Chelsea plan bid for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski

Premier League champions Chelsea are planning to launch a bid for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, as the club prepare to sell Diego Costa.

Chelsea have been alerted to Polish international Lewandowski’s potential availability after details emerged that he is unsettled at Munich, having recently publicly criticized his team-mates, saying they didn’t do enough to help him become top scorer in the Bundesliga. Although despite this, he did score 30 league goals last season.

Reports in The Mirror say that Chelsea have enquired about Lewandowski, who has scored 264 goals in 430 games in his career. No transfer fee has been mentioned, but Chelsea will be unwilling to pay over the odds for a player who turns 29 later this year.

Chelsea are on the lookout for a striker, with last season’s top marksman Diego Costa expected to leave. Talks have been opened with his former club Atletico Madrid over a move back to the Spanish capital, even though the club is currently under a transfer ban.

Lewandowski is not the only striker on Chelsea’s radar. They are also interested in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku. However, they will face stiff competition from other clubs – in the Premier League and abroad – to secure either’s signature.

Bayern Munich join Manchester City in battle to sign Kyle Walker

German giants Bayern Munich are hoping to pip Manchester City to the signing of Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kyle Walker by launching a £45 million bid for him this week.

Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti is looking for a replacement for the retired Philipe Lahm and believes that Walker fits the bill, and that a contract worth £150,000 per week would be enough to bring him to Bavaria, according to the Sunday Express.

City have long been thought to be in pole position to sign Walker, who it is believed wants to leave Spurs, and could double his £75,000-a-week wages elsewhere. However, any bid from Bayern could leave City lagging behind and put a spanner in manager Pep Guardiola’s rebuilding plans.

Walker could be one of a number of Spurs stars to leave the club in this transfer window, with several clubs coveting stars such as Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Dele Alli.

Chelsea to splash out £250 million on 4 players this summer including Bonucci and Lukaku

Premier League champions Chelsea are set for a major strengthening of their squad this summer, with 4 players earmarked to come.

It is hoped that this move will help to keep manager Antonio Conte, after it has emerged that he has clashed with Roman Abramovich’s chief negotiator Marina Granovskaia as he seeks more power over the footballing side of the club.

Among the players that have been targeted are Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus and are apparently prepared to pay £50 million for his services, despite the player turning 30 earlier in the year.

Another Juve player, left-back Alex Sandro, is also on Conte’s shopping list.

The Blues are also said to be in advanced negotiations to sign Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for £40 million.

Chelsea’s long-time pursuit of their ex-player Romelu Lukaku is also expected to end in a success with a £75 million deal.

Chelsea’s top brass have also not ruled out signing more players on top of this.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed until the ink is dry on the contract, but this does send out a statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League that Chelsea will in no way be resting on their laurels this summer and will come back even stronger next season. Which is worrying for all 19 clubs.

Cristiano Ronaldo says he wants to leave Spain – could he move to Manchester United?

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has said that wants to leave Spain, according to reports from Portugal.

Ronaldo’s stance is due to his unhappiness over his treatment by Spanish tax authorities, who have accused him of 14.7 million euro tax evasion, according to Portuguese daily newspaper A Bola. Ronaldo has strenuously denied the accusations.

A Bola added that Ronaldo has said his decision is “irreversible” and that he has told his team-mates of his intentions.

Ronaldo only signed a new long-term deal with Los Blancos seven months ago. He scored 38 goals for Madrid last season, as they achieved the La Liga and Champions League double.

As for a potential destination, should Ronaldo prove to be available Manchester United would be thought to be first in the queue. Jose Mourinho is a known fan of Ronaldo, and has worked with him previously. Ronaldo also forged his reputation in Manchester. Finally, the club are known to be looking for a marquee signing, having lost out on previous number one target Antoine Griezmann.

Manchester City prepare clear-out of players to help fund £300 million splurge on new stars

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is planning a major clear-out of players at the club, ahead of a planned splurge of up to £300 million on new players.

After the club failed to mount a sustained challenge for the Premier League title last season, Guardiola is determined to overhaul the playing squad, and several established names could depart. This would help to fund investment in new players, including potential marquee signings such as Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.

Among the players set to be put up for sale by Guardiola include goalkeeper Joe Hart and striker Kelechi Iheanacho – both of whom would command £25 million fees, according to the Manchester Evening News. Others set to be shown the door are Elaquim Mangala (who could cost £18 million), Fabian Delph (£15 million), Nolito (£15 million) Samir Nasri (£10 million) and Wilfried Bony (£10 million).

If they go, it could help to fund bids for Sanchez, who City would hope to tempt Arsenal with a £50 million bid, and Mbappe, who could cost more than £100 million.

City have already spent £78 million this summer on winger Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson. Meanwhile, Enes Unal has departed for £12.5 million.