Chelsea FC linked to shock swoop for Huddersfield Town boss

Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner has been mooted as a surprise candidate to become Chelsea’s next boss, according to The Telegraph.

The media outlet understand Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich is being urged to consider a different direction this summer after a disappointing Premier League title-defence under head coach Antonio Conte.

And with the Italian boss expected to leave the club at the end of the season, many of Europe’s top coaches have been linked to the Stamford Bridge hotseat including Luis Enrique, Max Allegri and Maurizzo Sarri as well as a potential return for Carlo Ancelotti.

However, Telegraph Sport believe many of Abramovich closest allies are urging the Russian billionaire to go for the next big thing, rather than a proven winner or star name.

The remit would be the appointment of a fresh, dynamic coach who is committed to modern, attractive football and willing to promote young players.

And it has thrown up names such as Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco and Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann as well as Town’s David Wagner.

Earlier this week, it was reported the Terriers were set to offer the German a new and improved two-year deal in order to ward off any potential suitors.

The 46-year-old is currently under contract at the John Smith’s Stadium until 2019 with the head coach stating his happiness at the club and the working relationship with owner Dean Hoyle.

Chelsea FC to demand more than £50m to sell 24-year-old – report

Chelsea FC will demand a transfer fee in excess of £50m to sell Michy Batshuayi to Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to reports in the British media.
The Evening Standard is reporting that Borussia Dortmund is keen to try and make the striker’s loan move to the German club permanent this summer.

Batshuayi signed for Dortmund on a six-month loan deal back in January and has been in fine form for the German side, scoring seven goals and making one assist in 10 Bundesliga games.

According to the same report, Dortmund will now push ahead with plans to sign the 24-year-old forward this summer, but Chelsea FC will not entertain offers of anything less than £50m.

The Belgian forward had struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge in the first half of the season and he has been earning plenty of praise for his strong performances for Dortmund since his move to Germany.

The same story says that Dortmund does have some significant funds at their disposal this summer after they sold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal in a big-money deal in January.

However, it remains to be seen whether they will be willing to shell out the apparent asking price of £50m for Batshuayi.

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