PSG confirm Donnarumma signing, Chelsea £85m Chiesa BID, Blues also in for £150m Erling Haaland – transfer news live

PSG confirm Donnarumma signing, Chelsea £85m Chiesa BID, Blues also in for £150m Erling Haaland – transfer news live

July 14, 2021

ERLING HAALAND has REFUSED to commit his future to Borussia Dortmund, with Chelsea reportedly waiting in the wings with a blockbuster £150m deal.

But one man the Blues have made a bid for is Federico Chiesa, according to reports from Germany.

While Lionel Messi helped Argentina win the Copa America – but is still a free agent as his Barcelona contract situation drags on.

And, Robert Lewandowski could be on his way OUT of Bayern Munich with the club now looking for a replacement for the 32-year-old star, who is wanted by Real Madrid.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    BEES TUNE IN FOR CHALO

    Brentford are targeting a loan swoop for Chelsea prodigy Trevoh Chalobah.

    The versatile 22-year-old can play in either midfield or defence and is attracting interest from several clubs.

    West Brom have been chasing the starlet and wanted him to help lead their promotion charge from the Championship.

    Now the Express & Star claims they face stiff competition from the Premier League for his signature.

    Brentford are reportedly keen on signing Chalobah.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD ‘WAY OFF REAL’S VARANE VALUATION’

    Raphael Varane is ‘very happy’ with terms Manchester United are offering but Real Madrid want £20million MORE for their France defender.

    That’s the claim from talkSPORT as Real eye £60m for the 28-year-old, compared to the £40m United have so far reportedly been willing to pay.

    Varane is in the final year of his deal, so could be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a non-Spanish team.

    United were also linked with Real legend Sergio Ramos, 35, who instead joined PSG.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD ‘WAY OFF REAL’S VARANE VALUATION’

    Raphael Varane is ‘very happy’ with terms Manchester United are offering but Real Madrid want £20million MORE for their France defender.

    That’s the claim from talkSPORT as Real eye £60m for the 28-year-old, compared to the £40m United have so far reportedly been willing to pay.

    Varane is in the final year of his deal, so could be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a non-Spanish team.

    United were also linked with Real legend Sergio Ramos, 35, who instead joined PSG.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TIER BACK IN GEAR

    Scotland’s Euro 2020 main man Kieran Tierney is back in training with Arsenal – ready for a new personal challenge.

    The Gunners signed £8milion Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares, 21, last week.

    And although boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu have hailed Tavares’ development over the past year, he faces a huge battle to unseat Tierney.

  • Ian Tuckey

    VIRGIL VAN BIKE

    Comeback star Virgil Van Dijk and striker Mo Salah hope to hit top gear at the right time midway through Liverpool's first week back in training.

    Van Dijk's fellow defender Joe Gomez is also back after they missed most of last season with knee injuries.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RAMS HOPE FOR WON DIRECTION

    Wayne Rooney hopes to point struggling Derby County in the right direction – after inviting former One Direction popstar Niall Horan along to boost morale.

    The Rams only won one of their last 15 games of the season, narrowly escaping relegation on the final day of last season thanks to a 3-3 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

    Two failed takeover bids and the threat of an EFL points deduction for a potential breach of Financial Fair Play rules have left Derby's fans and players sweating over an uncertain future.

    Now Rooney has tried to banish the blues by allowing massive Rams fan Horan into the club's pre-season training sessions to lighten the mood.

    Horan, who is about to release a new solo album, told the Rams website: “I was texting Wayne and he said come down and have a watch 

    “The players had an 11 v 11 game and after seeing that, you see what Wayne is trying to do shape-wise.

    “I’ve been a Derby fan since I can remember so to have the opportunity to come down and watch the stuff behind the scenes is amazing.

    “Watching him in a meeting and coaching, you can’t help thinking ‘that is Wayne Rooney out there, Manchester United and England’s greatest scorer, and he’s the manager of our football club’."

  • Ian Tuckey

    SAMBI-LINE FOR EMIRATES

    Anderlecht’s Belgium midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is tipped to complete his Arsenal move next move.

    The 21-year-old will reportedly sing a contract after exiting isolation in a week’s time.

    He could then join Gunners’ team-mate for the Florida Cup.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    RASHFORD BACKING STILL SURGING

    Manchester United and the city’s fans are re leading the groundswell of support for Marcus Rashford.

    The United and England striker faces racist abuse online after England’s Euro 2020 final shootout defeat against Italy, as did fellow penalty-missers Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka.

    The Old Trafford media team have stayed on top of all the online messages swarming in with encouragement for the child poverty campaigner, who has also fought against injustice such as racism.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM FANS MAY NEED COVID PASSPORTS

    Premier League bosses are exploring the possibility of requiring fans to bring Covid passports to stadiums next season, according to reports.

