Footy Extras

EPL rivals eye potential deal for struggling Chelsea loanee as Blues ask for £40m

Marco Silva’s Everton are planning to make a swoop for Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, according to recent reports from the Express as quoted by Liverpool Echo.

The Belgian star is currently out on loan with fellow EPL side Crystal Palace, and it’s believed that Chelsea have slapped a £40 million price tag on the forward.

Bundesliga title chasers Borussia Dortmund are also understood to be interested in landing the star in the summer transfer market.

Belgium international had spent the first half of the campaign on loan with La Liga club Valencia.

The Toffees have had a stop-start campaign under Marco Silva, but the club have shown enough on the pitch to give hope to fans faith for the next campaign.

Everton managed some notable coups in the last few transfer markets, and it remains to be seen whether Farhad Moshiri’s club would be prepared to spend £40m on Michy this summer.

A lot was expected out of Turkish star Cenk Tosun, but the former Besiktas player has failed to make an impression.

Marco Silva has often overlooked the player, and he has even preferred a wide man like Brazilian star Richarlison over Cenk to lead the line.

At present, young Englishman Dominic Calvert-Lewin is doing more than a sufficient job up top, and the star has cemented his place in the starting line up after some influential showings.

However, it’s clear that Everton would need more attacking options if they plan to break into the top 6 in the next campaign.

Chelsea eye attacking Ajax midfielder with future of key man still uncertain

Chelsea are interested in acquiring the services of Hakim Ziyech from Eredivisie side Ajax this summer, according to the latest report from a German daily newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, as quoted by GGFN.

The west Londoners are understood to be among a number of clubs from across the continent who have registered their interest in the Moroccan, who is enjoying yet another stunning season in the Eredivisie.

From 25 matches in the top division of Dutch football, Hakim has found the back of the net on 15 times. Ziyech has also chipped in with a further 15 assists for de Joden.

Maurizio Sarri’s side could be on the observation post for added creativity throughout the upcoming summer transfer market, with Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea under scrutiny as Real Madrid still on the radar.

The potential departure of the Belgian star could pave the way for Hakim to arrive, but Chelsea may face heavy competition from elsewhere.

According to Suddeutsche Zeitung, Niko Kovac’s Bayern Munich are interested in signing the playmaker, who is valued at €35 million by his club, while Premier League trio Everton, Arsenal and Leicester City are also interested.

Meantime, Chelsea have been received a major transfer boost with the news that Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho will not be signing for Manchester United in summer.

According to recent reports in Spain from Sport, the Blaugrana midfielder continues to see doubts rise about his long-term future, with an EPL return being mooted.

While it’s still unclear about where Philippe could be playing his football next campaign, one thing that’s for sure is that it won’t be at Old Trafford.

Serie A giants linked with €25m swoop for out-of-favour Chelsea defender

AC Milan are thinking about launching a double offer for Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri and Barcelona winger Malcom this summer.

The Italian club are currently holding on to the fourth place in Serie A this term, but the club hold a slender one-point edge over nearest rivals AS Roma with six matches to go.

All-important qualification for the UCL is AC Milan’s priority for now, but should Gennaro Gatusso’s side return to Europe’s top tournament, that will possibly give them a boost financially to bolster coach the squad to ensure that they can compete at that level.

According to an Italian outlet Calciomercato, Rossoneri have had an important meeting with the agency that look after Malcom and Emerson, and enquired regarding their current situations at Barcelona and Chelsea respectively.

Italo-Brazilian has been limited to just 22 matches in all competitions thus far this campaign, with manager Maurizio Sarri largely preferring Spain international Marcos Alonso in that position.

Blaugrana star has fared worse at the Camp Nou, making just 19 matches since his summer move from Bordeaux, as he has managed to contribute just 4 goals and 2 assists for the Catalan heavyweights.

In spite of that lack of playing time though, it is suggested that the 22-year-old star is still rated at over €50m, while Emerson Palmieri would potentially cost AC Milan €25 million.

In turn, the Italian outfit would have to be ready to spend more than €75m in total, and so that’s what arguably makes UCL qualification crucial to their plans to bolster the squad.

The former Roma man would add quality depth along with Ricardo Rodriguez who has not always convinced this campaign, but it is the lack of alternatives in the attack which has arguably hurt Genaro more.

Chelsea tracking €9m Bundesliga giants flop who currently plays for Dutch club

According to a British newspaper the Daily Mail, Chelsea are closely monitoring the development of Borussia Dortmund forward Alexander Isak with a view to a possible move in the summer.

The same report states that the Blues keen to bring in the talented and young striker after South American star Gonzalo Higuain’s failure to make an impression on his loan stint, although the possibility of new signings in the summer solely depends on the verdict of the two-window transfer ban.

The Blues are probably hopeful of having the transfer ban frozen or postponed, which is the reason why the club are continuing to keep a close eye on their possible targets.

And Swedish star Alexander Isak is another name on the wishlist, as Maurizio Sarri plans to solve his No.9 problems heading into the upcoming campaign.

The 19-year-old attacking sensation has made a huge impression at Willem II in Holland’s top division Eredivisie since moving out on loan the winter, registering 12 goals and four assists from 12 league matches.

The Stockholm-born striker, who has drawn comparisons with his compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was snapped up for a sum of €9m by Borussia Dortmund from Swedish side AIK in January 2017.

However, the star struggled for regular minutes in the German top flight and a loan stint in the Netherlands has undoubtedly worked wonders for the player’s development.

