Agent tells Chelsea they are free to sign £51m star, Chelsea release statement after defender completes four-year deal, Blues told to sign £100m man, Ramos sends transfer message
Ramos sends message, Chelsea told to sign Lukaku, Agent opens Hakimi door and Tomori completes Milan deal in Chelsea roundup…
The agent of Chelsea transfer target Achraf Hakimi has confirmed that Inter Milan have begrudgingly decided to sell the defender this summer.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is looking to improve the squad over the course of the transfer window and adding a new defender to the squad has been on the agenda of the German boss.
That has led to speculation in the media that Chelsea have already begun making moves to try and secure a transfer deal for the impressive Hakimi, who is now regarded as one of the best right-backs in Europe.
Argentina striker Lauturo Martinez has been heavily linked with an exit from the San Siro but Alejandro Camano, who represents both players, says Hakimi has been chosen as the main departure, which will hand Chelsea a massive boost.
‘The only one who is going to leave Inter for now is Hakimi, who I also represent,’ said Camano on the Metro website
‘[With Lautaro] there is still no clear situation. [But Hakimi] he is going.
Tuchel vowed not to make wholesale changed to his squad after the victory against Manchester City in Porto: ‘Two or three (signings) could be very, very good,’ said Tuchel recently
‘It’s a constant thing to never deny change; that you always bring new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it’s a good thing.
‘We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover because it’s also our job to keep on improving, because we have still a young squad and it’s not about stealing from them the chance to prove it again, that they are capable of growing and evolving. But we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger, and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us.’
Sergio Ramos has admitted he does not know where his next club will be, amid speculation that Chelsea are interested.
Ramos leaves behind an incredible legacy in Madrid, the 35-year-old having won five La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, four Supercopas de Espana, four Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups and four Club World Cups.
Chelsea are reportedly ready to try and bring him to the Premier League, to add a bit more quality to that back-line and to help Ageing Brazilian defender Thiago Silva out over the course of the season.
Now, Ramos has admitted that he does not know his next destination, and has said that he intended to accept Real Madrid’s offer of a one-year extension but was told that he had run out of time to accept it
Speaking at a press conference, Ramos said: “ The first thing I want to say is that I never wanted to leave. I wanted to stay here. The club offered me the possibility of extending my contract, but because of covid it was put on the back burner.
“Then club made me a one-year offer with a salary reduction. I have to say that there was no economic problem. I wanted two years and peace of mind for me and my family.
“During the last talks, I accepted the one-year offer, but I was informed that it was no longer possible, that it had an expiration date and that I had not heard about it.”
He added on the specifics of the contract: The conditions have changed several times, on their part and on ours.
“It got to a point where we had to make a decision but they never told me that the offer had an expiry date. It’s understandable but it surprised me, that the offer had expired.”
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Highly-rated defender Fikayo Tomori has completed a £25 million ($34m) move to AC Milan from Chelsea
After failing to establish himself under former boss Frank Lampard, Tomori made the big decision during the January transfer window to leave the club and make a move to Seria A football.
Having impressed during his time on loan at San Siro, the Italians were desperate to make his move a permanent one this summer window, and had been in deep talks with Chelsea over a possible £25 million deal.
But now that move is all wrapped up and the highly-rated defender has agreed a four-year contract with the club, which has been announced by both Chelsea and Milan over the past few hours
“AC Milan is delighted to announce the exercising of the option for the permanent transfer of Oluwafikayomi Oluwadamilola Tomori from Chelsea,” a statement from the Serie A side reads.
“The English defender, who made 22 appearances and scored one goal over the last season, will continue to play with the Club until 30 June 2025.”
Chelsea’s official website added: “Fikayo Tomori will complete a permanent transfer from Chelsea to AC Milan on 1 July.
“The defender spent the second half of last season on loan with Milan, but will make that move permanent next month after a deal was agreed between the two clubs.”
It is a massive shame to see that Tomori is leaving Chelsea as he does have a bright future in the game, but now fans will be hoping that the club use those funds to bring in a more established centre half.
Former England striker Peter Crouch has explained why Chelsea should re-sign ‘relentless’ Romelu Lukaku this summer.
After spending some serious money on the attack last summer, The Blues attack has not impressed like many had hoped this season and it now means that Thomas Tuchel wants to add another forward to that attack.
That has led to reports in the media suggesting that Chelsea are interested in bringing Lukaku back to the Premier League after the powerhouse impressed during his last two seasons in Italian football.
Lukaku scored 40 goals in all competitions last season to help Antonio Conte’s side storm to the Serie A title, and now Crouch has opened up and told the Chelsea board that they need to bring Lukaku to the Premier League.
He told Paddy Power: ‘A striker who has started the Euro 2020 well is Romelu Lukaku, who would be a great option for Chelsea this summer.
‘He’s relentless, his goal record is phenomenal, and he’d be a good fit in well with their pacey front line.
‘He’s a different player than when he left Chelsea and Manchester United. He’s at a higher level now – in the conversation for one of the world’s top strikers.
‘Watching Lukaku play this year, he’s been consistently dominant, it’s unbelievable, he has everything you need as a top forward
‘He can lead the line on his own, has pace and strength, and his touch and awareness have improved.’
However, Ahead of the Euros, Lukaku’s agent shut down the mounting speculation his client will leave Inter Milan this summer and could be heading back to Chelsea.
‘Romelu is happy at Inter,’ his representative, Federico Pastorello, said. ‘He has a contract so there are no problems.’