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.
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 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.