Kounde to Chelsea hots up; Man United’s Martial in limbo

Kounde to Chelsea hots up; Man United’s Martial in limbo

Thomas Tuchel has a listing of targets to plug Chelsea’s leaky defence — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the most recent. PLUS: Anthony Martial’s agent feedback didn’t have the specified impact, and the MLS hotshot on the radar of Premier League groups.

Jump to: MLS star attracts Premier League curiosity | Martial exit speak leaves suitors chilly | Serie A reduce to 19 groups? | Sanchez not a precedence for Barca

Sevilla prepared to negotiate Kounde transfer with Chelsea

Chelsea are nonetheless pursuing Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, sources instructed ESPN, with the potential of a transfer in January not off the desk because the LaLiga membership are prepared to drop their €80 million valuation.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to kind out his defence with key gamers out of contract in June, in addition to seeing his aspect concede 11 targets in the previous six matches — successful two — having let in three in 10 matches earlier than that spell.

Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta’s deal all expire in the summer season and no breakthrough has been made in negotiations with them. Sources have instructed ESPN that Barcelona are monitoring the scenario with Azpilicueta.

While sources stated a transfer for Kounde is extra seemingly in the summer season, a January switch has not been dominated out. Tuchel is a large admirer of Kounde, sources stated, along with his curiosity relationship again to when he was Paris Saint-Germain supervisor and Kounde was at Bordeaux.

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Chelsea have been in direct negotiations with Sevilla over the switch of Kounde final summer season however a transfer broke down when neither aspect may agree on a charge for the France worldwide. The LaLiga aspect needed the total launch clause of £80m for the centre-back however are actually prepared to negotiate a charge between €50m-€60m for a participant with two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract.

Sources instructed ESPN that Kounde is eager on a transfer to Stamford Bridge and the 23-year-old is believed to have agreed the framework of a 4 or five-year contract.

Tuchel and Chelsea’s recruitment crew have their eye on different choices in case they can not land Kounde, sources stated. Sven Botman, the Netherlands internatiomal at Lille, in addition to Wolfsburg’s Maxence Lacroix are additionally targets as Tuchel appears to strengthen his backline. — Julien Laurens

NYCFC’s Castellanos makes Premier League golf equipment take discover

New York City FC striker Valentin Castellanos is being chased by a lot of Premier League golf equipment together with West Ham, sources instructed ESPN.

Castellanos helped New York to their first MLS Cup triumph this season, scoring 22 targets. The 23-year-old’s kind has alerted golf equipment throughout Europe and Turkish giants Besiktas have additionally made an enquiry about his availability together with groups in Spain, Italy and the Championship in England.

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Despite being a key a part of New York’s success this season, sources instructed ESPN that the City Football Group would pay attention to gives of round £15 million for Castellanos if the Argentina under-23 worldwide decides the time is true to take the subsequent step in his profession.

City boss Pep Guardiola has additionally been impressed by reviews despatched again by his scouting community. Guardiola watched New York’s MLS Cup triumph in opposition to Portland Timbers on Saturday throughout which Castellanos scored.

Sources added that City may discover the potential of having Castellanos practice on the City Football Academy now the MLS marketing campaign is full, though the method might be sophisticated by the United Kingdom authorities’s COVID protocols amid a surge in instances in latest weeks. — Rob Dawson

Martial agent speak leaves golf equipment chilly

Manchester United are but to obtain a severe enquiry about Anthony Martial’s availability in January greater than every week after the Frenchman’s agent introduced he’s eager to go away Old Trafford, sources instructed ESPN.

Philippe Lamboley went public with Martial’s need to go away, insisting the 26-year-old desires to discover extra common first crew soccer.

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But sources instructed ESPN it has not but prompted a wave of curiosity and there are doubts at United about which golf equipment may afford a charge for the striker plus a big wage. Martial is beneath contract till 2024 with the choice of one other 12 months.

