Chelsea’s pursuit of Nathan Ake, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth, has been halted by the impending sanctions against owner Roman Abramovich. The Russian oligarch will be unable to take a stake in English football until June 2020 and Chelsea are not allowed to buy players during that time. One former player believes his managerial appointment can help revive the club as he looks for fresh talent over Europe.,
Chelsea’s pursuit of the Norwegian international defender was halted by the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich. Abramovich has sanctioned ten players in order to raise funds for the club. Read more in detail here: sky sports.
Chelsea sought Erling Haaland despite uncertainty about Romelu Lukaku’s future, according to ESPN’s Insider Notebook. PLUS: Ten Hag is interested in a young French striker.
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Chelsea’s Haaland chase is halted by sanctions.
Chelsea are angry that limits imposed by the fines against owner Roman Abramovich have put an end to their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, according to ESPN sources.
Following Abramovich’s designation as an important individual with links to Russia President Vladimir Putin during the continuing crisis in Ukraine, the Blues are unable to recruit players under the special license provided to continue completing matches.
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In a regular season, head coach Thomas Tuchel stated last week, “we would have certain targets and we would have for sure contacted some players and learned out about their circumstances,” but “our hands are constrained.”
According to ESPN, Haaland was one of the choices that top people at the club wanted to consider. Last summer, Chelsea looked at the 21-year-old before buying Romelu Lukaku, only to be assured by Dortmund that he would be retained for another year.
Lukaku’s first season back at Stamford Bridge has been a massive letdown, and the Belgium international is likely to speak about his future once Chelsea’s ownership crisis is addressed. Lukaku may be permitted to depart if Chelsea is able to retrieve a major portion of the €115 million they paid Inter Milan, but a replacement must be found first, and by the time Chelsea can act, it may be too late to contact Haaland.
Manchester City is widely expected to sign the Norway striker, owing to the fact that they have been laying the groundwork for a move for some weeks. According to ESPN, City will not deviate from their compensation structure in order to sign Haaland. The deal’s structure — including agency fees — is already in place, and City has until June to legally activate Haaland’s €75 million release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract.
Haaland is expected to become one of the highest-paid players at the Etihad Stadium, but the club has made it plain during discussions with Haaland’s representation that they would not overpay. According to ESPN, his contract discussions have not progressed beyond the amount agreed upon with Kevin De Bruyne when the Belgian midfielder signed his last agreement in April 2021, which is worth roughly £375,000 per week.
Chelsea wanted to see whether Haaland was interested in moving to west London and maybe talk contract terms with him, but the ownership issue is still a mess. The favored bidder is a group fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers owner Todd Boehly, although negotiations between merchant bank Raine Group, Chelsea, and the UK government are still underway.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, a British billionaire, is preparing a competing offer, while the UK government has set May 31 as the deadline for completion. The transfer window for the Premier League starts on June 10th. — Rob Dawson and James Olley
Gab & Juls discuss reports suggesting that Erling Haaland is edging closer to a move to Manchester City.
Ten Hag is interested in Ekitike, but Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and Newcastle are all interested.
According to ESPN, Manchester United has inquired about Reims attacker Hugo Ekitike, although Bayern Munich is also interested in the talented youth.
Newcastle, who came close to signing Ekitike in January, and Arsenal are also interested in the 19-year-old, who has nine goals in 22 games this season, 14 of which have come from the start. Ekitike is expected to sell for roughly €15 million, according to sources.
Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United’s interim manager, has said that the team needs two strikers in the transfer season and that the club should look for emerging talents rather than known names.
In that respect, reports claim that a contact has been made to Ekitike’s agents to learn about his intentions for next season. Arsenal are also in need of a striker, with Mikel Arteta set to lose Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah to free transfers this summer, while Bayern are looking to the future with Robert Lewandowski’s contract expiring at the end of next season.
Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, and Edinson Cavani are among those poised to leave Old Trafford this summer, along with two key scouts and director of football negotiations Matt Judge.
New manager Erik ten Hag will be given a list of targets the club has been working on ahead of his arrival, and he will have veto authority over what is submitted as well as the ability to put up his own names for consideration. Ten Hag is juggling his current duties as coach of Ajax — who lead the Eredivisie by four points with three games left — with setting the basis for when he formally joins United, but has requested space from the Premier League club while he tries to win the league for the third time.
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Multiple teams are interested in Ekitike because they feel he has enormous potential, according to sources, but he has yet to decide where he wants to play next. Laurens, Julien
After being chosen Austria manager, Mark Ogden rips at Ralf Rangnick’s term as Manchester United manager.
The Hannibal omission clarified by Rangnick
While Manchester United supporters and commentator Gary Neville praised Hannibal Mejbri’s cameo in the 4-0 loss to Liverpool, sources informed ESPN that interim manager Ralf Rangnick was not satisfied.
In April, the 19-year-old came in for the last six minutes of a game at Anfield and received a yellow card after a series of violent tackles.
Former United captain Neville praised Hannibal for “making his presence known” on an otherwise terrible night for the club, but Rangnick disagreed. Rangnick chastised Hannibal for a risky and inconsistent performance, according to ESPN sources, and punished the Tunisia international with a return to the under-23 squad.
Since the setback to Liverpool, Hannibal has been left out of the matchday squad, with youngsters Alejandro Garnacho and Alvaro Fernandez chosen on the bench for Monday’s 3-0 victory against Brentford. Rob Dawson, author
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Don’t go too far! A boat becomes an alternative for staying in Qatar during the World Cup.
Due to a scarcity of housing during the World Cup in Qatar, friends and relatives of the England team are set to share a yacht permanently docked in the Gulf state, according to ESPN sources.
According to estimates, 1.2 million people will attend the event in November and December, with just roughly 130,000 accommodations available.
Although VIPs will continue to get preferential treatment, the struggle for hotel rooms for the tournament has expanded to include people associated with the 32 playing teams. According to ESPN, England’s wives, girlfriends, and pals will take up around 25% of a boat that will also be housing FIFA representatives, who will make up 50% of the passengers. The rest will be made up of friends and relatives from other countries, with two more European countries said to be in negotiations.
According to one report, the yacht would be moored on Doha’s The Pearl, an artificial island with luxury shops, private beaches, and restaurants.
Some members of the family are said to have considered remaining in Dubai and flying into Qatar for the matches and days when the players’ families are allowed access to them, but the boat has emerged as a viable alternative.
Although the location of England’s base has not been verified, reports say they will stay in the Souq Al Wakra hotel in Doha’s south. James Olley’s quote
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