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Chelsea’s ‘untouchable’ transfer target forces Thomas Tuchel to rethink summer plans



Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have been dealt a huge blow in their transfer plans in what was expected to be a fairly busy window for the Blues. 

The recently crowned Champions League winners were touted with a move to re-sign former Stamford Bridge star Romelu Lukaku, currently of Inter Milan. 

Despite spending around £45m on ex-RB Leipzig star Timo Werner this time last year, Chelsea’s biggest weakness last season was their form in front of goal. 

It clearly didn’t hinder the Blues too much given their success on the European stage, but a fourth-placed finish is unlikely to be accepted two seasons in a row. 

Tuchel is expected to be backed by owner Roman Abramovich with huge funds to attract some of the biggest names on the continent, including Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland. 

However, it is unlikely that the Bundesliga outfit will part ways with their prized asset this summer, in turn leading Chelsea to look elsewhere to solve their goal-scoring woes. 

Ex-Chelsea striker Lukaku was originally identified as an ideal candidate, second only to Haaland on the Blues transfer wish-list. 

It now appears the Blues will miss out on Lukaku as well, as the Belgian’s agent issued an update which will make for unwelcome reading for the Chelsea faithful. 

The forward’s agent was asked about the lingering interest from both Chelsea and Manchester City, but responded with “There’s absolutely no problem with Inter. Romelu is on holiday.” 

The Serie A outfit are thought to consider Lukaku.

Tuchel will now have to plan for the new season without Lukaku re-joining the Chelsea ranks as they prepare to look elsewhere. 

Tottenham star Harry Kane has also been touted with a move to Chelsea, though it is unclear whether the England skipper is keen on swapping North London for West. 

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is believed to be unwilling to accept anything less than £150m for Kane, who has expressed his desire to leave the club in pursuit of the game’s biggest trophies, something that has eluded him so far. 

In more unfortunate news for Chelsea, Kane’s most likely destination appears to be Manchester City, given Pep Guardiola’s side are the most likely to be able to afford him. 

Kane is unlikely to want to burn his bridges at Tottenham by joining a direct London rival. 


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



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




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




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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