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Monday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea shortlist 3 ‘world-class’ defenders

Monday's transfer rumors - Chelsea shortlist 3 'world-class' defenders
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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Chelsea shortlist three ‘world-class’ defensive targets

The European champions have shortlisted Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos, and Presnel Kimpembe as their three central defensive transfer targets.

Despite Chelsea’s priority being on signing a top striker, Thomas Tuchel is keen on a new ‘world-class’ center-back. The Blues boss wants somebody who can fill an aging Thiago Silva’s boots as a leader at the back while stepping in as a potential replacement for Kurt Zouma.

Kounde is Tuchel’s top defensive target, although the Frenchman’s €70 million price tag could be a problem. His Sevilla teammate Carlos is Chelsea’s Plan B. Kimpembe, meanwhile, could be available following Sergio Ramos’ arrival at Paris Saint-Germain. [Fichajes – in Spanish]

Messi expected to sign new Barcelona contract

Barcelona have offered the necessary financial guarantees to convince La Liga to approve Lionel Messi’s registration for next season.

The club’s president, Joan Laporta, and Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, have struck an agreement for a new deal. Therefore, Barcelona have given La Liga a series of guarantees relating to their salary cap. It apparently includes the sales of some high-paid players. [Diario AS]

Jesus remains Juventus’ top target

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo looking more likely to stay, Juventus still harbor hopes of completing a deal for Gabriel Jesus.

The Manchester City striker is reportedly Juventus’ top transfer target for this summer. But if a move for Jesus doesn’t work out, re-signing Moise Kean from Everton is another option the Old Lady could pursue. [Tuttosport – in Italian]

Nagelsmann praises Chiesa

After impressing in Italy’s triumphant Euro 2020 campaign, Federico Chiesa’s stock has grown.

One known admirer is new Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann, although the German conceded a deal for the Juventus winger is unlikely given his expensive price tag.

Read the full story here on Ace Football.

Barcelona eye Ligue 1 star Sanches

Lille midfielder Renato Sanches has reportedly emerged as a surprise transfer target for Barcelona.

The Portugal international has rebuilt his career in France and helped Lille win Ligue 1 last season. That said, Barcelona’s financial problems suggest a deal is unlikely.

Reports have also linked Premier League sides Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham with Sanches recently. [Le10Sport – in French]