Tottenham Hotspur want to join the hunt for Italy’s big hope, Fiorentina ace Federico Chiesa — but it will take a whopping £70 million, according to an exclusive report from a British newspaper the Sun.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino would love a fresh attacking face to challenge for major titles and the club’s spies are putting the 21-year-old Viola star top of the wishlist.
But Federico, who plays as a winger and has skills and pace, is one of the most in-demand stars in Europe right now — with Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli and AS Roma primed to bid with Giallorossi could be in pole position to snap him up in the summer window, if the latest reports are to be believed.
Sources close to Federico reveal he is keen on a move to London and at first, was hoping that Maurizio Sarri’s Blues would come for him.
Yet as Blues face a transfer ban and Maurizio’s future is uncertain, Spurs’ chances have risen.
Pochettino said the previous week that he wanted an “extra magic man” and president Daniel Levy could sanction a summer swoop to keep his highly rated coach happy.
Tough negotiator Daniel would have to dig deep to sign Chiesa and may have to sell one or two stars to do so.
But the club are serious about Chiesa who would have a sell-on value if Italian becomes the superstar he is extensively tipped to turn into.
Chelsea defender David Luiz has reassured Blues fans that he is close to agreeing on a fresh contract with the club.
Standard Sport first disclosed last October that the 31-year-old Brazilian centre-back was in line for a new contract after becoming an essential part of the squad this season.
David, who turns 32 in April, has started 34 matches for the north London heavyweights, missing just two of their EPL matches all campaign.
Discussions have been ongoing for months, with Blues’ policy for stars over 30 being the only problem because the Blues only offer one-year extensions and David wanted longer than that.
But a compromise is evidently close because when questioned if he will still be at the club next season, David said:
“I think so. We are talking with the club. Everybody knows I love this club, I feel comfortable here and am happy here. I am doing my job very well so I think a lot is going to happen.”
“I have the job best job in the world so I have to be motivated every single day. I love football, if I didn’t love football I would not be playing anymore.”
Italian manager Maurizio Sarri gave David Luiz rest for their Europa League last-16 second match against Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night.
This season, in all competitions (Premier League, Europa League, EFL Cup, FA Cup), the South American defender has made 36 appearances, netted two goals and provided two assists for the Blues thus far.
He left Stamford Bridge for the French giants Paris Saint-Germain in a £50 million move in the summer of 2014 but rejoined the West Londoners two years later in a £34m deal.
New Roma coach Claudio Ranieri is lining up a transfer raid on his one-time club Chelsea for out-of-favour midfielder Danny Drinkwater.
England international has had a nightmare spell with Blues since his transfer from Leicester City in the summer window of 2017, with the former Foxes man only making a handful of matches for the club since his arrival.
Danny has only had 30 minutes of playing time for the west London club this season, something that confirms he is more than out-of-favour at the club.
However, things might be looking up for the 29-year-old star, as it seems he could be given a way out of the club in the near future if this report from Calcio Mercato is to be believed.
Claudio has recommended that his new club sign Drinkwater from the Blues, with the star set to potentially take up the position of back-up for Daniele De Rossi, should English star end up moving to the Italian heavyweights.
In spite of his torrid time at North London, Drinkwater still has a chance to get a place Giallorossi’s starting eleven, especially if his form throughout his time at the Foxes is anything to go off.
During Leicester City’s amazing title win in the 2015/16 term, Drinkwater was an important part of his former side, with his partnership with French star N’Golo Kante in the midfield proving to be a vital part of the club’s title win.
And should Danny be able to reproduce that partnership with a midfielder like Steven N’Zonzi or De Rossi at Roma, the Rome-based club will end up looking like masters of the transfer window in due course.