Chelsea are prepared to fight it out with Manchester United and Liverpool to sign Borussia Dortmund’s England international Jadon Sancho.
And they’re willing to pay big money for him.
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Sancho could be set to join the Blues in January after Frank Lampard’s side had their transfer ban lifted earlier this month.
The 19-year-old netted 12 goals and delivered 14 assists for the German club, being named in the team of the year.
He has maintained that fine form this year, with nine goals and nine assists.
According to The Sun, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to get the cheque book out and allow Lampard to strengthen the Blues’ bid to finish in the top four and secure Champions League qualification.
The Blues are poised to pay £120m ($226m) to get Sancho, who they see as an ideal replacement for Eden Hazard.
Dortmund are desperate to retain the winger until the end of the 2020 season, given he is a key figure in their ambition to win the Bundesliga title.
SPURS WOULD SELL ERIKSEN TO RIVALS
Spurs owner Daniel Levy admits he is open to selling Christian Eriksen to a Premier League rival amid increasing interest from Manchester United.
Eriksen looks set to leave on a free at the end of the year and is allowed to talk with clubs when the January window opens.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a known admirer and is looking for another creative force.
Levy told theEvening Standard: “We are honestly not scared to trade with our rivals,” before adding that Jose Mourinho would not be given much to spend in January.
“Jose is on record as saying what we need now is to get the players playing better, which is what they are doing,” said Levy. “He’s made it clear he is not looking for new players in January. He is happy with what he’s got and that’s why he said that.”
SWANS EYE BREWSTER
Rising Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster is heading out on loan – with a host of club’s interested in his signature.
According to The Daily Mail, Championship side Swansea are leading the race.
They face stiff competition for the 19-year-old, with Preston, Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday also interested.
The reason Swansea are confident of landing him is their manager Steve Cooper used to work at Liverpool’s academy, and was key to his development.
Cooper also coached Brewster in the under-17 World Cup in 2017 when Brewster scored eight goals and finished with the Golden Boot.
WANYAMA – BERLIN BOUND?
Hertha Berlin boss Jurgen Klinsmann is monitoring Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama.
Klinsmann, who played for Tottenham, took charge of Hertha in November and wants to strengthen in January.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Wanyama is a seen as an ideal candidate for the German outfit after falling out of favour Spurs.
The Kenya international has played just four times this season, and Hertha are also believed to be keen on Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka.
MOURINHO’S FRENCH FANCY
Jose Mourinho wants to strengthen Tottenham’s defensive reserves by going after West Ham centre-back Issa Diop.
The Hammers do not want to sell Diop, but according to Sky Sports, would be willing to entertain offers over £50m ($95m) – but wouldn’t let him leave in the January window.
The French defender played in West Ham’s win against Manchester United last year, when Mourinho was in charge of the Red Devils. After that 3-1 victory, Mourinho praised Diop’s ability.
Tottenham see the centre-back as a long-term project and somebody who could replace Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, the latter signing a new three-and-a-half-year deal over the weekend.