Chelsea £50m Lewandowski bid EXCLUSIVE after Haaland fail, Liverpool to sell Davies, Kane latest – transfer news live

CHELSEA have made a £50m swoop for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski after failing to land Erling Haaland, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

And the Blues are also reported to have made an offer for Federico Chiesa of Juventus while allowing Olivier Giroud to leave for AC Milan.

Lionel Messi is on holiday after winning the Copa America with Argentina but has reportedly agreed a five-year new deal with Barcelona.

And Gianluigi Donnarumma has followed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva in joining PSG from AC Milan.

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  • James Orr

    LEWAN CHELSKI – EXCLUSIVE

    Chelsea will swoop to prise Robert Lewandowski away from Bayern Munich in a £50million deal.

    The Blues have tried in vain to persuade Borussia Dortmund to accept a players-plus-cash deal for £150m-rated hotshot Erling Haaland.

    That has forced the European champions to revive their interest in record-breaking Lewandowski as they try to give boss Thomas Tuchel the prolific goalscorer he wants.

    But Chelsea face a fight on their hands to bring Bayern to the negotiating table for the Poland international.

    The German champions want Lewandowski, 32, to sign an extension to his current deal, which does not expire until 2023.

    He broke Gerd Muller’s longstanding record for Bundesliga goals in a season by notching his 41st in the last minute of the final game of last season.

    But Lewandowski is keen for one last adventure before his illustrious career ends and would relish a move to the Premier League.

  • Thomas Blow

    GRAY-T DEAL – EXCLUSIVE

    Watford are trying to tempt Blackburn into selling Adam Armstrong by offering cash plus striker Andre Gray.

    The Hornets have joined Southampton in the chase for the in-demand striker.

    Armstrong, 24, is valued at £25million by Rovers despite being in the final year of his contract.

    Watford hope Blackburn will fancy hitman Gray, 30, as part of the deal.

    Gray made his name with Burnley and now finds himself out of favour at Vicarage Road.

    But Rovers have said they want the cash instead.

  • Thomas Blow

    KOP OUT – EXCLUSIVE

    Liverpool defender Ben Davies is set to leave Anfield without kicking a ball.

    The centre-back, 25, only joined in January after Jurgen Klopp lost Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to season-ending injuries.

    Davies signed from Preston in a deal worth up to £1.6million.

    But the defender suffered from injuries himself and failed to register a single minute on the pitch last season.

    And following the arrival of £36m defender Ibrahima Konate – as well as the return from injury of Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip – Davies is unlikely to get a look in, also behind Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams in the pecking order.

    Yet now, Davies is wanted on loan by recently-relegated Sheffield United.

    The Blades are keen on the experienced Championship man after Brighton’s Matt Clarke opted to sign for West Brom instead of them.

  • Thomas Blow

    LATEST LATIC – EXCLUSIVE

    Chelsea are ready to send young defender Henry Lawrence to Wigan in the footsteps of Reece James.

    The 19-year-old, who plays mainly at right-back, is set for a campaign out on loan.

    James joined Wigan three seasons ago and returned ready for the first team and England.

    He was named Wigan's fans AND players' player of the season while with the Latics in 2018-19.

    James, now 21, also scored their goal of the season.

  • Thomas Blow

    CON AIR – EXCLUSIVE

    Conor Gallagher will be allowed out on loan by Chelsea – with Crystal Palace and Newcastle scrapping for him.

    The midfielder, 21, had hoped to impress boss Thomas Tuchel after a season at West Brom but the door is open for him to leave again.

    Chelsea do not want to sell Gallagher, however.

    Palace are keen to take him for the season – and it also suits Toon chief Steve Bruce on that basis.

  • Thomas Blow

    REDKNAPP BLASTS WEMBLEY YOBS – EXCLUSIVE

    When some friends of mine invited me to the Euro final, I gave it a lot of thought but eventually decided against it.

    As tempting as it was to be at Wembley to see England going for a trophy, I just felt it would be too busy for me so I’d be better off watching at home.

