LATEST – CHELSEA’S INTEREST IN ALVARO MORATA FADING, NOW FOCUSED ON ALEXIS SANCHEZ AND ROMELU LUKAKU (NEWS, GOSSIPS, GISTS, RUMOURS, TRANSFER SPECULATIONS & UPDATES)

Chelsea have cooled their interest in signing Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer. The Blues had been keen on bringing the Spain international to Stamford Bridge but are now prioritizing moves for Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku instead.

 

Manager Jurgen Klopp says Brazil’s coach Tite wants the five-time world champions to play like Liverpool. Tite has reinvigorated Brazilian football, overseeing nine successive wins since his appointment as the South American giants became the first nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and, Klopp has revealed Brazil are trying to style themselves on the high-octane play of Liverpool.

 

Sevilla’s celebrated sporting director Monchi, reportedly coveted by various European clubs for his success in the transfer market, has left after 17 years with the Spanish side.

 

Man United are interested in re-signing defender Michael Keane, but Burnley will only sell the 24-year-old for £25m – 10 times the price they paid United in 2015.  Man City’s 19-year-old forward Gabriel Jesus is expected to return to action before the end of the season after suffering a broken metatarsal.

 

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has accused Real Madrid of trying to unsettle the club’s 26-year-old attacking midfielder Eden Hazard.

 

In addressing recent media criticism of his lifestyle, Man City winger Raheem Sterling, 22, says: “I’ve got that face people don’t like, but I’m not a brat.

 

West Ham are eyeing a summer move for out-of-favour Arsenal forward Lucas Perez. The 28-year-old has failed to establish himself during his first season at the Emirates Stadium and is keen to leave in a bid for more first-team football.

 

Chelsea are keen on bringing Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand back to Stamford Bridge this summer. The England international left the Blues in 2015, but Antonio Conte has admired Bertrand’s form this season and wants to bring both the left-back and fellow defender Virjil van Dijk from the south coast to west London ahead of next season.

 

Man United have held initial talks with Napoli forward Dries Mertens. The Belgium international’s contract is up at the end of the next season and the Red Devils have already spoken to the player via telephone regarding a summer transfer.

 

Chelsea believe they have beaten Man City in the race to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. Antonio Conte has made the Netherlands international his priority target this summer and is set to spend £50 million to bring him to Stamford Bridge.

 

Everton have added Hull City defender Harry Maguire to their shortlist of potential summer signings. Toffees director of football Steve Walsh has been impressed by the centre-back, though they could face competition from Middlesbrough and Southampton for his signature.

 

Liverpool are plotting summer moves for Real Madrid midfielders James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio. The duo have fallen down the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu, though they would likely cost a combined £92 million in the current market.

 

Man City and Man United have both made concrete enquiries about Bayern Munich wonderkid Joshua Kimmich. The 22-year-old wants to play in midfield but could be used more frequently as a right-back in Germany once Philipp Lahm retires, and two unnamed Spanish clubs have also expressed an interest in him.

 

Leyton Orient players are threatening to go on strike because the League Two club has not paid them for this month.

 

England boss Gareth Southgate has introduced “wellness sessions“, with players made to have urine tests and sleep assessments.

 

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says Jack Wilshere is facing an “interesting decision” over his future. Arsenal midfielder Wilshere, 25, has been on loan at the Cherries this season.

 

Argentina legend Diego Maradona plans to sue Konami, the makers of the Pro Evolution Soccer video games, over its use of his likeness without consent.

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