Lukaku set to seal Chelsea exit TODAY, Blues target Robert Lewandowski, Demiral-Jorginho swap deal – transfer news live | The Sun

CHELSEA have edged a step closer in offloading last season's mega summer signing Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium talisman is thrashing out a complex deal to return to Inter and reports suggest that everything could be complete TODAY.

Meanwhile, the Blues are still prepared to enter the bidding for Robert Lewandowski as the saga of the Pole's transfer to Barcelona drags on.

And a potential swap deal with defender Merih Demiral heading to Stamford Bridge and Jorginho joining Juventus has been mooted.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Chelsea and United tracking Jones

    Several Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United are tracking the progress of Middlesbrough ace Isaiah Jones, report 90 Min.

    The 22-year-old earned rave reviews in the Championship last season after being converted from a winger to right wing-back under Chris Wilder.

    Indeed, his impressive performances were the main reason why Boro's decision to allow Djed Spence to leave on loan was not widely slammed.

    However, Jones appears content to remain with the Teessiders for now despite the lure of the top flight.

    He told Ur Fresh TV: "It's always nice to hear praise, but when people say to me, 'you should be in the Premier League' and 'you should leave Middlesbrough', I'm like, 'No, I really enjoy it here'. I'm improving here every day."

    Tottenham have also been linked with a move for the London-born star.

  • Jack Figg

    Good morning Chelsea fans

    Chelsea have reportedly agreed a transfer fee with Southampton for goalie Eddie Beach.

    Several clubs were also chasing the 18-year-old, but the Blues beat the competition to sign him, Football London reported.

    Elsewhere, Inter Milan are reportedly planning to buy both Romelu Lukaku to link with Paulo Dybala and spearhead a devastating attack next season.

    That’s according to Italian sports journalist Alfredo Pedulla.

    He said: “Inter are working hard to close both operations and to deliver Simone Inzaghi an atomic attack.

    “Let’s wait for the signatures, the details, the updates, let’s put the caution that is always needed, but this is the main road.”

    And, Inter Milan will increase their initial loan offer for Romelu Lukaku, reports claim.

    That’s according to transfer journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

    He said: “The Nerazzurri will increase their offer from the initial €5m.

    “It seems Chelsea’s request could be around €15 million for the loan, to allow him to wear the Inter shirt again.”

    Finally, Chelsea’s sponsorship with Three has been resumed, the telecommunications company revealed.

    Three planned to end the deal after Russia invaded Ukraine as the club’s owner Roman Abramovich was in control of the club.

    But it will be business as usual between 3 and Chelsea after Abramovich sold the Blues to Todd Boehly.

    A statement from Three read: “Following the sale of Chelsea Football Club we are pleased to confirm that Three are restarting their marketing activities with immediate effect.

    “As a result of UK Government sanctions imposed on Chelsea FC’s previous ownership in March, our official shirt partner Three decided to pause their marketing activities with the Club until the impact of the sanctions on the Club ended.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea make summer signing

    Chelsea have reportedly agreed a transfer fee with Southampton for goalie Eddie Beach.

    Several clubs were also chasing the 18-year-old, but the Blues beat the competition to sign him, Football London reported.

    Beach is is a Wales U19 international with with six caps under his belt thus far.

    And he's set to be the Blues' first signing since Todd Boehly took over from Roman Abramovich.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Prem giants in transfer race

    Man City are stepping up their interest in Brighton’s Marc Cucurella but will face a battle to move him from the south coast.

    However, the Seagulls are determined to keep hold of Cucurella, 23, who they signed from Spanish side Getafe only last summer.

    The full-back had a storming first season in the Premier League, winning Brighton’s player of the season award.

    His performances have attracted plenty of interest, with Chelsea also admirers of the former Barcelona youngster.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Inter's plan for Lukaku

    Inter Milan are reportedly planning to buy both Romelu Lukaku to link with Paulo Dybala and spearhead a devastating attack next season.

    That's according to Italian sports journalist Alfredo Pedulla.

    He said: “Inter are working hard to close both operations and to deliver Simone Inzaghi an atomic attack.

    “Let’s wait for the signatures, the details, the updates, let’s put the caution that is always needed, but this is the main road.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Inter to increase Lukaku offer

    Inter Milan will increase their initial loan offer for Romelu Lukaku, reports claim.

    That's according to transfer journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

    He said: "The Nerazzurri will increase their offer from the initial €5m.

    "It seems Chelsea’s request could be around €15 million for the loan, to allow him to wear the Inter shirt again.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea told to sell Lukaku

    Chelsea have been urged to offload Romelu Lukaku.

    That's the opinion of Simon Jordan.

    He told talkSPORT: "I think they should get rid of Lukaku because he hasn’t done what he was brought in for. He’s not a young player developing, he’s not a foreign player coming over to England and learning the league.

    “He’s already made his position clear, he’s already virtue signalled his way back to the Italian fans by telling them, ‘I would like to come home one day’ – well, off you go then, we’ll send you there in a cab!

    “Chelsea will be looking to get as much as they can for him, but if they can get £20m as a loan fee and he still holds value on your books, that’s a decent transaction.

