Chelsea’s transfer ban hasn’t stopped them from talking business with future suitors.
The Blues reportedly have a secret negotiation going on with La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid regarding World Cup winner N’Golo Kante.
Elsewhere, Tottenham could attempt to bring Paulo Dybala to North London in a deal which would see unsettled star Christian Eriksen go the opposite way.
That and more in another edition of Rumour Mill!
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REAL’S SECRET AGREEMENT WITH CHELSEA REGARDING KANTE
According to reports, Real Madrid and Chelsea have a transfer agreement regarding star midfielder N’Golo Kante.
French World Cup winner Kante was expected to follow Blues teammate Eden Hazard to the Spanish capital during the transfer window before negotiations eventually broke down.
But the Express understands there’s an off-the-table agreement between the two clubs whereby Chelsea have to notify Real if they receive any offers for Kante’s services.
The sensational reports also claim Frank Lampard’s Blues must let Los Blancos know if they decide to put the midfield engine up for sale.
It’s no secret Zinedine Zidane was desperate to sign his fellow compatriot during the transfer window but Chelsea’s transfer ban meant the West Londoner’s were unwilling to do business.
Surprisingly, though, Real’s patience and understanding of Chelsea’s situation has been rewarded with this off-the-books settlement.
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SPURS TO OFFER ERIKSEN FOR DYABALA IN STUNNING SWAP
It would be the switch of the century.
Tottenham could swap wantaway star Christian Eriksen for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in January.
Unsettled starlet Dybala was linked with a move to Champions League runners-up Spurs during the off-season but the move fell through at the final hurdle.
But with Eriksen seemingly on the outer after failed negotiations with Real and a public fallout with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, Mauricio Pochettino could offer the Dane to Juve in a swap deal which could see Dybala head to North London.
According to Tuttosport, Mauricio Pochettino may attempt to approach Dybala and Juve one last time in January — this time with Eriksen as part of the deal.
LA LIGA ACE ‘CONTACT’ BY UNITED
Inaki Williams has revealed he was contacted by Manchester United before penning a new bumper deal with Athletico Bilbao.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earmarked the 25-year-old forward as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku but Williams ultimately chose to stay put in Spain.
‘I had contact from Manchester United but I cannot tell you who it was,’ Williams told Spanish outlet Cadena Ser.
‘My No.1 option has always been to stay at Athletic Club and to retire here. Joining Real Sociedad? No, I could never go there. 100 per cent.’
Williams signed one of the longest deals in football history — a contract that makes him a Bilbao player until 2028 including a £125m ($224m) release clause.
As for United, they’re still yet to find a replacement for Inter new boy Lukaku.