Chelsea let go of the millions

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Today’s news in France

The transfer of Raphael Varane with Manchester United being completed, RC Lens will receive a nice sum of money in this transaction. The French defender’s training club will receive 2.5% of the transfer, or € 1.2 million, thanks to the FIFA training compensation.

In Marseille, the Olympian club is one of the favorites to secure the services of Giovanni Simeone, son of Diego, coach of Atlético de Madrid. If the Argentine striker would come to help an OM already well advanced in his transfer window, competition is lurking, especially in Spain.

Daily news abroad

Antoine Griezmann has chosen his destination, and the Frenchman should stay at Barça. According to the journalist specializing in the transfer window of Sky Italia Fabrizio Romano, Grizi and Joan Laporta have reached an agreement that will satisfy both parties. Antoine Griezmann could therefore stay at the club, while lowering his salary.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City will step up a gear for the arrival of Jack Grealish at the club. The Citizens are said to be ready to pay the sum of € 80m for Aston Villa number 10, but the Villans expect at least € 115m.

In an interview given to Bild, Sebastian Kehl, the club’s new sporting director, has claimed Dortmund will not let go Erling Haaland this summer. “During discussions with Mino Raiola (Erling Haaland’s agent) about the transfer of Donyell Malen, I didn’t feel that we had to meet again soon about Erling. And we’ve already stressed 1000 times that we don’t want to let it go. I have no doubts that Borussia Dortmund will be a fantastic club for him in the coming season to develop further. We have taken a clear position and have repeatedly stressed that we will not be selling Erling this summer. It was exactly the same for Jadon Sancho last year until the last day of the transfer window. We all saw how it ended. I mean: no one should underestimate us ”.

The focus of the day

In Chelsea, the transfer window promises to be eventful despite the triumphant season that the club experienced a few months ago. The first big blow that the Blues would like to do would be to afford the services of Frenchman Jules Koundé. The player’s release clause is € 80m but a transfer could take place around € 50m. Chelsea and the defender have already agreed on the basis of a contract until 2026. But the London club also wants to hit hard in attack, with an offer of 150 M € for Erling Haaland! If the Norwegian’s transfer does not go through, Chelsea would be ready to turn to Robert Lewandowski, not closed to a Bayern departure. Same story for Kingsley Coman, who is struggling to find an agreement for the extension of his contract in Munich. Ilaix Moriba is also one of the names mentioned in the direction of arrivals. On the other hand, Hakim Ziyech, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi are on Thomas Tuchel’s list of undesirable players for the next season. The next few weeks will tell us if the Blues transfer window will strengthen a team that is already the reigning European champion.

Officials of the day

It was expected for several days, Crystal Palace announced this Wednesday the departure of Patrick van Aanholt in Galatasaray. The 30-year-old Dutch international (19 caps) leaves the Premier League after four seasons with the Eagles (134 games, 14 goals).

In France, Nîmes welcomes the Icelandic striker Elias Mas Omarsson. The 26-year-old joins the Crocos from Excelsior Rotterdam, where he has scored 44 goals in 97 appearances.

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