Good morning Chelsea fans
Sevilla star Jules Kounde is stepping up his bid to join Chelsea, according to SunSport’s Andrew Dillon.
New owner Todd Boehly has finally been given the green light to buy the Blues for £4.25bn from Roman Abramovich.
Kounde is convinced he will be first choice next season following the turmoil in the West Londoners’ defence.
Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have both resigned on free transfers, while Marcos Alonso is also linked with a departure.
Captain Cesar Azpilicueta is also eager to leave after 10 years, which will leave a huge hole in the back line for boss Thomas Tuchel.
Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is eyeing Mason Mount’s contract situation at Chelsea as he considers a surprising move, according to SunSport’s Gary Stonehouse.
Mount has seen contract negotiations at the Stamford Bridge job following Boehly’s lengthy takeover of the club.
Ten Hag is well aware of the 23-year-old’s situation and United’s interest has already registered in the player’s camp.
The Dutchman first became aware of Mount’s abilities when he impressed as a teenager while on loan at Vitesse in the Netherlands.
The former Ajax manager has closely followed the England international’s progress ever since, and given the opportunity, it is believed he would take the opportunity to try and tempt him to Old Trafford.
And Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku dreams of returning to Inter Milan next season.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says the Inter board will meet with Lukaku’s representatives in the “next few hours”.
Romano tweeted: “Inter’s board will meet with Romelu Lukaku’s lawyer in the next few hours.
The Belgian striker dreams of returning to Inter, but nothing has been discussed with Chelsea yet about the formula, salary and more.”
Sky Sport Italia reports that it is a “complicated deal” as the West Londoners paid more than £100m for the striker a year ago.
In fact, Lukaku could return on loan to Inter this summer.
Blegian have endured a disappointing spell since returning to Stamford Bridge for £97.5m last summer.
The 29-year-old previously revealed in an explosive interview that he regrets the way he left Inter and hopes to return in the future.
And according to reports in Italy, the center forward may get his wish this summer.
La Gazzetta dello Sport states that the Belgian international and the Nerazzurri hope to reach an agreement with the London giants.
They add that at a meeting between Inter bosses last week, Lukaku’s name came up as a possible transfer target.