Paper Talk: Chelsea consider shock return of former winger as Dortmund eye Blues star; Arsenal talks for Leverkusen man
Chelsea are open to the idea of bringing back a former star amid talk of a £40m move away for a popular Blues winger, Gareth Bale is ready to make a shock decision, while Wednesday’s transfer gossip claims Arsenal are in talks for a Bayer Leverkusen man.
WILLIAN WANTS CHELSEA RETURN AMID HUDSON-ODOI EXIT TALK
Willian is plotting a return to Chelsea this summer after a miserable season at Arsenal, according to a report.
The Brazilian star left Stamford Bridge after seven highly-successful years, opting for a move to the Gunners. Willian was upset at Chelsea’s refusal to offer him more than a two-year contract extension. As a result, Arsenal offered him the three years he was craving.
However, despite a brilliant debut, the move to Emirates Stadium has backfired badly.
Now Willian is seeking an early escape from his contract – something Arsenal are willing to consider.
And according to Sky Sports, via the Daily Mirror, Willian is seeking a return to Stamford Bridge.
And fortunately for him, there could be a space opening up in their squad with Callum Hudson-Odoi linked with a move away. Indeed, it’s claimed by Eurosport that Hudson-Odoi is the man Borussia Dortmund want as a replacement for Jadon Sancho.
With Sancho told he can move on, BVB hope they can land Hudson-Odoi for around £40m this summer. The winger was once close to signing for Bayern Munich. However, he could now seal a move to the Bundesliga after all as Sancho’s replacement.
According to the reports, Chelsea are willing to sanction the move if the price is right. His sale would then be put into Thomas Tuchel’s transfer budget this summer as he looks to land a new No 9.
And with Willian arriving on a potential free, it could provide a solution to all parties.
TAPSOBA TALKS FOR ARSENAL
Arsenal have opened talks to sign Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba, according to reports. (Daily Express)
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has decided to put talks over his future to one side until he returns from Uruguay’s World Cup qualifiers next month. (Daily Express)
Manchester United are willing to sell left-back Alex Telles this summer but only for the right price. (Daily Express)
Manchetser United have agreed a deal to sign Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton on a free transfer next month. (Daily Express)
Boris Johnson initially gave permission for the Big Six to join the European Super League, claims a report. (Daily Express)
BRIGHTON JOIN THE HUNT FOR EDOUARD
Arsenal have opened talks over a move for Norwich star Emiliano Buendia but face competition from Aston Villa. (The Sun)
Leicester and Arsenal have been joined by Brighton in the £15m Odsonne Edouard transfer race with the Celtic striker set to leave this summer. (The Sun)
Sol Campbell is out of the running to replace Aidy Boothroyd for the England U21 job. (The Sun)
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino is seriously considering a return to former club Tottenham. (The Sun)
Eric Bailly has made it clear he wants to start the Europa League final and could leave Manchester United if opportunities remain difficult to come by. (Daily Mirror)
COUTINHO HEADS BARCELONA EXIT LIST
Philippe Coutinho looks set to be the biggest casualty in Barcelona’s summer clear-out, which could see as many as 10 players leave. (Daily Star)
Gareth Bale could announce his retirement from football after this summer’s European Championships. (Daily Star)
Liverpool defender Rhys Williams is likely to be loaned out next season despite breaking into the first team in 2020/21. (Daily Star)
Tottenham and Everton are in the hunt for Wilfried Zaha this summer after the Crystal Palace forward reiterated his desire to leave Selhurst Park. (Daily Mail)
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AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Bruno Lage’s prospects of becoming Wolves’ next manager could be complicated by post-Brexit rules that make it tougher for clubs to appoint foreign bosses. (Daily Mail)
Fernando Torres has hinted at a return to football saying he will reveal his next destination on Friday. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal target Eduardo Camavinga has reportedly told Rennes he wants to leave the club this summer in order to join PSG. (Daily Mail)
UEFA has banned families from visiting England players at St George’s Park during the European Championship. (Daily Mail)
Kristoffer Ajer could leave Celtic before Eddie Howe walks through the door as Newcastle United step up their bid to land the Hoops defender. (Daily Record)
Benfica are chasing Ryan Gauld this summer after the highly-rated star became a free agent. (Daily Record)
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