26 Jan 2022 | 04:25 | Football
Xavi on Dembele’s contract
According to The Athletic, Thomas Tuchel’s side have expressed an interest in French international Ousmane Dembele. This player has only 6 months remaining on his contract with Barca and the BLD this team wants to push Dembele away as quickly as possible to free up the salary fund.
Previously, Dembele and his agent demanded a salary of up to 50 million euros per season (including bonuses) for a new contract. Of course, in the context of financial difficulties, the Nou Camp team firmly refused.
Meanwhile, Chelsea can afford to pay Dembele £287,000/week, the salary he is receiving at Barca. Tuchel and Dembele worked together when the two were at Dortmund. A few days ago, the German strategist publicly praised Dembele as a determined move to get Dembele’s signature in January. He said: “He is a very talented player. I was very fortunate to have coached him while at Dortmund. It was only a year, it should have been longer, but I needed to leave and I did. decided to leave.”
In addition to Chelsea, Man Utd and Newcastle are also teams that are eager to have the signature of the 5th most expensive player in football history.
In another show, Chelsea are still looking for a replacement for Ben Chilwell, who is out for the rest of the season because of a hamstring injury. According to ESPN, defender Nicolas Tagliafico has been targeted by the Blues. The 28-year-old is looking to leave Ajax to find a new destination in his career.
On the other hand, Chelsea also plan to spend 30 million euros (equivalent to 25.1 million pounds) for Stuttgart defender Borna Sosa, as revealed by Sky Germany. This is quite a large amount of money for a player playing in the Bundesliga. But Chelsea is likely to spend money because they don’t have many options in the market. Their number one January target – Lucas Digne moved to Aston Villa last week.
Finally, it seems that Chelsea and Bayern Munich will have an interesting “swap” in the central position. According to information from Spain, Barca and Bayern Munich are the clubs that are taking advantage of the negotiating table to get the free signature of Andreas Christensen in the summer.
Meanwhile, Niklas Sule also announced that he will not renew with Bayern Munich. German newspaper Sport1 reported that Chelsea are speeding up to bring Sule to Stamford Bridge when this season ends. If this happens, then Chelsea will recruit another German, followed by the cases of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Antonio Rudiger.