UEFA agreement for nine of 12 Super League clubs

UEFA has approved ‘reintegration measures’ for nine out of 12 Super League clubs, excluding Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona. After an Emergency Panel discussed the possible sanctions of the Super League clubs, UEFA has released an official statement confirming nine clubs have submitted a ‘Club Commitment Declaration’. Nine of the originally involved in the breakaway competition – including Milan and Inter - will have to pay €15m ‘to be used for the benefit of children, youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK’. The clubs ‘will be subject to withholding of 5 per cent of the revenues they would have received from UEFA club competitions for one season, which will be redistributed’. The clubs that have submitted the declaration are

Jorginho agent sets 50m price-tag

Jorginho is in the Champions League Final with Chelsea, but his agent confirms he’d be open to Napoli or Milan, and would currently cost €50m. The midfielder impressed during last night’s 2-0 win over Real Madrid, securing their 3-1 aggregate semi-final victory. “He would also like a return to Italy, but I think it will be in a couple of years and not now,” agent Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss. The representative was asked which club in Serie A could draw Jorginho in, for example Napoli or Milan? “If they don’t call… He loves the city of Naples and spent wonderful years there, but he has to think about his career right now. He still has a contract at Chelsea. “As for Milan, if

Milan negotiate Tomori discount

Fikayo Tomori met with Milan directors this evening, amid reports the club is trying to negotiate a discount on the €28m Chelsea clause. The defender moved to San Siro on loan in January with an option to buy worth €28m. He has impressed so much in the last few months that he effectively pushed captain Alessio Romagnoli to the bench. Tomori has taken over as first choice centre-back alongside Simon Kjaer. Sky Sport Italia spotted Tomori at the Casa Milan headquarters this evening, for a meeting with directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara. It’s reported they discussed options for the future, as Milan would certainly like to keep Tomori, but are also aware that €28m is a lot of money for someone who couldn’t get

Costacurta: ‘Chelsea the best Champions League defence’

Milan legend Alessandro Costacurta believes Chelsea have the best defence among the Champions League semi-finalists: 'They can create trouble for anyone.' Thomas Tuchel’s side face the Merengues away in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals today. It kicks off at 20.00 GMT. “I think Chelsea have the best defensive line in Europe,” Costacurta told Sky Sport Italia. “The move well, they are good both individually and as a department with Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta and Rudiger. In a way, they have the most reliable defence among the Champions League semi-finalists,” the former defender told Sky Sport Italia. “The rest of the team is a bit different. In other teams, there are stars, Chelsea have some too, but they are not shining at the moment. “Therefore,

Report: Chelsea and Man City withdraw from Super League

Multiple sources claim tonight that Chelsea and Manchester City are pulling out of the Super League, which could scupper the whole project. BBC Sport reporter Dan Roan first broke the news for Chelsea, but it was confirmed by multiple sources, including The Times and The Telegraph. Now The Sun is reporting that Manchester City had also decided to pull out, especially as they were the last club to sign on last night. Chelsea are said to be preparing the official paperwork to pull out of their commitment to the Super League. This would leave only 11 clubs: Juventus, Inter, Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool. The news was greeted with jubilation by fans who had gathered outside

Emerson to Juve for Alex Sandro?

Reports are gathering steam that Juventus will try to sell Alex Sandro to Chelsea with Emerson Palmieri going the other way. It is by no means the first time this has been suggested, but the Bianconeri are eager to monetise on players to cover mounting financial issues. Calciomercato.com point out Juve have almost entirely absorbed the cost of Alex Sandro’s transfer and would be glad to lose his €6m per season wages. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is a known fan of the Portuguese player, having already wanted to sign him at Paris Saint-Germain in 2018. Emerson Palmieri was born and raised in Brazil, but plays his international football for Italy. He has long been linked with a return to Serie A for Juve, Inter or

Aguero meets with Barcelona

Aguero meets with Barcelona

According to reports in Spain, Juventus transfer target Sergio Aguero is in advanced negotiations for a move to Barcelona. The striker is a free agent after his Manchester City contract ran down, so can make any move he wishes from July. Juve had been heavily linked with Kun Aguero, although Chelsea had been reportedly leading the race. Now El Chiringuito in Spain suggest Aguero’s agent is currently in Barcelona for negotiations with the Blaugrana. It would enable him to reunite at club level with his fellow Argentina international Lionel Messi. Aguero will turn 33 in June and has three goals in 15 competitive games for Manchester City this season. He has been in England since 2011, previously playing for Independiente and Atletico Madrid.

