With pre-season around the corner, clubs are stepping up their business to bring in the players they need to take them to the next level.
Catch up on all of the whispers doing the rounds in the latest edition of the Rumor Mill!
Stream Over 50 Sports Live & On-Demand with Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >
‘A f*****g nightmare’: Man Utd boss fronts fans in brutally honest pub session
Reds superstar Mane headed for $61m exit as Spurs make third big signing with $44 move
Ange hands Kewell career lifeline as Socceroos legend joins Celtic revolution
PL POWERHOUSES $40M APARTS AS NEW BLUES BOSS SET TO MAKE SPLASH
If new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wants to make a splash in the transfer market, then the strong whispers linking Manchester City Raheem Sterling to Stamford Bridge certainly back that up.
Sterling, who has been with City since 2015, is a prime target for Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel a keen admirer of the winger.
According to SkySports, Chelsea believe they can snap up the England international for just $AUD61 million given Liverpool star Sadio Mane is set to depart to Bayern Munich for a similar fee.
However, City have reportedly priced Sterling at $105 million, despite the player having just one year remaining on his contract at the Etihad.
With Pep Guardiola’s side adding Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to their attacking stocks, Sterling must be curious as to where he fits into the plan.
Playing time will also be vital to Sterling’s ambition to be in the England squad for the World Cup in November and December, so a move away makes sense if he’s not guaranteed to constantly make the starting line-up.
CITY STAR SET TO SPARK NORTH LONDON TRANSFER TUG-O-WAR
Despite the constant reports linking Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, it appears that the Gunners could lose him to none other than their most bitter rivals, Tottenham Hotspur.
The departures of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have left Mikel Arteta’s side thin in the striker position, although Eddie Nketiah looked strong in the tailend of the season and recently signed a new contract.
However, with Arsenal taking their time, it has allowed Tottenham to reportedly sneak in as they attempt to scupper a deal.
the DailyMirrorreports Spurs boss Antonio Conte is a fan of the Brazilian’s versatility in the final third and has offered the lure of Champions League football to the City star, something that Arsenal cannot do.
Spurs pipped Arsenal to 4th place on the ladder after a late-season surge which included a resounding North London derby win in the latter rounds of the campaign.
Losing to their arch rivals for a much-needed player would be the cruelest of blows to the Gunners, but they do appear to be further down the line for a prospective deal.
GUNNERS LINE UP PLAN B
In case Arsenal somehow loses out on Gabriel Jesus, it appears Mikel Arteta has drawn up a contingency plan and it’s a player who has previously graced the Premier League.
According to theDaily Mailthe Gunners have made an offer for Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.
The 29-year-old spent two seasons at Chelsea and scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League appearances and has a footballing CV that consists of some European heavyweights.
Morata has spent the last two seasons on loan with Juventus and the Italian side is keen on bringing him back on a permanent basis, but the club are also set to sign Paul Pogba in which will certainly make a financial dent in Juve’s coffers.
$170M CHELSEA FLOP CLOSE TO ITALY RETURN
Just a year after signing Romelu Lukaku for a whopping $170 million, Chelsea are set to rid their hands of the Belgian sharpshooter.
Sky Sports reports that a deal for Lukaku to re-join Inter Milan on loan is nearing completion, but the Italian side and Chelsea are butting heads on the loan fee.
Chelsea wants $17 million while Inter will only pay up to $8.7 million.
However, a deal seems all but a certainty at this point after Lukaku’s comments in December last year in which he expressed his desire to return to Inter.
“I really hope in the depths of my heart to return to Inter, not at the end of my career, but at a still good level to hopefully win more,” Lukaku told Sky in Italy.
Having scored just eight goals in 26 Premier League games, it seems a split is best for both parties.