With the preseason just around the corner, clubs are ramping up their activities to bring in the players they need to take them to the next level.
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PL POWERHOUSES $40M EXCEPT AS NEW BLUES BOSS SET TO MAKE SPLASH
If new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is looking to make a splash in the transfer market, then strong whispers linking Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling to Stamford Bridge will certainly back that up.
Sterling, who has been with City since 2015, is a prime target for Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel, an avid admirer of the winger.
According to air sports, Chelsea think they can win the England international for just $AUD 61 million, as Liverpool star Sadio Mane will leave for Bayern Munich for a similar fee.
However, City have reportedly priced Sterling at $105 million, despite the player only having one year left with the Etihad.
With Pep Guardiola’s side adding Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to their attacking squad, Sterling must be curious about where he fits into the plan.
Playing time will also be vital to Sterling’s ambition to be part of England’s squad for the World Cup in November and December, so a move makes sense if he’s not confident he will consistently make the basics.
CITY STAR IS ON SPARK NORTH LONDON TRANSFER TUG-O-WAR
Despite constant reports linking Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, it seems The Gunners could lose him to none other than their most bitter rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.
With the departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mikel Arteta’s side is thin in the striker position, although Eddie Nketiah looked strong at the end of the season and recently signed a new contract.
But with Arsenal taking their time, it has reportedly allowed Tottenham to sneak in as they try to thwart a deal.
The daily mirrorAccording to Spurs boss Antonio Conte, he is a fan of the Brazilian’s versatility in the final third and has offered the City star the lure of Champions League football, something Arsenal cannot do.
Spurs moved Arsenal to 4th on the ladder after a strong rise in the late season, including a resounding derby win in north London in the closing rounds of the campaign.
Losing their arch-rivals to a much-needed player would be the cruellest blow to the Gunners, but they seem further away from a potential deal.
GUNNERS LINEUP PLAN B
Just in case Arsenal somehow lose Gabriel Jesus, it looks like Mikel Arteta has a contingency plan and it’s a player who has graced the Premier League before.
According to theDaily mailThe Gunners have made an offer for Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
The 29-year-old spent two seasons at Chelsea, scoring 16 goals in 47 Premier League appearances and has a football resume that includes some European heavyweights.
Morata has been on loan to Juventus for the past two seasons and the Italian side are eager to bring him back for good, but the club are also planning to sign Paul Pogba, which is sure to put a financial dent in Juve’s coffers.
$170M CHELSEA FLOP CLOSE TO ITALY RETURN
Just a year after the signing of Romelu Lukaku for a staggering $170 million, Chelsea are poised to take the Belgian sniper off their hands.
air sports reports that a deal for Lukaku to return to Inter Milan on loan is nearing completion, but the Italian side and Chelsea are clashing over the loan amount.
Chelsea want $17 million, while Inter will only pay a maximum of $8.7 million.
A deal, however, seems anything but a certainty at the moment following Lukaku’s comments last December in which he expressed his desire to return to Inter.
“I really hope in the bottom of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully win more,” said Lukaku. Air in Italy†
After scoring just eight goals in 26 Premier League games, a split seems best for both sides.