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Chelsea are exploring alternatives to signing Aston Villa’s Jhon Duran and have reportedly entered talks with Atletico Madrid to potentially acquire Samu Omorodion. Omorodion, who scored nine goals while on loan at Alaves, is said to have a price tag exceeding £30m, below what Villa are asking for Duran. Chelsea have been granted permission to speak with Duran, who is valued at £40m, but they are hesitant due to his high wage demands and rumored attitude issues. In addition to pursuing Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise, Chelsea are targeting unnamed attacking options as they look to bolster their squad for the upcoming season.

Manchester United are preparing a bid for Joshua Zirkzee from Bologna amid ongoing negotiations with the Italian club. Zirkzee, who has a £33.7m buy-out clause, could potentially be a target to reinforce United’s forward line as they seek to outmaneuver AC Milan for his signature this transfer window. The Manchester outfit is planning to offload players like Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood to fund their transfer activities. Various clubs, including Juventus, Valencia, and Napoli, have shown interest in 22-year-old Greenwood, who might be on the move this summer.

Leicester City are closing in on appointing Graham Potter as their new manager, following Enzo Maresca’s departure to Chelsea. Potter, who has been out of a job since April 2023, is reportedly ready to return to management and sees Leicester as the right opportunity. However, the financial challenges facing the club, potentially including sanctions for breaching financial regulations, could impact their ability to make significant moves in the transfer market. Despite the uncertainty, Leicester is keen on convincing Potter to join given his desire for a supportive working environment similar to what he experienced at Brighton.

Ajax are looking into the possibility of signing Wout Weghorst from Burnley, with the Dutch striker seeking to avoid playing in the Championship next season. Weghorst, who scored for the Netherlands in their Euro 2024 opener against Poland, has attracted interest from top-flight clubs, including Ajax, as he looks for a move away from Burnley. With one year left on his contract, Weghorst is open to a new challenge after joining Burnley from Wolfsburg in January 2022. Ajax, aiming to revamp their attack following a disappointing season, may see Weghorst as a key addition to their squad as they seek to refresh their attacking options.

Overall, the summer transfer market is heating up with clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, Leicester City, and Ajax actively pursuing player signings to strengthen their squads for the upcoming season. Potential moves for players like Omorodion, Duran, Zirkzee, and Weghorst indicate the intense competition among clubs to secure top talent. Financial constraints, player wage demands, and club ambitions play a significant role in shaping the transfer activities, with teams seeking to strike the right balance between investment and sustainability. As negotiations continue and deals take shape, fans can expect an exciting and intriguing transfer window ahead.

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