LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea ready to step up interest in Lukaku

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With most of the major European seasons now complete, the rumour mill has been sent into overdrive as clubs ponder their moves ahead of what will be a busy transfer window. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: Chelsea ready to step up interest in Lukaku

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has a striker at the top of his wanted list this summer, and the Daily Mail reports that the Blues are ready to make a move for Belgium international Romelu Lukaku.

The Champions League winners originally brought Lukaku to English football from Anderlecht in 2011, but he didn’t score a single goal for the club in 15 appearances across all competitions. Instead he was loaned out to West Bromwich Albion and Everton, where his prolific form led to a permanent move to Goodison Park. After two years at Manchester United he moved to Serie A with Inter Milan, where he won the title this season.

Inter’s owners are desperate to cut costs despite their Scudetto success, and coach Antonio Conte has already left the club in protest at plans to offload £80m-worth of players.

Chelsea are hoping to take advantage of the situation by bringing the 28-year-old back to Stamford Bridge, after he scored 64 goals in just 95 games across two seasons at the San Siro.

The club signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig last season to score the goals needed for a title challenge, but he contributed just six in 35 Premier League appearances and was guilty of missing a catalogue of gilt-edged chances.

Chelsea have also been linked with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and England captain Harry Kane.

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10.53 BST: Real Madrid have received “no signs” from Sergio Ramos over a contract extension and “are starting to give up on the defende,” Marca reports, with exactly a month left on their captain’s deal.

According to the newspaper, Ramos — who has spent 16 years at the Bernabeu — has refused to accept the club’s offer of a year-long deal with a 10% salary reduction.

Marca says Ramos believes it’s “unfair” that Madrid’s policy of only renewing over-30s year-by-year should apply in his case, while the club argue that “there’s no reason to make an exception” for the 35-year-old.

Ramos missed much of the 2020-21 season with a series of injury problems and was left out of Spain’s Euro 2020 squad by Luis Enrique after failing to prove his fitness ahead of the tournament.

10.06 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo‘s girlfriend, Georgina Rodriguez, has insisted that he will remain at Juventus next season. Georgina, who visited Spain at the weekend, was walking on the streets when she was asked in Spanish by a reporter about Ronaldo’s future, and she turned around and said: “He is staying.”

Ronaldo, 36, has one year left on his contract with Juventus. There has been speculation in Spain and Italy that Ronaldo will leave the Turin giants this summer and return to one of his former clubs: Sporting CP, Manchester United or Real Madrid).

09.21 BST: The Daily Mirror reports that Antonio Rudiger could leave Chelsea — despite being a key player in Thomas Tuchel’s Champions League-winning team. Rudiger, 28, barely got a look in under Frank Lampard in the first half of the season, but was brought back into the team by Tuchel. With just one year remaining on the central defender’s deal it’s reported that he could now be sold, with Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain linked.

08.30 BST: Manchester City are looking to offload youngster Lukas Nmecha to raise funds in an effort to sign Tottenham Hotspur‘s Harry Kane and Jack Grealish of Aston Villa this summer, according to the Daily Mail. The 22-year-old has impressed on loan for Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht this season, scoring 14 goals in 31 appearances in the league. Nmecha came through the Manchester City academy and has had several loans through his development.

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Juventus are set to extend Alvaro Morata‘s loan this summer, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. The 28-year-old joined from Atletico Madrid last summer, racking up 21 goal involvements in 32 appearances in Serie A. The extension will cost Juve and new boss Massimiliano Allegri €10m in loan fees, which was agreed as a clause when the Spain international joined last season.

– Jose Mourinho is interested in signing defender Jerome Boateng for AS Roma this summer. Gazzetta dello Sport reports that with the 32-year-old’s contract expiring this summer, Roma is a likely destination. They also say that Mourinho was an admirer of the former Germany international and tried to sign him while in charge of Manchester United. A deal is said to be on the table for the player through intermediaries, with the hope of securing his signature ahead of the new season.

– Several Premier League clubs are eyeing a move for Espanyol’s Adrian Embarba, according to AS. According to the outlet, West Ham United, Wolves, Norwich City and Watford are on the trail of the winger, who has had a good season with 23 goal involvements in 36 La Liga Segunda appearances. The 29-year-old wants to extend his stay at his current club despite interest from England as well as Levante and Real Betis in Spain.

Internazionale are looking at Alessandro Florenzi and Emerson Royal as possible replacements for Achraf Hakimi should the 22-year-old leave this summer. Calciomercato reports that Florenzi is set to return to Roma following a loan stint at Paris Saint-Germain, despite an optional €9m fee to keep the full-back. Whilst Emerson Royal could be set to leave Barcelona in an effort to raise funds this summer following a period on loan at Real Betis.

Serge Aurier has told Tottenham he will not be renewing his contract as he enters the final year at the club. L’Equipe reports that the 28-year-old is looking to move on at the end of the current deal at Spurs in an interview, with a return to PSG the ideal destination for the full-back. The Ivory Coast international joined the London club from the French capital back in 2017 and while a move back might be ideal, he hasn’t closed the door on other potential suitors.





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