CHELSEA are edging closer to securing their first signing under Todd Boehly.
The Blues are said to be in advance talks with Jules Kounde, with a £56m fee believed to be enough to prize Sevilla’s hand.
The Spanish side had demanded the France star’s £68m release clause was paid in full but are now reported to have relented.
SunSport can also reveal that Richarlison has told Everton he wants to leave.
The Brazilian is keen to move to one of Chelsea, Real Madrid or PSG but will not consider a move to Arsenal.
And Chelsea reportedly want a whopping £20m loan fee to allow Romelu Lukaku to play for Inter Milan next season.
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Rudiger hails Eden Hazard
Antonio Rudiger will link up with former Chelsea teammate Eden Hazard at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Hazard has not had it easy in Spain with injuries preventing him hitting the heights he did in the Premier League.
On this, Rudiger said: “I am very happy to coincide with Eden again, now in Madrid.
“I know these have been very hard years for him, with many injuries and problems.
“But I still hope that the Madrid fans can see the Hazard that I played with, because he was without a doubt one of the best footballers in the world.”
Pul the other one
Christian Pulisic has shown off his drastic new look after dying his hair blond.
The Chelsea star, 23, is currently away on international duty with the USA – helping his side beat Morocco and secure a creditable draw against Uruguay.
Pulisic sported his natural brown hair for both matches – before turning up for training with a new blond look.
The Blues ace – tipped with a summer move away from Stamford Bridge – uploaded a sneak peek at his new do on Instagram.
Pulisic captioned the snap: “New hair who dis?”
But the Blues star was quickly trolled by his team-mates, including Mateo Kovacic.
The Croatian jokingly replied to the post with two facepalm emojis, to which Pulisic replied: “I did it just for you.”
Chelsea’s defensive targets reveals
Transfer guru Christian Falk has revealed Chelsea are targeting three centre-backs.
Thomas Tuchel is in the market to bolster his defence with Antonio Rudiger agreeing a deal to join Real Madrid.
Meanwhile Andreas Christensen is poised to link up with Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Commenting on the Blues’ targets, Falk tweeted: “Chelsea have on their list for new defenders.
“Presnel Kimpembe, Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde.”
Chelsea eye up Gabriel Jesus
Arsenal are battling London rivals Chelsea in the race to sign Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus.
The Gunners are claimed to be leading the race to prise the Brazilian away from the Etihad this summer.
But they face competition from the Blues, with Thomas Tuchel said to be a huge admirer of the ex-Palmeiras ace.
German reporter Christian Falk tweeted: “Thomas Tuchel would also like to work with striker Gabriel Jesus.”
Utd and Chelsea battle for Sangare
Chelsea and Manchester United are set to fight it out over PSV Eindhoven star Ibrahim Sangare ahead of the summer transfer window.
That is according to a report from Sky Sports that claims that the Premier League duo are eyeing Sangare, who is believed to have a €35million (£30m) release clause in his contract.
The Blues and United are set for quite a bidding war as the midfielder has also been linked with Liverpool as well as Newcastle.
However, the 24-year-old appears keen to move to the Premier League and is convinced he will be playing in England next season.
The Ivory Coast international was a regular for PSV last season as he registered four goals and four assists in 49 appearances across all competitions.
Sangare helped Eindhoven win the Dutch Cup by beating new United manager Erik ten Hag’s Ajax in the final.
Jul in the crown
Chelsea reportedly remain desperate to snap up Jules Kounde from Sevilla this summer.
The Blues agreed a deal with the Spanish side last year, only for the transfer to fall through after the LaLiga outfit demanded more money.
But the West London outfit have retained their interest in the player as they look to finally secure his services.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted: “Jules Kounde deal, still priority for Chelsea. Tuchel wants him.
“Talks are well advanced on player side, while Sevilla are still waiting to receive the opening bid for the French centre-back.
“Price tag will be around €65m [£55m], less than €80m [£68m] release clause.”
Milan Skriniar next club odds
Chelsea are leading contenders to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar.
That’s according to bookmakers Betfair, who’ve installed Thomas Tuchel’s side as 3/1 favourites to clinch his signature.
But Tottenham are outsiders at 6/1, a fraction behind Manchester United (5/1).
Though tipped to leave, Skriniar has stated that he intends to continue with Inter in Italy.
