Blues close in on possible £72 million summer signing, Madrid to sell £100m superstar to Chelsea as Blues given green light to sign Frenchman

Andy Cole has claimed that Manchester United don’t have the pulling power to sign Chelsea target Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

It is no secret that Haaland is one of the most deadly, sought after and impressive strikers in the game right now and is heavily tipped to pack his bags at the end of the season and leave Borussia Dortmund.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United have both been heavily linked with a move for the young man, who would cost around £72 million in the summer if they opted to buy him this transfer window, rather than in 12 months time.

WHAT HAS COLE SAID?

“To get these guys to come, Haaland for instance, you’ve got to entice them with something,” The former Red Devils striker told the Daily Mirror.

“You’ve got to entice them with the possibility of winning silverware or being a year away from it. These guys are going to have other options, possibly Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, maybe Barcelona.

“If you’re playing and have the option of all these clubs, where would United really figure at this moment in time? Even though I love United, I don’t think the club now can ride on its name alone, especially when you’re trying to bring these players in.

“It’s not like when I signed for United. We have to be brutally honest, back then everybody wanted to go there. We’re talking 2021 now. Does everyone want to go to United now?

“I’m not quite sure everyone wants to now.”

Reports have claimed that Real Madrid are open to the idea of selling Raphael Varane in the summer window.

The club have spent some serious money over the past couple of transfer windows improving key areas of the pitch, but there is no doubt that they still need to bring in a premium centre-back to play alongside Thiago Silva, and then replace the great Brazilian.

There are a number of options out there for Tuchel to try and acquire, but it seems that there may be a real chance for us to try and seal a £100 million deal for Varane.

Marca have claimed, the 27-year-old, who has been virtually ever-present this season, has less than 18 months to run on his current contract with the Spanish giants and may be considering leaving the Bernabeu.

The Blancos are said to be waiting on offers for the World Cup-winning defender, who is only under contract until 2022 and has not entered into extension talks, BUT WILL NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING LESS THAT £100 MILLION for the defender.

Look, if there is a chance for the club to swoop in and get a transfer deal done for Varane, they should take it, he is a player that is one of the best in the game, and is just the type of statement signing that Tuchel needs.

As we said, Varane is one of the very best defenders in the game right now and a player that has won pretty much every trophy the game has to offer right now, so if the opportunity is there, they need to take it.

CHELSEA have received a boost in their pursuit of Lucas Gourna-Douath with St-Etienne reportedly prepared to accept £22million.

Gourna-Douath is one of the hottest prospects in French football, and the talent is attracting interest from some of the very best sides in the Premier League, as well as a few Spanish clubs.

He has played 23 times in Ligue 1 this season earning praise for his performances from a deep-lying role, but despite all the transfer speculation, The youngster is also said to be keen on continuing his development with his boyhood club.

St-Etienne boss Claude Puel also wants him to be the future of his team, and is hoping that the French club would deter all speculation and keep him at the club for the next couple of seasons.

Reports in the SUN website have claimed that St-Etienne face being forced to sell at the end of this season as part of a mass player cull.

The Covid-19 has hit many football clubs hard over the past 12 months and they knew that they money they could get from the Sale of Douath would go a long way towards paying off some bills and maybe adding to the squad.

WILL A DEAL HAPPEN WITH CHELSEA?

We all know that Chelsea like to sign the best young players in the game and have the financial power to beat off all competition, so if the club really want to add the lad to the squad, there are not too many clubs out there that have the ability to out-spend the Chelsea board.

However, we have seen in the past that a move to a big club like Chelsea is always the best way to get the top of the game.