Europa League champions Chelsea have concluded plans to rekindle their interest in Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey according to the Daily Mail.
It was revealed that the Jamaican international star has been identified as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard who has already joined Spanish club Real Madrid.
Eden Hazard became a Real Madrid player last week after the Los Merengues agreed on a club-record deal for him.
Real Madrid agreed on an initial fee of €100m for him excluding add-ons.
Chelsea will definitely want to replace Eden Hazard with another quality player but they have to overcome the two-window transfer ban on their head.
The Blues have been slapped with a transfer ban for violating regulations over the signing of players under the age of 18.
Chelsea had previously been linked with a move for Leon Bailey and the West London giants will revive their interest if they win their transfer ban appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Apart from Chelsea, Leon Bailey has been linked with other Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool.
Leon Bailey is rated at around £80m by Bayer Leverkusen whom he helped to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Bayer Leverkusen returned to Champions League football via a fourth-place finish at the end of the latest German Bundesliga season.
Bayern Retain Interest In 18-Year-Old Liverpool Target
German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich still retain an interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi according to Bundesliga football expert Christian Falk.
He made this known in a chat with Get German Football News.
According to him, Bayern Munich want to sign both Callum Hudson-Odoi and Leroy Sane.
He further revealed that that the Bavarian giants will leave the transfer of Callum Hudson-Odoi until next summer if they get Sane this summer.
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been strongly linked with the Bavarian giants this summer though the Premier League champions want to retain his services and also offer him a new contract.
Christian Falk revealed that Callum Hudson-Odoi and Bayern Munich have an understanding that he will move to the Allianz Arena on a free transfer next summer if they sign Sane this summer.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Liverpool as well as Borussia Dortmund.
The 18-year-old is presently recovering from a serious Achilles injury sustained towards the end of the season.
He suffered the unfortunate injury during a home league game against Watford.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is already back in light training as he recovers from the Achilles injury.
The young winger has one year left on his contract and he’s expected to be back in action in three months.
Agent Dismisses Loan Rumours For €100m-rated Chelsea Target
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale won’t be leaving the Spanish giants for Bayern Munich this summer according to his agent Jonathan Barnett.
In a chat with popular media channel ESPN, Jonathan Barnett dispelled the transfer rumours linking his client with a loan move to German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Earlier reports had claimed that Bayern Munich want to sign Gareth Bale on loan with the option to sign him permanently at the end of the loan spell.
Bayern Munich were said to be willing to pay his £350,000 weekly wages.
The Bavarian giants are in the transfer market for a new winger after the exit of both Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben.
The two veteran wingers have left the Allianz Arena after the expiration of their respective Bayern Munich contracts.
Welsh international Bale is one of the players on the transfer list at Real Madrid with the club keen to raise more funds for new players having already spent over €300m, though the former Tottenham Hotspur star is keen to see out the final three years of his contract at Real Madrid according to his agent.
Gareth Bale has been linked with a move back to the Premier League with clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and West London giants Chelsea.
The 29-year-old left Tottenham Hotspur for Real Madrid in 2013 for a then world-record fee of €100m.
After returning from loan, Reiss Nelson drops hint about future
Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson has dropped a major hint about his future after returning from a loan spell with German Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim, where he spent the entire last season.
Reiss Nelson had impressed a lot in the Bundesliga outfit and has attracted interest from a number of clubs that made attempts to snap him up.
Now that the 19-year-old has returned, he will not be returning back on loan again but will remain with the Unai Emery team to break into the first team.
The Spanish manager is willing to hand the star player a chance to be with the first team so that he can impress as he is confident after the reports of his performance with the German outfit.
However, Reiss Nelson is expected to return back to the Emirates Stadium after being with the national team for the Euros for the pre-season where a closer look and assessment of him would be made by the manager.
Meanwhile, he admitted that he has not spoken to the manager on what he should expect but he has been given a hint by the recruitment team, telling him to concentrate on the Euros and then we’ll get back into Arsenal later on.
Bayern Plotting Loan Move For £85.3m Chelsea Target
German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are reportedly plotting a loan move for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale this summer.
This is according to the publication from the stables of The Sun which claimed that the Bavarian giants want to rescue the Welsh international star from his nightmarish spell at Real Madrid.
Gareth Bale ended the just concluded campaign on the fringes of the first team at Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old was dropped from the Real Madrid starting XI for the last three games of the season by manager Zinedine Zidane who’s keen to get the ex-Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur player off the playing squad.
Gareth Bale signed for Real Madrid in 2013 for a then world-record fee of £85.3m but he has been transfer-listed at Real Madrid though he is keen to see out the remaining three years on his existing contract.
According to the aforementioned report from The Sun, Bayern Munich want to sign Bale on loan for the new season with an option to sign him permanently afterwards.
The Bavarian giants are ready to pay his £350,000 weekly wages in their search for replacements for the duo of Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery who have left Bayern Munich upon the expiration of their respective contracts this summer.
Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested in the Welsh player but his hefty weekly salary is a stumbling block in their quest to sign him.
Interested Clubs Must Pay €40m For Chelsea Target
German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt have slammed a €40m asking price on star forward Ante Rebic according to the publication from popular Spanish media outlet AS.
The 25-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Croatian World Cup star is also a transfer target for Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.
Ante Rebic was part of the Croatian squad that reached the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
The Eintracht Frankfurt star was a regular in the Croatia team that reached the final of the tournament in Russia before they were beaten 4-2 by eventual champions France.
Ante Rebic didn’t have the best of seasons during the just concluded campaign which happened to be immediately after the World Cup exertions in Russia.