    The concept has been subject to considerable back and forth in recent months, having been initially favoured by the Government before being put on the back burner.

    Yet the continuing rise in cases, particularly of the Delta variant of coronavirus, has forced a rethink.

    According to iNews, the Premier League are in the early stages of working with the Government on a Covid certificate system.

    The document would be connected to the NHS app already downloaded by millions for track and trace and to lodge test results.

    The Government is said to prefer keeping passports inside the NHS framework with the Prem also considering its own certifcation app.

    Alternatively, fans could be asked to show their Covid status as they enter stadiums. Attendees at Wembley's Euro 2020 matches were required to show proof of a negative test for the virus within 48 hours of the game.

    Prem officials are said to be prioritising plans to ensure the 2021-22 season is completed, when it kicks off in August.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ALL HAMMERS' HANDS ON DEC

    West Ham will use some of the wages freed up by Felipe Anderson's Lazio transfer to try and tie Declan Rice down to a bumper new deal.

    The Brazilian is set rejoin the Italians for £5million – just three years after moving the other way for £42m – and the East Londoners will look to use the extra available cash to reward Rice with a lucrative new contract.

    Winger Anderson, 28, joined the Irons in July 2018 on a four-year deal – under the stewardship of then-manager Manuel Pellegrini and ex-director of football Mario Husillos.

    The transfer fee was a club record at the time and has been fully paid up.

    But after an impressive first campaign – in which he bagged ten goals and five assists from 40 games in all competitions – Anderson's form fell off a cliff.

    He has scored just twice and provided eight assists in 33 matches since and was farmed out to FC Porto on loan last summer – for which the Hammers received a small fee.

    But Anderson only managed 389 minutes of game time for the Portuguese giants across 10 games, which has seen his value plummet.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPURS CLOSE ON TOMISAYU

    Tottenham are pushing ahead with plans to sign £15million-rated defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, according to reports.

    New Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo is eager to bolster the backline with fresh faces this summer.

    Japan international Tomiyasu has been on the transfer shortlist since the arrival of Spurs' managing director Fabio Paratici.

    The 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive season at Italian side Bologna and has been a mainstay in the team since joining in 2019.

    Spurs fans will also get to see him in action during the Olympics as he looks set to represent his country.

    According to The Athletic, Tottenham are finalising the transfer with the deal expected to go through.

    Manchester United were also looking at the player but are preparing to play the waiting game with Raphael Varane.

    Tomiyasu can also play as a full-back or in a back three, giving Santo more options in defence.

    Spurs initially looked at Jules Kounde from Sevilla but the player wants a move to a Champions League club.

  • Ian Tuckey

    REFS' CHIEF: STERLING PENALTY DECISION RIGHT

    EURO refs’ chief Roberto Rosetti has confirmed the Euro 2020 semi-final penalty winner earned by Raheem Sterling WAS a spot-kick.

    But Rosetti also backed final ref Bjorn Kuipers’ decision to only book Italy midfielder Jorginho for his horror tackle on Jack Grealish.

    And he suggested Premier League bosses should look to apply the same “light touch” approach to reffing next term.

    Rosetti, who revealed there was a record low average of less than 22 fouls per match in the tournament and that all 18 VAR overturned decisions were “100 per cent correct”, said he was expecting questions about the spot-kick Sterling won against Denmark.

    He said: “The video shows that what Danny Makelie, the referee saw, was what happened.

    “There was a clear action by the defender, Simon Kjaer, a clear movement of his right leg, then knee against knee.

    “The defender didn’t play the ball and Danny saw the clear contact.

    “We can all discuss the intensity of the contact but this is what the referee saw and the VAR confirmed that.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MESSI BETTER BY HALF

    Lionel Messi looks set to stay at Barcelona after reportedly agreeing to slash his current wage in half – but he'll still get by.

    The Catalan giants have convinced the Argentine to stay at the Nou Camp after offering him a reduced salary of a measly £1.2million a week.

    Even with his cut in salary, the 34-year-old still comfortably remains the best-paid player in the world.

    Barcelona had little choice but to cut his salary as they top a whopping £1billion worth of debt.

    And comparisons to the rest of the stars across Europe show just how much Barca value their key man.

    Behind Messi is his fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo who takes home £900,000-a-week with the Old Lady.

    The Portugal superstar has a year left on his deal in Turin but has been linked with a big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain.

    It may come as no surprise to see Ronaldo's potential future team-mate Neymar in third.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BLUES READY TO MEET HAALAND PRICE

    Chelsea are prepared to meet Borussia Dortmund’s asking price for Erling Haaland, according to reports.