Sources added that United are prepared to think about gives for Martial, notably as a result of interim coach Ralf Rangnick has made it clear he solely desires to work with gamers who’re blissful on the membership. Still, they’re unlikely to sanction a bargain exit and would even be reluctant to subsidise Martial’s wages as a part of a mortgage association.

Following Lamboley’s feedback final week, Rangnick hit again by insisting Martial would have to inform the membership himself if he desires to go away.

Martial is but to characteristic beneath Rangnick due to a knee downside and has made 10 appearances up to now this season. — Rob Dawson



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Serie A might be diminished to 19 groups

Serie A might be diminished to 19 groups for the second half of the marketing campaign if a purchaser is not discovered for backside membership Salernitana.

Salernitana and Lazio have the identical proprietor in Claudio Lotito, which violates guidelines in Italian soccer that prohibit a battle of curiosity in a number of groups.

Lotito positioned Salernitana in a belief in June and membership CEO General Ugo Marchetti grew to become the only director on the membership. However, the belief was not recognised or formally ratified by the Italian Football Association, the FIGC, as one among Lotito’s kinfolk had hyperlinks to the belief by way of a holding firm.

Salernitana have been up on the market since their return to Serie A this season, however holding firm Melior Trust and Wildar Trust have up to now been unable to discover a profitable bidder — and there does not even seem to be any concrete curiosity in sight.

The deadline for an answer is Dec. 31 and if the membership doesn’t discover a new proprietor, Salernitana face expulsion from the 20-team league. Dec. 31 would mark the halfway level in the season, with every crew having performed half of their 38 matches.

In the occasion Salernitana are faraway from Serie A, all outcomes in opposition to them this season might be annulled. At this stage, it’s unclear what division the membership would play their matches in this season, however there’s a risk the membership would cease enjoying this marketing campaign after which resume subsequent season in Serie B. Rules state two golf equipment might share an proprietor if they don’t compete in the identical division. Relegation, due to this fact, from Serie A this season would then be reduce to two groups.

Salernitana are backside of the desk, 4 factors from security, with eight factors from their opening 17 matches. They returned to the highest flight on the finish of the final season for the primary time since 1999. — Andrew Cesare Richardson



Barcelona’s Sergio Aguero will get emotional in a information convention saying his retirement.

Alexis Sanchez not a precedence for Barcelona

Alexis Sanchez’s return shouldn’t be a precedence for Barcelona, a number of sources instructed ESPN, after the membership have been provided the possibility to signal the Inter Milan ahead.

Barca are wanting to reinforce their assault in the January switch window following Sergio Aguero’s untimely retirement however membership sources insist different candidates are forward of Sanchez, with Manchester City’s Ferran Torres and Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani their essential targets.

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“Many things would have to happen for Alexis to return to Barcelona,” a membership supply instructed ESPN amid reviews there was a preliminary settlement for the Chile worldwide to return to Barca in a swap deal that might see Luuk de Jong be part of Inter.

Sanchez scored 37 targets in 141 appearances in his three seasons on the Camp Nou earlier than becoming a member of Arsenal in 2014. Barca usually are not contemplating re-signing him as but as a result of Torres and Cavani characterize higher choices, sources stated, though the LaLiga aspect are conscious their monetary constraints imply a transfer for Torres in January is extremely unlikely. Cavani’s signing can be a more cost effective different as his contract at United expires in the summer season, however sources stated the Premier League aspect are reluctant to sanction a departure subsequent month.

Barca, in the meantime, are nonetheless engaged on decreasing their wage invoice. President Laporta has stated that salaries and amortisation funds nonetheless account for round 80% of their predicted income of €765m for the season. LaLiga’s financial controls demand that determine is round 70%, though Barca’s is even decrease this season as they need to make amends for latest losses. Gross debt, in the meantime, stands at round €1.4 billion. — Adriana Garcia and Moises Llorens

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