    And after giving them a call to see how they’d got on, I definitely made the right choice.

    Click here to read more from Premier League legend Harry Redknapp

  • Thomas Blow

    HARRY REDKNAPP – EXCLUSIVE

    Every single member of the squad did themselves justice but sadly we just came up short against an Italy team that I think was the best in the tournament.

    Of course, it’s all about opinions and Gareth Southgate has been brilliant throughout.

    But personally I would have Jack Grealish in the England team every day of the week.

    I’ve said before that any other country in the world would build their side around him, and for me he could have been the star of the tournament.

    When he came on, he played a little backheel to Bukayo Saka that was genius.

    He just sees passes others don’t and I love people who can do those little things to win a game.

    Click here to read more from Premier League legend Harry Redknapp

  • Thomas Blow

    RED ALERT – EXCLUSIVE

    Sheffield United's plans for the new season are in chaos after the first-team squad was forced to self-isolate.

    A forward and reserve keeper tested positive for Covid-19 on a pre-season camp in Spain.

    The duo were left behind while the rest of the squad was cleared to return to the UK.

    Players will self-isolate for ten days to check if they are also positive.

    The exiled pair face an anxious wait before they are allowed to travel.

    And the normal fitness programme has been replaced by home exercise.

    United have friendlies against Doncaster and Norwich before the August 7 kick-off.

  • Thomas Blow

    ARTETA CALLS SCOTLAND TRIP 'PERFECT'

    Mikel Arteta has dubbed Arsenal's trip to Scotland 'perfect' – despite his team failing to win either of their pre-season friendlies.

    The Gunners suffered a poor 2-1 loss to Hibernian and needed a late equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw with Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

    But the manager is remaining positive, telling the club's official website: "I think it [the trip] was perfect, even the weather was something that we didn't expect.

    "I think KT's [Tierney] been really helpful with that and I think the way we've been treated by the hotel, the staff, the facilities – I think it was a really positive camp."

  • Thomas Blow

    CLOSER LOOK AT TRIPPIER

    Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier is reportedly close to joining Manchester United.

    The 30-year-old started his career in Manchester – but not at the Red Devils.

    Although his family are believed to be United fans, Trippier came through the ranks at Manchester City.

    He never made an appearance for the current Premier League champions, spending time on loan at Barnsley before moving to Burnley in July 2011.

    Trippier made an immediate impact at Turf Moor, playing in every Championship game during his debut season.

    Burnley won promotion in 2014 and the right-back played all 38 games for the Lancashire club in the Premier League as they were relegated.

    Trippier joined Tottenham in June 2015 and it took him a while to break into the team, making just 18 Prem appearances during his first two seasons in North London.

    But after Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City he made the right-back position his own, helping Spurs reach the 2019 Champions League final.

    Trippier has spent the last two seasons at Atletico, winning LaLiga last term.

  • Thomas Blow

    CLOSER LOOK AT WHITE

    Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £50million fee with Brighton for centre-back Ben White.

    The 23-year-old joined Brighton’s academy in 2014, making his professional debut two years later in a League Cup match against Southend.

    White spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at League Two side Newport, immediately becoming an integral player.

    He made 42 league appearances that term, picking up Newport’s Player of the Year award – despite his lack of experience.

    White spent time at Peterborough the following season, playing 15 times in League One, before moving on loan to Leeds for the 2019-20 campaign.

    The youngster played every game for the West Yorkshire side as they won the Championship, picking up their Young Player of the Year award.

    He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, persuading parent club Brighton to give him a chance in the Premier League last term.

    White went on to make 36 Prem appearances, earning Brighton’s Player of the Year award and earning a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad.

  • Thomas Blow

    TOP TAT

    Italy's Euro 2020 hero Gianluigi Donnarumma has got a tattoo on his arm to commemorate the Azzurri's historic win.

    The 22-year-old played a key role in Italy's Euros triumph saving crucial penalty kicks in both the semis and final against Spain and England respectively.

