Chelsea is still looking for a striker, but it doesn’t appear that Cristiano Ronaldo will be that man, says CBS’s Ben Jacobs.
Todd Boehly, the owner of the team, is still interested in the 37-year-old Manchester United star, but he is prepared to rely on Graham Potter, who has a number of players he would rather sign than Ronaldo.
Rafael Leao of AC Milan is one of them; the Blues were previously connected to him at the conclusion of the summer transfer window. It’s not obvious if they will be able to work out a deal with the Serie A champions for him, but it’s also been said that Potter would prioritize signings of Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Canadian international Jonathan David over Ronaldo.
While David, 22, has helped Lille score 12 goals in 12 Ligue 1 games, Toney, 26, has contributed to eight Premier League goals this season.
If Paris Saint-Germain is unable to reach an agreement with Internazionale for Milan Skriniar, Evan Ndicka has been mentioned as a potential backup, according to Le10Sport and other french outlets. The Ligue 1 team thinks there’s a chance Simone Inzaghi’s team may elect to maintain their star center-back at the San Siro, and Ndicka is reportedly PSG’s Plan B. For Eintracht Frankfurt, this season, the 23-year-old center-back has made 16 appearances in all competitions.
Calciomercato understands that discussions on Jude Bellingham will be permitted to happen after the World Cup. Borussia Dortmund is holding off on considering any offers for the 19-year-old England international midfielder until after the tournament in the hopes that his value will increase as a result of the competition. With eight goals and two assists in 17 games this season, he has been in remarkable form.
According to Bild, Bayern Munich has no plans to approach Marcus Thuram in January. Although Julian Nagelsmann’s team has been connected with the 25-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach attacker recently, club sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told the Berlin-based outlet that they currently have no plans to add players to the roster when the winter transfer market opens.
According to Ekrem Konur, Barcelona appears to have increased its interest in Youssoufa Moukoko of Borussia Dortmund and Germany. The 17-year-old attacker recorded a goal and an assist in BVB’s latest Bundesliga match against VfB Stuttgart, and it is believed that the Blaugrana dispatched scouts to see him. He has additionally been connected to Liverpool.
Several clubs have recently had their eyes on Endrick, but Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly made a bid for his services. The 16-year-old Palmeiras forward is the subject of a €20 million offer from Ligue 1 club PSG, which is eager to secure his services. He has drawn interest from other teams in Europe, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, but the Brazilian club may be able to hold out because his contract reportedly contains a €60 million release clause.