He said: “My future is at Inter.
“I have a contract and nothing has changed. The transfer rumours come out every six months, every year. But there’s nothing specific – I’m satisfied with Inter.”
Dembele chooses Chelsea?
Ousmane Dembele has reportedly decided to join Chelsea over PSG this summer.
The Barcelona winger will leave the Catalan giants when his contract expires in a matter of weeks.
The chance to work with Thomas Tuchel again, as he did at Borussia Dortmund, has proved to be a big factor in his choice, report the Mirror.
Chelsea still keen on Nkunku
According to Fabrizio Romano on Caught Offside, Chelsea are still interested in a deal for RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku.
A deal for him could come into fruition if the Blues fail to land Gabriel Jesus from Man City.
Nkunku has enjoyed a stunning season in Germany playing just off the striker scoring 25 goals.
Lampard wants two Chelsea players
Everton boss Frank Lampard is interested in signing two players from his former club.
Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour are the pair mentioned by The Telegraph.
Spurs’ Harry Winks is an alternative for Everton.
The Toffees are looking to bolster their options across the pitch after narrowly avoiding relegation.
Chelsea are one of a number of clubs in the Premier League considering a move for Josko Gvardiol, according to reports.
The RB Leipzig centre-back is on the radar of Manchester United and Tottenham.
If a move for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde cannot be completed, the Blues could switch their attention to Gvardiol.
Rice-less kit launch for West Ham
West Ham captain Declan Rice was missing from the club’s launch of their home kit.
Other stars like Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio were pictured in the new kit but Rice was not sending fans into meltdown.
One Hammer on Twitter wrote: “Yo @_DeclanRice where you at? I’m stressed you’re not there dancing.”
Perhaps a move to Chelsea is on the cards, Chelsea have a budget of £200million although West Ham want £150million.
David Moyes wants to bring in Armando Broja so that could reduce the fee.
Cech provides Lukaku update
Former Chelsea goalkeeper and now technical and performance advisor Petr Cech has spoken to Sky Sports about Romelu Lukaku, hinting that he could stay at the club amid Inter Milan rumours.
Cech said: “I personally believe he will have a great season. Last season we seen how strong he can be at the beginning when he came.
“But unfortunately, the long term injury he sustained in the game against [Aston] Villa slowed everything down and then he had Covid as well.
“I think we could see towards the end of the season, when he was fit and ready to go again, how strong he is. I have full confidence he will bounce back and have a strong season.”
Rudiger opens up on Madrid move
Departing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has opened up on his transfer to Real Madrid.
He told Marca: “I think that both in football and in life there are all chapters and this is a new one for me.
“Obviously, this new chapter is very big, it’s a big step for me. It’s probably the biggest in my entire career.
The first time I hear about Madrid… imagine. It was like, wow!
“The first time they contacted me was in September or October, I seem to remember. A club like this doesn’t call very often and it was amazing.”
Sterling shock transfer?
Chelsea are interested in signing Manchester City star Raheem Sterling, according to The Telegraph.
Sterling, 27, netted on 17 occasions in all competitions last season.
Chelsea and Spurs join Jesus race
We reported earlier in the blog that another six clubs are interested in Gabriel Jesus.
The player’s agent said: “We had talks with Arsenal about Gabriel Jesus, we like the project – it’s a possibility we’re discussing.
“There are six more clubs interested in Gabriel… we’ll see.”
Two of the clubs reportedly joining the battle for the Man City striker’s signature are Chelsea and Tottenham claim The Times.
Good afternoon Chelsea fans
It’s been a busy morning of transfer news following the takeover from Todd Boehly.
The American is ready to hand Thomas Tuchel a sizeable £200million budget for this summer to spend on transfers.
He could also hand the Chelsea boss control over who to bring in with the future of director Marina Granovskaia uncertain.
So, who could Tuchel look to buy this summer?
Names such as Ousmane Dembele and Jules Kounde continue to get rumoured.
Inter Milan are set to sell four players according to The Times; Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Skriniar, Nicolo Barella and Lautaro Martinez.
As reported yesterday, Chelsea could want Martinez in return for loaning Romelu Lukaku back to the Italian side.
Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Skriniar and Bastoni.
Additionally, in a SunSport exclusive, Richarlison wants to leave Everton with the West Londoners one of the sides interested.