Agent reveals Jorginho price-tag

Jorginho’s agent confirms the Chelsea midfielder ‘would like to come back to Italy, but his price-tag is today €50m’ and he expects a renewal offer. The Italy international confessed he misses Serie A football and particularly Napoli, although there have also been links with Juventus and Roma. “Jorginho would like to come back to Italy, and there is the desire to play in Serie A,” agent Joao Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss. “If Napoli should need Jorginho, then it could happen. He still has two years left on his contract at Chelsea. “As things stand today, his price-tag is €50m and he has quite high wages in London. It’s unlikely that (Napoli President Aurelio) De Laurentiis would spend so much. “Besides, in my view, Marina

Napoli to release Bakayoko

Napoli have decided not to purchase Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea, so a return to France is possible for PSG or Lyon. The 26-year-old is only under contract with Chelsea until June 2022, having been purchased from Monaco for €40m back in 2017. He barely played with the Blues jersey, going out on a series of less than stellar loan spells at Milan, Monaco and Napoli. Multiple reports in Italy are confident Bakayoko won’t be purchased outright by Napoli, as he has dropped down the pecking order in recent months. Footmercato maintain a return to France could be his next step, with PSG and Olympique Lyonnais interested.

Bergomi: ‘Inter need Goretzka, not Kante’

Inter legend Beppe Bergomi advises the club to invest in Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka rather than N’Golo Kante of Chelsea if they want to succeed in the Champions League. The Nerazzurri are running away with the Scudetto, sitting eight points clear of Milan with a game in hand, and are starting to look towards the future. “With Antonio Conte, you can’t really get away from the 3-5-2 formation, and if the club wants to invest in order to make them competitive in Europe, I think there are three roles that need adjusting,” former defender Bergomi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Perhaps it’s better to talk about the type of players they need. For example, a quick defender who would allow them to push

MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 2 WEST BROM 5

MATCH REPORT - CHELSEA 2 WEST BROM 5

Thomas Tuchel’s club-record 14-game unbeaten start at Chelsea came to an end when his side suffered a shock home defeat against relegation-threatened opponents. The Blues played most of the game with 10 men after a first-half sending off and Sam Allardyce’s side made the most of that advantage, going 4-1 up before we pulled a goal back, and then scoring again in added time at the end. Premier League football returned after the international break with this lunchtime kick-off and it was a game of high drama. Chelsea took the lead through Christian Pulisic but then lost Thiago Silva to a second yellow card, and then lost two goals in stoppage time before the interval, both scored by Matheus Pereira, the first

Tottenham up for Ramsey

Reports continue to grow that Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot are on their way out of Juventus, with Tottenham joining the race for the Welsh midfielder. Both were free agents who failed to make much impact in Turin, as Ramsey is often injured, while Rabiot’s work-rate has not impressed. According to multiple sources in Italy, they have been placed on the exit list for this summer to raise funds for new signings. Tuttomercatoweb and The Sun suggest that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Ramsey. It would be a surprise, considering how much of his career he spent at their London rivals Arsenal. The Premier League is the most likely destination for Ramsey, who is also linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Lukaku seen as Haaland alternative

Romelu Lukaku is seen as an alternative to Erling Haaland for Barcelona, Chelsea and others, but Inter refuse to consider a sale. The Belgium international is still only 27, but scored 59 goals in 85 games for Inter, along with 58 strikes in 90 caps for his country. This remarkable form and work-rate have made him hot property on the transfer market, showing the Nerazzurri were right to invest €74m to sign him from Manchester United in 2019. Now the Telegraph newspaper claims Chelsea see Lukaku as a viable alternative to Borussia Dortmund hitman Haaland. At the same time, the Corriere dello Sport suggests Barcelona have a similar idea. Haaland is their first choice too, but Lukaku would also be on the wish-list, especially if

