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Chelsea swoop to rival Arsenal for another talented ₤80m star player

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Thomas Lemar

Chelsea are known to be in the market for new acquisitions in the January transfer window, and according to reports, they are planning a sensational bid for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar.

The French star played a major role in Monaco’s title-winning season and their great run in the Champions League before they were knocked out by Juventus in the semi-finals of the competition. He scored 14 goals and contributed 17 assists in a strong individual campaign.

He gained a lot of admirers as did many of his fellow Monaco players, and was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and Liverpool but remained in the Principality side, who have struggled so far this season and were knocked out in the group stage of the champions league.

Chelsea have now shown their interest in the player and though Monaco must have accepted the fact that they are bound to lose their star player preferably in the summer they might be unable to resist a mega bid should it be made mid-season.

Chelsea will have to make him their club record signing as he is valued at ₤80m by Monaco but are believed to have an advantage over their Premier League rivals as they can offer players whether on loan or permanently, as part of the deal.

Furthermore, former Chelsea technical director, Michael Emenalo is now holding the equivalent position at Monaco and can make things go smoothly in terms of negotiations. The Blues also last summer signed Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

Lemar can play multiple positions across the attack and would be a great addition to the Chelsea squad.

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.

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Spurs Pull Out Of Race To Sign Arsenal Target

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William Saliba

North London giants Tottenham Hotspur have pulled out of the race to sign Saint Etienne defender William Saliba according to the newest reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.

William Saliba has sparked the bidding war between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks but it seems like the Gunners have won the race to sign the young French defender.

According to Sky Sports, Spurs have pulled out of the race to sign the 18-year-old centre back.

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal made the same €30m bid for the player but his preference for the Gunners tipped the transfer in favor of the 2006 Champions League finalists.

William Saliba wants to join Arsenal this summer though he’s expected to return to French club Saint Etienne on loan for just one season after his signing has been confirmed.

He enjoyed a breakthrough season for Saint Etienne in the last campaign which saw him make 16 league appearances for his French club as they finished in fourth position.

Saint Etienne narrowly missed out on Champions League football.

Only the top three teams qualified for the Champions League.

Lyon, Lille and French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) all finished ahead of Saint Etienne.

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Arsenal Closing In On 22-year-old Player Signing

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North London giants Arsenal are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos.

According to Sky Sports, the loan signing of Dani Ceballos is almost a done deal for the Gunners.

It was revealed that the loan transfer will go through once Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane gives his go ahead.

Dani Ceballos is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid at the moment but the Spanish midfielder is keen to prove his worth at the club in the long-term.

The 22-year-old wants to go out on loan this summer rather than a permanent transfer as he still retains the hopes of securing a spot in the Real Madrid XI in the future.

Dani Ceballos became a Real Madrid player two years ago following his transfer from fellow Spanish La Liga club Real Betis.

He was recently part of the victorious Spanish team at the 2019 Euro u-21 Championship in Italy and San Marino.

Dani Ceballos was part of the Spain team that won the tournament via a 2-1 win over then champions Germany.

He would be the second signing of this summer for Arsenal after young Brazilian attacker Gabriel Martinelli.

The Brazilian player joined Arsenal from Ituano FC of Brazil.

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Arsenal Target Set For RB Leipzig Medical

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Christopher Nkunku

French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are about to see the exit of one of their midfielders this summer.

According to French publication L’Equipe, PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku is set for his medical at German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig ahead of a proposed move.

PSG and RB Leipzig had earlier agreed on a €15m move for the Arsenal target.

RB Leipzig will pay €13m for the young French midfielder while the remaining €2m will be in bonuses.

Christopher Nkunku was given his big break at PSG during the 2017/18 season by Unai Emery who spent two years with the reigning French champions.

Unai Emery was the PSG manager between 2016 and 2018 before he left to join Arsenal last summer.

The Spanish tactician tried to sign Christopher Nkunku during the winter transfer window in January.

The Frenchman also wanted the move to Arsenal earlier this year but the Gunners were unable to get the deal over the line.

Arsenal wanted to sign him on loan until this summer with the option of a permanent deal at the end of the loan spell.

The Gunners signed only Dennis Suarez during the winter transfer window.

The Spaniard joined Arsenal on loan from La Liga champions Barcelona until this summer and he has since gone back to Spain.

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AS Roma Agree On €19m For Arsenal Target

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Italian Serie A giants AS Roma have reportedly agreed on a €19m bid for Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout.

The agreement for the midfielder was revealed by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

It was also revealed that the Romans have been given permission by Fiorentina to discuss personal terms with the player.

French midfielder Jordan Veretout was previously linked with a move to Arsenal earlier this summer as the Gunners try to sign a replacement for Aaron Ramsey who has left for Juventus.

