Transfer news and football gossip: Man United to give De Gea £20m to LEAVE, Chelsea target £80m starlet, Liverpool wingers approached by Leeds

10 Jun

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online…

In-demand Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt says Cristiano Ronaldo asked him if he would join Juventus next season following Portugal’s Nations League victory over the Netherlands. (NOS)

Manchester United will have to give David de Gea a £20m golden handshake if the goalkeeper signs for Paris Saint-Germain this summer rather than leaving at the end of his contract next year. And United have been linked with an interest in Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris as a replacement for their Spanish No.1. (The Sun)

The Red Devils have begun drawing up a list of potential replacements for Paul Pogba, with Spurs’ Christian Eriksen and Monaco’s Youri Tielemans being considered. (Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have had a £40m bid Aaron Wan-Bissaka rejected by Crystal Palace, who apparently want closer to £60m for the 21-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Benfica’s president has conceded Joao Felix could leave the club this summer, amid strong interest in the midfielder from Man United and Man City.(Metro)

City have reportedly offered the 19-year-old Portuguese wonderkid a contract worth £26m. (Record)

David Silva will get a Manchester City testimonial match next year. The Spain playmaker’s contract at the Etihad Stadium expires next year and he then wants to end his career at Las Palmas in his native Gran Canaria. (The Sun)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has held talks with PSG right-back Thomas Meunier over a possible move this summer. (Daily Express)

Arsenal are interested in Fiorentina’sJordan Veretout, 26, but the former France Under-21 midfielder is already in talks with Napoli. (L’Equipe – in French)

Arsenal want to sign Saint Etienne’s French defender William Saliba, 18, but the Ligue 1 side would want to loan him back next season. (Football.London)

Leeds United have made approaches for Liverpool wingers Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent, both 22. (Football Insider)

Chelsea have revived their interest in 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, 21, but must wait to see if their transfer ban is overturned before making a move. (Daily Mail)

Playing staff at Chelsea hope Derby’s Frank Lampard becomes their next manager. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are preparing a bid for Fulham’s 19-year-old winger Ryan Sessegnon. (Football.London)

Fulham and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is a target for West Ham. (Daily Mail)

The Hammers are also in talks to sign Marseille’sFrance Under-21 midfielder Morgan Sanson, 24. (Sky Sports)

West Ham are prepared to do battle with Arsenal and Tottenham for the signature of Atalanta and Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie. The 22-year-old has been on loan at AC Milan since 2017. (Express)

Newcastle and Southampton have made bids for 21-year-old Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta. (L’Equipe)

Stokewant £23m if they are to sell England goalkeeper Jack Butland. (The Sun)

 

Most valuable wonderkids in the world, including Ajax, Barcelona, and Liverpool stars

30 Apr

Ajax roll into London today bringing with them their latest batch of wonderkids as they attempt to knock Tottenham Hotspur out of the Champions League.

The semi-finalists boast Frenkie de Jong, who has already signed an agreement to join Barcelona in the summer, Matthijs de Ligt, David Neres, and Donny van de Beek, who are all wanted by top European clubs.

De Jong looked fantastic up against Luka Modric in the Champions League

Wonderkids are worth a lot of money these days with clubs willing to pay over the odds to claim a starlet with potential.

De Jong will cost Spanish giants Barca £65million thanks to his impressive talents in midfield, while many believe De Ligt could go for even more, despite the pair being 21 and 19, respectively.

But who are the most valuable players 21 and under in the world today? We took a look at Transfermarkt.co.uk to find out.

25= Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Age 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Cengiz Under (Roma) – Age 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Declan Rice (West Ham) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Declan Rice has impressed for West Ham this season

19= Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Ryan Sessegnon has bags of potential

19= Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

19= Joao Felix (Benfica) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Felix is one of the hottest properties in Europe

16= Nicolo Zaniolo (Roma) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

16= Houssem Aouar (Lyon) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

16= Rodrygo (Santos) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £36million

15. Richarlison (Everton) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £40.5million

Richarlison has been Everton’s talisman this season

11= Trent Alexander-Arnold (Juventus) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

11= Eder Militao (Porto) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £45million

Militao has risen to the top quickly at Porto.

10. Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £49.5million

9. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, on loan at Borussia Dortmund) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £31.5million

Christian Pulisic will be joining Chelsea in the summer

8. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £58.5million

6= Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £63million

Matthijs de Ligt is a leader for Ajax

6= Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid) – Age: 18

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £63million

5. Frenkie de Jong (Ajax) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £67.5million

Frenkie De Jong will be joining Barcelona in the summer

3= Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £72million

3= Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) – Age: 19

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £72million

Sancho has been electric for Dortmund this season

2. Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona) – Age: 21

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £108million

1. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – Age: 20

Market Value, according to Transfermarkt – £180million

Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup

Who is Leon Bailey? The ‘heir to Arjen Robben’ who is wanted by Chelsea

17 Jan

Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing talented Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.

