Man City star expected to join Chelsea in talks over extension as Chelsea agree new £20m signing
Manchester City’s star is expected to join Chelsea in extension discussions, as Newcastle competes with West Ham for Scott and Chelsea agrees to a new £20 million signing.
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The Blues have moved rapidly to sign Ecuadorian wonderkid Kendry Paez.
According to my understanding, the transaction has progressed and a deal in principle has been reached between Chelsea and Independiente del Valle.
The 15-year-old was one of the most sought-after young players in the world.
But, Chelsea have been proactive and could spend up to £20 million for Paez, who cannot join the Blues until he reaches 18 in 2025.
The goal is that he will play internationally for Ecuador in the future, making it easier to obtain a work permit when the time comes.
Chelsea understands that signing a true striker must be their top goal this summer.
Victor Osimhen is an option, but he will cost a fortune to lure away from Napoli.
Tammy Abraham’s return is also not out of the question. He could enter their minds at the end of the season.
Finally, Dusan Vlahovic is on the list, with Juventus considering making him available owing to financial troubles.
A new contract for Mateo Kovacic is one of the priority in terms of contracts.
They want to sit down and chat to him because he will undoubtedly play a role in their future plans.
According to sources, Christian Pulisic’s career may be coming to an end. He was set to leave the club in January but suffered a serious injury.
Julian Alvarez is currently negotiating a new contract.
They want to reward him for his development by bringing him up to par with the club’s top salaries, despite the fact that his current contract is slated to expire in 2027.
He’s very pleased with the club, and the club is very happy with him, and I’m informed that Man City does not anticipate any difficulties in these negotiations.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have both expressed an interest.
If he isn’t going to start consistently for City, it raises the possibility of him being lured away.
But they see him as a long-term project, and the club wants him to be a part of the squad as they compete for more and more trophies.
Nathan Ake is also in talks about a new agreement, not even a year after he was set to transfer to Chelsea.
It’s a significant change for him, but he’s reestablished himself on this side. His adaptability has been crucial for City since the departure of Joao Cancelo.
City want him to sign a longer-term contract, as his current one expires in 2025.
Kyle Walker is expected to meet with City at the end of the season, according to sources.
He has 18 months left on his contract, so there is no need to rush into anything, but he remains an important player for Pep Guardiola.
Walker is content, and City, from what I understand, wants to keep him around.
Rico Lewis’ contract negotiations are still underway following his debut as Man City’s breakout star.
His present contract is slated to expire in 2024, therefore he will be given new terms that reflect his potential as a crucial player for both club and nation.
Both parties are pleased with the way these conversations are headed, and I’ve been told that an agreement will be reached before the end of the season.
Man City’s first priority this summer is expected to be a left-back, and they like Ben Chilwell.
City have a problem position, as Sergio Gomez is simply a squad player at the moment.
Guardiola is looking for another left-back, and with Chilwell being a home-grown player, he checks a lot of boxes.