Everton chasing Bayern attacker

The Toffees are in the market for an attacker, and are keen on the out-of-favour Bayern man, who has fallen out of Hansi Flick’s plans after impressing last season.

The 19-year-old Dutch striker scored four goals in nine games last season as he made a breakthrough into Bayern’s first-team, providing backup to the lethal Robert Lewandowski.

But so far this year, he’s played just four games, and is currently suspended after being sent off playing for Bayern’s second team against 1860 Munich earlier this month.

Since Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s hamstring injury, Everton have looked light in attack and adopted a false nine formation when they beat Wolves in the Premier League earlier this month, a sure sign that they aren’t comfortable with just Cenk Tosun as the Englishman’s backup.

A deal for the striker is reportedly “complicated” as Everton ideally want a purchase option included in a loan deal, but Bayern aren’t entirely comfortable in letting the promising youngster leave permanently.
With 10 days remaining in the transfer window, Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping a deal can be struck ahead of a busy fixture schedule.

Liverpool handed Thiago transfer boost

The Reds have been heavily linked with the 29-year-old, who won the Champions League with Bayern on Sunday following a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in Lisbon.

Reports in The Athletic claim the Bundesliga champions are willing to accept offers in the region of £27m for the player, rather than £36m as initially suggested.

Thiago is out of contract at the German club next summer and it’s understood that Bayern would rather cash in on the Spain international now than allow him to leave on a free.

This opens up a window of opportunity for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp’s side said to be preparing an offer in the coming weeks.

Alcantara falls outside of the Reds’ usual transfer strategy, being slightly older than a typical Anfield signing – however, clubs might not be able to afford to be picky with the uncertainties surrounding the impact of coronavirus on football finances.

Thiago has an unusual backstory – having been born in Italy, his father Marzinho played for the Brazil national side, whilst the player himself has chosen to represent Spain in the international arena.

Chelsea facing summer overhaul, Kante for sale claim reports

The Blues’ domestic season ended in disappointment on Saturday, losing the FA Cup final to Arsenal at Wembley.

Despite cup final heartache, the future looks bright for Frank Lampard’s side with additions such as Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to feature next season.

Chelsea are also closing in on a deal for Bayern Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, who has been outstanding in the German Bundesliga this season.

However, additions to the squad means that some players will need to depart Stamford Bridge, and The Times claim that as many as 8 first team stars could leave the club.

The names mentioned include Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has spent the season on loan at Monaco, Ross Barkley, Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Michy Batshuayi.

Unsurprisingly, Willian and Pedro are also doubts to be involved in 2020/21, with Lampard claiming in Willian’s case the ball is in his court.

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga may also be shown the Stamford Bridge exit door after just two seasons at the club and a world-record price tag.

Perhaps the most surprising inclusion on The Times’ list of Chelsea players available for transfer is N’Golo Kante.

The France international has struggled with injuries this season, and arguably hasn’t performed as consistently for the Blues since before Maurizio Sarri was Chelsea manager.

Despite this, Kante is world class on his day, and it would take a decent offer to prise him away from the Bridge.