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Chelsea in danger of missing out on long-term target Alex Telles

Barcelona have reportedly pinpointed Porto defender and Chelsea-linked Alex Telles as a potential target ahead of the next transfer market.

Having enhanced his reputation with the Portuguese club, the Brazil international is considered as an attractive option in the transfer market due to just over a year remaining on his deal.

With one of Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso expected to leave Chelsea, manager Frank Lampard is said to be interested in bringing in the left-back as a direct replacement.

However, according to the latest reports in Spain, Blaugrana are contemplating whether joining the hunt for the 27-year-old.

The speculation has emerged in spite of the Catalan giants having both Junior Firpo and Jordi Alba at their disposal.

The Dragons are likely to demand in the region of £35 million for Telles, who has contributed eight goals and five assists in 23 Liga NOS games this season.

Meantime, Serie A outfit Lazio are reportedly weighing up swoops for Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Pedro.

Both stars will see their current deals at Stamford Bridge expire this summer, and the pair have only made nine league appearances apiece throughout the 2019-20 campaign.

Pedro and Giroud both netted in the Blues’ 4-0 drubbing of Everton prior to the coronavirus outbreak, but the duo are supposedly not looking to renew their deals at Stamford Bridge beyond this season.

According to a report from AS, Lazio are keen to strengthen their attacking options and could potentially move for the Chelsea pair in the summer.

Liverpool not planning to offload £120,000-a-week Guinean star

Jurgen Klopp has no plans to sell midfielder Naby Keita this summer despite making a fresh deal for Georginio Wijnaldum his top Liverpool midfield priority, Football Insider reports.

Reports in Germany have claimed RB Leipzig have set their sights on re-signing the Guinean star and the Merseysiders are open to letting him go.

An Anfield source has told Football Insider that Jurgen retains total faith in Keita and regards the star as a key member of the squad going into next term.

The boss is in no doubt that the 25-year-old midfielder can be a Premier League star if he can avoid the niggling injuries that have held the player back and get a lengthy run of matches under his belt.

As reported by this site, Jurgen is keen Wijnaldum is secured to a new and improved contract and has outlined that position to executives including chief Michael Edwards.

Discussions have started with the Dutch midfielder on extending his current deal, which is due to expire in June of 2021.

Wijnaldum was said to drop down the Anfield pecking order when Keita completed his £52 million move from Leipzig two years ago, a year after the deal was agreed.

But it is the Guinea international Naby who has had to play from the bench, while the older man has been a virtual ever-present.

Keita has made just four PL starts among 18 appearances across all competitions this season.

Since joining the Reds, the creative midfielder has failed to match his creating and goalscoring exploits that made his name in Austria and Germany.

Arsenal risk missing out on PSG contract rebel Layvin Kurzawa

Liverpool are considering signing Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa on a free transfer in the summer, according to reports.

The full-back’s deal expires at the end of the season and Lavyin has already told PSG he does not intend to sign a fresh deal.

Arsenal came close to signing Layvin in January, but the 27-year-old star ultimately decided to see out the remainder of his deal.

Mikel Arteta had been keen to strengthen his full-back options and technical director Edu identified the French defender as a good fit for the squad.

Spanish outlet Sport state Liverpool have entered the race and are one of many interested teams keeping tabs on Kurzawa, with the Gunners still keen to secure his signature.

Andy Robertson is the Reds’ undisputed No.1 left-back, but Jurgen Klopp has been searching for a full-back who can provide cover for the Scotsman.

The Reds have no senior competition for Andy and Kurzawa has played 23 times this campaign for PSG and has international experience.

The Anfield outfit will have to battle Barcelona, Inter and Napoli for the signature of the former AS Monaco ace, as well as Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are reportedly ready to battle the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur for the signature of RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

The 21-year-old star, who is thought to have a £55m exit clause in his contract, could allegedly hand in a transfer request in the summer in a bid to force an exit.

Arsenal, Barca and Spurs have all been credited with an interest in the player, but according to AS, Madrid have also now joined the race.

Man Utd back in for Juventus No.4 defender Matthijs De Ligt

Manchester United are reportedly set to make a renewed bid for the Netherlands international Matthijs De Ligt after failing with a swoop for the Dutchman last summer.

The Red Devils lost out to Juventus as the Italians won the race to land the former Ajax man for £75 million last summer transfer window.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate to bring in the Dutchman and was prepared to sign Matthijs alongside an £80m move for Harry Maguire.

De Ligt’s had a mixed season in Turin and has failed to replicate the form that made him the most in-demand player in world football last summer.

The centre-back’s started 17 of Juventus’s 26 matches this season and there is a sense that Maurizio Sarri isn’t set on the Dutchman.

ESPN claims United are now prepared to test Juventus’ resolve to keep De Ligt and are set to make a big money move for him in the summer.

It’s unclear whether the Serie A heavyweights would sell just 12 months into the Dutch sensation’s stint in Italy but United believe he is ‘perfect’ for how Ole wants his side to play at Old Trafford.

The Norwegian will seek an alternative to De Ligt should Bianconeri not show a willingness to sell and Napoli centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly is another target.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund are reportedly close to striking a deal for Birmingham City ace and Manchester United target Jude Bellingham.

