Manchester City keen on signing Chelsea star Ben Chilwell amid Premier League charges

Manchester City want to make a shock move for Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell this summer, but their plans are on hold as they face the threat of sanctions from the Premier League.

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Ben Chilwell won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021 (Photo: Getty)

Following a four-year investigation, the Citizens have been charged by the Premier League with over 100 alleged breaches of financial rules from 2009 to 2018.

While City have vowed to clear their name, if found guilty punishments range from a fine, to points deductions to expulsion from the top-flight altogether.

And even if they get off lightly, the whole debacle is another reputational blow to Pep Guardiola’s side, and as a result they may think twice before spending big on a new player or two in the near-future.

This could very well have ramifications on Guardiola’s summer transfer plans, which The Times reporting that Chilwell is high on the manager’ shortlist alongside England teammate Jude Bellingham.

Left-back is the area that City need to strengthen in the most following the sudden departure of Joao Cancelo to Bayern Munich, with Sergio Gomez the only natural player in that position left in the squad.

However, Guardiola does not seem to have faith in the 22-year-old who is yet to make a Premier League start and hasn’t played in the top-flight at all since October.

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Sergio Gomez is out of favour at Man City (Photo: Getty)

Instead, centre-back Nathan Ake and promising right-back Rico Lewis have been used instead but they can be easily upgraded, though Chilwell will be a difficult target to acquire.

The 26-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Leicester in 2020 for £50million and still has two years left to run on his deal, and though he has struggled with a lot of injuries, when fit he has proven to be one of Chelsea’s best players.

In addition to left-back, Guardiola wants another midfielder this summer, with Ilkay Gundogan’s contract up and Bernardo Silva open to leaving the Etihad.

Dortmund’s Bellingham is the obvious choice but is already highly sought after and given his price tag is likely to be over £100m could prove problematic given the financial breaches.

A slightly cheaper option would be West Ham’s Declan Rice who is already part of a big transfer battle between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Real Madrid ‘could reignite Erling Haaland interest if Manchester City punished’

Real Madrid 'could reignite Haaland interest if Man City punished'

Real Madrid could reportedly reignite their interest in Manchester City striker Erling Braut Haaland if the Premier League champions are punished for breaching financial rules.

On Monday morning, it was announced that the Citizens had been charged with over 100 alleged breaches by the Premier League relating to revenue, sponsorship income and operating costs.

Man City have denied the charges, which have now been passed over to an independent commission, but they could be hit with untold sanctions if found guilty of the breaches.

The most extreme punishments could see Man City expelled from the Premier League, which would be expected to trigger a mass exodus of star names from the Etihad.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are keeping a watchful eye on how the situation develops and could try again for Haaland if the Premier League champions are hit with sanctions.

Manchester City's Erling Braut Haaland pictured on the substitutes' bench before the match on November 9, 2022

Los Blancos were heavily linked with a move for the former Borussia Dortmund striker last year, but Man City moved to trigger the €60m (£53.2m) release clause in his BVB contract.

The report claims that Haaland would still be open to a move to Real Madrid, and he is not guaranteed to remain at Man City if the champions are proven to have committed any offence.

The 22-year-old has continued his incredible form in England since leaving the Bundesliga, scoring 31 goals in just 28 games for Pep Guardiola‘s side in all tournaments.

Haaland has netted a staggering 25 goals in 20 Premier League outings so far, unsurprisingly topping the Golden Boot charts and sitting eight goals clear of closest challenger Harry Kane.

The former Red Bull Salzburg starlet – who already has four Premier League hat-tricks to his name – is contracted to Man City until the summer of 2027, so the champions can still afford to hold out for a considerable sum of money.

Jude Bellingham in action for England on December 4, 2022

Following news of the accusations against them, Man City said in a statement that they were ‘surprised’ at the charges given the supposed “irrefutable evidence” in their favour.

!Manchester City FC is surprised by the issuing of these alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules, particularly given the extensive engagement and vast amount of detailed materials that the EPL has been provided with,” the statement read.

“The Club welcomes the review of this matter by an independent Commission, to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position. As such we look forward to this matter being put to rest once and for all.”

Real Madrid have also been expected to battle Man City for the signature of Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, whose future remains the biggest talking point of the transfer market.

City’s chances of winning the race for the 19-year-old will be impacted by the threat of sanctions, though, and Bellingham is also said to have ruled out a move to Paris Saint-Germain or Chelsea.

As a result, Real Madrid have seemingly jumped to the head of the queue alongside Manchester United and Liverpool, but the latter’s hopes of a deal will be harmed considerably if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.


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