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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ‘could force through’ Dortmund double transfer deal

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Chelsea could continue their raid of Borussia Dortmund even after securing a move for striker Erling Erling Haaland, with England midfielder Jude Bellingham reportedly also a target.

The race for the 17-year-old could extend across several transfer windows.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich is understood to be taking a key role in discussions, just as he did to take Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in a £71million deal last summer.

Abramovich is apparently willing to push through deals for Haaland and Bellingham.

The Norwegian would cost upwards of £100m, but it was reported on Wednesday that Chelsea had agreed personal terms with the prolific forward.

Head coach Thomas Tuchel wants a world-class striker to lead his attack after watching his side misfire during his first five months in charge.

Chelsea embarked on a remarkable run after Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard on January 26, losing just three more Premier League matches, but they shared their goals around the squad.

They just about squeezed a fourth-placed finish but sensationally won the Champions League.

Havertz scored the only goal during an all-English final against Manchester City, justifying Abramovich’s proactive stance during negotiations nearly 12 months ago.

And the Russian wants to take a similar position in talks to sign Haaland, according to Goal. They also remain interested in Tottenham forward Harry Kane.

Abramovich wants to strengthen relations with Dortmund ahead of a hotly contested race for teenager Bellingham in the future.

Chelsea’s ties with the Bundesliga club are mixed, despite them signing Christian Pulisic from the Westfalonstadion.

The west Londoners have previously turned down Dortmund’s approaches for striker Michy Batshuayi and, further back, former midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.

Any deal for Bellingham could extend long into the future, with the midfielder expected to sign fresh terms at Dortmund until 2025.

He had an excellent first season in Germany after arriving from Birmingham City last summer, appearing 29 times in the Bundesliga.

His form earned him a place in England’s squad for Euro 2020, where he became the youngest-ever player to appear at a European Championship.

Bellingham was a late substitute during the Three Lions’ win over Croatia.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Tuchel hopes that a few signings this summer will propel them back among contention for the Premier League title.

“Two or three [signings] could be very, very good. It’s a constant thing to never deny change,” Tuchel said last month.

“That you always bring new energy.

“New guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches.

“So I think it’s a good thing.

“We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover because it’s also our job to keep on improving, because we have still a young squad and it’s not about stealing from them the chance to prove it again, that they are capable of growing and evolving.

“But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger, and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us.”

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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