Premier League transfer business looks ready to accelerate following the conclusion of Euro 2020, and Chelsea’s summer window is shaping up to be a busy one.
West Ham’s Declan Rice has long looked destined to be one of the Blues’ primary targets in the off-season, and Chelsea have reportedly learnt how much it will take to sign the player.
The club’s pursuit of Erling Haaland looks likely to be significantly more expensive amid rumours Chelsea are ready to offer £150million for the Borussia Dortmund striker.
Haaland’s has the potential to be the biggest deal of the summer transfer window, but the player and his agent, Mino Raiola, have offered no firm stance on whether he will stay or go.
Daily Star Sport discusses the major transfer storylines around Stamford Bridge, including a fresh update on the futures of three Chelsea youngsters linked with a summer exit.
Rice available for record fee
England may have finished second at the Euros, but this summer can still be a triumphant one for Rice if Chelsea are prepared to fork out £80m for his signature.
Eurosport reported that’s the fee West Ham are willing to accept in order to sell their star, who is currently on holiday after an impressive European Championship with the Three Lions.
In a similar chain of events that saw Paul Pogba return to Manchester United for £89m—four years after he was allowed to join Juventus for free—Chelsea must spend big if Rice is to return.
The midfield anchor joined Chelsea’s academy at seven and spent seven years on their books before he joined crosstown rivals West Ham following his release.
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The 22-year-old has maintained a strong friendship with England comrade and former Blues team-mate Mason Mount, who would likely be pleased to see the deal materialise.
Kepa Arrizabalaga and Kai Havertz are the current joint-record-holders as Chelsea’s biggest signings, with the club splurging €80m (£72m at the time) to sign the duo in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
Hammers boss David Moyes said in May that “football is skint” when asked about the club’s transfer plans, and he’ll hope that extends to the usually deep pockets of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
Haaland, Raiola coy on future
With Jadon Sancho’s transfer to United on the verge of completion, one of the major priorities at the Westfalenstadion will be cementing Haaland’s services for the upcoming campaign.
But the forward and his agent aren’t making Dortmund’s job any easier with their recent replies—or lack thereof—when asked whether the player will remain with the German club beyond this summer.
Bild’s head of football, Christian Falk, tagged Chelsea while tweeting Haaland “smiled and said nothing” when asked if he was staying at Dortmund following a recent training session.
Sport Witness also cited comments agent Raiola gave to Bild when asked about his client’s future, replying simply: “There is nothing to say.”
Rumours are building that Chelsea are preparing a massive nine-figure bid for the player, with owner Abramovich said to have made the money available specifically for this transfer.
It’s understood a release clause in Haaland’s Dortmund contract will allow him to leave for £65m next summer, and the Black and Yellows look determined to keep their star for one more year.
In-demand trio linked with exits
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Quick youth turnover is not a new concept at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea could be in danger of losing a trio of star prospects after hitting a wall in contract negotiations.
Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate and Myles Peart-Harris have each entered the final 12 months of their current deals, and football.london reported they’ve rejected Chelsea’s latest offers.
Thomas Tuchel has started pre-season working with an expanded squad involving certain youth players, with many senior stars yet to return following international tournaments.
However, it’s understood Livramento, Bate and Peart-Harris were made to train with Chelsea’s under-16s on Tuesday.
Wide man Livramento comes particularly highly rated after he was named Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year last season, with RB Leipzig and AC Milan mentioned among his admirers.
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