Chelsea Round-Up: Transfer Boost, 15-goals Forward to Leave, Conte’s Replacement

May 16, 2018

Chelsea handed massive boost in their pursuit for Thibaut Courtois long-term replacement

AC Milan are reportedly planning to cash in on Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United have been heavily linked with the 19-year-old stopper.

The news that Donnarumma could be available this summer could give Real Madrid chance to make an approach for David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois.

Liverpool are also in the market for a new stopper with Jurgen Klopp hasn’t been convinced with the form of Lloris Karius and Simon Mignolet.

However, Real Madrid and PSG are also lurking with a view of luring Donnarumma away from San Siro.

And now AC Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli revealed that they could be forced to cash in on Italian wonderkid in the upcoming summer transfer window.

He told Mediaset Premium: “He is part of the club’s heritage and we wouldn’t let go of him easily unless of course, someone values him the way he must be valued.

“If a good enough offer arrived, any of our players could be sold.

“There are far richer clubs out there, and we have to choose other paths.

“Let’s not kid ourselves that we can return to being the Serie A of the past that attracted so many champions.

“We never will attract them. It’ll be very difficult.”

With the future of David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois remain up in the air following the interest from Real Madrid it could see the Premier League heavyweights to go head-to-head in the transfer race to sign Donnarumma.

Chelsea 15-goals striker backed to leave Stamford Bridge this summer

Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata will not be at Stamford Bridge next season, claims ex-Arsenal striker Paul Merson.

Spain international forward has been linked with an exit from Chelsea in the recent weeks, Morata has started his Blues career in fine form since arriving from Real Madrid.

However, his performances have dipped dramatically with scoring only three goals in 20 appearances for Antonio Conte’s side.

Serie A champions Juventus, who Morata spent two years are believed to interested with re-signing the Spanish forward ahead of the next season.

And Merson believes that both parties would be happy to get the deal done.

“We talk about confidence, and he’s lost his,” Merson said on Sky Sports this afternoon.

“I cannot see him being there next season.

“There’s talk today about him going to Juventus, I think that ticks the boxes.

“I just don’t see him being at Chelsea. I just don’t think he suits the Premier League, he’s not that kind of player.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been linked with a summer move for Argentine no.9 Gonzalo Higuain who has scored 23-year-old goals for Juve this campaign.

Reports from Italy have even suggested that two parties could agree on a swap deal in order to lure Morata at Allianz Stadium and Higuain to the opposite side.

Chelsea Planning to Replace Antonio Conte With World-Class Manager From Direct PL Rivals

Chelsea are considering shock summer move Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino if Antonio Conte decides to leave the Stamford Bridge, according to the Sky Sports reports.

Conte is expected to leave the 2016/17 Premier League champions after their FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Antonio Conte’s side have failed to finish 2017/18 season on top-four missing out on Champions League football next season and Conte looks set to leave just 12 months after helping the club to claim the Premier League title.

The London giants have been rumoured with high-profile replacements such as Maurizio Sarri, Luis Enrique, and Pochettino is another leading candidate if Conte leaves the club.

Under Pochettino, Tottenham have qualified for the Champions League for three campaigns in a row while operating on a smaller budget than rivals such as Man Utd, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Argentine tactician has three years left on his Spurs contract and is planning on having talks with Daniel Levy about increasing his transfer budget ahead of the summer transfer window.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Juventus head-coach Massimiliano Allegri.