Romelu Lukaku replaced Robert Lewandowski

Chelsea want Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to replace Romelu Lukaku – the latest Insider Notebook from ESPN. PLUS: Why Barcelona missed the chance to sign Darwin Nunez to Liverpool.

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Lukaku out, Lewandowski in?

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel would like to replace him Romelu Lukaku with Robert LewandowskiBut sources told ESPN that there are significant obstacles to completing the two deals.

Lukaku is keen to return to Inter Milan and endure a disappointing first season at Stamford Bridge – with eight goals in 26 Premier League games – after leaving Serie A for €115m last summer.

Sources told ESPN that talks took place between Lukaku and the club in recent days, during which Chelsea expressed their willingness to allow the Belgian striker to leave the club. However, the Blues want to recover the vast majority of the club registration fees they paid just a year ago, while Inter are short on cash and would prefer a loan deal.

Chelsea were originally asking around €20m to €25m to loan Lukaku for just one season in a bid to offset any drop in his transfer value given he turns 30 next year. However, they are now willing to accept significantly lower fees and talks are continuing – it is yet to be decided whether any deal will include an option or commitment to make the move permanent, or what his £300,000-a-week wage will be. Pay.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking for their own striker to reshape their attack. Chelsea were interested in Erling Haaland but could not compete with Manchester City due to the sanctions preventing transfers imposed by the UK government due to former owner Roman Abramovich’s alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tuchel has long been a fan of Wandowski, who has confirmed his intention to leave Bayern Munich, and believes he will grow in the Premier League despite turning 34 in August. The Poland international has been closely linked with a €40m move to Barcelona, ​​with reports in Spain this week that he has verbally agreed a deal, but a lack of funds is hampering matters.

Many rivals are looking to pounce on any uncertainty, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United among the clubs linked to Lewandowski. Sources told ESPN that Tuchel encouraged Chelsea to get into the race if there was any chance of a deal being struck.

But should Lewandowski sign Barcelona, ​​Chelsea will turn their attention to other targets. It’s not clear at this point which alternative they will be pursuing, but the Blues have been informed Gabriel JesusBeing at City – ESPN revealed on May 19 that Arsenal had transferred a £55m fee for the Brazil international – and the Blues asked to be kept informed of any developments as a number of clubs are interested. ESPN reported on Thursday that Arsenal are close to signing the striker.

Chelsea will be able to deliver Champions League football to Jesus, but the 25-year-old has enjoyed a good relationship with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta since their time together at City. The Blues also explored the team RB Leipzig Christopher Nkunkowhose deal could cost up to 100 million euros, among several others. – James Ole



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Barcelona lost Darwin for deal fee

New Liverpool signing worth 100 million euros Darwin Nunez Sources almost joined Barcelona for less than 8 million euros two years ago, but the La Liga side withdrew from the bid when Benfica took part, sources told ESPN.

Former Barcelona sporting director Ramon Blanes, who was an integral part of the signings of Pedri and Ronald Araujo, made a deal with Almeria in the summer of 2020 to sign Nunez and leave him on loan in La Liga for a season.

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Coach Ronald Koeman also gave the green light to a move as Barcelona sought a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, but Benfica emerged with a €24m offer and the Catalans withdrew their interest.

Uruguay striker Suarez had advised Barcelona himself to pay a deal to his compatriot. I told them, ‘Take care of Darwin. Watch him, he is very good”, he said previously. “They told me that he was in Almeria and still very young, but instead of paying 100 million euros [now]at that time it would have been 20 million euros and, for example, it would have been an alternative [me]. “

Nunez joined another of Suarez’s former squads this week, signing for Liverpool in a €75m deal that could go as high as €100m with additions, while Barcelona are looking to fill their need for No.9 by targeting Lewandowski. – Sam Marsden and Moyes Lorenz



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The FA surprised Southgate’s reaction

Senior figures in the Football Association were shocked by the stinging level of targeting Gareth Southgate during Tuesday’s 4-0 UEFA Nations League defeat to Hungary, but they remained fully supportive of the England boss, ESPN sources reported.

A much-shifted squad at Molino suffered England’s worst home result since 1928, leading to chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ and ‘You get sacked in the morning’ targeting the 51-year-old.

Southgate led England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals and their first major final in 55 years last summer, losing the Euro 2020 title on penalties to Italy.

Sources told ESPN that the football hierarchy was surprised by the fans’ reaction to Southgate, given that he was previously very popular among the fan base and achieved a lot during his tenure.

There is absolutely no indication that Southgate’s position is in jeopardy ahead of the Qatar finals in November. He is under contract until 2024, but the usual post-tournament review will include an assessment of his future. Southgate could still walk away from this role. He only said last week that he “would not welcome me” as England manager, and with him in charge since 2016, sources told ESPN there are some staff members in the FA who believe he could call in some time in his tenure depending on the result in Qatar.

Championship performance will be the deciding factor, but Southgate places great importance on the public perception of his suitability for the job. So Tuesday night was far from a slam dunk but it would have made its mark. – James Ole



Julian Lorenz reveals the candidates as a Paris Saint-Germain player as a possible replacement for Pochettino.

Athletic Club Pochettino goal

Sources told ESPN that Mauricio Pochettino is the number one target who will take charge of Athletic Club if Ricardo Barcala is elected as the club’s new president later this month.

Barcala has already persuaded former Barcelona sporting director, Ramon Blanes, to join his project, which he hopes will persuade Pochettino to accept the job. Jets and Pochettino previously worked together at Espanyol and Tottenham and remained close.

Sources told ESPN earlier this week that Pochettino will leave his position as PSG coach after just 18 months in the job, removing one hurdle for Barkala.

Athletic members will vote on a new president on June 24, with Barcala one of the three candidates running in the election. John Oriart is a favourite. The third candidate is Inaki Arrichabaleta, who is reported to be looking to appoint Marcelo Bielsa as coach if elected.

Former Athletic coach Marcelino left the club at the end of the season after leading it to eighth place in La Liga and missing Europe on the last day of the season. He cited uncertainty about his future due to the upcoming elections as the reason for his departure. Sam Marsden and Moyes Lorenz.