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Transfer News: Chelsea Ready To Offer €60m for Real Madrid Defender; Arsenal Interested In Simic


Chelsea Readying Offer For Ferland Mendy

According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Chelsea have reignited their interest in Ferland Mendy over a move in next summer’s transfer window. To that end, the Blues are ready to offer €60 million to land the French defender from Real Madrid.

Ferland Mendy joined Real Madrid from Lyon in the summer of 2019 and quickly established himself as a key figure for Los Blancos. Over the last couple of years, his stock has grown leaps and bounds, with the 26-year-old becoming a mainstay at the back for the Spanish giants. However, the last few months have been excruciating for Mendy.

A long-term injury had kept the French defender sidelined for months before he finally made his return this month. To date, Mendy has turned out 71 times for Real Madrid, chipping in with three goals and four assists along the way. However, there have been suggestions that he could be facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid, with Chelsea keen on signing him.

Arsenal Join Race To Sign Roko Simic

According to a report by Transfer Market Web, Arsenal have joined the race to sign Roko Simic. The 18-year-old Croatian whizkid, who is currently on loan at FC Liefering, is also the subject of interest from the Gunners’ local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and is valued at around £7 million by Red Bull Salzburg.

Roko Simic joined Red Bull Salzburg from Lokomotiva Zagreb this past summer and was immediately sent to the Austrian giants’ feeder club FC Liefering. And the teenage prodigy has made a strong start to life in Austria, with nine goals in 12 games for Liefering.

Earlier this week, the 18-year-old also made his first-team debut for Salzburg, appearing as a late substitute against VfL Wolfsburg. His progress in short senior career has not gone unnoticed, with some of the biggest clubs in the world already setting their sights on him. And as things stand, Arsenal and Tottenham are hot on the trails of the Croatian forward.

Liverpool Urged To Sign Toni Kroos

In an interview with Football Insider, Paul Robinson has opined on the recent rumours linking Toni Kroos with Liverpool. The former goalkeeper has urged the Reds to launch the offensive for the Real Madrid ace, claiming he is the kind of player they desperately need on board at Anfield at the moment.

Toni Kroos joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014 and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best ever players in the club’s history. A mainstay in midfield ever since he first stepped foot at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the 31-year-old forging a formidable midfield partnership along with Luka Modric and Casemiro.

To date, Kroos has made 323 appearances for Real Madrid while chipping in with 22 goals and 80 assists in the process. All through the last seven years, he has played a key role in the immense success Los Blancoshave enjoyed, particularly in Europe.

Chelsea Battle Barcelona For Karim Adeyemi

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, the race to sign Karim Adeyemi from Red Bull Salzburg continues to heat up. The 19-year-old German international has already been linked with a gamut of club and as things stand, Chelsea are battling Barcelona, among others in his pursuit.

Karim Adeyemi has made significant progress since joining Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2018. Initially sent to feeder club FC Liefering for around 18 months, the player has made quite an impact since returning to the Red Bull Arena at the turn of the year in 2020. And he seems to have taken his game to the next level at the onset of 2021/22.

In 17 appearances across all competitions, the 19-year-old has garnered a return of 12 goals and two assists while his performances have also helped him break into the German national side, with the youngster even scoring on debut against Armenia. At the same time, Adeyemi has invariably popped up on the radars of several bigwigs of European football, with Chelsea and Barcelona hot on his trails currently.

Chelsea Ready To Offer €50 Million To Re-Sign Eden Hazard

According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Chelsea appear to be preparing their offer to re-sign Eden Hazard from Real Madrid. The UEFA Champions League holders are ready to lodge a bid worth €50 million to bring their former talisman back to Stamford Bridge in next summer’s transfer window.

Eden Hazard joined Real Madrid from Chelsea in the summer of 2019, fulfilling a lifelong dream by making his way to the Santiago Bernabeu. However, the dream quickly turned into a nightmare for the Belgian international, who has struggled to be a regular presence in the attacking unit for Los Blancos owing to a spate of injuries.

Now into his third season at Real Madrid, the 30-year-old has only managed to feature in 51 games while amassing a tally of five goals and nine assists in the process. The injuries have not gone away early in the 2021/22 season, with Carlo Ancelotti having to manage his minutes carefully.

Paulo Fonseca frontrunner for Newcastle United job

Newcastle United parted ways with Steve Bruce following the Saudi Arabia takeover of the club. The manager was in charge of the Magpies for around two years, and led them for the last time against Tottenham Hotspur in a 3-2 defeat. 

Now, the conversation surrounding the new manager of the club has started to gain traction. Former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte was rumoured to be a possible candidate for the job. The Italian has been out of a job since leaving Inter at the end of the previous season. 

But according to renowned transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, Conte is not even being considered for the job at this point. The front-runner for the hot seat at Newcastle United is currently Paulo Fonseca. The former Roma and Shakhtar manager was in talks with Tottenham Hotspur this summer about the vacant position. However, the talks fell through. 

Now, he has emerged as the top candidate to take charge of the club following the departure of Steve Bruce. Fonseca has not been given the green light by the new board yet, but contract talks between the two parties are currently going on. Fonseca and Newcastle United are getting closer to an agreement since the manager wants to compete in the Premier League after leaving Serie A. 

Once the board agrees to have Fonseca in charge of the club, the Portuguese is ready to accept the offer and lead the next era of the richest football club in the world. 

Dani Olmo Ready To Snub Manchester United To Join Barcelona

According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Manchester United could be forced to end their interest in Dani Olmo. The 23-year-old RB Leipzig midfielder favours a move to Barcelona, even though the Red Devils are prepared to offer him better terms.

Dani Olmo joined RB Leipzig from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2020 and has continued his upward trajectory at the Red Bull Arena. The former Barcelona trainee, who left the Catalan club as a 16-year-old to make his way to Croatia, has come a long way in the last eight years or so.

Now a regular feature for the Spanish national side, the 24-year-old is also a mainstay for Leipzig, and has gone on to feature 64 times for the Bundesliga giantswhile chipping in with 12 goals and 14 assists along the way. His continued progress has kept a number of big clubs interested in him, with Barcelona and Manchester United, in particular, being hot on his trails.

Barcelona, in fact, attempted to sign Olmo late in the summer transfer window as well before a deadline day move failed to materialise. The interest in the Spanish international, though, has not waned since then, with the Blaugrana becoming even more determined to secure his services, possibly even in the January transfer window.

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