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.
Why Man Utd Midfielder Is Labelled A Flop By Arsenal Legend
Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has labeled Manchester United midfielder Fred a flop on the back of his poor displays in the colours of the Red Devils.
While he was on American media outlet NBC, Arsenal legend Lee Dixon criticized Fred as he said that the Brazilian international is not good enough for Manchester United.
He went on to say that Manchester United is in big trouble if they have to rely on players like Fred.
The Brazilian has failed to live up to his expensive price tag since he moved to the Premier League.
Fred left Ukrainian outfit Shakthar Donetsk for Manchester United at the start of last season and has not produced assured displays for the club in almost two years at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United paid 52 million pounds for the signing of Fred.
He was one of the major culprits for Manchester United in their last league game at Newcastle United and that was pointed out by Arsenal legend Lee Dixon.
Fred was one of the worst players on the pitch as Newcastle United beat Manchester United at St. James Park.
Newcastle United beat Manchester United by a lone goal courtesy the goal from debutant Matty Longstaff.
Arsenal In New Contract Talks With Deputy Skipper
Premier League giants Arsenal have reportedly opened talks of a new contract with star player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a bid to secure his long-term future at the club.
This is according to Italian publication La Gazzetta Dello Sport which revealed that the Gunners want to tie their deputy skipper to a new deal.
Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has less than two years left on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium.
He was recently named the deputy skipper at Arsenal by manager Unai Emery following the exit of former captain Laurent Koscielny to French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux controversially.
Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka was made the Arsenal captain last month by Unai Emery who conducted an election amongst his players.
Apart from Gabonese international Aubameyang, the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil were also named deputy captains.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has established himself as one of the best strikers in the Premier League following his move from German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a then club-record fee of 57 million pounds at the start of last year.
He won the Golden Boot Award in the Premier League last season alongside the Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah with 22 goals.
Arsenal, Chelsea Tipped For EPL Top Four
London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea will make the top four at the end of this EPL campaign according to renowned commentator Ian Darke.
According to the Premier League commentator, he has gone with the bookmakers as regards Arsenal and Chelsea joining title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City in the top four at the end of the current league season.
Ian Darke tipped Arsenal and Chelsea for the Premier League top four while he was speaking on ESPN.
He also talked about top four contenders Leicester City adding that their result against Manchester United showed that they will miss out on the Champions League places at the end of the season.
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Only the top four positions on the Premier League will guarantee Champions League football for next season.
Leicester City suffered their first league defeat of the season after they were beaten 1-0 by an out-of-sort Manchester United team at Old Trafford last month.
The Foxes have maintained their push for a place in the top four this season with the former Premier League champions presently occupying the fourth position on the table at the moment.
Leicester City are ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.
Chelsea are in fifth position with 14 points which is the same as that of the Foxes.
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