    The former AC Milan keeper – who made his professional debut at 16 – wanted some new ink to celebrate his first and most likely not his last international trophy.

    The tat of the trophy is located on the shot stoppers left arm.

    And Donnarumma showcased his new ink on his Instagram story to the 3.2million who follow him.

  • Thomas Blow

    TAM FOR KAN

    Chelsea have overtaken Manchester City in the race to sign Harry Kane after launching a ‘more appealing’ bid, according to reports.

    In the spring, the England captain, 27, stunned Tottenham by revealing he wanted to quit the club this summer.

    Kane has since been chased by a host of suitors in a deal expected to be worth around £150million.

    City held the early advantage and have been the favourites with the bookies ever since the forward’s announcement.

    But Chelsea now have the edge thanks to their overall package, according to The Athletic.

    The Blues are believed to be willing to offer a player-plus-cash deal involving outcast striker Tammy Abraham as a like-for-like replacement.

  • Thomas Blow

    MOUNTAIN MEN

    New Brighton signing Kjell Scherpen has become the JOINT-tallest Premier League player ever.

    Standing at 6ft 8in, the goalkeeper enters a select group of mighty footballers to ply their trade in England’s top flight.

    But who are the other behemoths to kick a ball in the Premier League? And how big was their impact in the beautiful game?

    Click here to find out more

  • Thomas Blow

    LIN OR OUT?

    Jesse Lingard is set to stay at Manchester United to fight for his place and could even sign a new contract despite interest from West Ham, according to reports.

    The England midfielder, 28, enjoyed a scintillating second-half of the 2020-21 season on loan at the Hammers.

    Lingard went from United outcast to a member of the Three Lions set-up in the build-up to Euro 2020 and was unfortunate to miss out on a place at the tournament.

    But, buoyed by his strong showing last term, Lingard is leaning towards staying at Old Trafford rather than returning to London, say The Athletic.

    The attacking midfielder scored nine goals and registered four assists in just 16 games for West Ham – and manager David Moyes is keen to bring him back to the London Stadium on a permanent deal.

    However, Man Utd are believed to be holding out for a whopping £30million transfer fee, thanks to Lingard’s red-hot form last season.

    West Ham are unwilling to pay that figure for a player who is now in the final year of his contract, seemingly surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and already in his prime years.

  • Thomas Blow

    CAN'T BALE

    Gareth Bale will NOT be returning to Tottenham this summer, and faces fight to be registered in Real Madrid's squad next season due to Brexit.

    Bale chipped in with 16 goals and three assists across all competitions for Spurs last season, helping them secure a 7th placed finish.

    However, Bale's goal-scoring exploits won't earn himself a move back to Tottenham.

    BBC Sport reporter Simon Stone has revealed on Twitter that boss Nuno Espirito Santo has squashed any murmurs of a move for the winger.

    And according to Spanish outlet AS, Bale also faces a dilemma when he returns to Real Madrid.

    The Welshman counts as a non-EU player, and LaLiga clubs are only allowed three non-EU players in their squad – thanks to Brexit.

    One of Bale, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo or Militao will not be able to be registered as a result of the rule.

  • Thomas Blow

    SCHER THING

    Brighton have completed the signing of 6ft 8in Ajax goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen.

    And the giant Dutchman has now become the joint-tallest player in Premier League history.

    Scherpen, 21, played four times for Ajax last season following Andre Onana’s doping ban.

    And he will now challenge Spain international Robert Sanchez for Brighton’s No1 jersey.

    The Seagulls were searching for a new stopper after selling Mat Ryan to Real Sociedad.

  • Thomas Blow

    CREEPING UP

    Manchester City have had to shut down a section of their training base for a deep clean after several academy players test positive for Covid-19.

    The Citizens' under-18 and under-23 teams were set to travel to Loughborough for a training camp this week.

    But five positive Covid cases amongst the academy ranks has thrown their plans up in the air.

    According to The Athletic, also on the Daily Mail, the academy building has been shut off for the next ten days to allow it to be deep cleaned.

