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United are keen to add another defender to their ranks amid reports that Chris Smalling might make his loan move to AS Roma permanent this summer. The English defender joined the Serie A outfit on a season-long loan last year and has impressed with his performances in the Italian top-flight.
The report further adds that Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton were initially the favorites to sign the 22-year-old defender who even visited the Toffees’ training ground before lockdown.
However, they now face serious competition from the likes of PSG, Napoli, Arsenal and Man Utd for the center-back many believe will be available on a bargain price this summer.
Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Jan Oblak, Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and Burnley’s Nick Pope are on the transfer radar of the Blues as they aim to cut the goalkeeping errors that limited the side to a fourth-place finish in the English top-flight.
Oblak is certainly the top-choice of Chelsea but he won’t come cheap as Atletico would only let him go if the Blues pay his £110m release clause. Such a scenario looks highly unlikely given that the Stamford Bridge outfit have already spent close to that amount to land Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
Ajax on the other hand are more amenable to the idea of selling Onana and the young goalkeeper has also indicated his desire of playing in the Premier League. Burnley’s Premier League status and the fact that Pope is English might allow Sean Dyche’s side to demand a huge fee for the 28-year-old.
After winning the club’s first Premier League title in three decades, Liverpool have climbed up to fourth in the list of most valuable football clubs in the world.
Real Madrid mirror their on-pitch success with their off-the-field appeal as Los Blancos are named the world’s most famous club for another year, as per the Brand Finance Football Annual.
The 2019/20 La Liga champions didn’t let a £205m fall in their valuation dethrone them from the top spot, as Barcelona oversaw an increase in their value by £18.1m to tighten their grip on the 2nd spot.
Both the Spanish giants, who are valued at £1.286bn and £1.280bn respectively, are followed by Manchester United who endured a £143m fall in their value over the last year to see their value shrink to £1.190bn.
The Red Devils are closely followed by Liverpool whose recent successes on the pitch have helped the Reds close the gap on United as England’s most valuable football franchise. The Anfield outfit have seen their value rise by six percent to £1.143bn.
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