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.
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Chelsea have contacted Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani over a loan move before the end of the present winter transfer window.
This is according to the report from Goal which stated that the Blues want to sign him on loan from his French club though Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid are favorites to sign him.
Chelsea are hoping to get more competition for central striker Tammy Abraham in that department as club manager Frank Lampard is not convinced by the present options of Michy Batshuayi and French World Cup winner Olivier Giroud.
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Frenchman Giroud was thought to be closing on a transfer to Italian Serie A title challengers Inter Milan but that move appears to have stalled with the Italians now searching for alternatives.
Recent reports from Italy claimed that Inter Milan have opted to sign Fernando Llorente from Napoli after failing to lure Giroud from Chelsea.
For Edinson Cavani, PSG have already turned down a bid of €10m from Atletico Madrid for him.
Atletico Madrid have offered him a two-and-a-half-year deal until 2022 but the Spaniards still need to agree on a fee with PSG.
They are favorites ahead of Chelsea after manager Diego Simeone outlined his plans for him.
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North London club Tottenham Hotspur want to steal a march on their rivals in the chase for Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare according to French publication L’Equipe.
It was revealed that Spurs want to sign the young midfielder but might need to wait until the summer.
In his last interview as granted by L’Equipe, Boubakary Soumare confirmed that he would be staying at Lille for the rest of the season thus ruling out an exit from the French Ligue 1 outfit.
Tottenham Hotspur have already signed a new midfielder in Portuguese international Gedson Fernandes who signed for the North Londoners on loan from Benfica.
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20-year-old Gedson Fernandes has joined Spurs from Portuguese champions Benfica on an 18-month loan deal with the option to buy him when the loan contract expires next summer.
He had to leave Benfica after falling out of favor with manager Bruno Lage and has joined Spurs whom he made his debut for during the goalless draw at the home of Watford at the weekend.
Boubakary Soumare has a lot of clubs on his trail apart from Tottenham Hotspur.
The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are keen on the player alongside the Spanish duo of Real Madrid and Valencia.
Edinson Cavani’s Transfer Update – Chelsea, Man United Interest
Manchester United and Chelsea are likely to be bypassed when it comes to the signing of Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani according to his father.
Luis Cavani gave an update on the future of Edinson Cavani at PSG in his latest interview monitored by El Chringuito TV.
According to him, he wants Edinson Cavani to move to Spain when the Uruguayan international star leaves PSG this year though it is uncertain when the striker will leave the French club.
He wants him to join Atletico Madrid who have already made a bid for him as they attempt to sign the ex-Napoli and Palermo star in this January window.
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Atletico Madrid made a €10m bid for Cavani and it was rejected by PSG as confirmed by their sporting director Leonardo.
Edinson Cavani has six months to go on his PSG contract but the French club don’t want him to leave until this summer when he’ll be a free agent.
The 32-year-old PSG striker has spent a large part of this season on the bench due to the form of Mauro Icardi who joined the club on loan from Inter Milan last summer.
Edinson Cavani has scored 198 goals in 292 PSG games.
EPL: Dani Ceballos Next Move After Chelsea Draw Revealed
Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos has dropped a transfer hint that suggests that he won’t be at Arsenal beyond this season.
Dani Ceballos signed for Arsenal on loan this summer after he was declared surplus to requirements at Real Madrid and the Spaniard has high hopes of a possible transfer to Arsenal on a permanent deal before injury struck last year.
The Spanish international was a regular player in the Arsenal XI while Unai Emery was the Gunners boss and before he picked up a hamstring injury last year November which ruled him out for two months.
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His return coincided with the start of the managerial reign of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal and the Real Madrid loanee is yet to play a single minute under the Spanish tactician though he has been in four of the Arsenal squads under him.
After the Chelsea game, Dani Ceballos replied Arsenal teammate Hector Bellerin on one of his social media posts to suggest that he would be leaving Arsenal this summer.
