Angel Gomes has hinted his priority is to stay at Manchester United, despite interest from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
The 19-year-old prodigy is out of contract at the end of the campaign and is yet to put pen to paper on a fresh deal.
While fellow academy products Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have firmly established themselves as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s senior team squad, Angel has struggled to make a similar impact.
The attacker has made just six first-team appearances across all competitions this season and the potential addition of Jadon Sancho this summer would further restrict Angel’s chances of making a breakthrough at Old Trafford.
He is said to have been frustrated at his inability to make progress and has watched on as several of his friends, including Tahith Chong, have signed improved contracts recently.
The Blues, who have blooded a clutch of youngsters this term under Frank Lampard, have been monitoring Angel’s situation carefully but Metro.co.uk reported last month that the Red Devils had reopened negotiations and are ready to offer the player a £30,000-a-week.
Speaking in an official Manchester United Google Hangout with teammate Andreas Pereira, Angel spoke about his ambitions at the club and appeared to commit his long-term future to his boyhood side.
‘I’ve seen it over the years, coming up from the academy and being at United my whole career. It’s what I want to go on to do – win trophies for the club.’ said Gomes.
One-time defender Frank Sinclair says that Chelsea ace Billy Gilmour has the ability to become a Stamford Bridge legend in the future.
Before the coronavirus crisis, the academy graduate produced two man-of-the-match displays as Chelsea defeated Everton and Liverpool in the space of five days.
While it remains to be seen whether the 18-year-old midfielder will continue to be handed regular opportunities when football eventually resumes, Frank has talked up the chances of the Scottish talent becoming a permanent fixture in the starting lineup.
Frank told GentingBet: “Billy Gilmour has got what it takes to make it at Chelsea and he’s got an incredible future at the club – I’d put him up there as being a real Chelsea great if he gets the opportunity to play regular football for Chelsea.
“Before he even arrived in the first team this season, I was well aware of how highly he was rated after listening to what was coming out from the academy coaches on their analysis of the player. Everyone is fully aware as to how good he has been since he joined the football club.”
Frank spent eight years at the Blues between 1990 and 1998, making a total of 218 appearances across all competitions.
Meantime, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are allegedly preparing to rival Chelsea for the signature of Real Madrid full-back Achraf Hakimi during this summer’s transfer market.
Hakimi has spent each of the last two campaigns on loan at Borussia Dortmund but will return to his parent side ahead of the 2020-21 term.
The Blues have allegedly already been in touch with Madrid to discuss a potential move, but according to AS, Bianconeri and the Parisians are also considering offers for the Morocco international.
Napoli, Juventus and Inter are all monitoring Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri’s situation at the club, sources have told Goal.
However, the former AS Roma player is still hoping his long-term future remains at the west London heavyweights.
Napoli are considering replacing Faouzi Ghoulam or Mario Rui with the Italy international in the next transfer market, with the Algerian having been left out of the club’s UCL squad this season.
Palmieri had fallen out of favour before play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, with the 25-year-old star not making Frank Lampard’s matchday squad in four of the club’s five most recent PL matches.
Frank has insisted that he has yet to make any final decisions over the future of his players and Palmieri is hopeful of convincing the club that his long-term future remains in west London.
The Blues have been looking to bolster at left-back for some time. Leicester City ace Ben Chilwell is an ambitious primary target for the club but the transfer sum could prove substantial after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United set an expensive precedent in their £80 million (€91 million) deal for Harry Maguire last summer.
Porto full-back Alex Telles is currently available for £35 million (€40 million) due to his release clause and is on the Blues’ transfer radar, while Getafe’s loan sensation from Barcelona Marc Cucurella is further down the wishlist.
Interestingly, Partenopei also have an interest in Cucurella, who could be purchased by Getafe from Barca ahead of a sale this summer at around £23 million (€25 million).
Barcelona reportedly want around £70 million for playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer, with Chelsea and their league rivals Manchester United both possible buyers.
A move back to Premier League could be on the cards for the former Liverpool midfielder, with his £142 million move to Spain a couple of season ago failing to bear fruit.
The Catalan side sent Coutinho Bayern Munich on a season-long loan the previous summer, but given his inconsistent displays, the German outfit aren’t planning to exercise the £105 million option to buy.
According to the Evening Standard, Blaugrana will listen to offers in the region of £70-80m and are ready to make a heavy loss on the 27-year-old.
The La Liga outfit aim to ship Coutinho out to create space for their top priority signings of Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and their former star, now at Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar.
Given the financial insecurity surrounding the coronavirus crisis, Barca will not be able to make any mega-money deals happen without selling first.
The Blues and the Red Devils have both reportedly been keeping tabs on Philippe in view of a summer swoop. However, Blues hero Frank Leboeuf warned boss Frank Lampard against the landing, saying:
‘Coutinho has been good with Liverpool, so far poor with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. I would have lots of question marks seeing him coming to Chelsea, to bring what?
‘We have young players, very talented, who are very promising. We have good midfield players with [Mateo] Kovacic and Jorginho, to organise the game.
‘I don’t know where his place would be. If I was the chairman, if I was the coach, I would be very hesitant to pick him up.’
Chelsea and Manchester City have both made significant offers to sign Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, according to the latest reports in Spain.
