Signed as one of the many young players brought in by Frank Lampard as part of his UK revolution at Chelsea, Ben Chilwell enjoyed a tough first season at Chelsea. The player started well under Frank Lampard, before enduring a tough drop-off in form prior to the former Blues manager being sacked. The arrival of Thomas Tuchel seen Chilwell adopt his spot as a left-sided wing-back, but the player has not been seen a single time so far this season.
As one of the most underrated players in Europe, Josip Ilicic is a player with a growing fanbase. The player has played for various clubs in Serie A, but has shone spectacularly for both Fiorentina and Atalanta. His time in Bergamo, though, is arguably the most impressive peak of his career. The Slovene has been one of the best playmakers in the Italian game for several years, and dovetailed perfectly with Alejandro Gomez and Duvan Zapata. However, for much of the last year, there has been talk that Ilicic would leave.
As one of the most intelligent clubs in Europe when it comes to player trading and development, Atalanta are an inspiration to many. The Bergamo-based club are by no means a big ticket within Italian football historically, but the last decade has been one to remember for all Atalanta fans. However, the challenge of being a smaller club that reaches the latter stages of European competition means putting up with big clubs circling like vultures for top talent. The latest club to see Atalanta as a happy hunting ground is Tottenham Hotspur.
With Fabio Paratici – a keen fan of the Atalanta system when he was at Juventus – now playing a key role at Spurs, moves for Italian-based talent can seem very logical indeed. The arrival of Pierluigi Gollini to provide cover and competition to Hugo Lloris is one thing; the arrival of a second Atalanta player in Cristian Romero is seen as unlikely.
The club are not keep on selling too many players, having had to contend with major transfers every summer since they started to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The signing of Romero has only just been rubber-stamped in Bergamo, too, with the player arriving on a loan from Juventus before signing for a €15m fee.
Reports in England, though, suggest that the player has now agreed terms with Spurs and is pushing the club to make the deal happen. La Dea, though, want at least €50m to release the player – a fee that Spurs are simply not willing to pay. With the defender playing a key role in Argentina winning the Copa America as well as enjoying a stunning season at club level, it is clear to see why Atalanta are reticent to do a deal for a player they see as a major part of their future.
Will Atalanta sell Cristian Romero?
Sky Italia football expert Gianluca Di Marzio has confirmed that Spurs are truly interested and have made bids for ‘Cuti’, but are nowhere near agreeing a fee that Atalanta are happy to accept. Given the player has arrived for a large fee by their typically smaller standards, Atalanta want to make sure they get back tremendous value on a player they feel they bought for a very undervalued price.
Signed as a project, Romero soon became a key part of the team last year and played a critical role in their continued progress in Europe as well as domestic qualification for the UEFA Champions League. As such, it is expected that Atalanta will look to make some big changes this summer by keeping a few of their major names whilst selling only those who they get the best fees for.
With Spurs notorious for haggling, then, it is not expected that they will agree the fee that Atalanta would want for a player whom they see as a cornerstone for next season. At the moment, the deal is not likely to happen for two Atalanta players, having already provided Spurs a great deal on Gollini.
Signed from Racing Club as a prodigious young talent, Lautaro Martinez soon showed European football what everyone else had missed out on. A talented finisher with both feet and in the air, Martinez is also a forward who knows how to combine play and to work an opposing defence. He’s a talented striker, and has been taken into the hearts of Inter fans around the world for his dagger-between-the-teeth style of play. However, his adventure in Italy might be ending after two and a half years – contract talks have been cancelled with Inter.
The striker was expected to sign new terms, warding off interest from Spain and England. However, with Antonio Conte exiting and Inter making clear they need to raise funds, Martinez might be a marquee name sacrificed. Alongside Achraf Hakimi, the duo are expected to be the two most likely exits as Inter readjust to their new financial reality. Martinez, it was hoped, would sign a new deal to stay for one more year and then be sold for a premium fee. Now, Inter will need to facilitate a sale this summer – with Atletico Madrid the most intrigued.
Why has Lautaro Martinez ended contract talks with Inter?
The player, who scored 19 goals and set up 11 more, was a key contributor to an Inter side who won the Scudetto title. However, an exit has been on the cards ever since the player arrived. Links with Barcelona and Real Madrid have long existed, with it expected that Martinez will make an exit this summer. His agent, Alejandro Camano, told Sport: “We are very calm, we have to resolve the Inter situation first, but of course he would like to join Barcelona. Who would not like to play for Barcelona? It is one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“I do not know what happened last year with Lauti, he told me that his former agent had told him about Barça, but it was all so confusing. Our job now is to know the situation of the Inter project and listen the offers that are arriving. We are fine as we are. We’ll see. Inter have offered us a new contract, but for now, we’re fine as we are.”
This makes it hard to see the player sticking around. With Inter in need of funds ASAP, a quick sale this summer for a high fee could give the club the funds it needs to make some squad changes. At the same time, though, there will be hope of a bidding war. Teams in England are believed to be interested in making a deal happen, with Chelsea and Liverpool keen. There quite many young talents in Chelsea, like Billy Gilmour and Callum Hudson-Odoi are one of them. In Spain, both Madrid giants and Barcelona hold a long-term interest. There are in-depth articles can be found online regarding mentioned soccer players. If you like such a read you can visit site Churchofedge to find profile articles and more.
Talk of a move to Atletico, though, is built upon the concept that Inter can make the deal work financially. With the hope that they can secure a favourable deal via a bidding war, it will be interesting to see what happens next. Can Inter scrape together the funds they need to make a positive change to the team after all?
Having achieved everything in the game that he can bar a FIFA World Cup win, Cristiano Ronaldo has nothing left to prove. However, for many in Portugal, his limited time spent in the domestic league means there is something missing from his career. Ronaldo came to prominence at the Sporting academy, playing for one of the largest clubs in the country. However, he moved on as a teenager to Manchester United before he really established himself in the Liga. Now, though, that might chance – there is talk that Ronaldo would accept a move back to Portugal to escape his Juventus nightmare.
As recently noted, Tottenham were believed to be very keen on a move for Julien Nagelsmann. The German coach ticked every box on the list, and was seen as the dream appointment – someone who could rebuild Spurs, field a young team of ambitious stars, and create an environment where success was truly possible. However, the news of the RB Leipzig coach moving on opened up another exciting opportunity – one that already looks like it has ended in failure.
For years, the National Hockey League has been looking for ways to further change up the drafting process. Drafting is a major part of the NHL, and has become a key way for teams to pick up the stars of today and tomorrow. However, talk has been ongoing for a significant change to the way that the NHL Board of Governors could organise the draft system. This looks set to happen now, with the BoG deciding to approve a comprehensive change to how the draft lottery format is going to work moving forward.