Division One South Central, in the eighth-tier of the English football pyramid.
Primarily a winger, the 18-year-old already has had a trial at QPR, where he impressed by scoring 3 goals in 2 games. He is also said to be attracting interest from the likes of Bournemouth and Brentford.