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Monday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea see swap deal for top transfer target rejected

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Chelsea see swap deal for top transfer target rejected

RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol has become Chelsea’s new No.1 transfer target. Manager Thomas Tuchel is ‘in love’ with the 20-year-old Croatian, who is under contract until 2026.

Chelsea attempted to entice Leipzig into a swap deal involving former star striker Timo Werner. The German giants, however, rejected the proposal. Their stance is clear, they don’t want to sell Gvardiol. [Fabrizio Romano]

Gaga Slonina is close to completing Chelsea move

Man Utd set to intensify search for a new striker

Manchester United are expected to intensify their search for a new striker this week.

Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic is the man on the club’s radar. The 25-year-old Austrian scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Bundesliga last season. He has reportedly caught the eye of Bayern Munich as well.

RB Salzburg’s 19-year-old star Benjamin Sesko is another striker on manager Erik ten Hag’s shortlist. Ajax’s £80 million asking price, meanwhile, makes a deal for Antony complicated. [Daily Mail]

The De Jong-Chelsea saga takes a new twist

Chelsea will make an offer for Frenkie de Jong if the midfielder leaves Barcelona this summer.

Barca want at least €80 million for De Jong and already have a guaranteed offer in that region from Manchester United. Should the Dutchman’s transfer go through, they’ll turn their attention to Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]

Roberto Firmino won’t leave Liverpool

Pjanic intends to stay at Barcelona

Despite reported transfer interest from several Serie A clubs, Miralem Pjanic wants to stay at Barcelona.

The 32-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan at Turkish club Besiktas. He is still under contract at Camp Nou until next summer. Juventus, Napoli, and Lazio are all reportedly interested. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]