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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Romelu Lukaku decides Chelsea transfer as Peter Crouch backs move

 It is understood that Manchester United are ‘considering swap deal to beat Chelsea to Erling Haaland transfer’ this summer transfer window ...

 It is understood that Manchester United are ‘considering swap deal to beat Chelsea to Erling Haaland transfer’ this summer transfer window

The Red Devils are ready to exchange Anthony Martial in a swap deal plus cash to beat Chelsea to the signing of the Norway international who scored 40 goals across all competitions last term.

However, it could be a difficult thing to do as Borussia Dortmund are keen on keeping Erling Haaland while the player is also not interested in a move away from Germany this term.

Man United are backed by former players to hijack the deal. Recall that in April, Paul Scholes urged the Red Devils to sign Haaland over Harry Kane.

“First and foremost, they need a number nine,” the former United midfielder said.

I  think the forwards they have are very good, but are any of them really a number nine, are they wide players? You just can’t make sense out of it, really.

“When [Edinson] Cavani’s played, he’s looked alright, but he’s picked up a few injuries. He’s at that age, it was always going to happen, he was always going to be bit-part.

“They need someone who is more permanent. I know Haaland is talked about a lot, he’s going to cost a lot of money. Harry Kane at Spurs, there are rumours that he might want to leave there.

“I think any one of them, you take any one of them, but I think if I had to choose, then Haaland would definitely be the one.

“Purely for his age, his ability, the timing of his career, he’s played under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] before. I think it would make sense for everyone to do it, but there’s going to be other clubs in for him, so it will be difficult.

“I like Kane, I think he’s brilliant. When he first came onto the scene, I likened him to Ruud [van Nistelrooy], he’s a ruthless finisher, desperate to score goals.

“I just think at the stages of each one’s career, then you get more out of Haaland.”

It is understood that the future of Joe Willock at Arsenal could determine what happens to two Chelsea players next season.

The Arsenal lad is attracting interest from Newcastle United after his impressive loan spell at St James’ Park last term.

Joe Willock scored eight Premier League goals for the Magpies, including in his last seven appearances for the club but he is now back at the Emirates Stadium for the preseason with manager Mikel Arteta insisting that the 21-year-old will remain with the club for the season.

Arteta said: “Joe is part of our plans, he’s our player and in the time that he is here we will try to make the most out of him.

“He had a great experience on loan. He was, I think one of the most important players for their survival.”

However, Newcastle United are not giving up their hope to re-sign him in some capacity.

Manager Steve Bruce has spoken on more than one occasion of late about another deal for Willock.

“You’re going to have to ask Arsenal. It’s their decision of course and Joe’s decision,” Bruce told Sky Sports.

“Of course we’d love to welcome him back, he did great for us. He gives us a dimension from midfield that we haven’t got so we’ll keep bashing away at that.”

In another interview, Bruce said there will be a point where Newcastle would have to turn their attention elsewhere if they feel a deal will not happen.

“We still have to be patient but there has to come a time when there’s a cut-off and we have to find out what’s happening,” Bruce said.

“We’re still trying our utmost, whether it’s on loan or to buy him.”

However the Athletic says Chelsea duo Ross Barkley and Conor Gallagher are also targets.

Both are unlikely to be part of Thomas Tuchel’s immediate plans at Stamford Bridge and that means they stand the chance of joining Newcastle if Joe Willock does not truly make the move.

The report says Newcastle would be interested in bringing in more than one midfield recruit but it is likely ‘only one advanced midfielder’ would join.

Bruce had said “Everybody knows how difficult it’s going to be,” he said.

“We haven’t got a lot of money. We won’t be breaking any transfer records, that’s for sure, but I will do my utmost to make sure we do what we can. Let’s use the market well and be creative.”

Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia has been told that signing Erling Haaland, who cost so much is not necessary.

Dortmund would reluctantly listen to offers of around £150 million and that could be too much for the Blues, especially after they spent about £200 million last summer transfer window.

But former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley believes it would be smarter for Granovskaia to look for a cheaper option before pursuing Haaland next year.

Burley told ESPN FC: “I think if you’re Chelsea and you’re gung-ho to get Haaland and you don’t think you can pull it off this year, but possibly do it in 12 months time, I think I bide my time and I go out and maybe buy a shorter-term option who is cheaper.

“I’m not suggesting [him], but Tottenham are looking at Danny Ings who has got a goal every two games at Southampton.

Somebody who can just stick the ball in the back of the net for you short term and will guarantee you off the bench or starting some goals, and wait and bide your time.

“Rather than going splashing your money on somebody like Lukaku, who’s scored a lot of goals but clearly is not on their radar as a first-choice striker.”

Olivier Giroud has left Chelsea to join AC Milan and Tammy Abraham is also linked with a move away to Arsenal.

Burley says there is no doubt Chelsea would sign a striker but fears it would not be Erling Haaland

“I think they will either look to get [Abraham] out on loan or look to sell him,” Burley added.

“With Giroud gone to Milan they will definitely obviously have to bring somebody in.

“But I’m saying I would be a bit more cautious if I don’t get my first choice. I think I’d be patient.”

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