Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara gives his opinions on the latest transfer news, including potential moves for Romelu Lukaku, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus
“Sky Italy are telling us that they’re very interested in signing Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. His situation is a little bit complicated as he still has two years left on his contract but Chelsea would like to sign him. He has a release clause which is around €120m – there’s no way Chelsea would pay that sort of money for him.
“Another defender they’re interested in is Jules Kounde at Sevilla. They’ve been trying to sign him for a very long time – I wouldn’t be surprised if there were major developments on that front. They’re interested in Richarlison, Raphinha, the long-term target Declan Rice who’d be very difficult to sign but now that Lukaku has been sorted out, expect to see a lot of deals being done by Chelsea.”
Chelsea’s fixtures: Lampard’s Everton first up, then Spurs
Chelsea kick off their 2022/23 season with a trip to Frank Lampard’s Everton live on Sky Sports before hosting London rivals Spurs in their first home game.
Thomas Tuchel’s side face a reunion with Blues legend Lampard at Goodison Park on August 6, kick-off 5.30pm, before Tottenham visit Stamford Bridge a week later.
Chelsea will host Liverpool in West London on September 17, Manchester United on October 22 and Arsenal on November 5.
Their final fixture before the month-long break for the World Cup is away at Newcastle, and they continue their campaign on Boxing Day against newly-promoted Bournemouth.
Chelsea travel to Tottenham on February 25 and Arsenal on April 29, with the latter the start of a bumper last five games including Manchester City away on the penultimate weekend of the season and Newcastle at home on the final day.
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