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Gossip: Monaco to take Chelsea, Liverpool cast-offs

There are plenty of ifs and buts – Monaco ‘ought to have funds to spend’, ‘Bakayoko may be targeted as a replacement for his former midfield partner Fabinho’ – while the future of manager Leonardo Jardim seems to be crucial. If he stays, Bakayoko could well join.

Apr.13 - SportLand: Until Thursday, the name Éder Militão was hardly familiar to us. By Friday, the Brazilian has been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and even Manchester United. That’s some top agenting.

The claim 24 hours ago was that Militão had been identified by City as one of their main targets, with Pep Guardiola eager to add another centre-half to his squad. It is now reported that Chelsea have joined that ‘transfer scrap’, while the Daily Mirror have even thrown United’s name into the mix.

 He is David Luiz, basically.

The 20-year-old São Paulo right-back is also wanted by Porto and Borussia Dortmund, and would cost around £20m. That valuation has probably shot up over this past week. Elsewhere at Stamford Bridge, Tiemoue Bakayoko is a wanted man. The exquisite performances in his debut season have clearly attracted attention. The Sun report that Monaco want the Frenchman to come home.

‘MONACO are keen to re-sign Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to reports,’ writes Andrew Richardson, who kindly links to said ‘reports’: a piece from The National. In there, the peerless Richard Jolly explains how Bakayoko is not the only one who has struggled this season. Monaco ‘have endured a disappointing season’ without the midfielder.

There are plenty of ifs and buts – Monaco ‘ought to have funds to spend’, ‘Bakayoko may be targeted as a replacement for his former midfield partner Fabinho’ – while the future of manager Leonardo Jardim seems to be crucial. If he stays, Bakayoko could well join.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will want to cash in on Bakayoko now, the midfielder ‘intended to be a cornerstone of their team for years’. He has not started in the Premier League since being sent off after half an hour in February’s defeat to Watford.

Chelsea are ‘set to perform surgery on their squad’ after Antonio Conte’s expected summer exit, and Militão’s ‘versatility’ makes him an ideal candidate. He can play in defence as well as midfield, and is Brazilian.

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