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    Arsenal want to offload Alexandre Lacazette in £15m transfer and push ahead with move for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham

    ARSENAL will not be offering a new contract to Alex Lacazette and are inviting bids for their former record signing.French international Lacazette, 30, is now in the final year of his £175,000-a-week Emirates deal and will become a free agent next summer.
    Alexandre Lacazette could be heading for the exit doorCredit: Rex
    Arsenal have lined up a move for Tammy AbrahamCredit: Getty
    But the club have decided against extending the striker’s stay after previously being panicked into handing huge pay rises to Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
    Now they are trying to find a buyer willing to pay a fee in the region of £15million as well as Lacazette’s substantial salary.
    And they will only follow up their interest in Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham if Lacazette leaves this summer.
    But if there are no offers then manager Mikel Arteta will happily keep the player at the club for the new season as back-up to captain Aubameyang.
    Arsenal paid £52m to sign Lacazette from Lyon in 2017 and he has been a steady if unspectacular source of goals during his four seasons in North London.
    But like Sead Kolasinac, Rhys Nelson and Eddie Nketiah, whose Arsenal contracts also expire in 2022, he is now surplus to requirements.
    Arsenal have already completed the signings of £17m Albert Sambi Lokonga and £7m Nuno Tavares this summer and will finalise a £50m deal for Brighton centre-half Ben White next week.
    They are continuing to negotiate with Sheffield United for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale but have West Brom’s Sam Johnstone as a fall-back option if the relegated Blades refuse to lower their asking price.
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    Yet Arteta does not expect current number one Bernd Leno to leave this season despite the uncertainty surrounding the German international.
    Leno is waiting to see which keeper is signed and how that will affect his position before making any decisions regarding his future.
    But Arsenal want him to remain at the Emirates to battle it out with the new arrival with the promise of a move next summer if he is no longer first choice.
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    Chelsea youngster Myles Peart-Harris completes transfer to Premier League new boys Brentford on four-year deal

    CHELSEA youngster Myles Peart-Harris has completed a move to Premier League new boys Brentford. The teenage midfielder has agreed a move across London to sign a four-year deal with the Bees.
    Myles Peart-Harris has joined the Bees: Brentford FC
    Peart-Harris had almost ten years with Chelsea and the 18-year-old spent last season playing at youth team and development squad level.
    The talented attacking midfielder scored seven goals in 13 Premier League Two appearances last season.
    He also featured for Chelsea Under-21 in the Papa John’s Trophy, scoring 11 goals in 23 appearances across all competitions.
    Brentford boss Thomas Frank told the club website: “Myles is a very talented young player and an exciting signing for us.
    “We see him playing as an ‘eight’ in our system and he fits the position profile perfectly for that. He is a dynamic midfield player, and he drives forward with the ball.
    “Myles has great quality on the ball. He can score goals and deliver assists for us. He is great at arriving in the penalty area at the right time.
    “There is also lots of development potential for our coaches to work with.
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    “We think there will be lots of areas where he will get better, particularly defensively, but he has some great attributes, and we believe we can maximise his potential.”
    The Bees have been busy in the transfer market this week after signing Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer in a five-year deal.
    Brentford have also signed midfielder Frank Onyeka from Midtjylland and are linked with a move for Chelsea’s versatile midfielder Trevor Chalobah.
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    Chelsea ‘keeping tabs on PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe after Sergio Ramos free transfer but would need to sell first’

    CHELSEA are reportedly considering a move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe. Sergio Ramos has joined PSG on a free transfer and Chelsea are hoping Kimpembe is made available.
    Chelsea are interested in PSG defender Presnel KimpembeCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
    According to L’Equipe, Champions League winners Chelsea are eyeing up a potential move for Kimpembe.
    PSG strengthened their defence this summer by signing legendary Real Madrid and Spain star Ramos.
    Despite Chelsea’s interest in Kimpembe, there are reportedly a number of factors which could hinder a transfer.
    Kimpembe is contracted at PSG for another three years and the vice-captain has a strong affinity to his boyhood club.
    The powerful defender is likely to assess his first-team status before considering a move away from France.
    Chelsea may also need to sell some of their own players before they can attempt to bring in the defender.
    Kimpembe made four appearances for France during their Euro 2020 campaign this summer.
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    The 25-year-old featured 40 times last season for PSG as the French giants missed out on retaining the Ligue 1.
    It seems likely to be a busy summer of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge with the Blues keen on landing prolific striker Robert Lewandowski.
    But Chelsea are set to offload out of favour striker Tammy Abraham with Arsenal closing in on a move for him.