    Youngsters who have tested positive will have to self isolate away from fellow academy players, staff and first team stars, but will be monitored on site.

  • Thomas Blow

    WILSON NEW NO9

    England striker Callum Wilson will wear Newcastle's iconic No9 shirt this coming season.

    Joelinton has been sporting the number recently but will now wear No7.

    The No9 shirt is the most famous jersey in Newcastle's history, with legends Jackie Milburn, Alan Shearer, Hughie Gallacher and Malcolm Macdonald all achieving success while wearing it.

    Wilson told the club's website: "They're both iconic shirts and we're both going to contribute a lot to the team.

    "You're playing for the badge on the front ultimately but you're wearing a special number on the back and it's just about doing it justice, playing well and helping the team."

  • Thomas Blow

    BEAT IT

    Dani Alves has ensured he will avoid becoming homesick at the Olympics… by bringing a DRUM to Tokyo.

    The veteran defender, 38, was a shock inclusion in Brazil’s squad for the upcoming Games.

    Click here to read more

  • Thomas Blow

    FIZZY BUSINESS

    Ex-Brazil football star Daniel Carvalho revealed he used to drink EIGHT litres of Coca-Cola a day.

    Carvalho – who is more famously known for his spell at Russia side CSKA Moscow – put on weight during his seven-year stint in the Russian capital.

    He said in 2013: "I drank six to eight litres of Coca-Cola a day. Now I'm getting better, I practically drink a can a day and look there.

    "At 30-years-old, I can't expect me to be as prepared as when I was 20-years-old.

    "So, we have to start taking care of ourselves. I had some problems in recent years, which I managed to overcome."

  • Thomas Blow

    VARANE AND TRIPPIER LATEST

    Manchester United are close to completing a double defensive swoop for Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier.

    Both deals are all but done with announcements expected towards the end of next week.

    United look set to hand Real Madrid a £50million fee for Varane, 28, despite the French international centre-back having just one year left on his Bernabeu contract.

    England full-back Trippier, 30, wants the move to Old Trafford after two successful years at Atletico Madrid – and a transfer worth £18m is in the final stages.

  • Thomas Blow

    MIK WANTS JACK

    Arsenal have been linked with a move for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish – but Manchester City are still leading the race, according to reports.

    Pep Guardiola's champions have long been linked with a £100million move for the England ace.

    Man City also want Three Lions captain Harry Kane to move to the Etihad in a £150m deal.

    However, The Athletic report Arsenal 'admire' Grealish, 25, along with rivals Tottenham.

    It's unlikely either North London club will have the financial clout to sign the attacking midfielder this summer.

    On top of that, Grealish is said to be happy at Villa Park and would only consider leaving for Champions League football.

    Neither Arsenal nor Spurs are able to offer that in 2021-22.

  • Thomas Blow

    TORINO TOUCH

    Torino's new kit honours their 'eternal friendship' with River Plate after the 1949 Superga tragedy.

    The Serie A side unveiled their away strip for the 2021-22 season on Friday.

    And it features a white shirt complete with a red sash from the left shoulder to the right hip – just like the iconic River Plate design.

    Click here to find out more about the new kit

  • Thomas Blow

    SHOW AND TELL

    Jose Mourinho has reportedly been blocked in his attempt to sign Alex Telles on loan from old club Manchester United.

    The Brazilian left-back only arrived at Old Trafford in a £15.3million deal from Porto last summer.

    England Euro 2020 hero Luke Shaw’s sensational performances in that position meant he only featured nine times in the Premier League.

    Meanwhile Mourinho, who began his reign at Roma with an impressive 10-0 victory, is looking for a temporary fix to his full-back problem.

    Leonardo Spinazzola is a regular in that role but he faces several months on the sidelines after he picked up an injury playing for Italy at the Euros.

    According to Sky Sports Italia, the Special One had identified Telles and approached his old employers about taking him on loan.

    But United have allegedly flat out rejected it as they want to offload the defender permanently.

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