The 2018 FIFA World Cup is done and dusted and having said that, the Premier League clubs are bracing themselves for the new 2018/19 campaign. The clubs have already left for their pre-season tour, but getting new players in the squad remains their utmost priority. Arsenal, of all, have made a huge impact in the transfer market, while the likes of Manchester clubs as well as Chelsea have been relatively quiet.
And with that being done, here we take a look at all the happenings around the top 5 Premier League clubs.
The champions of England have left out five of their players from the 25-man pre-season tour squad to Asia, including new signings, Tiemone Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger. The other stars who are not part of the team are Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic, Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard. The trio of Costa, Matic and Zouma have been left out with their fate at Stamford Bridge hanging in the balance, while Hazard and Bakayoko have not been picked due to issues regarding their fitness.
It is no secret that the Italian manager is not having the best relationship with his Brazilian born striker at present and that the attacker has not been doing himself a favour by his recent actions. Matic, on the other hand, was being linked with a return to join former boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, as Manchester United looked interested in acquiring his services. Their future at the club looks in peril, as the duo could be leaving the Londoners prior to the start of the new season and their omission from the current squad could be a sign of things to follow.
Further, Zouma was dropped from the team too and is expected to join Stoke City on a season long loan, with the Daily Mail confirming spotting him at the Potter’s training ground over the weekend. Also, new additions to the squad, Bakayoko and Rudiger have been left out for two different reasons and the duo would be disappointed too.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is all set to complete his move to Premier League champions Chelsea after the club agreed a deal worth up to €45 million (£39.7 million) with AS Monaco, plus add-ons, as per the reports from The Guardian.
There had been a lot of speculations doing the rounds in media that the Blues had been beaten to sign the 22-year old by fellow Premier League team Manchester United, in a similar way to what they did for the deal involving Romelu Lukaku.
However, reports from The Guardian state that the English and the French champions have been able to reach an agreement with the fee and the structure in which the payment will be made. The move will be finalized once the player undertakes a medical which is scheduled to take place on Friday.
Bakayoko underwent a keyhole surgery on his knee at the end of the last season and is currently in rehabilitation. However, Chelsea are confident that the issue isn't a long term one and the player is able to go through the medical, despite the club's medical team believing he is close to six weeks away from being in contention to play for the first-team.
This would mean that the France international will not be able to feature for the club in their pre-season tour and could well make his debut after the first international break. The deal has been in process for quite some time now, but there were a few chinks that needed to ironed out, those being Bakayoko's knee problem and the structure of the complete payment, which caused the delay in the transfer.
Chelsea could be set to face further humiliation in the transfer market at the hands of Manchester United, as reports from Daily Star claim that the Red Devils are set to snatch AS Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko from their clutches, after agreeing a £35 million fee for the Frenchman.
The 22-year old looked primed to become a Chelsea player, after the Blues' boss Antonio Conte had made him his top transfer target in the summer. The Premier League champions were also willing to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic to United, in order to make space for Bakayoko in the squad.
Chelsea stepping up transfer business with three deals in the pipeline, Manchester United move for Spanish striker closing in after showdown talks with current club, Liverpool's top priority in the transfer market also set for crunch talks with present club, Everton identify Premier League striker to replace Romelu Lukaku and James Rodriguez has made a decision on which club he wants to join; all this in our today's transfer round-up;
Chelsea To Complete Deals Worth £130m For Bakayoko, Sandro and Rudiger
Premier League champions Chelsea are on the verge of completing three transfer deals in this week, with AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Juventus left-back Alex Sandro and AS Roma defender Antonio Rudiger are all set to move to the Stamford Bridge. The Blues will be shelling out a total of £130 million to finalize the three deals.
Manager Antonio Conte had earlied told the club that he wants his full squad available before the club heads out for pre-season and it looks like he will be getting his wishes, with Chelsea all set to complete most of their important transfer business quite early.
Antonio Conte's Chelsea are expecting to cash near to £125 million to complete the signing of three superstars in Juventus' Alex Sandro, Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko and AS Roma's Antonio Rudiger, as per the reports from The Daily Telegraph.
A news has recently broken out that Chelsea have already agreed a £29 million fee, which could rise upto £33.3m (€38m), for Antonio Rudiger with AS Roma and are closing in to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from AS Monaco. The 22-year-old midfielder is expected to cost £35m, and his arrival might see Nemanja Matic heading out of the Bridge, with Manchester United reportedly vying to acquire his signature.
