Friday’s gossip: Werner’s Chelsea move delayed by Covid-19

Friday’s gossip: Werner’s Chelsea move delayed by Covid-19

Friday’s gossip: Werner’s Chelsea move delayed by Covid-19 624 351 PPE Gears Vietnam

Germany forward Timo Werner’s £52m move from RB Leipzig to Chelsea is being held up by Covid-19 quarantine regulations preventing the 24-year-old having a medical. (The Athletic – subscription required)

However, the Blues expect to complete the deal this weekend. (Standard)

Barcelona are looking at defenders from Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea who could be included in a potential swap deal for 27-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho. (Sport – in Spanish)

Inter Milan are planning to make a £27m bid this summer for Arsenal’s 25-year-old Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin. (Express)

Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, is set to become the highest-paid player in Liverpool’s history with a new five-year, £220,000-a-week deal. (Sun)

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Paris St-Germain and France left-back Layvin Kurzawa. The 27-year-old is also a target for Arsenal. (Express)

Bayern Munich’s German forward Thomas Muller, 30, said he would welcome linking up at club level with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz. The 21-year-old Germany international is tipped to leave Leverkusen this summer. (Metro)

Birmingham City’s 17-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham seems set to turn down a move to Manchester United and join Borussia Dortmund instead. (Sport Bild, via Talksport)

The agent of Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso has denied reports he has held talks with Manchester United over a transfer for the 25-year-old Frenchman. (Standard, via Sky Germany)

Manchester United and Arsenal have both enquired about Gent and Canada striker Jonathan David, 20. (HLN – in Dutch)

Talks are continuing between Juventus and Barcelona over a potential swap deal featuring Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, and 23-year-old Brazil international Arthur Melo. (Independent)

France midfielder N’Golo Kante, 29, could be sold to Real Madrid by Chelsea this summer in order to raise transfer funds. (Express)

The Blues’ planned summer transfer spending is set to be boosted by £13.5m thanks to the sale of 25-year-old midfielder Croatia Mario Pasalic to Atalanta, where he has been on loan for the past two years. (Football London)

Wolves have become the latest Premier League club to show an interest in 22-year-old Rennes defender Axel Disasi and have put in a £13.5m bid for the Frenchman. (L’Equipe – in French)

Tottenham are increasingly confident of agreeing a new contract with midfielder Eric Dier this summer, before the 26-year-old England international enters the final year of his deal. (Football Insider)

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo but despite being keen to get rid of some of their high earners, the Serie A club are not keen to sell the 20-year-old Italy international. (Tuttosport)

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal insists he is just focusing on his football and not thinking about a possible move away from the Nou Camp. The 33-year-old Chilean is entering the final year of his contract. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Arsenal target Thomas Partey wants to remain at Atletico Madrid on increased wages amid speculation over his future. The Ghana midfielder has a £45m release clause in his contract. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

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