Chelsea are ready to tempt Angel Gomes to Stamford Bridge with a lucrative contract proposal as the young midfielder prepares to quit the Blues’ league rivals Manchester United this summer transfer market.
The Red Devils’ attempts to convince the 19-year-old ace to extend his stay at the club have been unsuccessful.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was confident that an agreement could be reached when quizzed about Gomes earlier this month but Ole appeared resigned to losing the talented player at his press conference on Monday.
Asked whether Angel would be putting pen to paper on a new deal, Ole responded: ‘I’ve got no news – nothing. So it doesn’t look it.
‘I’ve not heard from them (the club) last night or this morning, so it seems like they haven’t managed to agree. So the answer is probably short and yes (he’s going to leave).’
According to a recent report by the Independent, Angel turned down a £25,000-a-week contract from the club after receiving better offers from other teams in England and overseas.
The report states one of those offers has come from Chelsea, while outfits from Spain, Italy and Germany have also been touted with an interest in United’s highly-rated academy product.
Back in May of 2017, Angel made history as he became the youngest player since Duncan Edwards to make an appearance for the club’s first-team.
However, the youngster has struggled to kick on since his debut three years ago and has played just six times under the Norwegian this season.
Not kept by AS Monaco in spite of the principality club having the option to make the loan move permanent, Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko is a bit of a problem for the club this summer.
Frank Lampard has made it relatively clear the Frenchman doesn’t fit among his plans, meaning a new transfer, whether it be temporary or permanent, will need to be sorted out in the coming weeks.
Thre is time for that to happen, what with the extended transfer market and all that, and there is already an interested club in Italy.
AC Milan, a club Bakayoko knows well from his previous loan stint there, and TuttoMercatoWeb report a move back to Serie A is more than just an idea, as those in charge would welcome the player back, convinced that a midfield of him and Ismael Bennacer could support Ralf Rangnick’s 4-2-3-1 system.
The problem remains his wages, as it’s almost certain the Serie A outfit will have a salary cap next year, and Tiemoue’s €6.5m per year are above that.
However, it’s understood it would not be a huge problem as they could spread Bakayoko’s money over a longer deal, such as a four-year one, allowing to pay him €4m per year until he is 30, breaking the €3m ceiling for both the player and potentially Luka Jovic.
As for the transfer sum, it’s claimed Chelsea would want €20 million, which, if true, shows how badly they’d like to get him off their wage bill, seeing as they initially paid Les Monegasques €40 million for his services back in 2017.
Chelsea shot-stopper Nicolas Tie is reportedly set to move to Portugal this summer transfer market as Blues manager Frank Lampard rings the changes at the club.
The Blues have already confirmed Mario Pasalic’s departure to Serie A side, Atalanta, in a £13.5 million deal earlier this month while a couple of other exits are expected.
Atletico Madrid are ready to take up their £48.5m option on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko is drawing attention from Paris Saint-Germain and the west Londoners are looking to offload Michy Batshuayi.
Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Victor Moses are all considered surplus to requirements while Willian and Pedro are expected to leave after fulfilling their short-term deal obligations.
Jorginho and Emerson Palmieri are both on Juventus’ transfer radar while there has even been talk of N’Golo Kante signing for Real Madrid.
The futures of perennial loan players such as Danilo Pantic, Nathan and Kenedy are also up in the air, with Frank looking to trim his squad size and wage bill down.
And Nicolas could be the next player to depart, with reports from Portugal suggesting a switch to Vitoria Guimaraes is on the cards.
Record state a long-term contract offer is set to be tabled in the coming days, with Nicolas lined up as a replacement for second-choice keeper Miguel Silva who is set to join APOEL.
Meanwhile, O Jogo suggest a loan deal could take place but also indicate the Blues would be keen on a permanent move with a percentage of future sales coming their way.