Monday: Done Deals, Chelsea Reach Agreement To Sign Boateng, Man Utd Eyes Konate & More News

Done Deal: Ethan Laidlaw signs first professional contract

Hibernian Academy graduate Ethan Laidlaw has signed his first professional contract.

The 16-year-old striker is the eighth player from the HTC youth ranks to have taken the landmark step this season.

Ethan follows in the footsteps of Connor Young, Jack Brydon, Jacob Blaney, Josh O’Connor, Murray Aiken, Murray Johnson and Robbie Hamilton.

The boyhood Hibs supporter, who has been part of the Academy set-up since he was 10 – is described as an ‘agile, quick and skilful attacking player’.

He said: “It’s a great day for me and the family. I’ve been a big Hibs fan all my life, so it feels like a great achievement to be able to call myself a professional footballer.

Source: Official Website

OFFICIAL: JOEL ASORO COMPLETES DJURGARDENS TRANSFER

Swansea City winger Joel Asoro has completed a transfer to Djurgardens IF for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

Asoro returns to his homeland to link up with the Swedish top-flight club, with their transfer window still open ahead of the start of the Allsvenskan season.

The 21-year-old joined the Swans from Sunderland in the summer of 2018.

He made 18 appearances following his arrival from the Stadium of Light, the most recent of which came against Newport County at the start of this season.

Source: BBC

Man United Eye Leipzig defender Konate

Ole Solksjaer is now looking at RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate as Manchester United’s main centre-half target in the summer, as he seeks to take the team to the next level and challenge for the title.

The Norwegian has come to see that position as a priority, and Konate’s team-mate Dayot Upamecano has previously been viewed as the best fit.

With Bayern Munich leading the chase there and Konate putting in equally good performances to his centre-half partner, though, the latter is an increasingly attractive option.

Konate is a 21 yera old with 11 caps for France, who is just the latest example of Leipzig’s exceptional recruitment.

United could have a lot of competition from within England, though, as Konate is already generating the same level of interest as Upamecano did.

Source: Independent news

Chelsea ‘reach agreement’ to make Bayern star first signing for Tuchel

Chelsea are reported to have reached an agreement with the agent of Jerome Boateng to bring the Bayern Munich defender to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Blues are upwardly mobile in the Premier League since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in the hotseat. Sunday’s win at Sheffield United was their third in a row – and has them dreaming of securing a top-four finish again.

Tuchel knows, however, that his Chelsea side need work to get back to being title contenders. In fact, finding the right blend in defence will be key to their prospects going forwards.

Indeed, according to Todofijaches, Chelsea have taken the first step towards strengthening their rearguard next season. The Spanish outlet claims the Blues have reached an agreement in principle for Boateng to move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The 32-year-old defender will be a free agent this summer and looks destined to leave Bayern. While all the attention has focused on his teammate, David Alaba, Boateng has, somewhat, slipped under the radar.

According to Todofijaches, Chelsea have been working on the deal for some time and since Lampard’s time in charge. These talks have since progressed and it’s claimed they have now reached an agreement over a deal for Boateng to move to Stamford Bridge.

Source: Team Talk

FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti rejected Liverpool FC move in January – report

FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti turned down the chance to move to Liverpool FC in the January transfer window, according to a report in England.

The Athletic, as quoted by the Daily Mail, is reporting that Liverpool FC were eager to sign the France international to help resolve their defensive crisis for the rest of the 2020-21 season.

The same article states that the Reds made an approach for the French centre-half in the hope that he could help fill the void left by Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

According to the same story, the Merseyside outfit felt that Umtiti would be a good defensive signing but the 27-year-old rejected the chance to move to Anfield.

The Athletic reveal that Umtiti was reluctant to leave FC Barcelona despite the French centre-half enduring an injury-hit campaign at Camp Nou.

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