Leipzig chief urges Chelsea to spend €175m for next Ronaldo
Chelsea would not be making a mistake by signing Erling Haaland for €175 million this summer, says Christopher Vivell.
Vivell, who worked with Haaland at RB Salzburg, knows the young striker well and reckons he can become the same dominant force that Cristiano Ronaldo has been in football for over a decade.
Since joining Borussia Dortmund from Salzburg in January 2019, Haaland has scored 57 goals in only 59 games. His brilliant performances have caught the eye of several clubs. Chelsea are the alleged frontrunners, having already approached the Norwegian’s club over a transfer.
Rumor has it that Chelsea could spend around €175 million, a figure even Haaland thinks is too much.
“When I look at the market and see who I would spend that much money on, he would probably be one of two,” Vivell told SportBILD about spending €175m on Haaland.
“If you can secure him now and pay that much for him, you’re not making a mistake because he’s still so young.
“On top of that, you have him under contract for five years, and Erling is already guaranteed something then.
“If he stays injury-free, he can dominate the next ten or twelve years like Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Barcelona Want Victor Lindelof From Manchester United In Antoine Griezmann Deal
According to a report from Spanish publication El Gol Digital, Barcelona’s bid to offload Antoine Griezmann has seen them propose a shock swap deal with Manchester United involving Swedish centre-half Victor Lindelof.
Barcelona are in dire straits with regard to their finances and are desperately looking to offload some of their highest earners within the squad, with Griezmann being one of them. The 30-year-old Frenchman has been offered to multiple Premier League clubs so far this summer as the Catalans look to free up room on their wage bill to re-sign Lionel Messi on a new contract.
West Ham linked with a loan move for 27-year-old Liverpool ace
According to the Express, West Ham United are considering a loan transfer for Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Englishman missed a considerable part of last season due to injury but would be raring to go for the games that lie ahead. And the Hammers are one club that could look to get him in for next season.
The 27-year-old came through the youth ranks at Southampton before Arsenal signed him in 2011. Six years later, Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. Since then, he has won a number of big trophies at Liverpool. But, is signing him temporarily the right move for David Moyes? Let us find out in the article below.
West Ham don’t need Oxlade-Chamberlain:
The Hammers have plenty of central midfielders in their squad right now. While Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek are defensive midfielders by trade, the Czech Republic international is not shy of getting into the attacking box. He mustered an impressive tally of 10 league goals last season, ensuring that the burden of scoring was not always on the attack.
Similarly, the club also has a couple of talented playmakers in Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini. The 25-year-old Spaniard is an able conductor in the number 10 role and would be supplemented by the availability of the Argentine, Lanzini. With two of them in their prime years and available for next season, Moyes shouldn’t have difficulty replacing the departed Jesse Lingard.
Mark Noble is 34 but the West Ham captain would want to think he has at least one more season left in him. And 21-year-old Conor Coventry, formerly with the West Ham U23 squad, should be optimistic about seeing minutes this season. One case that can be made about the Hammers signing ‘Ox’ is the midfielder’s versatility.
In the past, he has played as a right wing-back in a five-man backline and as a right-winger before being transformed into a central midfielder. But those are positions West Ham don’t really have any shortage in. Michail Antonio, Xande Silva, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jarrod Bowen, and Said Benrahma are all capable of playing out wide for Moyes’ side.
As for the position of a wing-back, West Ham have usually played a four-at-the-back systemunder Moyes. Even if they do decide to play with wing-backs, as they did a few times last season, Ryan Fredericks, Vladimir Coufal, Antonio, and 21-year-old Englishman Ben Johnson would all be fancying their chances down the right-hand side.
It would be wiser to hand minutes to Johnson and Coventry rather than Chamberlain because the youngsters can use that experience in the future. And unlike Oxlade-Chamberlain, if West Ham do sign him on loan, the duo is more likely to stay at the London Stadium for several years to come.
Another deal-breaker would be the former Gunners’ injury issues. The England international has had a number of major and minor injuries during his time in London and Merseyside. It would be a nightmare situation for Moyes if he brings in the injury-prone midfielder for one season, and he manages to pick up another fitness issue. It is better for the Hammers to avoid such a risky temporary solution.
Instead, as the report by Express mentions, the Hammers should focus on signing either one of Manchester United’s Lingard or West Brom’s Matheus Pereira on a permanent basis. That would offer them greater security going beyond the current season as compared to bringing in a player for just one year.
Real Madrid Interested In David Luiz
According to a report from Spanish publication Defensa Central, La Liga bigwigs Real Madrid have set their sights on the free-agent market to bolster their defence this summer, with former Arsenal star David Luiz emerging as an option.
Real Madrid are in desperate need of a new central defender after having seen club legend and former captain Sergio Ramos bid adieu when his contract with the club ran out. After the veteran superstar signed for Paris Saint-Germain, Los Blancos suffered another bitter blow as Raphael Varane is also on the verge of sealing a transfer to Manchester United.
Pogba ‘offered’ to Liverpool
Pogba has turned down a contract offer from Manchester United. The midfielder’s current deal expires in 2022. The Red Devils, therefore, could attempt a sale this summer rather than lose him for nothing next year. With a rumored price tag of £45 million, Paris Saint-Germain are his most likely option.
But if Raiola’s latest antics prove anything, it’s that nothing is off the table. The Dutch-Italian agent has apparently discussed the possibility of signing Pogba with Liverpool. The Reds could be open to a deal in January but definitely not for this summer. [Le 10 Sport – in French]
Sevilla reject Chelsea’s player-plus-cash offer for Kounde
The Blues previously proposed a transfer bid of around €30-35 million-plus Kurt Zouma. But Sevilla prefer cash-only offers and do not plan to accept bids of less than €70 million. The Nervionenses are adamant on this stance, especially as they’ll have to share a portion of Kounde’s sale with the defender’s former club Bordeaux. [Marca – in Spanish]
Trippier’s transfer stance of Manchester United move
Kieran Trippier is prepared to play the waiting game in his bid to seal a transfer to Manchester United.
With deals worth £120 million for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane done, United must recoup funds first. The plan is to offload players to raise cash. The Red Devils could then revisit their interest in Trippier.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likes the Atletico Madrid full-back and believes his experience, set-piece ability, attacking instincts, and versatility will prove a valuable aid. [Telegraph]
Lukaku rejects Chelsea return
Romelu Lukaku has politely turned down a chance to return to Chelsea this summer.
The Blues want a new striker this summer. Lukaku and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland are their alleged top transfer targets. The former, however, is keen to continue at Inter Milan for a third season.
This turn of events has left Chelsea in an unfavorable position in negotiations with Dortmund. The German giants reportedly seek around £150 million for Haaland and won’t consider anything less. [Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian]
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