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Chelsea transfer news: PSG willing to offer Callum Hudson-Odoi escape route from Maurizio Sarri

Callum Hudson-Odoi is even more determined to leave Chelsea, with Maurizio Sarri refusing to come good on his promise to give the winger more game time, reports claim.

And now French champions Paris Saint-Germain are also willing to offer the 18-year-old a way out of Stamford Bridge, joining Bayern Munich in the hunt for his signature.

Sarri is refusing to give Hudson-Odoi game time

The talented winger submitted a transfer request in January amid several offers from Bayern, but eventually stayed with the Blues as Sarri hinted he would get more minutes on the pitch.

But since asking to leave, Hudson-Odoi has played just 13 minutes of Premier League football and continues to wait for his debut start in the English top-flight.

The England youth international was left on the bench for Monday night’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester United, which saw the Blues eliminated from the FA Cup.


Fans inside Stamford Bridge repeatedly chanted Hudson-Odoi’s name, begging Sarri to introduce the teenager, but instead the manager made three like-for-like substitutions which failed to impact the game.

Bayern are expected to return with a bid in the summer, after their £35million offer was rejected in January, while PSG are also plotting their move, according to The Sun.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has played just 13 minutes of Premier League football since asking to leave

Chelsea are desperate to agree a new contract with Hudson-Odoi, whose current deal expires next year, and the club may regret missing the opportunity to cash in last month.

With his contract running down, his value is likely to decrease, and the Blues could lose one of Europe’s brightest prospects for next-to-nothing.

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Anthony Martial: Manchester United’s striker’s recall to France squad reportedly set to cost Red Devils further £8.7million

Manchester United look set to fork out an extra £8.7million as striker Anthony Martial appears primed for a return to the France squad.

Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps said Martial is “back at a very, very good level”.

Martial lost his place in the France squad just before the World Cup, which they ended up winning

And this could prove costly for the Red Devils as there is a clause in Martial’s deal from Monaco in 2015 that includes an add-on triggered by 25 caps for his national team, according to The Sun.

Martial, who has played 18 times for his country, needs to play 45 minutes in the game for an appearance to count.

Having missed out on a place in the World Cup squad, the 23-year-old is in line for a recall for European Championship qualifiers against Moldova and Iceland and could lead to him reaching the 25-cap mark before the end of the 2020 campaign, including the tournament finals.


Like many other United players, Martial’s form has improved dramatically since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the club.

He agreed a long-term deal at Old Trafford in January before scoring two goals in four games.

Martial picked up an injury in United’s Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain but could be fit to face Liverpool on Sunday, a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.

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It is understood Martial will trigger another £8.7m payment if he is named as a nominee for the Ballon d’Or award.

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Manchester City transfer news: How Citizens could line up next season with English starlets Declan Rice, Ben Chilwell and Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Transfer windows have been very exciting times at Manchester City since Sheikh Mansour took control of the club in 2008.

The club’s incredible financial backing has seen them attract some top players in world football including Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to name but a few.

City’s financial backing has helped them develop into a powerhouse in world football

But it seems as though City’s targets for the summer are shifting to players a bit closer to home.

According to The Sun, the reigning Premier League champions are looking to make a triple swoop for promising English youngsters Declan Rice, Ben Chilwell and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

So here at talkSPORT.com we took a look at how Pep Guardiola’s side could line up next season if these deals were to go through.


Goalkeeper

No need to change Ederson in goal with the Brazilian’s contract running out in 2025.

He is definitely viewed as City’s main man between the sticks in the long-term.

Defence

The back four is where we could be seeing the biggest change next season with full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace and Leicester’s Ben Chilwell linked with move to the Etihad Stadium.

Wan-Bissaka kept Leroy Sane quiet during Palace’s surprise win over City in December

Chilwell has made five international caps after breaking into the England senior squad earlier this season and while Wan-Bissaka has yet to receive his call-up from Gareth Southgate, it’s surely just a matter of time before this happens if he carries on playing how he does.

Chilwell has been on City’s radar for a while

Wan-Bissaka would also hugely benefit from having right-back Kyle Walker as a club team-mate to help him take his game to the next level.

Midfield

Guardiola is on the lookout for a long-term replacement for 33-year-old midfielder Fernandinho and it looks as though West Ham starlet Rice could be the man to step into the Brazilian’s shoes.

Rice made the headlines last week after choosing to represent England internationally despite making appearances for the Republic of Ireland in friendlies.

A move to City would increase his chances of cementing his place in the Three Lions’ senior squad.

Rice choosing to represent England will help his chances of securing a move to a top club

Rice’s primary role of breaking up the play would allow for creative midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne the licence to get forward knowing they’re protected when the opposition launches an attack.

Attack

Up front, City have many options with last season’s Young Player of the Year Leroy Sane on the bench in this XI with Sergio Aguero being flanked by Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling.

There’s no pressing need for the Citizens to bring in any more forwards but they undoubtedly could if they feel like it.

Will this be City’s starting line-up on the opening weekend of the 2019/20 campaign?