The 21-year-old impressed in the 2017/18 Bundesliga season scoring nine goals in 30 appearances.

He has attracted a lot of attention from some of Europe’s top clubs.

Leon Bailey is currently at Bayer Leverkusen

Bailey’s agent, and stepfather, Craig Butler, told SportBild that a number of clubs, including Chelsea, have come forward for him.

The winger has been particularly frustrated this season with his lack of starting opportunities at Leverkusen.

But what do you need to know about Bailey? Find out below.

Where is he from?

Bailey grew up in Kingston, Jamaica where he played for the Phoenix All-Star Academy that was operated by his stepfather, Craig Butler.

His family moved to Europe in 2011 to try and find a club for him and he impressed a number of teams.

However, because he was only 15 at the time it created problems in signing a contract.

Leon Bailey has attracted interested from top clubs around Europe

Bailey initially signed a contract with AS Trencin, who play in Slovakia, before going on to join Genk in 2015.

In two seasons with the Belgian club he scored 16 goals in 77 games.

Despite Premier League interest, the 21-year-old joined Leverkusen for a reported fee of €20million.

Why does he want to leave?

A source told ESPN that Bailey has aspirations to be one of the world’s top players and was getting frustrated with being left on the bench at Leverkusen.

He was reportedly going to consider his options at the club if the situation didn’t improve.

Controversy?

President of the Jamaica Football Association, Michael Ricketts, accused Bailey of having an attitude problem.

The winger has yet to represent the country of his birth, leaving the door open for him to possibly switch allegiance further down the line.

Bailey was called up to the squad in October but failed to make his competitive debut after his brother did not receive a call-up.

Leon Bailey has been compared to Arjen Robben

What is his style of play?

He has been called the “heir to Arjen Robben” because of his abilities on the right wing.

Ajax youth coach Ronald de Boer is a fan of Bailey and has previous said: “He’s so fast it’s not normal. His speed, combined with his technique, is very rate.

“Exceptional. He has no weak points.”

Chelsea transfer news: Blues make contact with Bayer Leverkusen over Leon Bailey

17 Jan

Chelsea have made contact with Bayer Leverkusen over the possible signing of Leon Bailey, his agent has revealed.

Bailey was linked with a number of Premier League clubs in January 2017, but chose to move from Genk in Belgium to the Bundesliga.

Leon Bailey is again interesting Chelsea

He interested Chelsea again prior to the start of the 2017/18 season, but opted to remain with Leverkusen, where he performed excellently throughout the campaign.

This season the 21-year-old has found first-team chances limited, however, starting only eight of his 16 appearances.

Bailey’s lack of game time came under Heiko Herrlich, who was sacked as Leverkusen manager last month and replaced by Peter Bosz.

“I am very happy that this change has come about,” Craig Butler, Bailey’s agent and stepfather, told SportBild. “Leon did not develop under Heiko Herrlich,

“For Leon it is very important that he enjoys football, he lives alone in Germany, the family is in Jamaica, and if Leon does not have fun, it kills him.

“Top clubs have come forward, Real and Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Roma, and in recent months they have been surprised that Leon plays so seldom, wondering why a top league player like him is suddenly sitting on the bench.”

Chelsea have already bought from Germany once this month, signing Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth around £57.6million (€64million).

Christian Pulisic has signed for Chelsea

The United States international, a winger like Bailey, has returned to his former club on a loan deal until the end of the season, before he links up with Maurizio Sarri’s squad in the summer.

Arsenal transfer latest: Eight stars who could replace Mesut Ozil in the summer including Bundesliga wonderkids and Real Madrid star

15 Jan

Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career appears to be in jeopardy just 12 months after signing a lucrative new deal.

The German midfielder was completely left out of the squad in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham United by boss Unai Emery.

Ozil’s time in north London appears to be coming to an end

Although the Gunners looked devoid of ideas at times at the London Stadium, Emery seems to have lost patience with a player who seems to have reached his peak.

Talented and erratic in equal measure, the 30-year-old’s inconsistency has continued to divide and infuriate fans.

With his contract running out last January (and with Alexis Sanchez en route to Old Trafford) the Arsenal board baulked to the playmaker’s demands and rewarded him with a whopping £350,000-a-week deal.

But just 12 months later it appears as though his place in the team is no longer guaranteed and a move away from the Emirates in the summer would suit all parties.

