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Chelsea transfer rumours: Raphinha deal in doubt | Sterling holds positive talks

Wrapping up the Chelsea transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.

Newcastle interested in Broja loan | Chelsea to assess striker in pre-season

Newcastle are interested in signing Chelsea striker Armando Broja this summer and have discussed him as a potential loan signing.

Chelsea intend to assess Broja in pre-season before making a decision over his future. The Blues are short of options up front after allowing Romelu Lukaku to return to Inter Milan on loan.

Broja, who spent last season on loan at Southampton, is also attracting interest from the Saints and West Ham.

Chelsea in talks with Leeds over deal for Raphinha

Chelsea are in talks with Leeds over a deal for Raphinha, with the Blues prepared to pay in excess of £50m to get the deal done.

Chelsea’s bid has at this point trumped Arsenal, who had an opening bid rejected but are expected to go back in with an improved offer. Chelsea are also in for Raheem Sterling with Manchester City expecting to field a bid for the England international after Thomas Tuchel engaged Sterling over how he would fit in at Stamford Bridge.

Barcelona are also understood to want to sign Raphinha, whose agent is the former Barca player Deco.

Raphinha has been Leeds’ outstanding attacking player since joining two seasons ago, scoring 17 Premier League goals.

Lukaku rejoins Inter Milan on season-long loan

Romelu Lukaku is officially an Inter Milan player again after completing his season-long loan move from Chelsea, with no obligation to buy.

Inter will pay Chelsea a loan fee of £6.9m plus £3.5m in bonuses if they win the Scudetto, and will cover all his wages this season.

Lukaku has agreed to a 30-per-cent pay cut to smooth his exit, with his earnings set to drop from £10m per year after tax to £7m.

Man City expecting Chelsea bid for Sterling

Manchester City are expecting to field an opening offer from Chelsea for Raheem Sterling after Thomas Tuchel engaged the England international over how he would fit in at Stamford Bridge.

The forward heads a shortlist of the manager’s attacking targets and enters the final year of his contract with the Premier League champions, who are grateful for his service and will not obstruct his desire for greater minutes and status elsewhere.

Pep Guardiola has repeatedly stated “I don’t like to keep players that are unhappy” and is open to allowing Sterling’s exit this summer, even to a rival, on condition that an acceptable bid in the region of £50m is tabled.

https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.520.0_en.html#goog_1943754472Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge says he expects Chelsea to make major moves in the transfer window and Raheem Sterling is high on their list

Ronaldo not for sale despite Chelsea reports

Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale and Manchester United expect him to remain at Old Trafford, despite reports linking the Portugal forward with a sensational move to Chelsea.

United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and lack of signings so far this summer has led to reports that Ronaldo may want to leave.

His agent Jorge Mendes met Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly last week and Ronaldo was mentioned during the meeting, but new United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Ronaldo is part of his future plans.

Ronaldo returned to United last summer, 12 years after originally leaving the club for Real Madrid, and netted 24 goals in 38 games to finish as the club’s top scorer in all competitions.

AC Milan confident of striking Ziyech deal

Hakim Ziyech is under contract at Chelsea until 2025
Image:Hakim Ziyech is under contract at Chelsea until 2025

AC Milan are confident they will be able to finalise a deal to sign Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech this summer, according to Sky in Italy.

New contact has been made between the two clubs with Milan keen to make their first addition to this season’s squad.

Ziyech has been with Chelsea since February 2020 when he moved to London from Ajax for £33.3m.

Chelsea offer Werner in De Ligt deal

Chelsea are willing to pay €45m (£38m) plus Timo Werner to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus while Hakim Ziyech is in talks with AC Milan, reports Sky in Italy.

The 22-year-old Netherlands defender has a £103m (€120m) release clause in his Juventus contract, which is due to expire in 2024, and the club will only entertain offers close to that mark.

Chelsea to approach ex-Liverpool sporting director

Chelsea are expected to engage Michael Edwards over their sporting director vacancy with owner Todd Boehly previously referencing Liverpool as a “great model” for success.

The man who helped reshape the recruitment of the Merseysiders and constructed Jurgen Klopp’s world-class squad with smart, analytical-powered transfers, departed Anfield this summer after 11 years.

A source close to Edwards has told Sky Sports News that since the 42-year-old’s decision to leave was made public last November, he has been approached by Europe’s powerhouse teams – Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain specifically – as well as hedge funds and billionaires wanting to buy clubs and have him run them.


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