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Transfer news and football gossip: Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard in swap deal, Paris Saint-Germain join race for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, Arsenal suffer blow in pursuit of James Rodriguez

talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and biggest football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Real Madrid are planning to use Gareth Bale as makeweight in a move for Chelsea winger Eden Hazard, as the La Liga giants consider letting the Welshman leave in the summer. [Marca]

Paris Saint-Germain have joined the race to sign 18-year-old Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was heavily pursued by Bayern Munich in January. [The Sun]

Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Colombia international James Rodriguez. The Real Madrid midfielder, currently on loan at Bayern Munich, has revealed plans to return to his parent club at the end of the season. [The Mirror]


Manchester United have made a breakthrough in their contract negotiations with 21-year-old striker Marcus Rashford and expect the England international to pen a new six-year deal. [The Mirror]

Tottenham are planning two test events at their new stadium next month, on March 16 and 23, in a significant step towards opening the venue this season. [FULL STORY]

Leeds’ remarkable season is being captured by a local film company, however the club are yet to agree a deal with TV producers about a potential documentary. [Daily Mail]

Leeds could get their own documentary

Newcastle midfielder Miguel Almiron, who became the Magpies club-record signing in January, was also being tracked by Manchester United, according to the Paraguayan’s agent. [Newcastle Chronicle]

Chelsea and Liverpool are both monitoring 17-year-old Khephren Thuram, the son of former France international Lilian Thuram. The teenager is yet to sign a professional contract with Monaco. [Daily Mail]

Manuel Lanzini has not played for West Ham since last May

West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini, who has been out with a serious knee injury since before the 2018 World Cup, could return to action against Fulham on Friday. [The Times]

Inter Milan are in talks with Barcelona over Croatia international Ivan Rakitic, who is valued at around £39million by the Spanish club. [AS]

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Gareth Bale future: Real Madrid given £131million valuation by president Florentino Perez – reports

Any hope Manchester United may have had in landing Gareth Bale have suffered a blow after Real Madrid reportedly slapped a £131million price tag on the player.

Bale, 29, joined the LaLiga giants from Tottenham for a then-world record £86m in 2013 but has struggled for first-team football this term.

The substitutes bench has become an all too familiar sight for Bale this season

He has played second-fiddle under Santiago Solari – with the caretaker boss opting to play talented Vinicius Junior ahead of the Welshman.

However, this has not stopped Real president Florentino Perez from valuing Bale at £131m, according to Spanish TV network TeleMadrid.

The winger’s career at the Bernabeu has been hampered by injuries but he has also been criticised by his own fans for an alleged lack of effort during matches.


Bale was linked with a move away from Spain when he outlined his disappointment at not starting enough games last season following his brace during Real’s Champions League final victory over Liverpool in May 2018 – a game where Bale started on the bench.

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Chelsea news: Alvaro Morata promised Diego Simeone he’d join Atletico Madrid BEFORE £71million move to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata has revealed he promised to go to Atletico Madrid before his £71million switch to Chelsea.

The Spanish striker joined his boyhood club on loan in January after the Blues ran out of patience with his poor goalscoring form.

Morata promised Simeone he would join Atletico

Morata’s Chelsea career began brightly following his club-record signing from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017, however the honeymoon was short-lived, and his confidence in front of goal quickly vanished.

He is now looking to reignite his career in Madrid, where he stated out as an academy player, and his new manager Diego Simeone has been trying to sign him for some time.

In an interview with Spanish publication AS, Morata reveals he promised Simeone he would play for him one day.


“If I tell you the truth, the first contact was three-and-a-half years ago,” he said.

“I gave him my word that as soon as I was able to, I would come. It wasn’t possible before.

“But it wasn’t because of me. I gave him my word, and now I’ve come here it has been the time when I’ve talked with Simeone the least!”

Alvaro Morata struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge

The 26-year-old, who scored five Premier League goals for Chelsea earlier this season, is yet to open his account for the LaLiga side.

Meanwhile, Morata’s replacement at Stamford Bridge, Juventus loanee Gonzalo Higuain, has already scored twice for the Blues.

But Chelsea have not fared well since Morata’s departure, suffering three defeats in their last five games.

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Chelsea transfer news: Tiemoue Bakayoko says he wants to stay at AC Milan rather than return to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed his desire to stay at AC Milan rather than return to Stamford Bridge at the end of his loan spell with the Italian club.

After a terrible debut season in the Premier League, Bakayoko was shipped out to Milan on loan, where he has rediscovered the form which made Chelsea pay £40million to sign him from Monaco in 2017.

Bakayoko is turning things around

Despite a rocky start to life in Serie A, Bakayoko has established himself as a key member of Gennaro Gattuso’s squad, and the Frenchman is keen to make his loan switch a permanent one at the end of the season.

In an interview with RMC Sport, the Frenchman said: “We’re waiting for the end of the season. I’m under contract with Chelsea, but I’m very happy at Milan and I’d like to continue with them.

“It was difficult at the start, also because of the language. Today things are going much better, both on the field and in everyday life, and I’m very happy.


“As for the future, the objective is to finish in the top four with Milan and have a surprise: a recall to the national team.”

The midfielder still has three years left on his Chelsea deal, and his future in west London could depend on the fate of under-fire boss Maurizio Sarri.

Bakayoko struggled in his debut season with the Blues

The Italian coach immediately decided Bakayoko was not part of his long-term plans, but should he be sacked, a new manager might think twice before letting the 24-year-old leave.

He has 19 league appearances for AC Milan this season, who currently sit fourth in the Italian top-flight.

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Juventus Must Show And Prove Their Champions League Ambitions Versus Atletico Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo (£9.17) will return to Spain’s capital on Wednesday evening, in the knowledge that his Juventus side begin their most important portion of their campaign so far. The Champions League knockout stages will begin for the Old Lady with a difficult clash versus Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday evening, and it […]

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Wednesday 20th February Eligible Fixtures

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