Serie A giants Inter Milan are reportedly ready to rivals AS Roma in their pursuit of under-fire Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.
The Blues head-coach has come close to Stamford Bridge exit door after their 2-0 defeat to the Merseyside Blues recently and that has given rise to reports claiming that the club could sack him during the international break.
Corriere della Sera state that Italian head-coach is already being targeted by Serie A giants Inter Milan, who will give competition to their rivals AS Roma for the ex-former Napoli boss’ signature once he becomes available this summer.
Italian head-coach’s future came under intense scrutiny since the last month following a string of poor results and an extraordinary incident in the EFL Cup final when Kepa Arrizabalaga openly snubbed Sarri’s decision to substitute him at the late stage of the final against Manchester City.
An upturn in form lifted some of the pressure off Sarri’s shoulders, but The Express reports that he is now back on the brink of losing his job due to the nature of their defeat on Merseyside.
The Blues dominated the first half at the Merseyside without finding a breakthrough, and they were made to pay after the break as goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Brazilian attacker Richarlison put another major dent in their race for the top-four finish.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has claimed that Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is against a swap deal to Chelsea.
The West London club are believed to have been exploring the option of a possible move involving the ex-Tottenham Hotspur forward and Belgian superstar, who looks likely to be on his way out from the Santiago Bernabeu.
Balague has confirmed that the West London giants will attempt to bring in fomrer Spurs star at Stamford Bridge as a like-for-like replacement for their superstar, Eden Hazard, however, Welshman would rather remain in Madrid.
Manchester United is another top Premier League team that have expressed interest in securing the services of Wales international forward , though his valuation could prove troublesome in any negotiations.
“To get the best out of Bale, [Zinedine] Zidane is going to have to put an arm around his shoulder. But the first option will be to try and sell him,” Balague is quoted as saying by The Express. “But it won’t be easy because he earns about €12m euros net and Real Madrid will probably want around €75m euros to sell.
“He’s going to be 30 in July, so Manchester United may think twice about putting that kind of money in the direction of Real Madrid and Bale. If Chelsea had the possibility of signing Bale it would be a swap with Hazard and I expect all that to appear in the equation.
“But I feel Bale doesn’t want to leave. Bale would like to stay at Real Madrid. But he will also have to show that he is in love with the game again enough to improve and challenge himself and get to the level we know he can be.”
The 29-year-old forward was on the scoresheet as the Los Blancos beat Celta Vigo 2-0 on Saturday after return of their legendary player and manager Zinedine Zidane.
Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham believes he has the ability to play for the West London club and is keen on to make a return to the team after his season-long loan spell ends at Aston Villa.
The 21-year-old has found back of the net 21 times for Sky Bet Championship side Villa, having seen a potential move to the Premier League side Wolves.
England international forward has already had further loans at Swansea and Bristol City, however, aims to challenge for the Chelsea starting XI after helping Villa to fight for promotion back to the English top-tier.
“That’s the aim going into next season,” Abraham told Sky Sports News. “As a young kid, I’ve always believed I will play for Chelsea. I always believe that.
“I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.”
The England Under-21 striker has seems o be a close friends with his Blues team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi, who Abraham describes as “like a little brother”, after being on the radar of Bayern Munich all summer long.
“He was always coming into my house, we didn’t really play together because he was a bit too young but he was my brother’s age,” said Abraham. “They’re good mates.
The 18-year-old winger is yet to start a Premier League games for the Blues but was called up to England’s senior team for their opening European Qualifiers game next week against Czech Republic.