Headlines Today: Chelsea have agreed to terms with De Jong; Frankfurt confirm the sale of Kostić to Juve

All the top stories and transfer rumours from Wednesday’s national newspapers…

Romero: De Jong knew he was leaving Barca and was very close to joining Chelsea

According to journalist Romero, De Jong knows he is about to leave Barca and is very close to joining Chelsea.

According to previous media reports, Barca wants to sell Francke de Jong this summer to get a significant transfer fee and free up salary space to register a new signing.

However, Francke de Jong wants to stay at Barca, while Manchester United and Chelsea are still pursuing the Dutch midfielder.

The latest news from journalist Romero says that De Jong knows he is leaving Barca and is very close to joining Chelsea.

Filip Kostić to Juventus, here we go!

Romano said that the deal has been fully agreed, with a transfer fee of €16 million + float.

Romano also revealed that Kostić will fly to Turin as soon as possible to undergo a medical and that joining Juve is Kostić’s first choice and that the transfer is now close to completion with Kostić signing a long term contract with Juve.

Previously, Eintracht Frankfurt officials have confirmed that Kostić will not be with the team for the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid.

Kostić, 29, is from Serbia and has previously played for Stuttgart and Hamburg before joining Eintracht Frankfurt from Hamburg in July 2019 for a transfer fee of €6 million.

During his time at Eintracht Frankfurt, Kostić has played 172 games and contributed 33 goals and 64 assists. In the 21/22 season, Kostić made 43 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring 7 goals and 13 assists and helping the team to win the UEFA Cup.

OFFICIAL: Chelsea striker Werner returns to Leipzig on transfer, signs until 2026

It’s official: Chelsea striker Werner has returned to Leipzig on a transfer, signing until 2026.

Werner, 26, joined Chelsea from Leipzig in the summer of 2020 for a fee of €53 million. In his two seasons with the Blues, the German striker made 89 appearances, contributing 23 goals and 21 assists, helping his side to win the Champions League among other honours.

Today, Leipzig announced that Werner has returned to the club on a permanent transfer, with the two sides signing a contract until 2026, with Werner once again wearing the team’s number 11 shirt. The transfer fee is said to be €20 million fixed plus a variable clause.

Werner was first with Leipzig from 2016 to 2020, scoring 95 goals in 159 appearances and remains Leipzig’s all-time leading scorer. He also holds team records for most goals scored in the Bundesliga (78) and most goals scored in a single league season (28 in 2019-20).

Ancelotti: Sixth title possible; will field Champions League final starting line-up

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti attended the pre-European Super Cup conference against Eintracht Frankfurt, where he spoke about the possibility of achieving a six-championship and confirmed that he will follow the same starting line-up from last season’s Champions League final.

Impressions of Finland

It was my first time in Helsinki and it’s a very beautiful place, very similar to Canada, I think there are similarities. I remember that the Finnish national team has had great results and it’s a historic stadium that hosted the Olympics. There will be a lot of Frankfurt fans on the ground tomorrow, but both teams’ fans are dressed in white, so the stadium will be white, whether it’s German or Spanish …… everything is white, so we can assume the whole stadium is supporting Real Madrid.

Frankfurt lost 1-6 at home to Bayern in the first round of the Bundesliga, could this be a smoke screen?

I didn’t watch the Eintracht Frankfurt-Bayern game, we won’t be fooled by the result, they deserved their UEFA Cup win, beating some very strong teams. It’s a very dynamic team that knows us very well and to beat them we have to fight and play well, but we have the conditions, our pre-season preparation was very good and we are confident that the happiness of winning the Champions League is still there and we want to prolong that happiness.

Was last season the best season of your career?

I would say yes, I think last season was the best of my career, I have never won both La Liga and the Champions League, my players did it by combining spirit, attitude, strength, experience and youthful enthusiasm …… For all these reasons I think we achieved something important by beating important teams Achievements.

Winning is special?

We are facing a championship and winning is always special, if we win I will be happy and if we lose I will be sad. The stats are not that important, it’s about having my players.

The possibility of becoming a six-time champion

It’s possible, we’re fighting for all the tournaments, I have no doubt about that, but winning the title is more complicated and I don’t know if we’ll make it because it’s complicated, but we have a very good squad and I’m confident about that. We have an improved squad compared to last year and we will compete and fight.

In what way is this squad better than a year ago?

Our two reinforcements have improved the physicality and technical ability of the team, that’s all. The chemistry between the veterans and the youngsters was one of the keys to success last season and we can go even further in that respect this season because everyone has been working together for longer. On top of that, Rüdiger and Chuameni have strengthened us.

Does Benzema need a replacement?

We have Benzema, Mariano, Azar, Rodrigo, Vinicius, Asensio and many other strikers. Obviously, when you are missing the best striker in the world, like now, that has an impact. Replacing Benzema is impossible, nobody in the world can do it. If he catches cold, we will adjust.

How do you see the difference in level between teams in the Bundesliga?

It’s complicated. Bayern have a better budget, organisation and history than other teams. In today’s football, the difference in budgets is very big and balancing the league is a complicated thing.


Official: Sanchez agrees in principle with Marseille, signs after passing medical

Officially, Alexis Sanchez has reached an agreement in principle with Marseille for a free transfer to join the club.

The Chilean striker, who is a free agent, is due to undergo a medical with Marseille and will sign once he has passed the medical.

As previously reported, Sanchez will undergo a medical on Wednesday morning local time and will then sign with Marseille until June 2024.

DAILY MAIL

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is attracting interest from Monaco, according to reports.

Bayern Munich and Germany legend Philipp Lahm has criticised the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and says that he is not planning to attend the tournament.

Nottingham Forest have enquired about Villarreal left-back Pervis Estupinan after Alex Moreno said he was staying at Real Betis for the 2022/2023 campaign.

Middlesbrough are targeting a move for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Alex Mowatt.

​​​THE GUARDIAN

Manchester City are closing in on a deal to sign the Spanish left-back Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Steven Gerrard has been urged to hand Tyrone Mings an immediate recall by Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath, who has weighed into the debate over the manager’s treatment of the central defender.

Mikel Arteta compiled a “catalogue of misdemeanours” by former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, leading to the striker’s exile and subsequent departure from Arsenal.

England’s World Twenty20 preparations are in danger of being plunged into chaos as players could be summoned to give evidence in the Yorkshire racism tribunal just days before their opening game.

DAILY MIRROR

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has insisted he would play for free if he ever returned to Old Trafford.

DAILY EXPRESS

Liverpool transfer target Matheus Nunes is willing to wait for a move to Anfield, according to reports.

Tottenham are reportedly trying to include two clauses in their initial deal for Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo.

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