Welsh international Ramsey became a Juventus player at the start of this month.

The 28-year-old has signed a four-year deal at Juventus until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Aaron Ramsey spent over a decade as an Arsenal player before he left this summer.

The midfielder joined Arsenal as a teenager from English Championship club Cardiff City in 2008 after the Gunners won the race to sign him ahead of Manchester United.

The Gunners paid around £4.8m for his transfer.

During his time at Arsenal, Ramsey won three FA Cup titles.

He won the FA Cup title in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Ramsey scored the winning goal during the 2014 FA Cup final against English Championship side Hull City and the 2017 FA Cup final against London rivals Chelsea.

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Again! Celtic Turn Down Arsenal Bid For Kieran Tierney

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Kieran Tierney

Scottish champions Celtic have rejected an offer from Premier League giants Arsenal for one of their defenders.

Arsenal have made the signing of a new left-back top priority this summer and Celtic defender Kieran Tierney is said to be the top transfer target for that position.

The Gunners had earlier made an opening offer of £15m for Tierney which was swiftly rejected by Celtic.

The Scottish champions want an upfront transfer fee of £25m before they can sanction the move for Kieran Tierney who’s highly rated in and around European football.

According to the Daily Record, the Gunners made a second offer for the Scottish international left-back at the weekend and that it has been rejected just like the first bid.

The second offer from Arsenal is an upfront transfer fee of £18m plus £7m in add-ons totaling the £25m fee demanded by Celtic but it was turned down by the Scottish champions.

Celtic want an upfront payment of £25m rather than the latest Arsenal offer of £18m.

Another bid closer to the upfront payment of £25m is expected from Arsenal in the coming days.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is keen to add a new left-back to his squad before the new season.

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Arsenal Will Release Laurent Koscielny On One Condition

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North London giants Arsenal will release wantaway defender Laurent Koscielny this summer on one condition according to Sky Sports.

Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny has been down tooled at the club after he was not granted his request to leave the club on a free transfer this summer.

The French international refused to embark on the preseason tour of the United States (US) with the rest of the Arsenal squad.

Sky Sports revealed that Arsenal officials will only let Laurent Koscielny leave the club if their terms are met.

The Frenchman has one year left on his current deal at Arsenal and senior club officials will demand a sizeable fee for him from interested clubs.

French Ligue 1 sides like Lyon, Bordeaux and Rennes are all keen on the Arsenal skipper who has been made to train with the Arsenal youth team as a consequence of his action.

The club has also opened disciplinary proceedings against him due to his no show for the aforementioned US tour.

Laurent Koscielny has been at Arsenal for nine years having joined the club in the summer of 2010.

Since his transfer from Lorient to Arsenal nine years ago, the French defender has made 255 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

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Arsenal officials have flown to Brazil to seal £35m deal

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Everton Soares

North London giants Arsenal have reportedly made a big bid for Gremio forward Everton Soares.

This is according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.

Arsenal are in the market for a new forward and Everton Soares has been targeted by the North Londoners ahead of the new season billed to start in the next three weeks.

According to the specific report from The Sun, the Gunners have made a £35m for the player and that club officials have flown to his native Brazil to close out the deal.

Everton Soares recently impressed for the Brazilian national team that won this year’s COPA America tournament on home soil.

He was the man-of-the-match during the final which ended in a 3-1 win over Peru.

Arsenal have tried and failed to sign a forward this summer.

But, now it seems the deal will be sealed and the player is keen to join the Gunners.

It is confirmed that Arsenal have sent doctors to Brazil to examine the player’s medical condition and they will arrive in Porto Alegre tomorrow to conduct the tests.

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Arsenal Match Spurs Offer For €30m Rated Star

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William Saliba

Arsenal have reportedly matched the offer made by North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for Saint Etienne defender William Saliba.

This is according to French media outlet RMC Sport which claimed that the Gunners have made an offer of €30m for the young French defender.

The Gunners had earlier made a bid of €30m including add-ons and bonuses before their offer was bettered by Spurs who made an offer of the same amount without add-ons and bonuses.

William Saliba is one of the most exciting young players in French football and the Gunners have to contend with their North London rivals for him.

The 18-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season during the last French Ligue 1 campaign.

He made 16 league appearances for Saint Etienne last season helping the club seal a spot in the UEFA Europa League next season.

Saint Etienne want him to return to the club on a season-long deal as part of the conditions for a transfer.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has a serious headache on how to solve his team’s defensive issues and William Saliba could be the man to solve it in the long run.

North London giants Arsenal conceded 54 goals in the Premier League last season and 70 goals overall.

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