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Man City Join Chelsea In Race To Sign Utility Defender

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Man City Join Chelsea In Race To Sign Utility Defender

Premier League champions Manchester City have joined rivals Chelsea in the race to sign highly rated West Ham United defender Declan Rice.

The Citizens have identified him as a potential replacement for Brazilian international midfielder Fernandinho.

Declan Rice is a utility player that can play either as a centre back or in central midfield.

The young English player was linked with the London duo of Chelsea and Arsenal as well as Manchester United before he elevated his contract status at West Ham United.

The 19-year-old recently put pen to paper on a new contract with the Hammers but that has not stopped Manchester City from plotting to sign him as a long-term replacement for the ageing Fernandinho.

The 34-year-old has been an important player for Manchester City since he joined the Premier League champions from Ukrainian club Shakthar Donetsk.

He was an integral part of the Manchester City team that set many records enroute to winning the Premier League title at the end of last season.

Fernandinho and Manchester City earned a record 100 points after the 38 games played last season.

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It was disclosed that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will compile a dossier on Declan Rice between now and the rest of the season to decide whether he has the stamina and quality to replace Fernandinho in the Manchester City midfield.

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Transfer News: Chelsea dismiss two £35m offers for Frank Lampard top choice

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Transfer News: Chelsea dismiss two £35m offers for Frank Lampard top choice

Chelsea have rejected two £35million offers from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for winger Willian.

With Chelsea starting a FIFA-forced two-window transfer ban this summer, the club are naturally hesitant to sell any player except if they totally need to.

Willian has only a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and, at 30, his worth is probably going to fall in the coming years.

Be that as it may, Chelsea’s plausible failure to adequately replace him with another signing has seen them turn down two offers of £35m from La Liga.

Sky Sports state both Barca and Atleti have held up offers for a player potential approaching Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said “could without much of a stretch play in any team on the world” in March 2018.

Willian joined Chelsea from Anzhi Makhachkala only one year before Lampard left the club, however it is thought the 40-year-old would not have any desire to lose him if, true to form, he is named Blues boss.

Barca have a long-standing interest for Willian, offering £50m for him in January and making three offers alone the previous summer.

Frank Lampard will be a good coach if Chelsea succeeds in signing him ahead of next season.

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Transfer News: Barcelona Playmaker Wants €100M Chelsea Move

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Transfer News: Barcelona Playmaker Wants €100M Chelsea Move

Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho has settled on a choice on his preferred destination if he leaves the club this summer, as indicated by reports.

Coutinho hasn’t exactly been a similar player since moving to Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018, just scored five goals and two assists in La Liga last season.

The attacking midfielder has been seriously connected with a move away after terrible season at Barcelona.

The two destinations referenced for Coutinho are French giants PSG and a return to the Premier League with Chelsea – and as indicated by The Daily Star, the Brazilian would prefer to join Chelsea.

Coutinho is viewed as a perfect replacement for Eden Hazard, who has already joined Real Madrid after seven seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are urgently trying to find a way freeze the transfer ban forced on them by FIFA, with the goal that they can fill the void left by Hazard’s exit.

In spite of his disappointing season, Barcelona allegedly still value Coutinho – who has also been connected with Manchester United – at around €100m.

If Chelsea see their transfer ban overturned, they would almost certainly be able to afford the fee, because of the sum they got for Hazard.

In any case, the Star’s report warns that as long as owner Roman Abramovich’s future is doubt, Chelsea might be unwilling to pay huge amount for big players.

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Transfer News: Chelsea Transfer Ban Could See Arsenal Miss Out On Getafe Star

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Transfer News: Chelsea Transfer Ban Could See Arsenal Miss Out On Getafe Star

Arsenal are apparently facing losing out on a transfer swoop for Getafe defender Djene Dakonam as Everton might be in a better position to meet his £30million asking price.

This is as per the Daily Mirror, who include that Everton’s interest looks set to be persuaded by the way that they’re hoping to see loanee Kurt Zouma come back to parent club Chelsea due to their transfer ban this summer.

It might be that Arsenal would have not been able to complete a deal for Dakonam this summer due to their limited funds, however they could sell current players to support their transfer kitty.

Either that, or the Gunners may have had the option to land the exciting Togo international in another transfer window, however the Mirror claims Everton will step up their interest to replace Zouma.

Chelsea are doing something to hurt their rivals Arsenal here, regardless of whether they’re not ready to be active in the transfer market this season because of transfer ban.

Zouma has shone on loan at Everton and would need replacing, while he could be a strong choice for the Blues in the event that they do end up not able to sign new centre-back ahead of next season.

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