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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel already has perfect answer to failed Jules Kounde transfer



Thomas Tuchel may have been unhappy to see Chelsea fail to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, but it appears that the Blues boss already has the perfect answer to that collapsed move.

Kounde was linked with the Premier League side for much of the summer, but Chelsea failed to agree a fee with Sevilla.

Kounde was Tuchel’s main target to boost his defensive options, but finished the summer window without adding a centre-back.

That left him to choose from Thiago Silva, Adreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and Trevoh Chalobah, with Cesar Azpilicueta, Malang Sarr and Reece James also options.

Despite not getting his main target, it has been an ominous start for the Blues defensively, conceding just one goal so far this term.

A major part of that impressive backline performance has been Silva, who started in the centre of Chelsea’s back three against Tottenham on Sunday.

Though Spurs attempted to target his lack of pace by playing quick balls to Heung-Min Son, Silva put in a dominant display.

The Brazilian was many observers’ man of the match having won five of his six defensive dues, made six clearances and enjoyed a pass success ration of 85 per cent.

The 36-year-old’s impressive afternoon ensured Spurs allowed just two shots after the break and held Tottenham to an Expected Goals ratio of a tiny 0.06.

Spurs aimed a bombardment at him, but Silva still won four of his aerial duels, losing none, made seven recoveries and three interceptions.

Former Tottenham and Liverpool star Danny Murphy certainly believes that Silva has given the Blues an edge in defence.

“Chelsea looked like the real deal. Adaptability in football is key and great players and managers adapt. They’ve got both,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“They look like a real outfit don’t they. The quality on the bench as well is nothing short of remarkable.

“I have to say, the back three of Chelsea, defensively. I mean people think Thiago Silva’s nearing the end.

“Well, don’t worry about him. Physically perfect, wisdom, knows when to step in front, knows when to drop off.”

Silva has started the last three Premier League games in succession for the Blues, helping them to keep two clean sheets in that time.

Tuchel’s side have won two of those matches 3-0, suggesting that Silva’s presence gives Chelsea a solid base to build from.

Of course, with Silva having entered the final year of his contract, Chelsea may return to Kounde in January or even next summer.

But until then, Silva’s performances suggest that Chelsea and Tuchel will not be missing the failed addition of Kounde much.


Barcelona and Chelsea advancing with deal for veteran star, formal offer expected today



In a major development, as reported by Toni Juanmarti, Chelsea are ready to present a formal offer for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the next few hours.

The 33-year-old veteran has been on the radars of Chelsea in recent weeks as they desperately look for a new striker following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel worked with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund in the past and is pushing for a reunion.

Barça were believed to have been reluctant to let go of the forward, especially with Memphis Depay already on his way out.

However, their need to generate funds and free up space on the wage bill to successfully register players could see the club cash in on the ex-Arsenal skipper.

As per the report, talks between Chelsea and Barcelona are advancing and the Blues are now expected to table a formal offer imminently, with all parties involved keen on getting the deal over the line at the earliest possible.

The 33-year-old joined Barcelona only during the January window earlier this year, arriving as a free agent after Arsenal ripped up his contract. He quickly became a key player for Xavi Hernandez’s side, playing a part in their second-place finish in La Liga.

However, Robert Lewandowski’s arrival this summer has seen Aubameyang drop down the pecking order to the second-choice No. 9 at Camp Nou.

Along with Chelsea, Manchester United have also shown an interest in the former Arsenal captain. However, Aubameyang is believed to have made it clear that if he leaves Barça, it would only be for Chelsea.

With a formal offer from the Blues expected imminently, things could pick up pace in the coming hours, and Aubameyang could soon be on his way back to London.

Chelsea were believed to have made a bid for Aubameyang already, although Juanmarti clarifies that it was only a verbal offer.

Their first formal offer will now be tabled in the coming hours, which could see Aubameyang secure a swift return to England.

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Barcelona plan to offer €30 million for 24-year-old La Liga defender



Even though we are just a few weeks away until the transfer window slams to a shut, Barcelona remain active in the market and are still looking for ways to strengthen their squad.

The Catalans have roped in a slew of top-quality stars in the month of July, including star striker Robert Lewandowski. Although they are yet to sign a player in August, Xavi has set his sights firmly on a few players.

One of those players in question is Juan Foyth. The Villarreal starlet has been identified as the ideal replacement for Sergino Dest as Barcelona look for a reliable right-back that can offer more quality than the American international.

Indeed, Barça have been left frustrated by Dest’s lack of progress at Camp Nou. They are prepared to sanction the exit of the former Ajax starlet, with Manchester United among the clubs in contention to snap him up by the end of the month.

While Dest’s exit from Camp Nou could soon be on the horizon, Barcelona are actively trying to lure Foyth away from Villarreal. The club are even weighing up an offer for the young Argentine, according to Gerard Romero.

The reputed Spanish journalist suggests Barça are considering a bid of around €30 million plus add-ons for Foyth, in an attempt to convince Villarreal this summer.

The Catalans are aware of the fact that the Yellow Submarines rate the defender highly due to his tremendous success in La Liga. In addition to his form, he offers a lot of versatility to the table and with time on his side, he could be a smart long-term investment for the club.

However, it remains to be seen whether Villarreal are open to sanctioning the exit of one of their prized defensive assets, especially at this stage of the transfer market

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Man Utd ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades – AS



Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

At Old Trafford, Ten Hag does not have a specialist holding midfield star and someone like Casemiro will largely improve the squad. However, the question is, should Man Utd spend £68million to sign a player who will turn 31 next year?

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