CHELSEA WIN COULD SIGNAL SPURS STARS’ EXITS
With Spurs now resigned to the Europa League, the vultures are already circling north London.
Real Madrid are keen to lure Luka Modric to the Bernabeu but an initial offer of £25million is sure to be rebuffed, while Barcelona are reported to be keen on Tottenham’s most saleable asset, Gareth Bale.
A fee of around £35million has been mentioned for the 22-year-old Wales international with players such as Javier Mascherano already linked as potential makeweights in any deal.
And with Harry Redknapp on Chelsea’s radar according to some reports over the weekend, it appears certain to be a busy summer at White Hart Lane – no doubt the sort of busy Daniel Levy didn’t have in mind in March this year when they were 10 points clear in third spot.
TORRES UNHAPPY AT CHELSEA AS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS EYE HAZARD
£50m man Fernando Torres has voiced his displeasure at his apparent mistreatment by the club and is seeking clear-the-air talks surrounding his future. Roman Abramovich is certainly set to inject fresh funds to bolster Chelsea’s defence of their Champions League crown and an exit from the Bridge could suit all parties.
Jumping straight to the top of Chelsea’s summer transfer list is Eden Hazard. The Lille midfielder has touted himself around the top Premier League clubs and Chelsea’s dramatic win has now opened up the possibility of landing the Belgian ace.
OLE GUNNAR STAY OR GO?
Aston Villa target Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened the door on a switch to England, after apparently deciding to stay at Norwegian club Molde.
The former Manchester United striker, 39, has said he would “consider” an offer from Villa, but is also happy to stay at Norwegian side Molde.
After talks with club owner Randy Lerner on Friday Solskjaer said: “I have a contract for two more years (at Molde) and I’ll deal with it.
“I have not received an offer, but if I do I have to consider it then. Now I’m just focused on doing my job here.”
Apparently there were custard creams and bourbons on the table which delayed talks for two hours as Solskjaer weighed up which would go best with his coffee.
ANZHI PREPARE £300K A WEEK OFFER FOR VAN PERSIE
The Russian club where money is no object, Anzhi Makhachkala, are prepared to battle Manchester City for the signature of Robin van Persie.
Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink has been given a blank cheque to go and sign three world class stars for the club, and the Arsenal striker tops the list.
Owner Suleyman Kerimov, one of the richest men in the world, has told Hiddink the best players can earn over £300,000 a-week net at his club.
Hiddink is now hinting he is about to target Van Persie with a deal that will dwarf anything Arsenal or Manchester City can offer.
AVB FOR LFC?
Liverpool will this week make a formal approach to Andre Villas-Boas to discuss the vacant manager’s post at Anfield.
Roberto Martinez remains in the frame but Villas-Boas could make a swift return to the premier league three months after his sacking at Chelsea.
The odds on the Portuguese man who took Porto to Europa league glory before his ill-fated spell in west London to take over from Kenny Dalglish have been cut to 11/4.
He is still behind Wigan manger Martinez in the betting, with the Spaniard 7/4, but owners John W Henry and Tom Werner are reeling from the criticism they’ve received over the handling of Dalglish’s exit, and feel going for a manager more proven in European football a sensible option.
ON THE CONTINENT
Inter Milan have agreed a fee of around 11million Euros with Porto for Colombian midfielder Freddy Guarin.
Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi has taken over as coach at Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande.
Montpellier won their maiden French Ligue 1 title with a 2-1 win at Auxerre in a match that was interrupted three times by crowd trouble on Sunday
York City secured their return to the Football League after an eight-year absence as they came from behind to beat Luton Town at Wembley.
Fifteen players have left Bolton Wanderers following their relegation from the Premier League, while Kevin Davies has signed a new one-year deal.
Hearts won the Scottish cup thumping city rivals Hibernian 5-1 at Hampden Park on Saturday.
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