Barcelona had been leading the race to land the Argentina international as the La Liga giants plan to freshen up their attack this summer.
However, the Blues and Citizens have tabled substantially more lucrative terms to the Italians and player, reportedly willing to offer a salary of more than £8.7 million per year.
Martinez has been on fire in Serie A this term, scoring 11 goals in 22 league appearances before the competition was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Marca, Blaugrana believe if the striker is to make his decision based on footballing reasons, Lautaro will either go to the Nou Camp or stay at Inter.
The Spanish club are confident Martinez’s arrival is on track and his final decision to seal the move is not far away.
Barcelona have the lure of UCL football, which Pep Guardiola’s men may not if their UEFA appeal fails to get overturned.
Martinez’s representative Alberto Yaque admitted earlier this week that he is yet to sit down officially with any teams to discuss terms over a summer transfer.
He told Radio del Plata: ‘His constant growth makes the best teams in the world notice him and have that concept.
‘Hopefully he will be rewarded for his effort. We have chatted with many people, but nothing more.
‘For now those who call me are not directly employed by the club. There is nothing formal or serious.
‘It is something dreamed of being the player in the market. He is not expecting anything, all he wants is to play and score goals.’
Juventus are reportedly plotting a move for Chelsea winger Willian after the star talked up his time under Maurizio Sarri.
The South American is out of contract at the end of the campaign and is said to want a three-year contract to stay at Stamford Bridge.
He has only been offered a two-year extension by the west Londoners.
The Brazilian’s preference is staying in Premier League but plenty of clubs across Europe will attempt to woo the player should he become available.
An Italian newspaper Tuttosport report that Bianconeri are keeping tabs on the 31-year-old ahead of the campaign eventually coming to an end.
Whether the club make a suitable offer may come down to chief Fabio Paratici’s desire to give a sizeable wage to a player entering the latter stages of his professional career.
Tottenham have also been mentioned and Willian told ESPN Brasil that he would rather stay in England.
Willian said: “My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues. I’m going to play until the end of the season and see what happens.”
The Old lady are expert operators in the free transfer market, snapping up several players for reduced fees.
Last summer saw Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey arrive from Arsenal, albeit on a £400,000 per week wage.
Sami Khedira, Dani Alves, Fabio Cannavaro and Paul Pogba were all big hits after being plucked as their deals expired, following in the footsteps of the Bianconeri’s ultimate bargain buy: Andrea Pirlo.
Everton are reportedly still keen on signing Inter Milan midfielder and Chelsea target Matias Vecino.
The Toffees were strongly linked with the Uruguayan star during the January transfer market but were unable to get a deal over the line.
Chelsea are said to be at the head of the queue for the 28-year-old star, who has made 23 appearances for Nerazzurri during the 2019-20 campaign, including 18 in the Italian top-flight.
However, according to a report by an Italian media outlet Calciomercato, the Toffees are also preparing a summer move for the midfielder.
The report states that Inter are looking for a figure in the region of €25 million (£22 million) despite the fact that the South American has been informed that he is not in the plans of Conte moving forward.
Vecino’s current contract at the San Siro outfit will be no longer valid at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Meantime, Barcelona are reportedly ready to sell Chelsea target Samuel Umtiti for £44 million during the next transfer window.
Although Umtiti has made 114 appearances since departing Lyon in 2016, the centre-back has recently been found himself relegated to the substitutes’ bench or sidelined through injury.
With the 26-year-old star still highly regarded on the continent, Italian journalist Nicola Schira claims that the Catalan giants are prepared to cash in on his services.
Taking into account the impact of the coronavirus crisis, it is claimed that Umtiti will be allowed to depart Barcelona for £44m.
He still has over three years remaining on his deal, leaving Blaugrana in a strong position when it comes to demanding their asking price.
Chelsea should be considering a swoop for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, says Matt Jarvis, but the Hammers is likely to demand a fee of more than £50 million for their prodigy.
Speculation regarding a move for the 21-year-old star is starting to build again heading towards the next market.
Manchester United have been strongly linked with an approach in the past, as have the club’s neighbours at Manchester City, while the Gunners have been told that they need to be in the running if an exit door swings open.
It may be that manager Frank Lampard opts to join the chase if Declan, who spent time in the Blues’ academy system between 2006 and 2014, is made available by his former club at West Ham.
Ex-Hammers attacker Jarvis believes a highly-rated defensive midfielder would be a shrewd asset for the west Londoners but admits that a much sought-after asset won’t come cheap.
“He’s a very talented young player who’s obviously playing week in, week out at West Ham and also playing for England,” Matt told talkSPORT of Rice.
“Chelsea are a club who are going in the right direction under Frank Lampard; the youngsters are getting their opportunities, so it would be a good fit for him to go in with a few other youngsters.
“He’s a completely different player to what Lampard was, but he [Lampard] obviously knows the role of a midfield player and he manages [N’Golo] Kante, who’s probably the best one in his role.
“He’s young and he’s playing for England already; you’ve got to be looking at probably above £50m in this market.”
Declan broke through at West Ham as a promising centre-back, but has thrived in a midfield post and now has 100 appearances for his side and seven senior England caps to his name.