    The Bundesliga side will reportedly accept an offer of £150million for the in-demand striker.

    And Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich, who is determined to land the striker, is ready to make the necessary funds available, report German outlet Bild.

    The deal would break the British transfer record, and naturally Chelsea may need to offload some players to secure the move.

    Tammy Abraham has been linked with a move to West Ham this summer after falling out of Thomas Tuchel’s plans last season.

    He is one of several first-team players who could depart, along with Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

    Ziyech only joined the club last year and has scored six goals in 39 games for The Blues.

    The highly-rated Hudson-Odoi has attracted interest from Bayern Munich, and Chelsea could now cash in.

    And according to Bild, the sale of that trio could raise around £90m, meaning Abramovich would only need to find £60m to finalise the Haaland transfer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SCHICK'S OF THE BEST

    Patrik Schick's wonder-strike against Scotland has been crowned Euro 2020 Goal of the Tournament.

    The Czech Republic star fired in a mind-blowing shot from the HALFWAY LINE during last month’s group stage game.

    Watch Patrik Schick score Euro 2020 ‘goal of tournament’ with insane 50-yard strike against Scotland for Czech Republic

    Schick’s side were already leading the Scots 1-0 when the Bayer Leverkusen ace tried his luck from 50 yards out.

    The ball soared through the air as goalkeeper David Marshall, well out of his area, sprinted back to his box in desperation.

    But the stopper was left helpless as the ball flew into the goal – with Marshall also crash-landing into the back of the net.

    And Scotland’s morale was completely deflated as Czech Republic held out for a 2-0 win.

    Schick’s effort saw off fierce competition to land the top prize.

    Paul Pogba’s goal for France in their last 16 defeat to Switzerland came second.

    And Luka Modric’s stunning hit for Croatia in their 3-1 win over Scotland came third.

    Schick is the latest Euro 2020 award winner, with Italy goalie and tournament winner Gianluigi Donnarumma crowned Best Player.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ERLI BIRD

    Erling Haaland kicked off his pre-season training with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday amid talk of Chelsea launching a mega transfer bid for the striker.

    The German side welcomed the Norwegian back after joking that he was on his way to England when sitting out an earlier fitness test.

    A video of his dribbling and control session was posted online before Haaland shared a thumbs-up photo to his Instagram.

    He captioned the shot: “Day one✔️ Ready for the journey 💪🏻.”

    The 20-year-old is reportedly strongly fancied by Premier League side Chelsea for a summer move.

    Borussia are intent on keeping Haaland, having already given Jadon Sancho the green light to join Manchester United.

    A price tag of £150million has been slapped on the Norway forward ahead of his release clause, thought to be set at £65m, becoming active next summer.

    Reports in Germany suggest Roman Abramovich is personally driving Chelsea’s bid for Haaland.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANCHO: HATE WON’T WIN

    Jadon Sancho has bravely spoken out after suffering racist abuse but the England star insisted: ‘Hate will never win’.

    Manchester United’s new buy, along with fellow subs Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, missed in the European Championship final penalty shootout loss to Italy.

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    Afterwards, the courageous trio were subjected to vile racist abuse, which left Sancho saddened.

    But the winger vowed to bounce back better than ever as he thanked fans for their support and positivity.

    Sancho, 21, posted: “I’m not going pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse that me and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but sadly it’s nothing new.

    “As a society we need to do better, and hold these people accountable.
    Hate will never win.

    “To all the young people who have received similar abuse, hold your heads up high and keep chasing the dream.”

    “I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ART PAINTS AMUSING PICTURE

    Arsenal fans were in stitches when Mikel Arteta reeled off his list of excuses for the club’s dismal 2-1 pre-season loss to Hibs.

    The Gunners made a complete hash of their first friendly in Scotland and were trailing 2-0 for most of the game.

    They only managed to pull one back through Emile Smith Rowe who scored with just ten minutes left.

    The Spaniard’s decision to field two non-first team players, keeper Arthur Okonkwo and centre-back Harry Clarke, ended up backfiring on him.

    Okonkwo had a dismal start to the game as he missed Cedric Soares’ poor back pass after only 21 minutes.

    Hibs ace Martin Boyle pounced on the error, before sub Daniel MacKay scored their second with 20 minutes to go.

    Despite the nightmare result, Arteta tried to focus on the positives, which were shared by Goal journalist Charles Wyatt.

    The Gunners boss revealed the players hardly had any training time ahead of their first friendly game.

    Arteta also blamed the loss on a bunch of injustices, claiming the Scots first goal was an accident and that the second was clearly offside.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNAR TRAINING

    Manchester United players not involved at Euro 2020 have been training ahead of Sunday’s pre-season clash with Derby.

    And a number are out to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they look to secure a place in his first-team squad this term.