Emery’s decision to leave Ozil out of the side to face West Ham was damning

But just who could Arsenal replace him with in six months time?

Scroll down to see eight potential Ozil replacements for Arsenal and how they could feature in north London.

James Rodriguez – Real Madrid (On loan at Bayern Munich)

Rodriguez could be available in the summer

The Colombia superstar has seen his game time in Bavaria drop massively since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti last season.

Under Jupp Heyneckes, James featured and helped Bayern win another Bundesliga title but it has been a different story under Niko Kovac this campaign.

His two-year loan deal at the Allianz Arena will be coming to an end this summer and, with no guarantees he will play on his retun to the Bernabue, a move to the Premier League could happen.

How would he fit in?

Almost a like-for-like replacement, Rodriguez would be at home in the No.10 role

Kai Havertz – Bayer Leverkusen

Havertz is making waves in the Bundesliga already

Bayer Leverkusen have a long tradition of producing technically gifted midfielders; Toni Kroos, Michael Ballack and Bernd Schuster all made their name donning the black and red strip.

Havertz is the latest midfielder to graduate from the Die Werkself academy and is seriously making a name for himself.

Blessed with a fantastic football brain, incredible skills and great physical prowess, the 19-year-old seems perfectly suited for the English top-flight.

How would he fit in?

Havertz is versatile enough to drift in from the right and cause untold problems

Isco – Real Madrid

The Spanish wizard looks set to leave the Bernabeu this summer

The struggles of Isco at Real Madrid since his move in 2013 are enough to confound even the most ardent Barcelona fan.

Perhaps the most naturally gifted playmaker of his generation, the Spain international has never managed to nail down a starting role at the Bernabeu long enough to showcase his ability.

With Santiago Solari preferring to use players in midfield willing to run themselves into the ground, the 26-year-old’s career appears to be over in Madrid.

How would he fit in?

Give the midfielder freedom to create and watch the assists roll in

Denis Suarez – Barcelona

Denis Suarez may have to wait until the summer to leave Barca

One of the main stories from the current January transfer window is the proposed move of Suarez to Arsenal.

Having fallen out of favour at the Camp Nou and with Emery keen on a reunion, a move to the Emirates seems likely.

However, with talks seemingly stalling, a summer transfer looks increasingly likely.

How would he fit in?

Although he can play out wide, Suarez is at his best when deployed through the middle

Nabil Fekir – Olympique Lyonnais

Fekir could finally get his Premier League move

After months of pursuing the World Cup winner, Liverpool and Chelsea admitted defeat in the summer and signed other targets.

However, Fekir may well be back on the market this summer.

After being left out of the French Cup squad at the turn of the year, speculation about a move began to intensify. He will have just a year left on his contract in the summer so expect bids to fly in.

How would he fit in?

The midfielder would thrive in a free-roaming role behind the pacy Aubameyang

Yannick Carrasco – Dalian Yifang

The former Atletico man will surely want to test himself against the best in Europe once again

Carrasco’s move to the Chinese Super League has worked out rather nicely for him.

The former Atletico Madrid forward is destroying defenders for fun and is still linked with a return to a top European league.

Although Manchester United are reportedly interested, Unai Emery could well tempt the 25-year-old to come to Arsenal with regular game time.

How would he fit in?

The Gunners could have a side to be feared with if Carrasco joins in the summer

Cristian Pavon – Boca Juniors

The winger looks destined to get a lucrative move to Europe in the near future

Last January, the Gunners were continuously linked with a move for the wide forward after his impressive displays for Boca.

Having made his Argentina debut and played at the World Cup in the space of just seven months, it’s fair to say the 22-year-old’s rise has been meteoric.

Gunners fans would have to be patient for him to settle, but a move could unlock his undoubted potential.

How would he fit in?

Teams would struggle to stop Arsenal’s attacking trio

Leon Bailey – Bayer Leverkusen

The winger is one of the hottest properties in world football

Another Bundesliga wonderkid for the list, Bailey came to the attention of world football as he burst onto the scene with his electric and direct style of play.

Although he was tipped for a shock call-up to England’s World Cup squad, the 21-year-old ultimately pledged his international allegiance to Jamaica.

Hvaing revealed to FourFourTwo he has rejected big-money moves for fear of rushing his career the time may now be right to kick on and take his footballing education to the next level.

How would he fit in?

The winger will be 22 in the summer and would fit in on the right-hand side for the Gunners

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

The winger could well be in demand once again this summer

Zaha’s loyalty to boyhood club Crystal Palace is certainly admirable, but the Ivory Coast international will be wary of spending his best years fighting relegation.

Although he signed a new deal in the summer, this may well be Palace’s way of merely ramping up his transfer value.

