Tomori closing in on Serie A switch, Drinkwater departs

According to reports, the Blues defender is on the verge of linking up with the Serie A club for the remainder of the season.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard recently admitted that he was not averse to allowing the centre back to head out on loan this month.

Tomori has found himself further down the pecking order this season, with the summer signing of experienced Brazilian defender Thiago Silva squeezing the 23-year-old out of favour.

AC Milan have been the frontrunners to secure Tomori’s signature so far this transfer window and according to Italian website Mediaset, the Rossoneri are in pole position to get the deal over the line.

They claim an agreement for a loan move with an option to buy is on the verge of being completed, with Tomori set to finalise the deal either Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

The two clubs have done loan business in the not too distant past when Tiemoue Bakayoko had a spell at the San Siro for a season in 2018-19.

The details of the deal are believed to be a €3m loan fee with the option to buy stipulation in the contract set at €25m.

Tomori no doubt has a bright future in the game, highlighted in his performances at Stamford Bridge last season – but it remains to be seen if we see him back at Chelsea after this move goes through.

One player who has confirmed their departure from Stamford Bridge today is Danny Drinkwater.

The exiled midfielder has signed a loan deal with Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpaşa until the end of the season.

Drinkwater hasn’t played for Chelsea’s first team since featuring in the 2018 Community Shield against Manchester City.

Roma after Everton’s Bernard

The Serie A side are eyeing up a move for the Toffees winger, with Carlo Ancelotti believed to be open to letting the Brazilian leave Goodison Park this month.

Everton have a large squad and it has been suggested that the club are keen to trim their numbers if possible.

According to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Roma are keen on bringing a new winger to the club, with Bernard and Stefan El Shaarawy top of manager Paulo Fonseca’s wish list.

However – as translated by Sport Witness – it is suggested that the Italians also need to trim their squad too before any swoop for Bernard is considered.

Furthermore, Roma believe that Everton’s demands in terms of a transfer fee for Bernard are too high and thus El Shaarawy has become their primary focus.

The Toffees have been doing well in the Premier League this season, but 28-year-old Bernard has barely been involved, featuring just 6 times in the top flight so far this campaign and playing just 10 games in total in all competitions.

There appears to be several obstacles in the way before any move for Bernard can materialise, but with almost two weeks remaining until the transfer window closes there is still time for a deal to be agreed.

Spurs €50m Zaniolo bid rejected

That’s according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, as picked up by Sport Witness.

The 21-year-old once again impressed in Serie A last season, despite Roma finishing outside of the Champions League places in the Italian top flight.

Corriere claim that Tottenham, along with Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Barcelona, have tabled €50m in an attempt to secure the Italy international’s services.

It’s not the first time that Spurs have been linked with a move for the youngster, with the club said to have been interested in Zaniolo whilst Mauricio Pochettino was in charge.

Tottenham’s bid has been rejected say the Italian paper, along with all other bids from other clubs – they claim that if it wasn’t for the coronavirus pandemic, Roma may have been entertaining offers to the tune of €70m for the highly-rated midfielder.

With the impact of Covid-19 on the transfer market, it’s unknown whether Spurs will return with an improved bid.

Everton and Napoli still discussing Allan transfer

The 29-year-old has been linked with a switch to Goodison Park for well over a month now, but negotiations between the two parties have stalled.

Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim the Toffees are yet to agree a fee with the Naples club over Allan’s transfer.

The Brazilian has made it clear he wants to link up with former gaffer Carlo Ancelotti in the Premier League, and suggestions are that he’s already agreed personal terms with Everton.

Now both sides need to agree on a fee – and that’s the sticking point, with disputes over bonus payments blocking the conclusion of the deal.

An initial transfer fee of €35m has been agreed for the player, but an additional €5m worth of bonus payments are unreasonable in Napoli’s opinion, as picked up by Sport Witness.

The Serie A side feel that bonuses included by Everton in the Allan deal are unrealistic, and they want slightly more achievable targets in order to ensure the additional €5m.

With the transfer window open until 5th October, this one looks almost certain to go ahead – despite continuous setbacks.

Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria offer Vieira to Burnley

Reports from Football Italia claim that ex-Leeds United man Vieira has been offered a return to English football and could end up at Turf Moor this season.

Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is head coach at the Serie A side and is willing to let the 22-year-old leave Sampdoria in order to assist with his rebuild in Genoa.

Tottenham and Leeds are also said to be keeping a close eye on Vieira’s situation, with the Elland Road outfit having cashed in on the player for £6m in 2018.

Chris Wood could be lining up alongside David Silva next season

Chris Wood is the subject of interest from Italian club Lazio.

The 28-year-old has offered himself to the Serie A outfit, who are on the lookout for a new striker ahead of their Champions League adventure next season.

And Lazio boss Simeone Inzaghi has also expressed his desire to bring the New Zealand international to the Stadio Olimpico.

The New Zealander got a career-best tally of 14 league goals this last season helping Burnley to finish tenth in the Premier League.

He’s under contract at Turf Moor until the summer of 2023, so if it does happen, he would probably break Burnley’s transfer record.

Alexis Sanchez leaves Manchester United

There was much hype and hope when he arrived from Arsenal in January 2018 in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved the other way.

It may well go down as one of the worst swap deals in history, with Sanchez more likely to be remembered for his piano-playing viral announcement than any of his 45 appearances.

The the 31-year-old Chile international managed just five goals in red and was allowed to spend the 2019-20 season on loan at Inter Milan – a period in which United covered a hefty portion of his wages.

Sanchez has done enough in Serie A to secure a permanent move, closing a costly and uncomfortable chapter.

The Italian club said in a statement: “FC Internazionale Milano announce that Alexis Sanchez has joined the Nerazzurri on a free transfer. The Chilean forward has signed a permanent contract with the club until 30 June 2023.”

Sanchez had two years remaining on his eye-popping deal at Old Trafford, with his early exit reported to be saving the club around £40million in wages.

Ghezzal wants Leicester City exit

Ghezzal arrived at Leicester in the summer of 2018 from French side Monaco, but spent last season on loan at Serie A club Fiorentina after a difficult debut campaign with the Foxes.

Now the 28-year-old Algerian could depart the King Power Stadium permanently just 2 years, 1 goal and 19 Premier League appearances later.

It’s understood Ghezzal is keen to stay in Serie A with Fiorentina on a permanent basis, but Italian sports outlet TuttoMercatoWeb say the Florence club aren’t prepared to exercise the €10m option to buy clause.

Leicester aren’t averse to letting Ghezzal leave the club, and Fiorentina would like to keep him – however there will likely be some negotiating on that €10m price tag if he is to remain in Italy permanently.

Alexis Sanchez agrees personal terms with Inter Milan over Manchester United transfer

The Chilean forward joined the Serie A club last summer after a torrid time at Old Trafford, in which he never truly lived up to his potential.

Sanchez’s departure from United was a relief to all involved with the club, from disgruntled fans to no doubt the player himself.

It was never likely that Sanchez would return to Old Trafford at the conclusion of his loan spell at the San Siro, but negotiations still need to be thrashed out between Manchester United and Inter Milan over a possible transfer fee.

Such is the uncertainty surrounding football finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is unlikely that Inter will pay the €20m fee United Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward is holding out for, with it understood that the Red Devils are willing to accept €15m.

Whatever is agreed fee-wise, one thing that is for certain is that Alexis Sanchez has agreed personal terms with Inter Milan on a three-year deal, with it claimed the former Barcelona man could earn up to €15m in wages per season.

Manchester United losing those sorts of numbers off their books will certainly give them an advantage when attempting to do business this summer.

Ancelotti adds Immobile to Everton transfer shortlist

Sunday’s 1-3 home defeat to relegated Bournemouth compounded what has been a dismal season for Everton, with the club registering a bottom-half finish for the first time in four years.

Although Carlo Ancelotti banished any lingering fears of relegation shortly after his appointment, the Italian knows that significant changes to his Toffees squad must be made if Everton are to compete for the Europa League places next season.

One of the Italian’s prime targets this summer is said to be Serie A hotshot Ciro Immobile.

30-year-old Immobile has been prolific in front of goal this season, bagging an exceptional 40 goals in 45 appearances for club and country so far with two games left to play.

Goals are currency at the elite level, and despite Immobile’s age, the sort of numbers he has posted this season will make for a weighty price tag.

Reports claim that Lazio are after a minimum of £50m for the in-form striker – a fee that Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri may be prepared to pay in order to see Everton competing again.