Football Transfers: Chelsea are willing to splash cash this summer
Chelsea are planning big moves in the transfer market while Napoli are making an ambitious coup for Real Madrid's star player. Barcelona are ready to cash in on their World Cup star while Juventus have slapped a €85 million price tag on Miralem Pjanic. Here are the top transfer rumors from today's European papers.
As per reports, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is a primary target for Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti. The 30-year-old will be an expensive buy for the Italian side since Madrid are only willing to entertain bids above €50 million. Benzema's €8.5 million-per-year contract could also be a problem and prevent his move to Napoli. Meanwhile, Madrid are in search of a new striker.
Serie A champions Juventus have increased the valuation of mid-field ace Miralem Pjanic. They have slapped a €85 million price tag to fend away interest from Barcelona. The Spanish giants are looking for a replacement for Andres Iniesta. Pjanic has reportedly agreed on a move to Barcelona but with Juventus playing hard ball, this move is unlikely to happen.
Barcelona are pleased with Colombian centre-back Mina's strong performances in World Cup in Russia. They believe it will drive up his price in the transfer market. Barcelona signed Mina in January, but the 23-year-old does not feature in Barcelona's plans. They are looking to cash in on the defender, who scored two goals for Colombia in the World Cup.
Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Manchester United duo Leon Bailey and Anthony Martial, according to reports in the Evening Standard. Chelsea's new director Marina Granovskaia has been working on their summer targets. The wish list of the Blues includes the likes of Jean Michael Seri and Jamaal Lascelles. Notably, Chelsea are yet to complete any purchases this transfer window.