A move to Manchester United in 2013 did not work out, but the 26-year-old has matured into one of the most dangerous wingers in the Premier League since then.

How would he fit in?

Teams at home and in Europe would struggle to deal with Arsenal’s pace up top

Transfer news: Manchester United and Chelsea continue to monitor Bayer Levekusen star Leon Bailey

7 Nov

Manchester United and Chelsea are continuing to scout Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey, despite the Bundesliga side insisting the player will not be sold in January.

Bailey, 21, has excelled since joining Leverkusen back in January 2017 and he has now established himself as a first-team regular at the German club.

Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey in action.

His impressive form has seen him linked with a big-money switch to one of Europe’s powerhouses, with Manchester United and Chelsea leading the English charge.

Leverkusen insisted earlier this week that the Jamaica international would not be sold in January but this has seemingly not disparaged interested parties.

According to TMW, both United and Chelsea are continuing to monitor the youngster and could still test Leverkusen’s resolve in January.

Various reports have claimed the exciting forward could be available for around £40million and if Leverkusen’s valuation can be met, a possible deal in January could still be on the cards.

Speaking to the most recent edition of FourFourTwo magazine, the player himself acknowledged there are interested clubs, but said he is at the right club to continue developing.

“Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested,” he said. “But the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time and not rushing to the top too quickly. Because once you get there, where do you go next?

“I believe the right timing is important, and it was the right moment to be at Bayer Leverkusen. They are a tremendous club with so much history.

“A lot of good players have come from there; they can get into the Champions League and are always doing well. So why not them? It was the perfect move for me and I’m happy I made it.

“My focus isn’t really on moving anywhere yet. I’m just about what’s happening right now rather than what could happen in the future. I’m still learning.”

Chelsea FC transfer news: Leon Bailey signs new five-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen

19 Aug

Chelsea target Leon Bailey has signed a new five-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen.

Bailey, 21, whose original contract ran until 2022, claimed that other clubs had expressed “concrete interest” in him earlier this summer.

Bailey is eligible to represent England at international level

The Bundesliga side reportedly told Chelsea the winger was not for sale.

He joined Leverkusen from Genk in January 2017 and scored 12 goals in 34 appearances in his first full season with the club.

Although he was born in Jamaica and has played for them once at U23 level, Bailey is eligible to represent England through his grandparents.

 

Chelsea transfer news: Bayer Leverkusen tell Blues Leon Bailey is not for sale

31 Jul

Bayer Leverkusen have told Chelsea to forget about signing Leon Bailey this summer.

The Jamaican star winger has impressed in Germany since joining the Bundesliga side from Genk in January last year and enhanced his growing reputation.

Bailey has been linked with both Chelsea and Roma

Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the 20-year-old over the last few months, but they are yet to make a concrete move to try and lure him to the Premier League.

After controversially missing out on snapping up Malcom from Bordeaux, Roma also turned their attentions to Bailey, with reports in Italy claiming the Stadio Olimpico giants were preparing an opening bid for the youngster.

However, aware of the growing interest in their star asset, Bayer Leverkusen have categorically ruled out selling Bailey this summer, according to Calciomercato.

Both Chelsea and Roma are not expected to give up without a fight though and a bid of around £45m could reportedly tempt Bayer into changing their stance.

Bailey, who has a contract until 2022 with Leverkusen, scored nine times in the Bundesliga last season.

Chelsea face competition from Roma in race to sign 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey

26 Jul

Chelsea will reportedly have to fight off Roma in order to sign Leon Bailey this summer.

The young winger was previously understood to be targeting a Premier League move ahead of the 2018/19 season, but now it is being claimed that the Giallorossi are also aiming to secure his signature.

Bailey is a versatile winger who plays on the left, but can also be utilised on the right

According to the Standard, the Serie A side have switched focus to Bailey after missing out on Bordeaux’s Malcom, who is signing for Barcelona instead.

This transfer domino effect has apparently come full circle, as Barca’s decision to sign Malcom instead of Chelsea’s Willian has left the Blues uncertain as to whether they will still bid to sign Bailey.

Therefore, Roma could be set to swoop, however the 20-year-old’s father and agent has declared he is yet to hear anything from the Italians.

The starlet notched nine goals and six assists in the Bundesliga last season

“Roma were interested in Leon a couple of years ago, but since then I haven’t heard from the Giallorossi,” he explained.

“Being linked to a great club like Roma is an honour if it were true. I don’t know if Roma are speaking to some intermediary, but they’d have to talk to me.

“It wouldn’t be wise not to listen to Roma, but always respecting our agreement with Bayer Leverkusen, a club that has my respect.”