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Thomas Tuchel asks Chelsea FC owner to sign Erling Haaland
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has asked Blues owner Roman Abramovich to use Timo Werner in a player-plus-cash deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, according to a report in Spain.
Spanish publication Sport, as quoted by the Daily Express, is reporting that Tuchel is eager to get a deal in line for the Norwegian star in the 2021 summer transfer window.
The same article states that Tuchel has personally asked Blues owner Roman Abramovich to use Timo Werner, who struggling in front of goal since arrived at Stamford Bridge as part of a deal for Erling Haaland.
The Blues boss is desperate to get Haaland over others top European club’s and believed offer player-plus-cash could give them huge chances of land the Norwegian star over their Premier League rivals and other top European club’s, who also said to be credited in service of highly-rated forward.
Meanwhile, reports claimed last week that Borussia Dortmund have set a staggering £154million asking price for Erling Haaland, who scored 31 goals in 33 games so far this season.
Liverpool and Chelsea have joined the race for Martin Odegaard
Arsenal reportedly face competition from Chelsea and Liverpool for Martin Odegaard with the Gunners fearing Real Madrid are set to place a £50million price tag on the Norwegian star.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder, brought quality, composure and an ‘incredible’ work-rate to Mikel Arteta’s side, and the club are keen on making his short-term deal permanent at the end of the season.
However, according to the Daily Star, Arsenal are concerned about the prospect of a bidding war with Chelsea and Liverpool interested in making a move for the attacking midfielder.
The La-liga champions are said to value the 22-year-old playmaker at £30m but the Gunners are said to fear that Odegaard’s impressive performances could see them increase their asking price to £50m.
Arsenal are not in a position to compete financially with Chelsea while Paris Saint-Germain are also said to have shown an interest along with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Moving on, this has been a very eventful internationals for Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.
Christian Pulisic, who struggling in term of playing time since Thomas Tuchel arrived at Stamford Bridge, claimed Man-of-the-match award in USA 2-1 win at Northern Ireland.
I counted 12 dribbles with my eyes so the apps are obviously telling lies— N (@Nino12x) March 28, 2021
The 22-year-old captain converted a spot-kick to become the 13th player to score at least 15 goals for the USMNT and the second youngest to get there.
His standout performer at Northern Ireland, will boost his confidence and hopeful of getting back into Chelsea starting lineup under Thomas Tuchel.
Kai Havertz, who has picked up form in recent weeks, taking his club form onto the international stage, as he scored goal and registered assists for Germany in their last two games.
The 21-year-old was in action for Germany on Sunday in the World Cup qualifiers against Romania, in which Joachim Low’s men defeat their counter rival by 1-0 thanks to a goal from Serge Gnabry in the 16th minute.
And the only goal was set up by Chelsea star Kai Havertz, who scoring in Germany’s opening group win against Iceland. The attacking midfielder timed his run to perfection to beat the Romania defensive line before playing a superbly weighted pass into the path of Serge Gnabry.
Meanwhile, Antonio Rudiger showed excellent display in Germany back-line to recorded another clean sheets while also showed excellent awareness to feed his teammate in the lead up to the assist.
Mason Mount, on the other hand, produced an impressive performances in Sunday’s England 2-9 win over Albania.
The Chelsea star followed up his eye-catching performance in the 5-0 victory over San Marino with another impressive showing against Albania on Sunday as England continued their winning start to World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 victory in Tirana.
Mason Mount is officially the first Chelsea player to score or assist in three consecutive England appearances since Frank Lampard, in 2013.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 28, 2021
The next generation is well and truly here. pic.twitter.com/ChV5CoHM1M
Mount was one of five players to keep his place in the side from Wednesday’s win at Wembley but what’s more telling is he is the only one to have started their last seven in all competitions.
The Blues star doubled the England leads with stunning strike towards the end of the game after Harry Kane put visitor ahead in early of the game.
And finally today is the one of the best midfielder birthday N’Golo Kante, who’s indefatigable midfielder and was an unknown quantity when Leicester City signed him from Caen in a deal worth £5.6 million.
However, it didn’t take long for everyone to realise that Kante, who clock 30s today was a remarkable person, as well as an extraordinary holding midfielder.
One of the most humble, modest and hard-working footballers in the game, N’Golo Kante famously didn’t think he needed a car when he first joined Premier League side Leicester City.
N’Golo Kante | 2016/17 | Run pic.twitter.com/h65i0YD0xw— Wolf (@WolfgangFonso) March 25, 2021
But rather than a Porsche, Ferrari or another mega-expensive luxury supercar, the Frenchman settled for a £20,000 Mini Cooper to drive to and from training.
Kante, who joined the Foxes on August 3 2015 made his debut for Leicester by replacing Jamie Vardy in 4-2 win over Sunderland. On 7th November, he scored his first Premier League goal in a 2-1 home win over Watford.
The tireless French midfielder earned much praise and many plaudits for his consistently impressive displays for Leicester, and was widely considered to be a major factor in the club’s excellent form as they went on to win the 2015/16 Premier League, consistently making a high number of tackles and interceptions.
In April, he was one of four Leicester players named in the PFA Team of the Year. By the end of the season, Kante had managed 175 tackles (31 more than any other player) and 157 interceptions (15 more than any other player), topping the defensive stats at the end of the 2015/16 Premier League season.
Kante left Leicester in summer 2016 and joined Chelsea for a reported fee of £32million, and proved is a world-class operator by delivering best performances throughout the campaign, in which Chelsea claimed the Premier League titles.
Happy birthday to the incredible, N’Golo Kanté.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 29, 2021
2x Premier League
1x FA Cup
1x Europa League
1x World Cup
1x PFA POTY
One of Chelsea’s best players of the last decade, and a future Chelsea legend. pic.twitter.com/PQ3F1HAEku
His standout performances throughout the campaign, rewarded with PFA Team of the Year for the second consecutive season, also later named PFA Player’ Player of the Year, the FWA Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season.
The Frenchman become the first player since Eric Cantona in 1993 to win back-to-back top-flight titles in England with two clubs. Latterly struggling with hamstring injury problem but since arrived of Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge in January, play a key role in back to his top form.