The Champions League returns to the scene

Atlético, the only Spanish team qualified. Real Madrid will play the return leg against City in Manchester. Barca hope to close the pass at home. Today Friday is the draw (12:00, Movistar Champions League and DAZN) of the Champions League in Nyon and UEFA, as AS advanced last Monday, confirmed yesterday that the return matches of the round of 16 of the Champions will not be played on a neutral field , as the organization wanted , but in the corresponding stadiums before the coronavirus pandemic broke out.  The Real Madrid will have to try the comeback (1-2 at the Bernabeu) in front of Manchester City and BarcelonaThey will receive Naples at the Camp Nou after the 1-1 of San Paolo . La Juve will try to reverse the 1-0 Lyon and Bayern will defend a comfortable lead after winning 0-3 at Chelsea in London. For their part, Atalanta, Atlético, Leipzig and PSG are already qualified for the quarterfinals. The draw will in

Chelsea Make Lille’s Mike Maignan ‘Priority’ Replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kepa Arrizabalaga

​Chelsea have made Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan their 'priority' signing for the upcoming summer transfer window, as Frank Lampard loses patience with struggling stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Lampard made his feelings clear over the performances of the Spaniard by dropping him for their most recent Premier League clash with Leicester, with veteran Willy Caballero taking his place in the starting lineup. The 25-year-old cost ​Chelsea £72m back in the summer of 2018 and, while he performed well in his first season, his form has dropped drastically for the current campaign with a string of high-profile errors costing the Blues on numerous occasions. Furthermore, Kepa has conceded 32 goals in 24 ​Premier League games, keeping just five clean sheets during that time. Adamant in his view on Kepa, Lampard looks set to ​clash with

Frank Lampard Calls Chelsea ‘Underdogs’ for Top Four Spot After Frustrating Transfer Window

Frank Lampard Calls Chelsea 'Underdogs' for Top Four Spot After Frustrating Transfer Window

​Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted that his side are facing an uphill battle to secure a top-four finish after they failed to make any signings in the January transfer window. A last-gasp move for Napoli's Dries Mertens proved fruitless for the Blues, who had missed out on a cut-price deal for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani earlier in the month. Perhaps more worryingly for Lampard, Chelsea's rivals for Champions League qualification enjoyed a relatively successful window. ​Manchester United's pursuit of Bruno Fernandes finally came to an end in the week, with the Red Devils luring him to Old Trafford for a fee that could rise to £68m. ​Sheffield United and ​Tottenham were similarly active in January, adding to Lampard's concerns. He said of the situation (as quoted by the ​Telegraph): "This

Chelsea Looking to Extend Fan Favourite’s Contract After Hearing Winger Would Stay ‘Until He’s 40’

Chelsea winger Willian

​Chelsea winger Willian has insisted he wants to stay at the club 'until he's 40' after entering into talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge. The Brazil international is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, but Chelsea's most senior forward continues to impress for the club and most recently put in a man of the match performance in their 2-0 win over Tottenham. The 31-year-old is in his seventh season as a Chelsea player, but Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol reports that the club now want to extend Willian's stay at Stamford Bridge and are in talks with the winger over a new deal. Willian himself has rubbished reports which claimed he could leave in January, adding that he would stay at Chelsea

Report & Reaction as Frank Lampard Masterminds Comfortable Victory Over Jose Mourinho

Chelsea eased to victory in an eventful derby match with Tottenham on Sunday evening, with Frank Lampard masterminding a 2-0 victory over former boss Jose Mourinho. In a game fuelled by football narratives, it was the visitors who started the brighter and were rewarded with a deserved early goal. A short corner was worked back to Willian, who cut inside and curled a beautiful shot in to the far bottom corner after just 12 minutes. Just before the break, we all witnessed a truly bizarre moment, Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga missing the ball and clattering Marcos Alonso in the box - a decision which was eventually given by VAR after Anthony Taylor initially awarded Tottenham a free kick. Willian stepped up and made no mistake, doubling