Chelsea were one of the more prominent suitors for Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer as co-owner Todd Boehly met the Portugal international’s agent, Jorge Mendes, to discuss a possible transfer.
While Boehly was open to pursuing Ronaldo, then-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was not as keen and the decision was made to abandon their interest, with the Blues ultimately bringing in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona instead.
However, with Ronaldo now a free agent following his departure from Manchester United and Graham Potter now in the dugout at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have once again been named as potential suitors.
90min understands that Boehly is yet to rule out pursuing Ronaldo, whose performances at the World Cup are being watched incredibly carefully by the American.
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As was the case with Tuchel, Potter will be given a significant say in Chelsea’s transfer business alongside the recruitment analyst who followed him from Brighton, Kyle Macauley, and no decision on Ronaldo would be made without Potter’s approval.
Sources close to the Chelsea boss have confirmed to 90min that Potter is not interested in a move for Ronaldo, despite his side’s struggles in front of goal, and he has distanced himself from signing the veteran striker – who has also been snubbed by Newcastle United.
While there is an acceptance at Chelsea that the team needs more goals, Potter is not looking to bring in Ronaldo and could wait until the summer to bolster his forward line, with RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku potentially the first of many signings.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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