Furthermore, in case of Juventus' Alex Sandro, the Blues have to break their £50m transfer record, which they paid for Fernando Torres back in 2011, as the Turin-based club are holding on to their £60m price tag. Chelsea, earlier this month, made an official attempt of £52 million for Sandro, but that obviously wasn't enough for the Old Lady to digest. They have firmly said that they don't intend to sell any of their first-teamers, but an offer of near to £60m would be hard to reject.
It won't be hard for Chelsea to cash in that much of capital as they have already credited near to £62m by the sales of Juan Cuadrado, Asmir Begovic, Christian Atsu, Bertrand Traore and Nathan Ake. Furthermore, the aforementioned source has added that Conte still wants at least one more centre-back at his disposal and the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Leonardo Bonucci have been identified as the possible targets. Besides that, it was also reported that Rudiger's teammate, Kostas Manolas, who was close on moving to Zenit St Petersburg a few days back but failed to show up for the medical, also grabbed Chelsea's attention.
Defender Kurt Zouma is a target for fellow Premier League club, Blues join Manchester City in the race for French starlet, while an approach is made to German champions Bayern Munich for defender; Midfiedler undergoes medical ahead of a move and club willing to offer a player in exchange for Sevilla star – all this in today's Chelsea transfer round-up;
Crystal Palace To Make A Loan Offer For Zouma
Premier League club Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on taking defender Kurt Zouma on loan for a season.
The Eagles' new manager Frank De Boer is keen on signing a new centre-back ahead of the next season and has identified Zouma as a target, if the club fails to get their hands on Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.
The 22-year old Zouma has struggled to break into the scheme of things under manager Antonio Conte, despite recovering from his serious injury and as a result made just 14 appearances across all competitions last season. The player, for his part, remains intent on staying put at the Stamford Bridge and fighting for a place in the first-team.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to up their up bid for Juventus's left-back Alex Sandro, while at the same time, they are expected to continue their pursuit of AS Monaco's Tiemoué Bakayoko, as per the reports from The Guardian.
It has been a long time since Chelsea are linked with Bakayoko, and if the reports from the Daily Telegraph are to be believed, the Blues are closing in to sign the French international, with a fee of around £35 million is on the table. Furthermore, just a few days back, Chelsea made an official attempt of £52 million for Sandro, but the Turin-based outfit firmly rejected the offer, claiming that they do not want to sell any of their first-team players.
"Our desire is to not sell any of our most important players," Juventus' General Director Giuseppe Marotta was quoted by Sky Sports. "We said no to a very good offer from Chelsea for Alex Sandro.
"But we know that we are competing with clubs that are in a position to offer wages that are not rational for us. And players are always their own boss.
"I do not know how Alex Sandro reacted."
Chelsea are closing in to sign AS Monaco's 22-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for a fee reported to be around £35million, as per the reports from Daily Telegraph. The same source has further added that Bakayoko will soon travel to London for a medical.
This certainly isn't a surprise seeing Chelsea linked with Bakayoko as Antonio Conte has been a long-term admirer of the one-capped Frenchman. The Blues even made an official approach to acquire his signature, and Monaco were quick to slap a whopping price tag of £43m on his head. The speculation took a dip due to Monaco's asking price and also due to Bakayoko's wage demand.
All this, however, has been put down to rest as the player has agreed the terms with the Blues and is close to making a move to Stamford Bridge. Monaco, on their part, have settled down at £35million and will be allowing their star man to leave this summer. This deal could see a surprise element as Michy Batshuayi might move to the other way on loan.
Liverpool set to lose out on top target, Chelsea eyeing a move for French goalkeeper to replace Asmir Begovic while one of their promising youngsters is being monitored by French side Olympique Lyon, Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes revelation about his future and Tiemoue Bakayoko in negotiations with a Premier League club – all this in our today's Premier League transfer round-up;
Liverpool To Lose Ryan Sessegnon
Liverpool face more hurdles in their pursuit of Fulham's young left-back Ryan Sessegnon as Tottenham Hotspur have intensified their interests in the 17-year old.
Jurgen Klopp has been planning a move for Sessegnon for some time now, but with Danny Rose's future uncertain, Spurs have made the England youth international a primary target. The fact that the youngster will remain in London, if he moves to Tottenham is said to be the deciding factor while a chance to work with Mauricio Pochettino, who has shown great success in developing young talent is said to be another important factor. Looks like Liverpool are set to miss out on yet another target.