Chelsea get ultimatum to sign Thomas Tuchel’s best target
Chelsea have been handed ultimatum over their quest to acquire their target players to boost Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
It’s now or never for Chelsea, as the opportunity to complete a transfer for Jules Kounde becomes more difficult.
While the defender has an €80 million release clause, Sevilla would sell him for around €60m-€70m. This opportunity, however, only exists until Monday. If Chelsea fail to make an offer by then, the Blues will have no choice but to pay full price for Kounde. [AS – in Spanish]
Three Premier League clubs eye Damsgaard
Mikkel Damsgaard could be the subject of a transfer bid from Liverpool, Leeds United and Aston Villa.
Interest in the Sampdoria winger has soared following his impressive Euro 2020 campaign for Denmark. Tottenham may have pulled out of the race, but a Premier League move is still possible. [La Repubblica via Sport Witness]
Diallo to stay at Manchester United
A training ground injury for Amad Diallo has forced Feyenoord to call off a loan deal for the 19-year-old winger.
Diallo, who had a medical and flight booked for Feyenoord, has a muscle injury. The teenager is now set to stay at Manchester United for this season. [Fabrizio Romano]
Witsel or Pjanic? Juventus’ two midfield options
Massimiliano Allegri is keen to bolster his midfield ranks before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
The Juventus manager’s first choice is Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel. The Belgian is out of contract next summer, but he remains a regular starter at Signal Iduna Park. [Sky Sport – in Italian]
Reports have also linked Miralem Pjanic with a return to Juventus from Barcelona.
Sabitzer closes in on Bayern Munich move
Bayern Munich have struck an agreement with RB Leipzig to sign Austrian midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.
The Bundesliga champions will pay Leipzig a transfer fee of €16 million for their captain. Sabitzer has made 229 appearances for the Red Bulls, managing 52 goals and 42 assists. [Bild – in German]
RB Leipzig in pole position for Moriba
With Tottenham out of the race, RB Leipzig are clear favorites to sign Ilaix Moriba from Barcelona.
The Red Bulls are locked in negotiations with Barcelona to reach a transfer agreement. Moriba’s representatives, who recently rejected a contract offer from Camp Nou, have already agreed on personal terms to a five-year contract with the German club. [Fabrizio Romano]