Spanish La Liga giants Sevilla have completed the signing of Argentine attacker Lucas Ocampos from French club Marseille.
His transfer was confirmed earlier on Thursday.
Sevilla paid €13m (£11.7m) to secure his transfer from Marseille.
He’s the fifth major signing of the summer at Sevilla after Diego Carlos, Joan Jordan, Mounes Dabbur and Luuk De Jong.
The 24-year-old had one year left on his deal at Marseille and that prompted the club to conclude a deal for him.
Marseille had to sell him this summer to avoid the player from leaving the club for nothing next summer.
Lucas Ocampos was previously a target for West London giants Chelsea.
The Argentine attacker joined Marseille on loan from fellow French Ligue 1 club AS Monaco during the 2015 winter transfer window before his loan move was made permanent later that year.
He spent some was on loan in the Italian Serie A during the 2016/17 season with two clubs.
Lucas Ocampos was on loan at two clubs namely AC Milan and Genoa where he made 26 appearances for both clubs in the league.
He returned to Marseille in the summer of 2017 and the Argentine was part of the team that lost 2-0 to Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final.
EPL: Chelsea ‘To Make £40m Bid’ For Declan Rice
Chelsea are prepared to make a bid for West Ham United star Declan Rice according to the latest reports coming out of the British media.
Blues boss Frank Lampard has made Declan Rice a transfer priority and time is running out if they want to re-sign the utility player. England international Rice can play as a defensive midfielder and as a centre back.
The Sun revealed that Chelsea are readying a £40m bid for Declan Rice as it was disclosed that the Blues want to take advantage of the financial constraints of their London rivals.
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West Ham United have placed an £80m valuation on Declan Rice but the club needs to sell players to fund the signing of new players.
Chelsea are the big spenders in European football this summer following the transfer splurge of over £250m made this summer.
Blues boss Frank Lampard is a big fan of Declan Rice with reports claiming that he wants to sign the player to primarily feature as a centre back.
Lampard and Chelsea will definitely take their spendings to the £300m mark if they can bring Rice back to the club seven years after he left.
The English player was released by Chelsea as a teenager.
EPL: Arsenal’s chances of landing Jorginho discussed
English Premier League outfit Arsenal have been recently linked with Chelsea star Jorginho as they are finding it difficult to agree on a deal with Atletico Madrid for Thomas Partey.
The Chelsea man has been tipped to be an alternative in the Gunners’’ search for a midfielder as the player is reportedly out of favour at the Stanford Bridge with the Blues boss making moves to bring in another midfielder.
Jorginho was earlier tipped to join Italian Serie A outfit Juventus but the chances of that happening again is now very slim with the sack of Italian boss Maurizio Sarri.
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However, it is reported that Arsenal’s chances of signing Jorginho are dependent on Frank Lampard‘s ability to snap up the signature of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
It is understood that Frank Lampard is making another last push to bring in the player. West Ham United have insisted that they will not sell the player this transfer window.
However, the opportunity to sign up Jorginho awaits the North London club if Chelsea are able to sign Declan Rice but that might not happen again should Arsenal secure the signature of Houssem Aouar.
Houssem Aouar has made it clear he wants to join Arsenal and the latest reports have claimed that Lyon could soften their stance on him.
EPL: Chelsea Hope To Raise £40m From Goalkeeper Sale Next Summer
West London giants Chelsea are hoping to raise at least £40m from the sale of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga next summer according to the report via the Daily Mirror.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is no longer the number one goalkeeper at Chelsea following the arrival of Edouard Mendy from French club Rennes earlier this week.
According to British media outlet Metro, the Blues have made Kepa Arrizabalaga available for a loan transfer in a bid for the Spanish international to regain his form and confidence to enable the club sell him for a big transfer fee next summer.
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The 25-year-old has lost form and confidence in the Chelsea goal. He has been responsible for at least one goal in each of the two Premier League games played by the Blues this season.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is the most expensive goalkeeper in the world after Chelsea paid a then club-record fee of £71m for the Spaniard. He joined the West London team from Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish La Liga.
New goalkeeper signing Edouard Mendy is expected to assume the number one goalkeeper role at Chelsea for the remainder of this season.
Mendy, 28, joined Chelsea in a £22m deal this week after weeks of negotiations between the Blues and Rennes.
EPL: Chelsea Agree Personal Terms With Rice
Chelsea have spent the most money amongst European clubs during this year’s summer transfer window and it looks like their transfer splurge has not ended according to the Daily Express.
The Blues have spent almost £250m on transfers this summer and the report via the aforementioned British media outlet stated that the West London giants have agreed on personal terms with Declan Rice paving the way for the club to sign him if they can agree on a transfer fee with the Hammers.
Declan Rice spent the majority of his youth career at Chelsea before he was released at the age of 14.