Hector Bellerin celebrated with a social media post after he rescued a point for his team via a 2-2 draw and Ceballos responded to that post by saying he’ll miss the left foot through which the fellow Spaniard scored.
Bellerin was making his first appearance for Arsenal after six weeks out with hamstring problem.
EPL: Chelsea Finally Identify N’golo Kante Replacement
West London giants Chelsea are keeping tabs on Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare who’s seen as a long-term replacement for key player N’Golo Kante.
The interest of Chelsea in Boubakary Soumare was confirmed by The Athletic with Kante linked with a move away from the club.
The French international player was previously linked with a transfer to Real Madrid last year though the Spaniards have since moved on from him to other midfield options like Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Donny Van Der Beek who’s expected to sign for the Los Merengues this summer after an agreement of £47m was reached for his transfer as per the report from various media outlets.
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N’Golo Kante has uncharacteristically missed several games for Chelsea this season due to several injuries stemmed from his decision to play through the pain barrier for the Blues in the Europa League final last season.
Kante was rushed back from injury to face Arsenal in the final of the Europa League which ended in a 4-1 win for Chelsea.
Boubakary Soumare is only 20 years but he has enhanced his reputation after his impressive performances for Lille since the start of this campaign.
Soumare is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United.
EPL: Confirmed Chelsea Lineup vs Arsenal
Chelsea have been very poor in the Premier League in recent weeks as highlighted by the disappointing 1-0 loss at the home of injury-hit Newcastle United at the weekend in their last league game and it doesn’t get better when they face London rivals and rejuvenated team Arsenal at home on Tuesday night.
The Blues can take solace from the earlier meeting between the two teams this season in the Premier League which saw Chelsea come from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 away from home with the aid of two late goals.
Chelsea have won just one of their last four games in the Premier League but they are still able to hang on to their place in the top-four positions on the league log.
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They have a five-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United and a win over Arsenal will extend it to eight points with the Red Devils not in action until Wednesday when they face Burnley at home.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard could make some changes to his team especially in defence ahead of the London Derby clash with the Gunners.
Chelsea XI vs Arsenal: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Emerson Palmieri; Jorginho, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante; Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham.
Victor Moses Arrives Milan For Inter Milan Medical
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea winger Victor Moses has arrived Inter Milan ahead of his medical.
Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio had earlier said that the Nerazzuri has an agreement in place for Victor Moses with Chelsea and the player is in Italy to complete his transfer.
He had six months left on his loan deal to Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce whom he joined from Chelsea in an 18-month loan deal in January 2019.
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Victor Moses had a very good start to his loan career with the Turkish club last season but he was not able to enjoy the same level of success at the start of this campaign as he has struggled for fitness thus restricting him to just six matches this season in the colors of Fenerbahce.
If he joins Inter Milan, Victor Moses would be the fourth player from the Premier League to join the Italians in the last six months after Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young.
Romelu Lukaku and Sanchez joined the Nerazzuri last year, while Young was a £1.3m signing from Manchester United.
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PSG Delivers Firm Verdict On Edinson Cavani Transfer
French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) officials have delivered a firm transfer verdict on striker Edinson Cavani who is a target for both Manchester United and Chelsea.
According to Goal via one of its publications, PSG sporting director Leonardo and club manager Thomas Tuchel see Edison Cavani as an important part of their squad and they don’t want him to leave the club this month despite the fact that the Uruguayan international player has six months remaining on his PSG contract at the moment.
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Several clubs are ready to offer PSG some money for the final six months of the player’s contract but club officials prefer to lose his services this summer on a free transfer.
Edinson Cavani had been a regular in the PSG starting XI for several years until last summer when the French champions signed Mauro Icardi on loan from Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A.
Mauro Icardi has taken his spot in the first team aided by the injury to Edison Cavani at the start of the season.
Atletico Madrid are in pole position to sign Edison Cavani and have already offered €10m for him though it was turned down by PSG who says he is not for sale.