October 11, 2022
Raheem Sterling, Jules Kounde: Chelsea to spend £200m to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool – Paper Round

Chelsea are gearing up for a summer spending spree

Chelsea will receive significant support in the summer transfer market under their new owner, according to the Telegraph. Ted Boehly and his consortium are set to hand Blues boss Thomas Tuchel £200m to spend this summer in order to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool next season. Chelsea will target centre-backs Jules Kounde and Josko Gvardiol following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. The west London club are also considering a shock move for Raheem Sterling, who is currently considering his future at Manchester City.

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Paper Round’s point of view: Chelsea finished 19 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City. Tuchel’s title challenge was over before Christmas, and it ended up being quite a disappointing campaign due to two domestic cup final defeats to Liverpool – both on penalties. It will be a huge demand to compete with City and Liverpool. The pair are up there as two of the best club sides English football has seen. However, an investment of £200m will certainly pay off. Chelsea’s recruitment has been especially impressive in recent years – so it will be an interesting summer ahead.

Arsenal planning summer deals

Arsenal have made it a priority to sign a new striker this summer and have made Gabriel Jesus their number one target. The North London club also have Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alexander Isak Tammy Abraham, Lautaro Martinez, Victor Osimhen, Gianluca Scamacca and Adam Hlozek on their attacking list. Athletic also reveal that the Gunners are in the market for a central midfielder and a left centre-back. Youri Tielemans and Ruben Neves are potential midfield options, while winger Cody Gakpo and full-back Aaron Hickey are also on the club’s radar.

Paper Round’s point of view: If we’ve learned anything from last season, it’s that Arsenal are sorely lacking in squad depth. Mikel Arteta has done a good job of clearing deadwood and getting rid of players he doesn’t see as part of the club’s long-term future. However, it left the Gunners very short when key players were injured. It will be even more demanding next season with Europa League football – so Arsenal will have to have another busy summer. They will need at least two new strikers, a central midfielder, a full-back and a winger. Good luck to Arteta and the rest of the recruiting team.

Tottenham target first signing of the summer

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has identified Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic as an option to upgrade at the back. The Europa League winner has just one year left on his contract at Frankfurt and is expected to be allowed to leave the German club this summer. The Bundesliga club value Kostic at around £12million and have also received interest from Jose Mourinho’s Roma. Conte also sees Burnley’s Maxwell Cornet as a potential target and could be tempted to raid the recently relegated club.

Paper Round’s point of view: Conte values ​​his wingers in his system and he needs to be able to trust them. We’ve seen the Italian bring in new wingers at almost every club he’s joined – so it was always expected to happen at Spurs. The report believes Sergio Reguilon’s time in North London is over so expect Kostic to replace him. Cornet is seen as another option that can also provide the versatility to play up front or at the back. Spurs desperately need squad depth and we should expect them to add plenty of that this summer ahead of next season.

Villa huge table Tarkowski contract offer

Aston Villa are hoping to snare their rivals with the signing of free agent James Tarkowski when he leaves Burnley this summer. The Mail reveal Steven Gerrard’s side have tabled a deal worth £120,000 a week – double his contract at Burnley – in a bid to beat Everton and Fulham to signings. Everton have offered Tarkowski a deal worth £90,000 a week which gives Villa the edge in negotiations. The Midlands club are also targeting a new striker and another midfielder after completing the free transfer of Boubacar Kamara earlier this week.

Paper Round’s point of view: Tarkowski will be one of the big names to leave Burnley this summer following their relegation from the Premier League. The England international has proven himself to be quality in the Premier League for several years now and it’s a surprise he’s still at Burnley now. His next move will be important. Tarkowski will need to join a club that promises him first-team football so he can prove he is part of a team that is fighting for a place in the first half. He might find that at Everton rather than Villa due to Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa’s partnership.

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