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West Ham United signed him almost immediately and the England international went on to represent the first team and he has not looked back since then.
Declan Rice is an important member of the West Ham United squad and he has a valuation of £80m on his head.
Chelsea will take their transfer splurge over the £300m mark this summer if they are able to re-sign the midfielder with the Hammers reluctant to lower their asking price.
The Hammers hierarchy came in for some rough treatment from the fans earlier this month following the sale of young winger Grady Diangana and the sale of Declan Rice would even cause more problems at the club.
EPL: Aouar, Partey may not join Arsenal but this player might
Arsenal fans already have their attention on the club’s two major targets for the midfield role but that might not happen because of the difficulty in sealing the deals.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar from Lyon are the two targets for the Gunners this summer window after the signing of Willian from Chelsea and Gabriel Magalhaes from French Ligue 1 outfit, Lille.
The Gunners have been making efforts to convince both Lille and Atletico Madrid over the deal but that has proved difficult as both clubs are not willing to negotiate the asking prices for their players while efforts to reduce the financial burden by including a player as a swap deal was turned down.
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It is now understood that the North London outfit might not be able to seal the move for either of the players and will now consider other options with Chelsea midfielder Jorginho as a possible deal as Sky Sports reports that Mikel Arteta is keen to add another midfielder to his books.
Jorginho has been linked away from the Stamford Bridge to join former manager Maurizio Sarri at Juventus but the speculations have been laid to rest with the sack of the Italian manager. The player could still leave the West London outfit with Arsenal considering submitting an offer.
EPL: Chelsea Confirm £22m Transfer
Chelsea have increased the African contingent on their payroll following the capture of Senegalese international shot stopper Edouard Mendy.
The 28-year-old becomes the eighth signing of the summer for Chelsea after the announcement was made on Thursday.
Edouard Mendy signs for the Blues from French team Rennes after the two clubs reached an agreement of £22m in transfer fees for his services.
He has signed a five-year contract until the summer of 2025.
Edouard Mendy is now expected to become the first choice goalkeeper ahead of the troubled Kepa Arrizabalaga who has struggled for form and confidence for the better part of the last one year.
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The Senegalese goalkeeper could make his first appearance with the club at the weekend as Chelsea travel to the Midlands to take on Premier League newcomers West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea had previously signed free agents Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr in this transfer window.
Other signings include Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
With the signing of the aforementioned Mendy, Chelsea could send Kepa Arrizabalaga on loan as per the latest reports in the media.
Kepa Arrizabalaga became the most expensive goalkeeper in world football when Chelsea activated his £71m release clause at La Liga club Athletic Bilbao two years ago.
His loss of confidence has seen him produce howlers consistently.
Report: Arsenal Plotting Shock Move For Chelsea Midfielder
Arsenal have been linked with a shock transfer swoop on one of their top four rivals between now and the end of the transfer window.
Sky Sports revealed that the Gunners are prepared to make another transfer assault on London rivals Chelsea by signing their Italian international Jorginho.
Arsenal have signed two players from Chelsea in the last two summer transfer windows and they could make it three with the transfer of Jorginho.
The Gunners signed Brazilian centre back David Luiz from Chelsea in an £8m deal last summer before completing a free transfer move for fellow Brazilian Willian this summer.
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The report via Sky Sports said that the Gunners are eyeing Jorginho as a possible replacement for the outgoing Lucas Torreira.
Uruguayan international Torreira is closing in on a loan move to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league though the club is yet to reach an agreement with the Gunners.
Arsenal want an obligation to buy at the end of the loan deal for Lucas Torreira, while Atletico Madrid are only keen to put option to buy the player when his proposed loan contract ends.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was the assistant manager to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola when the Citizens tried to sign Jorginho from Italian club Napoli in 2018 and he has retained that interest in the player.
Chelsea News: Kepa Set For Loan Exit
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is on course to leave the club on loan according to the report via The Sun.
The Spanish international is expected to lose his position as the first choice shot stopper at Chelsea following the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes in France and a loan move is on the cards for him as a result.
Chelsea have signed Senegalese goalkeeper Mendy after they agreed a £22m transfer for him on the back of multiple negotiations between the two teams.
Rennes and Chelsea had been in talks over the past weeks.
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Edouard Mendy has penned a five-year deal with the Blues and he could make his debut during the upcoming league game at West Brom.
Former first choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid the price for a series of high profile errors in the Chelsea goal.
A potential return to Athletic Bilbao on loan has been discussed in this transfer window.
The 25-year-old joined Chelsea two years ago as the most expensive goalkeeper ever. The Blues paid £71m for the Spanish international shot stopper.
He has already made two errors from the three goals conceded by Chelsea in the Premier League this season.
Kepa has made an error in each of the two games he has played this season.