Kounde to Chelsea will happen, Blues to make Odegaard move and Tuchel drops Zouma hint in top Chelsea news….
Southampton have confirmed the signing of highly-rated 18-year-old Tino Livramento from Chelsea on a five-year contract.
The sought after defender was a player that we had big hopes for in the coming seasons and there was murmerings in the media that he could be sent out on loan this summer to get the first team experience that he needed to get into that first team squad.
However, he was never going to get the first-team football he needs at the club because of their need for instant success and there were plenty of teams looking to sign him in this summer transfer window on a more permanent basis
The likes of Brighton, Arsenal, Manchester City, RB Leipzig, AC Milan and Monaco were showing interest and, for that reason, but it was the Saints who managed to wrap up a transfer deal for the young man
The deal reportedly sees Saints hand over £5m to the club, with a sell-on clause and a big buy-back option inserted ahead of his time on the South Coast
Speaking to southampton fc.com about his first conversation with Ralph Hasenhuttl, he said:
“He wanted to tell me a lot. He wanted to tell me a lot about how he wanted me to train, how he wanted me to play and what he wanted me to bring to the team. I feel like that was really attractive for me to see him expressing those emotions and showing how he sees me playing in a Premier League team. That’s a big thing for me being 18 and it was a really good conversation.”
This is another young player that we were hoping not to lose this transfer window, but it is a massive decision from the lad to make and one that will hopefully give him the footballing career that he wants
Thomas Tuchel has suggested that Kurt Zouma could still have a future at Chelsea this summer
After breaking back into the set-up under Tuchel, Zpuma made 36 appearances across all competitions last season but did not figure in the latter stages of the Champions League
However, there has been alot of speculation in the media over the past few weeks which have suggested that Zouma will be allowed to leave the club, as the club try to make space for the impending arrival of Kounde
The club were unwilling to meet the £68million asking price for the 23-year-old, so decided on a player-swap deal plus cash to facilitate the move, and it seems that the £68 million defender was all set for a move to the Bridge, especially after reports claimed that he had already agreed personal terms
But Tuchel has told reporters when asked about possible exits that Zouma could still be at the club this summer: “Kurt comes from a very different situation.
“Kurt was part of the team for half a year, I know him exactly, what I can demand from him, what he can give to the team. He was part of a very successful half a season.
“He was a very lively part of it, maybe not in minutes but I want to remember he was a crucial member of the team that won 2-0 against Atletico, for example.
“So when he was needed, and he had some tough decisions against him, but when he delivered. So the situation isn’t comparable to Ruben [Loftus-Cheek].
“Ruben needs to show now everything in some weeks if that’s possible. For Kurt, it’s different as I know what he can deliver.”
Zouma was solid for the club last season so it is a shock to see that he is one player that could be leaving
Chelsea are reportedly interested in Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.
Odegaard was a player that many clubs wanted during the January transfer window after he told Madrid that he wanted a move to get some much needed game time, but it was the Gunners who wrapped up a transfer deal.
But despite some dodgy performances in that Gunners shirt, Odegaard become a big part of the set-up under Mikel Arteta and fans were hoping that the club managed to secure a more long-term deal for the midfield.
However, despite all the rumours, despite all the speculation and despite the fact that Mikel Arteta made no secret of his desire to keep Odegaard at the club, he decided to make a move back to Spain
It is widely believed that under the guidance of Cralo Ancelotti, he believes that he will get more of a shot to prove that he has the ability to play in that Madrid side on a weekly basis.
However, According to Fichajes, the clubare keeping their eye on the Norwegian as speculation continues about his future in the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid are looking to offload a number of their players to raise funds for top targets this summer. After the departure of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, the 22-year-old playmaker could be the next one to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.
Odegaard was brilliant at Arsenal during his stay at the club and it was easy to see just why they wanted him to stay. So the news that we are now reportedly interested in a deal will come as a massive shock.