Liverpool set to hijack £100m Chelsea move, Blues handed triple injury boost, as Chelsea Women beat Bayern Munich
Liverpool could reportedly planning to rivals Chelsea for the services of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Jude Bellingham.
The 17-year-old was rumoured with a number of Premier League teams before making switch to German giants from Birmingham City during last summer’s transfer window.
The England international has been in stunning form for BVB this season, founding back of the net three times and providing four assists in 39 games across the all competitions.
A recent report suggested that the Blues are interested in securing the services the teenager, who is believed to be valued by his German team in the region of £100m.
However, according to Eurosport, the Merseyside Reds are also keeping a close tabs on developments and could battle Chelsea for the youngster’s services in one of the upcoming transfer windows.
Bellingham was heavily rumoured with Manchester United last summer, having excelled in the Championship for Birmingham, however, BVB ultimately signed him on a three-year deal.
The midfielder was on the scoresheet against the Citizens in the Champions League on Wednesday night, however, could not prevent his team from exiting the competition at the quarter-final stage.
Liverpool and Chelsea also keeping close tabs on Dortmund another star Halland who has been tipped to depart from Signal Iduna Park this summer.
Chelsea handed a triple injury boost for their second leg vs Real Madrid
Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0 in the English Premier League this weekend and despite this emphatic performance, all eyes were on Mason Mount who was taken off with a slight knock.
Mount had another brilliant outing on Saturday and the midfielder also provided a key assist during the match. But he was replaced in the 76th minute by Tammy Abraham, shortly after a collision with Mario Lemina.
And just as he was walking off the pitch, Mason Mount was seen holding his back.
This immediately sent panic waves amongst the Chelsea supporters since the Blues have a really important game against Real Madrid coming up next week and Mount happens to be a key player for Thomas Tuchel.
But, speaking after the match, the manager doused all fears claiming Mount’s knock is not too serious. The manager has also revealed that Antonio Rudiger should be available for selection while he’s also keeping his hopes up for Mateo Kovacic.
The manager said after the Fulham game: “I hope really that Mason [Mount] is not a big thing and hopefully he can fully recover for Real Madrid
“I think [Antonio Rudiger] can play with a mask and everybody else who was on the bench can be totally fit for Wednesday. Hopefully, we can have the full squad.
“Mateo [Kovacic] may be too close but we have hopes.”
Chelsea and Real Madrid drew the first leg 1-1 so the fact that players like Mount and Kovacic are fit and available, it’s a huge boost for manager Thomas Tuchel.
Rudiger has been a mainstay in the Chelsea backline under the new manager and his return will also strengthen the defence of the Premier League side. The German international will replace Kurt Zouma in the starting line-up while Christensen and Thiago Silva will keep their place.
Mateo Kovacic has been on the sidelines for a few games but the pairing of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho have done more than a perfect job in midfield.
These two(especially Kante) were brilliant against Real Madrid in the first leg and Thomas Tuchel will be hoping that they can replicate the same performance this week as well.
Chelsea Women beat Bayern Munich to reach Champions League final
Chelsea Women have reached the Champions League final for the first time in our history after beating Bayern Munich.
Having lost the first leg in Munich 2-1, Chelsea Women beat Bayern Munich 4-1 at home to progress to the final.
Chelsea opened the scoring in the first half with a goal from Fran Kirby in the 10th minute.
However, Bayern drew level after 30 minutes through an unstoppable strike by Sarah Zadrazil, who rattled one in from 30 yards that left Ann-Katrin Berger with no chance.
The Blues scored our second and drew level on aggregate – on the stroke of half-time when Ji So-Yun hooked in a right-footed shot that crept into the far corner.
With six minutes to go we moved a step closer to the final when Pernille Harder headed home Jess Carter’s free-kick to put us 3-1 up on the night.
After repelling several attacks from Bayern Munich, Kirby scored her second goal of the game and Chelsea’s fourth.
Chelsea Women will play Barcelona in the Champions League final on Sunday 16 May.