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Chelsea ‘have held talks with Erling Haaland alternative’s agent over a potential summer move’ as Thomas Tuchel desperate to sign new striker

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Chelsea have reportedly held talks with Robert Lewandowski’s agent over a possible summer move as Thomas Tuchel steps up his search for a new striker this summer.

The Champions League winners are desperately hoping to freshen up their front line as they prepare to mount an assault on the Premier League title with Timo Werner enduring a disappointing first season in English football.

Tuchel has made it clear that Tammy Abraham has no future in west London, with the 23-year-old attracting interest from Arsenal, while Olivier Giroud has already left for AC Milan.

The Blues have been heavily linked with Erling Haaland but Borussia Dortmund are adamant they won’t sell this summer, having already lost England star Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.

Chelsea reportedly had an opening player-plus-cash bid for Haaland rejected last week and Dortmund’s stance has forced the Premier League sided to look elsewhere. 

A return to Stamford Bridge for Romelu Lukaku is another possibility, although it is thought it would cost in excess of £100million to sign the Belgian from Inter Milan.

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Harry Kane has also been linked but the rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham means it’s unlikely the England captain will make the move across London, despite making it clear he wants a new challenge this summer.

But the latest name on Chelsea’s radar is Bayern Munich talisman Lewandowski amid uncertainty over his future with the Bundesliga giants.

According to German outlet Sport Bild, Chelsea chiefs have already held initial talks with the Polish star’s agent, Pini Zahavi.

Lewandowski, 32, still has two years remaining on his current Bayern deal and the German giants are desperate to tie him down to longer terms. 

The Sun reported earlier this month that Chelsea are set to make a £50m offer for the Polish star and he is keen on moving to the Premier League.

Lewandowski has been in outrageous form in recent seasons and broke German icon Gerd Muller’s record for Bundesliga goals in a single season with 41 last campaign.

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Bayern could be tempted to cash in on Lewandowski this summer, rather than risk losing him for a lesser fee next summer, or worse on a free in 2023 if he fails to sign new terms.

It comes after reports claimed Chelsea are prepared to let Abraham join Arsenal on loan this season if a £40m obligation-to-buy clause is included in the deal.

Tottenham and West Ham have been exploring options to sign him permanently but his £40m valuation has proven to be a sticking point, with the latter informing Chelsea they wouldn’t be willing to pay in excess of £30m.

Arsenal would likely pay a large chunk – if not all – of his wages to sign him on loan, which would see Chelsea’s wage bill reduced by around £80,000, freeing up resources to help finance transfer plans of their own.  

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Another option for Tuchel is Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic. The Athletic claimed the Austrian is one of many back-up options the Blues can turn to should their pursuit of Haaland come to nothing.

But it is thought Stuttgart are in no rush to sell the forward who netted 17 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for the German side last season.  

Meanwhile, Danny Ings – who has turned down a new four-year deal at Southampton to try and force through a move to a Big Six club – is also under consideration as a potential Chelsea striker target.  

Reports in Italy also claim Chelsea have enquired about Sassuolo and Italy forward Domenico Berardi.

The 26-year-old impressed for his country at Euro 2020, claiming two assists in the group stages on the Azzurri’s way to winning the tournament after beating England in the final on penalties.

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Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report

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As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

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The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

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Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

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Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m

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Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

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For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

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To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

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Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

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With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

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The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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