Chelsea look to beat Newcastle to £22.5m Juve star as Blues offer shock straight swap

Date published: Wednesday 15th June 2022 10:07 - Will Ford

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Chelsea are reportedly looking to beat Newcastle to the signing of Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral this summer.

Demiral impressed last season on loan at Atalanta, playing 42 games in all competitions for the Serie A side, though they have not taken up the option to make the deal permanent.

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Reports suggest Juventus are unlikely to want Demiral to return next season, meaning a permanent sale elsewhere is most likely.

Newcastle have been linked in recent days and Chelsea are now said to have joined the race.

That’s according to CalcioMercatoWeb (via CaughtOffside), who claim the Blues see Demiral as an option to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, both of whom have left on free transfers.

And the report claims Chelsea could offer Juventus a shock swap deal to land Demiral, with midfielder Jorginho the man put forward as an option.

The Italy international is out of contract in 2023 and it’s claimed Chelsea could be willing to use him in this deal to utilise his true value, rather than losing him for nothing next summer.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel is keen on improving his forward options as well as adding new defenders to his squad.

One of the forwards linked with a move to Stamford Bridge is Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus, who’s also attracted interest from Arsenal.

And Stan Collymore has urged the Brazilian to snub Arsenal for Chelsea if given the option.

“There are rumours of Chelsea sniffing around and I don’t think Arsenal will be the only club in the race for him this summer,” he told the Mirror (quotes via Evening Standard).

“But let’s say Arsenal get him, my general worry and concern about Arsenal, as ever, is could we trust Mikel Arteta to get the best out of Jesus, could he be the manager who makes him fulfil his potential, if Pep Guardiola couldn’t? I don’t think so.

“But if he goes to Chelsea he could be the player Romelu Lukaku was promised to be but wasn’t. At Chelsea, they create loads of chances, they will stick the ball in the box and Jesus can be the fox in the box I’ve so often said they need. If Jesus just concentrated on doing some really good work in the box, he could be that man.

“At Arsenal, with the support cast they have, which is still two rookies in Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka — and we don’t know for sure that they will still be wearing Gunners shirts in two years’ time, with Saka being linked with Liverpool and City — if I was Jesus I would be thinking of myself in the blue shirt at Stamford Bridge.

“I’d be thinking that Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and, if he stays, Timo Werner would be putting it on a plate for me and I’d be getting my 25 goals as a regular starter next season. What he’s not going to do is fire Arsenal into the Champions League next season because it’s not just a case of them needing a finisher.

“They need to buy in players who have belief in the project and yet I don’t even see any of their big-name rookies putting out any signs that they have a massive belief Arsenal are going to get to the Champions League this time next year.

“So if you’re Jesus, signed as ‘The Man’, which puts a lot of additional pressure on you as well, then why go there when you could go to the Emirates when you could go to Stamford Bridge and be at a place where you’re much more of a natural fit. With that in mind, my advice is, ‘Go to London, Gabriel, but go to the blue side, not the red.”


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