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    AC Milan ‘pushing to sign Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech on loan transfer’ as cheaper alternative to Coutinho and Isco

    AC MILAN have turned up the heat in their pursuit of Hakim Ziyech following their successful swoop for ex-Blues frontman Olivier Giroud. The Serie A side are eyeing a temporary deal for the Chelsea forward as a less pricey option than their other targets, according to Calciomercato.  
    AC Milan are thought to be keen on a loan move for Hakim Ziyech this seasonCredit: Getty
    Ziyech, 28, has been heavily linked with a Milan move with reports in Italy claiming the Blues star is a dream target for Stefano Pioli’s side.  
    The attacking midfielder, who sealed a £36.7million move to Stamford Bridge from Ajax in July 2020, is thought to have fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea.
    With Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Timo Werner thought to be ahead of the forward, reports claim opportunities for him could be limited next season. 
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    Chelsea are thought to have warm relations with Milan following the two giants reaching an agreement over Olivier Giroud’s £2million move to the San Siro from Stamford Bridge. 
    Italian football outlet Calciomercato claims the Serie A side hope to seal a loan move for Ziyech, who netted six goals in 39 appearances across all competitions for the Blues last term. 
    And it is thought Barcelona’s Coutinho and Real Madrid winger Isco are also on the San Siro’s giants transfer giant’s wish list.
    Reports claim the LaLiga duo have been deemed surplus to requirements at their respective clubs with the Spanish rivals looking to shift the players off their wage bills.  
    However, officials at Milan are thought to have been put off by the pricey wages and price tags for the forwards. 
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    Barcelona are reportedly looking to flog Coutinho for at least £20million.
    Should a move for the Brazil star come to fruition it would see the Catalan side take an 86 per cent loss on his £142million transfer from Liverpool to the Nou Camp in 2018. 
    Meanwhile, Madrid are thought to be after around £17million for Isco.
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    Chelsea line up transfer swoop for ex-Man Utd keeper Sergio Romero as they step up search for third-choice stopper

    CHELSEA could turn to ex-Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero in their hunt for a third-choice stopper, reports say. Thomas Tuchel is searching for more reinforcements between the posts after Argentine Willy Caballero, 39, was released in the summer.
    Sergio Romero is linked with a move to ChelseaCredit: Getty
    According to The Telegraph, Caballero’s countryman Romero, also without a club, is emerging as a possibility.
    He has been at United since 2015 and largely provided backup for long-time No1 David de Gea, 30.
    But after the emergence of England’s Dean Henderson, 24, last season, Romero, 34, fell further down the pecking order.
    He was due to join Everton on loan before the start of last campaign until United blocked the move at the last minute.
    After being completely outcasted from the Old Trafford setup, Romero spent much of last season away in Argentina.
    He has since been linked with moves to Juventus, Everton again and now Chelsea.
    The Blues moved for Edouard Mendy, 29, from Rennes last summer and the Senegal international replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga, 26, as No1.
    Mendy kept 25 clean sheets in his 45 appearances, including one in the Champions League final win against Manchester City.
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    Kepa, who in 2018 became the most expensive keeper ever at £71.6m, managed just 14 games last season, six coming in the FA Cup.
    The Spaniard has been in talks to leave before but his wages of around £150,000-per-week would prove a stumbling block.
    A transfer back to Spain, initially on loan, has been mooted in the past with Mendy now established as Chelsea’s first-choice keeper.
    Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Middlesbrough’s Marcus Bettinelli, 29, and Wayne Hennessey, 34, who instead joined Burnley.
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    How Arsenal could line up with James Maddison pulling strings in midfield and Tammy Abraham up front after transfers

    ARSENAL could have a new-look starting XI next season which will come as a great relief to most Gunners fans.The North Londoners have already made two signings this summer and are edging closer to deals for Tammy Abraham and James Maddison.
    Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team could have a whole new look next season
    Arsenal’s only confirmed deals of the summer are Nuno Tavares’ arrival from Benfica and Albert Sambi Lokonga coming in from Anderlecht.
    Tavares snubbed a more lucrative offer from Real Sociedad to seal the £8million switch to the Emirates.
    And Arsenal confirmed Lokonga has signed a ‘long-term’ contract after the North Londoners agreed to pay £17m for his services.
    Left-back Tavares, 21, and centre-midfielder Lokonga, 21, will play in deeper lying roles than Abraham and Maddison who could add a whole new dimension to Arsenal going forward.
    Tavares is unlikely to dislodge Kieran Tierney from the first team but one man likely to start is Ben White, 23.
    The Brighton centre-back – who is currently enjoying a well-earned holiday in Mykonos – is heading to the Gunners for £50m.
    SunSport exclusively revealed on Wednesday Chelsea are prepared to let Abraham join on loan initially to speed up a deal.
    The Gunners are emerging as the favourites in a three-way chase for the out-of-favour striker.
    London rivals Tottenham and West Ham are also keen to sign the England star who has failed to win over new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.
    Chelsea are demanding around £40m for Abraham but the fee is proving a sticking point for any suitors.
    A loan deal with an obligation to buy should the player reach a set amount of appearances look like being an ideal compromise.
    It would also take Abraham’s salary of around £80,000-a-week off the wage bill to help finance planned improvements in other areas of the squad.

