There has been a boost for Chelsea in their pursuit of Wesley Fofana amid plans for a fourth offer, with Leicester identifying a replacement, while Everton lead the race for a Premier League striker – all in the gossip of Friday transfer.
CHELSEA INCREASE OFFER FOR WESLEY FOFANA
Chelsea are set to make a fourth offer for Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana, according to reports.
More recently, Chelsea saw a £70million offer turned down by their fellow Premier League side. It was their third attempt to take on the 21-year-old defender this summer.
There were allegations that Chelsea would then drop their pursuit of the Leicester starbut it looks like they’re still in the hunt after all.
According to The telegraph of the dayChelsea are now preparing a new approach for Fofana – who will miss the game between the two clubs on Saturday.
That will be a £70m valuation increase, which could come close to Leicester’s desired fee.
And a sign that the Foxes are preparing for the departure of the former Saint-Etienne talent, the Telegraph also named Leicester’s preferred replacement.
It is claimed Brendan Rodgers’ side have their sights set on Borussia Dortmund centre-half Manuel Akanji.
The Swiss international – previously linked with Arsenal and Manchester United – could cost them a fraction of Fofana’s £20million price tag. Therefore, such a lawsuit would fit with their need to operate within a sustainable financial framework this summer.
It is even possible for Leicester loan Akanji, given the short time left in the transfer window.
It could soften the blow of losing Wesley Fofana, who could move on to chelsea that he desired.
LAMPARD WINS EVERTON STRIKER TARGET
Neal Maupay could transfer from Brighton to Everton before the summer transfer window closes.
The French striker is wanted by three Premier League clubs; Everton have been in competition with Fulham and Nottingham Forest for his signature.
According Athleticism, it is Everton who look set to win the race. In fact, a conversation with Frank Lampard helped convince the 26-year-old to move to Merseyside.
For Everton to sign him, however, they will need to make an offer worth at least £14million. Brighton want to match their initial investment in Maupay with the transfer fee they are to receive.
But rival suitors Fulham have yet to reach an agreement on his valuation. Maupay, on the other hand, do not approve of Nottingham Forest as their next destination, despite having offered £15million (as have Italian side Salernitana, who are reportedly unable to pay their wages). he).
With that in mind, Everton could have a good chance of getting Maupay, which would be beneficial given their need for attacking reinforcements. They sold Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer and Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been held back by injury problems.
Maupay has been a Premier League player for three full seasons now. Where he will spend the rest of it remains to be seen. But it could well be with Everton.
MAN CITY TALENT WANTED IN GERMANY
Manchester City could receive a loan offer for a young talent, Cole Palmer from Borussia Dortmund.
According The sun, the Bundesliga outfit are keen to take Palmer for the 2022-23 season. Of course, they already did business with Manchester City earlier this summer when they sold Erling Haaland.
Dortmund – who will be in the same Champions League group as City – already boast notable English talent in midfield. Jude Bellingham has thrived for them since moving to Germany.
Their plans for Palmer are less long-term, but just for the upcoming season. Nevertheless, The sun claims City would likely reject them anyway.
Pep Guardiola does not want to deprive himself of the attacking midfielder, despite his need for additional playing time to help his development.
Borussia Dortmund could test their resolve in the final days of the transfer market.
Transfer Gossip: Chelsea prepare fourth offer for main target Wesley Fofana as replacement update gives boost