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Chelsea put three players up for sale to fund club-record Erling Haaland transfer



Chelsea are going all out to steal the show this summer and complete the big-money signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

In the latest development, three players have reportedly been put up for sale to free up the necessary funds to make the dream move a reality.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are believed to be the only club willing to pay the big bucks to sign Haaland this summer.

It would set them back in the region of £150million, whereas next summer his newly-active release clause would see him available for less than half of that fee.

When virtually all of Europe’s elite come calling in those circumstances, Real Madrid believe they have the upper hand in the deal, having met with his entourage earlier in the year.

As such, there is a sense of urgency around Chelsea’s Haaland pursuit amid a feeling that bringing the Norwegian to Stamford Bridge could happen now or never.

According to BILD, three players have been transfer listed as a result. Express Sport takes a closer look:

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich for several transfer windows, a move which would see him follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and switch to the Bundesliga.

He was handed a massive contract by Chelsea in 2019 which sees him earn £100k-per-week, but he has still not managed to truly establish himself in their frontline.

Reports suggest Chelsea could earn approximately £30m through selling the 20-year-old, although a move to Bayern may present problems of its own.

With Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman already vying for game time on the wings, the youngster may have his work cut out moving higher up the pecking order than he currently is at Stamford Bridge.

Hakim Ziyech

It would almost be a shame for Chelsea to let go of the talented Moroccan who has only been allowed to strut his stuff for one injury-hit season at Stamford Bridge.

However, Tuchel and transfer chief Marina Granovskaia must be ruthless when trimming the fat in their squad.

Chelsea have too many heavy-hitters in their attack, particularly if Haaland comes in, which leaves a peripheral attacking player like Ziyech in a tough position.

If truth be told, the attacking-midfielder does not fit seamlessly into Tuchel’s 3-4-3 formation. If AC Milan are able to stump up around £30m as reported, the west London side could well be wise to green-light the deal.

Tammy Abraham

The main man under Frank Lampard quickly found himself frozen out when Tuchel was instated as his replacement.

The Englishman struggled to get past Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Olivier Giroud in securing minutes up top, which led to a hugely frustrating season.

Abraham scored 15 Premier League goals during the 2019/20 campaign, form which has not been forgotten by the likes of West Ham who are thought to be keen on a deal.

At 23-years-old, the rangy front-man is already a proven goal-scorer at the top level, while he would be wasted sat on the bench at the Bridge.

With all three of the aforementioned players back in pre-season training ahead of the new season, don’t be surprised to see their respective situations evolve quickly over the coming days and weeks.


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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