    “And how much of his wages should Inter pay? The lot! Inter will have to agree to that, because they are getting Lukaku without any major cash flow up front. Yes, he’s supposedly on £325,000-a-week, but that’s the reality of football.

    “But is he finished at Chelsea? I think so.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Juventus in Morata chase

    Juventus are reportedly offering Atletico Madrid their choice of three players in exchange for Alvaro Morata.

    Gazzetta claims Max Allegri is keen to keep the Spaniard permanently after his loan move.

    Morata has spent the last two seasons on loan in Turin, scoring 32 goals in 92 games.

    But Juventus, who have already paid an £8.5million loan fee, can’t afford the £38.5m clause written into Morata’s contract.

    And they hope Atletico, who do not want the ex-Chelsea flop back, will be open to a straight swap deal.

    It’s claimed striker Moise Kean, plus midfield duo Adrien Rabiot and Denis Zakaria, are all up for grabs.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal receive striker blow

    Arsenal’s transfer pursuit of Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has been dealt a huge blow.

    The Gunners, along with Newcastle, were tracking the attacker last season.

    But the former Chelsea ace has no intention of leaving Italy for England at the moment, according to Gazetta dello Sport.

    Morata is said to be happy with Juve where he wants to remain next season, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lukaku's exit being discussed

    Romelu Lukaku's departure to Inter Milan is still being discussed between the Italian side and Chelsea.

    Inter will likely reach an acceptable price and wage deal for the striker with the blues, according to The Athletic.

    However, Chelsea want to get a few players in exchange for Lukaku.

    And new Blues owner Todd Boehly hasn't been convinced to let Lukaku go.

    Although he may have no choice as the striker's relationship with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is at breaking point, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Prem shake-up predicted

    Newcastle's financial might will see them penetrate the Premier League's 'Big Six', according to new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.

    He said: "The big six will become the big seven with the Saudi deal for Newcastle.

    "There is going to be opportunity for everyone to win."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea's Three deal resumes

    Chelsea's sponsorship with Three has been resumed, the telecommunications company revealed.

    Three planned to end the deal after Russia invaded Ukraine as the club's owner Roman Abramovich was in control of the club.

    But it will be business as usual between 3 and Chelsea after Abramovich sold the Blues to Todd Boehly.

    A statement from Three read: "Following the sale of Chelsea Football Club we are pleased to confirm that Three are restarting their marketing activities with immediate effect.

    "As a result of UK Government sanctions imposed on Chelsea FC’s previous ownership in March, our official shirt partner Three decided to pause their marketing activities with the Club until the impact of the sanctions on the Club ended."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Out of this Strakosh-phere

    Ex-Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha had declared it's a dream to be linked with Chelsea.

    The Blues are considering making a swoop for the Albanian free agent as a replacement for Kepa if he leaves.

    And Strakosha is over the moon.

    He told Fabrizio Romano: "I’m really honoured to be linked with a top club like Chelsea, it’s a dream.

    "I’m dreaming of Premier League since I was a kid."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Alonso spotted on luxury yacht

    Marcos Alonso is enjoying the start of his summer holidays by relaxing on a luxury yacht in Ibiza.

    The Chelsea star is letting his hair down alongside glamorous pals including Miss Italia 2019 Carolina Stramare.

    Dubbed the "Italian Megan Fox", Carolina donned a red bikini as she relaxed onboard.

    Not content with just sunbathing on the boat, Alonso and another pal took a jetski out for a spin in the glorious sunshine.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lukaku's keen on Inter return

    Romelu Lukaku has a great desire to return to Inter Milan, according to the club's CEO.

    Inter's chief executive Alessandro Antonello said of Lukaku: "There is a great desire of the player to return.

    "The economic and financial feasibility must be checked and some technical problems must be solved.

    "We will try to do it in the necessary time."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea line up Lewandowksi transfer

    Chelsea are lining up Robert Lewandowski as a back-up target for Gabriel Jesus after Arsenal took a huge step towards signing the Brazilian, according to reports.

    Chelsea had hoped to sign Jesus, 25, to solve their centre forward woes, with Timo Werner also struggling for goals following his 2020 transfer.

    In fact, the German is regularly forced out wide by Thomas Tuchel, with Kai Havertz leading the line as a false nine.

    Tuchel is desperate for an elite striker to finally solve his forward dilemma, with the boss keen on his wealth of Premier League experience and versatility.

    But with Arsenal leading the race for the Manchester City star, Tuchel has turned his attention to Lewandowski as a back-up option, according to Christian Falk.

  • Kealan Hughes

    Chelsea must offload Romelu Lukaku

    Chelsea should get rid of striker Romelu Lukaku and ‘send him off in a cab’ back to Inter Milan this summer, according to talkSPORT's Simon Jordan.

    The former Crystal palace claimed getting a £20m loan fee for the striker would be a good deal, arguing

    He told talkSPORT: “It’s interesting that they are going to put him out on loan and want a £20m loan fee because it means they can keep him on their balance sheet and still demand money for him.

