Transfer gossip: Real Madrid eye Chelsea duo as Man Utd line up Kane alternatives

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Reece James and Kai Havertz celebrate a Chelsea goal. Credit: Alamy
Reece James and Kai Havertz celebrate a Chelsea goal. Credit: Alamy

Real Madrid reckon Chelsea’s financial situation could present an opportunity to sign a Chelsea defender, while Man Utd are making contingency plans if they can’t land Harry Kane…


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There were whispers on Tuesday over the prospect of a fire sale at Chelsea this summer in an attempt to keep the Blues within Premier League FFP limits. Real Madrid hope that’s the case because they have their eye on a potential bargain.

According to AS, Real are keen to tempt Chelsea into selling Reece James. The Spaniards are looking for a new right-back, and though Juan Foyth and Joao Cancelo are under consideration, James is their preferred target.

Chelsea, though, would be loathe to lose James, who still has more than five years remaining on a recently signed contract. If Real are hoping for a discount, they’re likely to be p*ssing squarely into the wind.

Real are also said to be keen on Kai Havertz but he is viewed as being even less likely to be attainable. This particular report also states that Jude Bellingham remains Real’s primary target for the summer, which contradicts talk earlier in the week that the Borussia Dortmund star had become too expensive.

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Arsenal have emerged recently as favourites to land Bellingham’s England team-mate Declan Rice and the Evening Standard has reiterated that the Gunners are now favourites to land the West Ham skipper.

For a long time, Chelsea were thought to be front-runners to sign the 24-year-old, who spent time at the club’s academy in the same side as Mason Mount. With Mount set to leave Stamford Bridge, the Blues are also lagging in the race for Rice.

Apparently, Arsenal fancy their chances due to their charge towards the title and their return to the Champions League. Mikel Arteta’s record of developing young players also has them feeling confident, even if West Ham will demand top-dollar. But the Gunners will use the valuations of Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo to talk the Hammers down from their £150million valuation.


Manchester United were also linked with Rice but their priority this summer is to land a top-class centre-forward.

Ideally, they want Harry Kane. But prising Tottenham’s record goalscorer out of Daniel Levy’s grasp will be neither cheap nor easy.

So the Manchester Evening News says they are monitoring two younger strikers as possible alternatives. The first being Eintracht Frankfurt’s France international Randal Kolo Muani, while Atalanta’s Rasmus Hojlund is also a possible target. Hojlund, 20, is a United fan but the Denmark forward is also set to receive offers from Bayern Munich and Juventus.

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