As pre-season approaches, clubs are stepping up their activities to sign the players they need to take them to the next level.
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PL POWERHOUSES AT $40M APART AS NEW BLUES BOSS SET TO MAKE SPLASH
If new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wants to make a splash in the transfer market, the loud rumors linking Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling with Stamford Bridge certainly confirm it.
Sterling, who has been with City since 2015, is a prime target for Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel a keen admirer of the winger.
According sky sports, Chelsea believe they can land the England international for just A$61million given that Liverpool star Sadio Mane is set to leave for Bayern Munich for a similar fee.
However, City are said to have priced the £105m price tag despite the player only having one year left on his contract at the Etihad.
With Pep Guardiola’s side adding Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to their attacking moves, Sterling must be curious to see where he fits into the plan.
Playing time will also be vital to Sterling’s ambition to make England’s World Cup squad in November and December, so a move out makes sense if he’s not guaranteed to consistently do part of the initial formation.
CITY STAR READY TO SPARK TRANSFER TO NORTH LONDON
Despite constant reports linking Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus with Arsenal, it looks like the Gunners could lose him to none other than their bitterest rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.
The departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left Mikel Arteta’s side scrawny in the forward position, although Eddie Nketiah looked strong at the end of the season and recently signed a new contract.
However, with Arsenal taking their time, it allowed Tottenham to sneak in as they tried to sabotage a deal.
The DailyMirrorreports that Spurs boss Antonio Conte is a fan of the Brazilian’s versatility in the final third and has offered the appeal of Champions League football to the City star that Arsenal cannot do.
Spurs lifted Arsenal into 4th place in the table after a late-season surge that included a resounding win in the North London derby in the closing rounds of the campaign.
Losing to their main rivals for a much-needed player would be the cruellest blow for the Gunners, but they appear to be further down the line for a possible deal.
GUNNERS LINE UP PLAN B
In case Arsenal somehow lose Gabriel Jesus, it looks like Mikel Arteta has devised a contingency plan and he is a player who has graced the Premier League before.
The 29-year-old spent two seasons at Chelsea and scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League appearances and has a footballing CV of European heavyweights.
Morata has spent the last two seasons on loan with Juventus and the Italian side are keen to bring him back on a permanent basis, but the club are also close to signing Paul Pogba which is sure to put a financial dent in Juve’s coffers. .
CHELSEA FLOP $170M NEAR ITALY RETURN
Just a year after signing Romelu Lukaku for $170m, Chelsea are close to getting rid of the Belgian sniper.
sky sports reports that a deal for Lukaku to join Inter Milan on loan is nearing completion, but the Italian side and Chelsea are clashing over loan fees.
Chelsea want $17m while Inter will only pay $8.7m.
However, a deal seems almost a certainty at this stage following Lukaku’s comments in December last year in which he expressed his desire to return to Inter.
“I really hope deep in my heart to come back to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully earn more,” Lukaku said. Sky in Italy.
Having scored just eight goals in 26 Premier League games, it seems a split is best for both sides.