    "So if Chelsea can keep him on their balance sheet and put him out on loan and get £20m for him, they are actually making a monetary transaction that makes financial sense.

    “In 18 months time or a year’s time, Inter might then find themselves in a better position and Chelsea might be able to punt Lukaku out for £70m or £80m, and they will actually make money from a transaction.

    “So from a footballing point of view, if Tuchel doesn’t want him then it’s a no-brainer, he’s got to go.

    "“He’s already made his position clear, he’s already virtue signalled his way back to the Italian fans by telling them, ‘I would like to come home one day’ – well, off you go then, we’ll send you there in a cab!"

  • Kealan Hughes

    Chelsea enter Lewandowski transfer race

    Chelsea have thrown their hat into the ring to sign Robert Lewandowski, according to German outlet Bild.

    But the Blues reportedly find themselves behind Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona in the race to sign the striker.

    Lewandowski is said to be already in talks with both PSG and Barcelona but reportedly prefers a move to Catalonia, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the Pole has already signed a three-year contract around £175,000-a-week with Barca, worth £27million in total.

  • Alex Cole

    Optimistic for 2023?

    Chelsea have a horror start to the year, with a home clash to City on Jan 2.

    An away day at Liverpool is then sandwiched in between a home game with Crystal Palace.

    February sees Tuchel take his side to Spurs for a return fixture on the 25th.

    Chelsea also take on Leeds and Everton at home – which will see Lampard set for a Stamford Bridge return – in March.

    April is another busy period with six games crammed in, as Chelsea play United on the 22nd and Arsenal a week later, both away.

    Chelsea also play Brentford at home in between meaning they face three games in seven days.

    May brings a close to the campaign with Chelsea travelling to Bournemouth on the 6th and Forrest at home on the 13th.

    A trip to champions City follows on the 20th before the Blues end their season on the 28th at home to Newcastle.

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea before the new year

    With the World Cup kicking off in Qatar on November 21, Chelsea play only two league matches that month.

    They host Arsenal on the 5th and then travel to Newcastle on the 12th.

    The World Cup is due to end on December 18 and only eight days later the Blues return to league action.

    They host Bournemouth on Boxing Day before a New Year’s Eve trip to Nottingham Forest.

  • Alex Cole

    A tough start for Tuchel's lads

    Chelsea face old manager Frank Lampard in their opening game – amid a horror start to the season.

    Thomas Tuchel’s side travel to Lampard’s Everton on August 6 to kick-off their Premier League campaign.

    It proved an unhappy hunting ground for the Blues last season after losing 1-0 to the Merseysiders in May.

    Chelsea will then welcome rivals Tottenham to Stamford Bridge in their second league match on the 13th.

    The pick of the month in September is a home game against Liverpool on the 17th, with whom they lost to finals to this year.

    October proves a hectic month with six games in total, including a home clash with Manchester United on the 22nd.

  • Alex Cole

    Three mobile resume shirt deal

    Chelsea's £120million shirt sponsorship deal with Three has resumed following Todd Boehly’s takeover from Roman Abramovich.

    The Blues are now ready to get back to normality, with manager Thomas Tuchel finally set to be backed in the transfer window.

    The mobile phone company suspended their agreement with the club in March after former owner Abramovich was hit by UK sanctions over his links to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

    With Boehly running the show following Abramovich’s exit, Three are now back in business with the Premier League giants.

    They will grace the front of Chelsea’s kit for next season, which is due to be released shortly.

  • Alex Cole

    Want fries with that?

    Manchester United and Tottenham have been joined by Chelsea in the battle to sign Inter Milan right-back Denzel Dumfries.

    The Red Devils and Spurs are both priced as 6/1 favourites with Sky Bet, but Chelsea are just behind at 7/1.

    The Dutch international impressed during last summers Euros campaign where the attacking fullback bagged two goals and an assist in Netherlands’ run to the round of 16.

    His solid displays in the Euros earned the 26-year-old a £12m move from PSV to Inter Milan.

    The right wing-back impressed in his first season in Italy, winning the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana, leading to reports of another move this summer.

    Sky Bet odds:

    • Manchester United – 6/1
    • Tottenham – 6/1
    • Chelsea – 7/1
    • Bayern Munich – 16/1

    Blues urged to flog striker

    Chelsea should accept £60million for Romelu Lukaku, claims talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan.

    The Belgian arrived from Inter Milan for £97.5m last summer, but has struggled to fit in Thomas Tuchel’s style of play.

    Speaking about Lukaku’s future, Jordan said: “If they ship him out for £60million, they’ve got no loss on their balance sheet and they can go again with somebody that might actually want to be there and somebody that might actually do what they’re paid to do.

    “He doesn’t really want to be there, so sell him.”

    Blues striker shortlist revealed

    Chelsea have compiled an attacking wishlist, with Romelu Lukaku likely to leave.

    According to the Telegraph, Inter Milan have opened talks with the Blues over bringing the Belgian back to San Siro.

    They add that Raheem Sterling, Ousmane Dembele and Christopher Nkunku are among their top targets.

    While Manchester City ace Gabriel Jesus is claimed to have been offered their way.

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