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EPL: Lampard still hopeful on Willian stay

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Frank Lampard

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is still hoping that Brazilian international Willian will remain at the club for more seasons by signing a new deal this summer window.

The contract of the 31-year-old is set to come to an end as he has been unable to negotiate new terms with the club. His wish of a three-year-deal might not be granted and that makes him close to the exit door.

Frank Lampard expressed his love for the player, insisting that he wants him to remain at the club but whatever decision is made at the end of the day will be good for both parties.

He admitted knowing nothing about the negotiation between Willian and the club but is sure the right decision would be made in the interest of the two parties.

However, Chelsea have already secured the signature of two forwards, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively which means there would be a level of cover for him when he leaves.

North London outfit, Arsenal are already on standby to snap up the signature of the Brazilian international with manager Mikel Arteta very keen to add his experience to his squad ahead of the coming season.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.

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Lacazette’s future might not be settled yet

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It has been confirmed that the future of French striker Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal is far being settled following claims by manager Mile Arteta that the club is yet to open start contract talks with him.

This summer transfer window has seen the future of the former Lyon striker being debated with suggestions that he would be leaving as a result of the limited starting role he had last season.

Some reports immediately linked him with a move Italian Serie A outfit Juventus while others claim he is being wanted at the Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

Alexandre Lacazette has come out to dismissal of the reports, insisting that he is happy at the Emirates Stadium and will continue to respect the decision of the Spanish manager.

However, Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports that the French Man who scored his 50th goal for Arsenal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over West Ham United is currently not in negotiation for a new deal with the club.

The North London manager, therefore, noted that he is happy with the player but there cannot be any speculation over his future as the focus for the club is to make more additions in this summer window.

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Brentford hand David Raya condition to Arsenal

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English Premier League club Arsenal have been told by Brentford that they can only have their goalkeeper target, David Raya, if they will agree to loan him back for the rest of the season.

The Telegraph reports that the Bees rejected a £10m bid from Arsenal for the Spanish goalkeeper who made 49 appearances last season.

It is understood that the 25-year-old is well known to Arsenal’s goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana because the tutor was with Brentford before moving to Arsenal in December last year.

David Raya is needed at Arsenal with the exit of Argentina shot-stopper Emi Martinez who has left the club to join Aston Villa after a brilliant performance that helped him deliver the FA Cup and the Community Shield. No doubt he left when the ovation was high.

Bernd Leno is now left as the only viable option as a goalkeeper at the Emirates Stadium under manager Mikel Arteta.

With Arsenal looking to sign more players before the end of the summer transfer window, there is no doubt a new goalkeeper will be brought in.

It is understood that the Gunners are close to sealing a deal for Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson as he has passed the first stage of medicals.

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Lyon president sends Aouar message to Arsenal

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Houssem Aouar

Arsenal have been told by Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas that they have the opportunity to sign their top target Houssem Aouar but that will not happen until they are willing to meet his £44 million valuation.

The North London outfit are confirmed to have indicated an interest in the French Ligue 1 star but they are yet to agree on a deal as negotiations are still ongoing. Manager Mikel Arteta has hinted that the club is still in the market to add more players to the team.

When asked if Houssem Aouar would join the north London side, Jean-Michel Aulas reportedly said No because the Premier League side had not submitted an offer yet.

Now it is claimed that talks have been opened between the two clubs over a deal as the 22-year-old is understood to be keen on a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal will have to wait till the last minutes to stand the chance of having their £36m bid to be accepted.

Houssem Aouar is an important part of the Lyon team that reached the Champions League semi-finals by defeating Italian Serie A champions Juventus in the last-16 and Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

Should he join Arsenal, he will be an automatic replacement to Mesut Ozil who is still around but has been frozen out of the team.

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Wolves Boss Approves Transfer For £25m Liverpool Midfielder

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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has approved a move for Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain according to the Daily Mirror.

It was disclosed that Wolves are already in talks with Liverpool over the England international after Nuno Espirito Santo gave his approval.

Ex-Arsenal player Chamberlain has moved down the pecking order in the Liverpool midfield with the signing of Thiago Alcantara from German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Thiago Alcantara was a major component of the Bayern Munich midfield as the Bavarian giants won an impressive treble.

Liverpool have paid an initial fee of £20m for the Spanish international. The Reds could pay £7m more in add-ons.

With addition of Thiago Alcantara, Chamberlain will have to fight for three midfield spots only with seven others.

Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all vying for the three midfield spots at Liverpool this season.

With this stiff competition in mind, Chamberlain could move to Wolves after just two-and-a-half season at Anfield.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Liverpool from Arsenal in a £25m transfer with add-ons taking the deal to the £40m.

Wolves have already done two businesses with Liverpool this summer in the shape of Diogo Jota and Ki-Jana Hoever. Chamberlain could be their third business together.

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Tierney Key As Arteta Tells Arsenal Player His Time Is Up

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Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has been informed that he could leave the club before the transfer market closes next summer.

According to TeamTalk, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told Sead Kolasinac that he can look for a new club following the emergence of Kieran Tierney.

Scottish international Kieran Tierney is the first choice left-back at Arsenal ahead of Sead Kolasinac.

Tierney suffered several injury problems at the start of his Arsenal career which started at the beginning of last season following the £25m transfer from Scottish champions Celtic.

He was able to return to full fitness in time to play his part in the FA Cup title win of last season.

With Tierney established as the first choice Arsenal left-back, Mikel Arteta has given Sead Kolasinac the go ahead to leave in search of regular playing time.

Sead Kolasinac joined Arsenal from German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 on a free transfer.

The Bosnian left-back signed for the Gunners in 2017.

Kolasinac has been attracting interest from clubs in England, Italy and Germany with the Gunners ready to do a deal for just €10m (£9m).

German clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 are in the running alongside Italian Serie A capital club AS Roma and English side West Ham United.

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Lyon eyeing AC Milan midfielder as Aouar’s replacement

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Lucas Paqueta

French Ligue 1outfit Lyon might be preparing for life without Houssem Aouar as they are reported to be making a move for AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta this summer transfer window.

English Premier League club Arsenal have been heavily linked with Houssem Aouar and they seem unwilling to give up on his chase despite the high fee that has been slammed on him.

Efforts by the North London outfit to reduce the burden of the £60 million tag by including Matteo Guendouzi plus cash in the deal has failed to yield any result but that has not discouraged manager Mikel Arteta from insisting on the deal.

It was recently reported that the Gunners have agreed on personal terms with the player with respected transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano confirming that talks have been initiated between the two clubs over a possible deal.

With claims that Houssem Aouar is interested in a move to Arsenal and could be heading that direction, Lyon are already in talks with AC Milan to have Lucas Paqueta replace him.

Lucas Paqueta has struggled in AC Milan and might be handed the opportunity for another fresh start in French Ligue 1 with Lyon according to the reports making rounds.

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Atletico Madrid reportedly call Arsenal midfielder, raises Partey hope

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Lucas Torreira

Sebas Giovanelli has reported that Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeon personally called Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, informing him of his wish to bring him to Spain this summer transfer window.

It is reported that the Atletico Madrid manager is a big fan of the former Sampdoria midfielder and is interested in bringing him to play in the La Liga this season.

This has raised hopes that the La Liga outfit have resigned their fate in keeping Thomas Partey and will want to have a direct replacement with the Arsenal midfielder who is linked away from the Emirates Stadium.

Reports have listed Lucas Torreira alongside Sokratis Papa, Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac as the players that will be leaving the North London club this season.

Diego Simeone’s interest in Lucas Torreira might force Atletico Madrid into accepting Arsenal’s bid for Thomas Partey with reports that the player is now interested in a move to England.

It has been a very busy transfer window for the Gunners and it promises to produce more new signings with manager Mikel Arteta hinting that there could be some deals before the summer window is shut.

All of these will also not happen without having some departures at the club in the coming weeks.

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Arsenal now boast of suitors for Chambers

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There has been a loud silence on the future of Calum Chambers at Arsenal despite claims that he would be leaving the club in this summer transfer window.

Calum Chambers has gone down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, especially with the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba which leaves him with little chance of playing time at the club on a regular basis.

Now it is being reported that several clubs are interested in his service, giving Arsenal the benefit of cashing in to be able to sanction other deals before the transfer window ends.

Teamtalk reports that the North London club are willing to let Calum Chambers go and they are hoping to recoup a fee close to £12 million from his sale.

Leeds United are the latest to indicate interests in the signature of the Arsenal defender and they will have to battle Fulham, West Ham United, and Newcastle to land him.

Calum Chambers is not the only player expected to leave the club, a number of names, including Sokratis Papa, Sead Kolasinac, and Matteo Guendouzi are all reported to be nearing the exit door while more new faces are still expected in the Mikel Arteta team.

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