    The Red Devils saw a large number of stars compete at this summer’s tournament, including Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.

    Solskjaer’s Euro stars are now having a well-deserved rest as the new season kicks into gear.

    And that has paved the way for fringe players and youngsters to share the stage with first-team aces who have already had their holiday.

    Old Trafford aces including Mason Greenwood, Alex Telles and Juan Mata were all seen practising at United’s training ground.

    Other familiar faces such as Nemanja Matic, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Dean Henderson and Axel Tuanzebe were also present.

    The regulars were joined by players returning from loan spells, including Andreas Pereira, Tahith Chong and Di’shon Bernard, as well as new goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

    Meanwhile, there were also opportunities for academy graduates such as Joe Hugill, Ethan Galbraith, Anthony Elanga, Will Fish, Teden Mengi, Matej Kovar, Nathan Bishop and Shola Shoretire.

    And each player will now be desperate to start when United travel to Pride Park on Sunday for a friendly against Old Trafford legend Wayne Rooney’s Rams.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PUT YOUR HOUSE ON VARANE DEAL?

    Real Madrid superstar Raphael Varane is allegedly already house hunting in Manchester as United look to recruit the France centre-back.

    The Red Devils continue to work on a sensational deal to sign the highly-decorated star this summer transfer window.

    Now Diario AS claims he has already begun house hunting in the North West.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS’ ODE BOOST

    Arsenal’s dream of bringing Martin Odegaard back to North London could be on once again amid reports of financial woe at Real Madrid.

    Los Blancos are subject to a decreased wage limit this season after suffering a collapse in revenue during the pandemic.

    LaLiga enforce a salary cap that has come into focus amid the coronavirus crisis, with Barcelona at particular risk of exceeding their allocation.

    According to The Athletic, a number of stars have been earmarked for a potential sale after Real’s limit dropped by over £140m from its pre-pandemic figure.

    First-team players Eden Hazard, Isco, Marcelo, Mariano Diaz, Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane have all been described as up for sale.

    Two players potentially joining them are 22-year-old Odegaard and fellow former Arsenal loanee Dani Ceballos.

    While Ceballos will contend with his future after playing for Spain at the Tokyo Olympics, Odegaard is already in pre-season training.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BLUES SETBACK OVER CHIESA HUNT

    Chelsea have reportedly been rebuffed by Juventus in their quest to sign winger Federico Chiesa for £85million.

    The 23-year-old was one of the players of the tournament at Euro 2020 as he helped Italy win their first European Championship since 1968.

    Chiesa is currently halfway through a two-year loan spell in Turin from Fiorentina, with the Old Lady having an obligation to permanently sign him next year.

    That deal could be worth as much as £43million, and it has been claimed they have rejected an offer from the Blues almost twice as much as that.

    According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, the West Londoners have identified the player as a key target with Thomas Tuchel looking to strengthen his side.

  • Joe Brophy

    XHAK ON TRACK

    Granit Xhaka's highly anticipated move to Roma from Arsenal is expected to gather pace this week, according to reports.

    And the wantaway Emirates midfielder is reportedly prepared to shorten his summer holidays in a bid to get his dream switch over the line.

    It comes amid reports of Arsenal technical director Edu entering talks with agent Jorge Mendes over a move for Wolves ace Ruben Neves.

    Italian publication Calciomercato claims Arsenal and Roma are yet to agree to a fee on the sale of Xhaka.

    The Gunners are thought to be after £15million for the Switzerland captain who impressed during Euros 2020.

  • Joe Brophy

    WILL HE GO?

    Brandon Williams’ loan move to Southampton has hit the skids – because of the size of the loan fee.

    Manchester United are understood to be looking for more than £2million to let another club borrow the versatile full-back.

    Saints have been keen on the 20-year-old since last summer but see that price as too rich for their blood.

    It means a deal is looking increasingly unlikely unless United reduce their demands.

    That is despite Williams himself being keen to join as he is keen to play regular games, having started just TWO Premier League games last season.

    It is believed he would still want to quit Old Trafford temporarily even if Alex Telles joins Jose Mourinho at Roma.

  • Joe Brophy

    NEW BLUE OFFER

    Chelsea are considering making a new offer for England hero Declan Rice, according to reports.

    And West Ham are reportedly willing to sell if a bid comes in at £80million or above.

    Rice, 22, has rejected two substantial contract offers from the Hammers this summer amid interest from the Blues and Manchester United.

    The East Londoners are desperate to tie the holding midfielder down with their vice-captain looking for more than has been on the table so far.

    But having led the club to Europa League qualification last season, the Three Lions ace is not agitating for a move away.

    However, his resolve may be tested with his former club Chelsea set to make an offer, according to Eurosport.

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