What could be better than a cup of coffee and a round of transfer rumors? Join us as CBS Sports brings you the most up-to-date news from around the world, as well as what it means for your favorite teams. Romelu Lukaku is on the verge of leaving Chelsea, but Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is already being touted as a possible replacement. In other replacement news, Borussia Dortmund is demonstrating that replacing Erling Haaland takes a village as they attempt to add another attacker this summer.
Let’s get started with the transfers:
Inside the six-yard line
The biggest transfer stories of the day. These are the deals that are currently taking place, or are about to take place.
The destiny of Romelu Lukaku will be decided soon.
Chelsea has put out the terms for a Lukaku loan back to Inter Milan, according to CBS Sports Insider Fabrizio Romano. The Blues want a €10 million loan fee plus add-ons, although it’s unclear whether there would be a buyout option at the end of the process. Lukaku’s contract is onerous after he returned to Chelsea in a club-record £97.5 million signing last summer, only to score eight goals in the league.
Lukaku has been publicly angling for a move to Inter, and Chelsea will be happy to get his wages off the books, so Inter have been able to stand firm on the loan fee they are willing to pay and just wait for Chelsea to give the ok and green light a move. The question then becomes how Chelsea will replace Lukaku, and as we’ll see later, Raheem Sterling appears to be an attacking possibility.
Getting into the penalty box
These deals may not be imminent, but there’s a lot of transfer fire in all the smoke these players and teams are putting out.
Sebastian Haller’s fee is close to being agreed upon by Borussia Dortmund.
It takes more than one player to replace Erling Haaland, and Dortmund has offered Ajax €33 million for Haller, according to Mike Verwij. Dortmund has already signed RB Salzburg’s brilliant teenager Karim Adeyemi, while Haller would be a more experienced option. He is coming off of an impressive season in Amsterdam where he scored 21 goals assisting seven more while also competing for the Champions League golden boot with 11 goals across eight matches. Personal terms have yet to be discussed between Haller and Dortmund, but this is a deal that might be finalized in the coming days.
Playing the build-up
These are speculative moves, but they’re worth keeping a watch on.
Chelsea are after Raheem Sterling.
There is quite a gap between the reported initial offering of €25 million plus add-ons and City asking for closer to €55-60 million. With Sterling only having one year remaining on his contract, City are open to letting him leave but their asking price seems higher than what Chelsea needs to invest in the attack even if they let Lukaku go. If Timo Werner is moved then there could be room for Sterling and Christian Pulisic to coexist but if Werner stays, it’s hard to see how this deal works.
Another reason why City might be fine letting Sterling leave is that approaches for the young Argentine, Julian Alvarez, are being turned down left and right. More than five clubs have requested to take him on loan after a hot start with River Plate where Alvarez has scored 17 goals in 22 matches across all competitions. But if Pep Guardiola believes that Alvarez can help City now, that would make losing Sterling easier to cope with.
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