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    Elsewhere, the Gunners are reportedly prepared to offer Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles as part of a deal to lure Leicester star Maddison to the Emirates.
    Arsenal have been linked with the Foxes playmaker as a replacement for Martin Odegaard, who returned to Real Madrid at the end of last season.
    And the Gunners have identified Maddison as the perfect fit, leading them to offer Nelson and Maitland-Niles as add-ons in a possible deal.
    The Arsenal duo have failed to establish themselves as anything more than fringe players in North London.
    And according to The Mail, Arsenal believe Leicester are willing to negotiate with them.
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    However, it is also thought Brendan Rodgers’ side are seeking to secure no less than a huge cash sum for the creative midfielder.
    Leicester rejected a bid of £70m for Maddison from another Premier League club last summer.
    And since then the club have managed to tie him down to a new £100k-a-week, four-year deal.
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    Erling Haaland told he would succeed at Chelsea and fit in to English culture by ex-Blues striker Tore Andre Flo

    CHELSEA legend Tore Andre Flo has told his fellow Norwegian Erling Haaland he would be a big hit at Stamford Bridge.The Blues have tried in vain to persuade Dortmund to accept a players-plus-cash deal for the £150m-rated hotshot.
    Chelsea are desperate to sign Erling Haaland this summerCredit: EPA
    Former Blues striker Tore Andre Flo has backed his compatriot to be a big successCredit: Sportsfile
    Now they are reportedly set to table an offer of £135m to try and get the 20-year-old star.
    Flo spent three years at Chelsea from 1997 and enjoyed cult status amongst the Shed End faithful after 34 goals in 112 Premier League matches for the club.
    He helped fire the West Londoners to FA Cup and Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup success during that period.
    And the 48-year-old has backed Haaland to be successful himself should he make the switch from Dortmund.
    He told Bookmakers.co.uk: “I don’t think he would have much problem adapting to English football.
    “The culture over in England is quite similar and the way of living for someone coming from Norway would be quite easy, or at least it was for me.
    “We all already speak the language quite well, so there should be no problem there.”
    Flo continued: “Obviously, on the pitch, it can be much tougher because it’s a very tough league, tougher than any other in the world I think.
    “That is the biggest challenge for players coming from Scandinavia.
    “But then that’s a challenge for most players coming to the Premier League from other countries.”

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    Whether it is Chelsea or elsewhere Haaland ends up, Flo has no doubts he will prove to be a huge hit.
    He added: “I think pretty much any club would be a good fit for him because he’s an exceptionally good player and has scored a lot of goals.
    “He seems to just get better and better. With what he’s shown so far, especially in the Champions League against all types of very good opposition, he’s proven that he can score goals at any level.”
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    Chelsea ‘set to launch £135m Haaland transfer offer’ despite being able to buy Dortmund star for HALF that next year

    CHELSEA are reportedly preparing a £135million bid for Erling Haaland.The Blues have tried in vain to persuade the Bundesliga side to accept a players-plus-cash deal for the £150m-rated hotshot.
    Erling Haaland is Thomas Tuchel’s No1 transfer target this summerCredit: Getty
    Chelsea are set to offer £135m to Dortmund for the starCredit: EPA
    Sun Sport exclusively revealed how that has forced the Champions League holders to revive their interest in Bayern Munich’s record-breaking Robert Lewandowski as they try to give boss Thomas Tuchel the prolific goalscorer he wants.
    However, Haaland remains Chelsea’s No1 target and 90mins claims they are now readying a ‘monster offer’ for the Norwegian.
    And those claims have been backed up by various other sources since.
    One of those was former Premier League and Norway star Jan Aage Fjortoft, who told ESPN that a ‘fantasy bid’ of £135m is set to arrive on Dortmund’s desk.
    He said: “Chelsea have him as their main target.
    “They would like to test Dortmund with a fantasy offer, and a fantasy offer will be around €150m (£135m) – double what they can get for him next summer.”
    Chelsea are desperate to get their hands on the 20-year-old now rather than wait until next year – even if Haaland will be available for £65m then.Chelsea are keen to keep the transfer fee down as they know both Mino Raiola and Haaland’s father Alf-Inge will command hefty agent fees.
    But Dortmund are determined to hold onto the striker for at least another season.
    They have already lost Jadon Sancho to Manchester United and they are loath to lose their talisman as well.

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    Fjortoft added: “It’s interesting to follow, but most likely, he will stay with Dortmund.
    “Dortmund are saying all the time ‘he will stay, he will stay’.
    “They said that about [Jadon] Sancho one year ago and he stayed, so it is most likely that Haaland will still be a Dortmund player in this coming season, but we’re waiting for that big, big offer from Chelsea.”
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