He scored nine goals and also provided four assists in 28 German Bundesliga games in the colours of Eintracht Frankfurt who finished seventh at the end of the just concluded season.
Eintracht Frankfurt were in the running for a Champions League spot but were unable to meet that target.
The Germans were the surprise team of the season in the Europa League after they surprisingly reached the last four of the competition before they were eliminated by eventual winners Chelsea via penalties after both legs ended 1-1
60-year-old Man Emerges As Shock Contender To Replace Sarri At Chelsea
Ralf Rangnick has emerged as a shock contender to replace Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea according to reports coming out of the media in Germany.
The RB Leipzig boss has earned rave reviews from near and far for a great campaign in charge of the German Bundesliga outfit during the just concluded season.
Ralf Rangnick led RB Leipzig to the third position on the German Bundesliga table just behind champions Bayern Munich and runners-up Borussia Dortmund.
That feat was enough to secure a return to the Champions League stage for both Ralf Rangnick and RB Leipzig.
Apart from a third-placed finish in the league, Ralf Rangnick also led RB Leipzig to the German Cup final before they were blown away by eventual winners Bayern Munich.
The Bavarian giants won the German Cup via a 3-0 win over RB Leipzig.
Trusted German newspaper SportBild revealed that Ralf Rangnick is in the frame for the Chelsea job currently held by Maurizio Sarri.
The Italian tactician is expected to leave Chelsea this summer after just one season at Stamford Bridge with Italian champions Juventus being his likely destination.
Just like Ralf Rangnick, Sarri led Chelsea to third place in the league and also lost the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City on penalties before finishing the season with the Europa League title via a 4-1 win over Arsenal.
€80m Liverpool Target Favours Bayern Munich Transfer
Lille winger Nicolas Pepe is reportedly in favour of a move to German champions Bayern Munich this summer as the race to sign hots up.
This is according to the publication from the stables of The Sun which claimed that the Ivorian international player is ready to snub Premier League clubs in favour of a move to the Bavarian giants.
English top flight sides like Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool are keen on a move for him.
Recent reports had claimed that Liverpool held talks with French Ligue 1 club Lille over a possible deal for Pepe.
The player is one of the hottest properties on the transfer window this summer after a stellar season for Lille.
Senior club officials have already confirmed that they will sell him during this summer’s transfer window.
Nicolas Pepe has been an important player for Lille since joining them two years ago and his form has led the French club back to the Champions League for next season.
He was the key player for Lille as they finished the season in second place on the French Ligue 1 table just behind champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
€80m-rated Pepe scored 23 goals in all competitions for Lille and it is not surprising that several clubs are on his trail this summer.
End of the road, Bundesliga outfit stop Arsenal’s transfer dream
The dream of North London outfit Arsenal to land their major target Mario Gotze has been ended by German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund as they are reportedly preparing to hand him a new deal.
It was expected that Borussia Dortmund will part ways with Mario Gotze because of his inability to deliver the same quality he had at Bayern Munich.
However, the quality of the World Cup winner is known and that seems to have influenced the decision by his club to hand him the opportunity of staying back to help the team in next season’s campaign.
Manager Unai Emery is a big fan of the star player and is reportedly preparing a cut-price swoop for the 26-year-old after his fitness concerns have been settled with 34 appearances this season.
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The former Bayern Munich player still has a running contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2020 and talks of a new deal are yet to begin.
However, Dortmund director Michael Zorc has made it clear that they will soon begin talks with the star player having learned of the interest for his signature from England.
He noted that the club is not bothered about the interests for Mario Gotze, and that they have not received any request from the player seeking to leave in this summer transfer window.
Chelsea Hopeful Bayern Target Will Sign £100,000 p/w Contract
Newly crowned Europa League winners Chelsea are hopeful that young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi will put pen on a new contract at the club despite the intense interest from German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
This is according to the publication from the Daily Mirror which claimed that Chelsea are ready to offer the England international a new contract offer worth £100,000 on a weekly basis.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has one year left on his present contract with the West London giants and was the subject of several bids from Bayern Munich during the winter transfer window in January.
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The Bavarian giants were said to have made five separate bids for him but they were not able to convince Chelsea to part ways with one of their best young players.
Callum Hudson-Odoi also submitted a transfer request that was swiftly rejected by Chelsea during the winter transfer window.
He’s presently out with the Achilles injury he sustained in April and the English winger won’t return to action until September at least after undergoing surgery on the problem.
Hudson-Odoi is said to be open to the idea of signing a new contract but he wants more responsibility at the club.
He made his England debut earlier this year as rewards for his impressive displays for Chelsea during the just concluded season.
£36m Liverpool Target To Leave Bayern THIS Summer
German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have confirmed that Real Madrid loanee James Rodriguez will leave the club this summer.
Colombian international player James Rodriguez has spent the last two years on loan at Bayern Munich whom he joined from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid.
James Rodriguez signed for Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal in the summer of 2017 with the option of a permanent deal for £36m.
Bayern Munich have decided not to sign him and he’s expected to return to Real Madrid where he has no future.
James Rodriguez has been linked with a move to the Premier League with clubs like Chelsea and Liverpool.
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Apart from Premier League links, the Colombian star has also been touted as a possible transfer addition to the playing squad at Italian champions Juventus.
James Rodriguez was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich after he was deemed to be surplus to requirements at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.
The French football legend is back at Real Madrid as their manager.
Zidane returned to Real Madrid in March shortly after the dismissal of former manager Santiago Solari who had led the Los Merengues to exits in all the major competitions during the just concluded season bar the FIFA Club World Cup tournament.
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