Championship transfer news as Blackburn star wanted by Leeds United and Cardiff chase Bale

Coventry City fans are eagerly awaiting news of the club’s first signings this summer, and one could arrive as early as this week.

With players returning from the summer break, activity in the market is set to increase as free agents make their decisions about where they want to play their football for 2022/23 and beyond.

The Sky Blues are reportedly keen to secure the services of Jake Clarke-Salter after it emerged Chelsea were set to let him leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer rather than trigger a clause in his contract to extend his term. contract for another year.

Elsewhere, City boss Mark Robins is actively looking for a left-back to replace excellent Ian Maatsen, who has returned to parent club Chelsea and is set to be sent on another loan next season as he continues his development, and an attacking midfielder is said to be on the coach’s wanted list this summer.

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Bristol City playmaker Kasey Palmer is reportedly set to join the Sky Blues on a free transfer.

But what about City’s rivals? Just as the Sky Blues intend to strengthen with a view to launching and improving next season, so too will all other clubs in a fiercely competitive division which may see teams enter the play-offs a season and, in Barnsley’s case, being relegated the next. .

Here are the latest rumors across the division regarding City’s Championship rivals…

Bristol City move early

Nigel Pearson has already made two early splashes in the summer transfer window with the arrivals of midfielder Mark Sykes on a free transfer from Oxford United and 30-year-old defender Kal Naismith, also free, from Luton Town. The Robins have also secured 34-year-old centre-back Timm Klose for another season.

Bluebirds Bale chase begins

Cardiff City are ‘stepping up’ their pursuit of Gareth Bale, according to BBC Sport Wales, with the superstar striker available on a free transfer this summer following his release from Real Madrid.

City chairman Mehmet Dalman has traveled to the UK to conduct negotiations with the 32-year-old who is in need of a new club following Wales’ qualification for Qatar 2022.

A return to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League has been mooted, as have options in MLS, but Cardiff believe they have a chance of landing arguably Wales’ greatest footballer.

Bale was born and educated in Cardiff but never played domestic football in his home country after signing for Southampton aged nine. He is reportedly ready to take a ‘significant’ pay cut after earning nearly £600,000 a week during his nine years in Spain with Madrid.

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Blackpool make approach for Duff

Blackpool have made an official approach to Cheltenham Town to speak with manager Michael Duff following the departure of Neil Critchley last week, Gloucestershire Live’s Jon Palmer reports.

Critchley left the Seasiders to join Aston Villa as Steven Gerrard’s No.2 after an impressive return to the Championship after earning promotion last season.

Blackpool, who are also said to have considered speaking to former City manager Dean Holden, have contacted League One Cheltenham to interview Duff, who previously held talks with Barnsley this summer over the vacancy at Oakwell.

Duff led Cheltenham to the League Two title in 2020/21 and the highest league position in their history last season, finishing 15th in League One.

Brereton-Diaz has many Spanish admirers

Sevilla, Real Betis and Valencia are all interested in signing Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton-Diaz this summer, reports The Sun.

Blackburn’s top scorer still has 12 months left on his contract at Ewood Park after the club took the option into his contract last month, but it just allows them to receive a significant fee this summer, rather than losing him for free . Latest reports value the 23-year-old at around £13m.

Chile international Brereton-Diaz, who has scored 22 goals in all competitions, is also wanted by Leeds United, Everton and Bournemouth but any decision on his future is likely to be delayed as Blackburn have yet to name a new manager or athletic director.

Rangers field Tymon

Stoke City left-back Josh Tymon is emerging as a summer target for Scottish giants Rangers should Croatian Borna Barisic leave the club.

Tymon, who can play both as a full-back and full-back, was a Potters regular last season and has two years left on his contract at bet365 which would cost a substantial fee.

The Scottish Sun report that Glasgow expects that, although they have yet to receive any offers for Barisic, the 29-year-old is likely to leave Scotland to join a top European league.

Rangers have increasingly recruited from the EFL in recent seasons, with Joe Aribo, Glen Kamara and Ryan Kent all arriving from England’s lower leagues and becoming key players.

Spurs brace for £15m Spence bid

Tottenham Hotspur are set to make a £15m bid for Middlesbrough full-back Djed Spence following his outstanding campaign to help Nottingham Forest gain promotion to the Premier League.

Spence excelled on loan at Forest, as they secured promotion through the play-offs, and although he returned to parent club Boro, he will play in the top flight in one form or another.

Spurs have been constantly linked with the 21-year-old throughout his breakout campaign and the Express report that an offer will be made after the international break ends, with Forest resigned to the fact that he will not return at the City Ground. .

What are your big hopes and fears for City in the transfer window? Have your say in the comments section.

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Edward L. Robinett