Standing at 6ft 3in with a well-built figure, Alexander Isak is an ideal mix of the attributes of a modern-day dynamic striker and a traditional No.9.

He has been tipped to be his country’s next poster boy after Zlatan and Isak certainly has the potential and the talent to make an impression in the Premier League.

Chelsea plan to beat Premier League giants in race for pacy Ligue 1 forward

Chelsea are reportedly lining up a summer move for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, who Arsenal have already pinpointed as their No.1 target.

The 23-year-old star has taken Ligue 1 by storm this campaign, contributing 19 goals and 11 assists in 32 games to fire Christophe Galtier’s club to second in the Ligue 1 standings.

His displays haven’t gone unnoticed, with a wide range of elite European clubs reportedly keeping tabs on his progress, including Arsenal.

According to The Sun, Arsenal have been keen on signing Pepe for a few weeks now, while Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich are also closely monitoring his situation.

However, The Daily Mirror claims that the Blues are plotting to hijack Gunners’ proposed swoop for the Ivory Coast star, who LOSC Lille rate at around £70m.

Chelsea have earmarked Pepe as the perfect replacement for Eden Hazard, who is understood to join Real Madrid this summer transfer window, but the club’s legal problems might hold back any possible deal.

The club were hit with a transfer ban earlier this year and if the Blues’ final appeal is unsuccessful, they will be not able to bring in Nicolas, or anyone else for that matter until the summer of 2020.

They are confident of winning the appeal though and Nicolas is the first man on their wishlist as preparations for the 2019-20 term begin to take shape.

Les Dogues star certainly has the attributes to fill Eden’s boots, but it remains to be seen whether or not Nicolas can be as effective in EPL as he has been in France.

Not Hazard: European giants not giving up hopes of signing Chelsea winger

La Liga club Barcelona are set to reignite their interest in Chelsea star Willian and are prepared to chase his signature in the summer, reports say.

According to a British daily newspaper the Telegraph, Blaugrana are still interested in Blues forward.

The Catalan heavyweights are set to renew their interest for Willian in the summer transfer market.

The South American will be on their transfer radar once again in summer after Blues rebuffed the efforts last two transfer window.

Willian has been connected to Barcelona for some time now and it was reported that the Catalans had lodged offers in January to sign the Brazilian.

But, the club rejected the tempting proposals and chose to retain their technically gifted winger beyond transfer market.

Chelsea has been his home for almost six seasons now, since joining the west Londoners in the summer of 2013 from the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Brazilian star has been consistent for Chelsea and has used Samba flair and quick feet to good impression at Stamford Bridge.

But, he has always been criticised by his supporters, mainly for his lack of delivery and his habit of sometimes not being good enough in spite of a massive work rate.

The Spanish outfit have signed Brazilian star duo Philippe Coutinho and Malcom and French winger Ousmane Dembele in recent campaigns but have just not been able to replace now Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.

The three aforementioned attackers have played well in spades, with lack of form and injuries causing the board to look elsewhere.

Chelsea reportedly demand £40m transfer fee for out-of-favour striker

Chelsea want £40 million if they are to part ways with misfit Michy Batshuayi in summer, with a string of sides said to be keen on the Belgian star.

The 25-year-old star joined Blues in 2016, but he has managed to make just 53 matches for the club, netting 19 goals, as he has struggled to become the first-team player in the squad.

Michy has been on loan at Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and Crystal Palace during the last two seasons, with neither Maurizio Sarri nor Antonio Conte apparently fancying the star to do a job for them at the club.

That view could change with Blues’ transfer ban in mind, as if the club are unable to bolster the squad in summer, they might be forced to recall their on-loan players to ensure that they have enough depth and quality to compete on multiple fronts next campaign.

However, according to The Express, the Blues have named their price for the star, as it’s stated that they call for £40 million for him this summer.

Both Everton and Borussia Dortmund are said to be interested and could splash out to land him on a permanent basis, while it is added that Fiorentina and Torino also hold interest but would prefer a loan switch.

In turn, it remains to be seen if Blues’ demands are met as it would certainly be better for all concerned to simply allow Michy to move on and get on with his professional career elsewhere if he does not have a long-term future in west London.

He has managed just six goals in 34 matches this term across spells with Valencia and Crystal Palace, whereas he excelled Bundesliga and that would surely be the most sensible landing spot for the player.

AC Milan reportedly set asking price for Chelsea to sign €70,000-a-week star

AC Milan management will sanction the sale of reported Chelsea target Franck Kessie in the summer window if their €35m asking price is met.

Chelsea have been connected with a move for the star in the latest months, with his long-term future at San Siro continuing to come under scrutiny.

Frank remains an important player for Gennaro Gattuso, but according to reports from Corriere dello Sport, as quoted in a report from Calciomercato, AC Milan would be ready to let him leave in the upcoming transfer market.

Chelsea star Tiemoue Bakayoko is currently out on loan at the Italian giants, and reports previously claimed that a possible exchange deal involving the two stars could be on the cards.

However, it looks like AC Milan will only look to part company with Kessie if the club are able to sell the player, not exchange him.

Chelsea are not the only EPL club who have been connected with a move for the Ivorian star. Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were also named as possible suitors earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Chelsea star Michy Batshuayi could return to Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal this summer.

According to The Daily Express, via Football London, die Borussen could sign Batshuayi in the next transfer market if they are ready to meet Chelsea’s valuation of the attacker.

He’s available for a sum in the region of £40 million, but it’s unclear at this time as to whether or not Borussia Dortmund would be able to meet it.