The 16-year-old midfielder has been linked with a number of top sides following his displays in the Championship this campaign, where he has registered four goals and three assists in 32 games.

According to Bild, Dortmund’s talks regarding Bellingham had progressed quickly prior to the coronavirus suspension, and they are supposedly set to beat the Red Devils in the race for the talent.

Arsenal No.8 ready to return to parent club and then join Real Betis

Dani Ceballos would prefer to sign for Real Betis next season rather than stay at Arsenal, according to the latest reports.

The midfielder is currently on loan at the Gunners from Real Madrid and has made 24 appearances for his current side this season.

Estadio Deportivo claim Dani is prepared to go out on loan again next term and has already selected Real Betis as his No.1 option.

Dani began his career at Real Betis and was snapped up by Real Madrid in 2017 after making a name for himself at the La Liga club.

Arsenal are keen to keep hold of Dani and blocked his attempts to make an early exit from the side in January.

The Spain international has since broken back into the Gimmers squad after impressing Mikel Arteta and the club are keen on a permanent deal.

However, the 23-year-old star sees Real Betis as the ideal option if Los Blancos cannot guarantee him a regular place next season.

The 2020/21 term is set to be a big campaign for Dani with the European Championships moved to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ceballos’ current contract may have to be extended with football suspended and expected to resume in the summer.

His loan deal expires at the end of June and the PL are planning to play postponed games in July.

Meantime, Arsenal have reportedly made landing a new holding midfielder ‘a priority’ in the summer.

They are expected to be active ahead of the 2020-21 term as they attempt to become a club capable of challenging for the major honours once again.

Man Utd closely watching Cristiano Ronaldo situation at Juventus

Manchester United have been linked with a shock move to re-sign club legend, Cristiano Ronaldo, amid reports, the Portuguese could leave Juventus.

Reports in the Italian press say the current financial demands on Bianconeri as a result of the coronavirus crisis might force the club to sell Ronaldo who joined from Real Madrid back in 2018.

Ronaldo spent six years at the Red Devils between 2003 and 2009 and is still highly thought of at the Red Devils. He received a heroes’ welcome when Bianconeri played United in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2018.

Now, although he is under contract at the club until 2022, Il Messaggero report that the striker could move on if Serie A giants are unable to keep up with his financial demands during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s stated United have been alerted and could be tempted to make a swoop to sign Ronaldo in the summer if he became available.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are reportedly leading the transfer race to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

Goal suggest the club are ahead of Chelsea in the battle to sign the England star, but they claim no club have reached a full agreement with the Bundesliga side but believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to be front of the queue.

Finally, United are understood to be battling another fellow Premier League side, Everton, for the signature of £62million-rated Lille star Jonathan Ikone.

That’s according to Le Foot, who state the Frenchman has emerged as a midfield target for the 20-times English champions.

Agent says Liverpool-linked Jonathan David ‘wants to join Bundesliga’

Liverpool are unlikely to land Gent star Jonathan David in the summer, with the forward favouring a move to the German top-flight, Bundesliga.

The Reds were said to be facing stiff competition from Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham for David’s signature, with the 20-year-old ace enjoying an impressive season, netting 18 times in the Belgian First Division A.

There has been a twist in the saga, however, with the star’s future set to lie away from England’s first tier.

Speaking to Ruhr Nachrichten, his agent, Nick Mavromaras, talked up the idea of a transfer to Germany: “Jonathan is ready for the next step. He wants to join the Bundesliga.”

In terms of a long-term signing, David could tick many of the boxes required to be the perfect signing for Liverpool, so this is a blow.

David’s numbers suggest he is already a prolific attacking player, and the ace could have learned from the likes of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

That being said, it could provide youngster Rhian Brewster with a boost, as the young striker attempts to make the grade at Anfield.

Rhian is on loan at EFL Championship outfit Swansea City currently and he may need to impress during the pre-season campaign if he is to show Jurgen Klopp that he can be an important man moving forward.

Four goals in 11 appearances for his current club is a start – he must continue to kick on, however, showing that the Anfield outfit don’t need to be signing someone of David’s ilk.

Lazio exploring possibility of snapping up Chelsea winger for free

Serie A side Lazio are keen on signing Chelsea forward Pedro whose contract runs out in the summer.

Pedro joined the west Londoners back in 2015 from Barcelona for £19million on a four-year contract.

With his contract almost done at the club, the Spaniard is able to talk to teams for a potential summer move.

Biancocelesti have shown interest in the Chelsea attacker but could make a remarkable double move for Olivier Giroud, who is also out of contract this summer, according to Gazzetta.

The Serie A outfit have enjoyed a great term and were just one point behind league leaders Juventus before the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

However, they could have some trouble attempting to secure both Giroud and Pedro’s signature, with the transfer market dates potentially up the air due to the pandemic.

The Spain international recently opened up about the anguish that the COVID-19 has put on his family life.

‘It’s hard not to be seeing your children, your parents, your siblings, not having them close by at a complicated, difficult time for us all,’ he told the Chelsea website.

‘We are in permanent contact on the phone, keeping in touch about what we are up to in isolation and trying to be as close as possible.’

In other news, Chelsea star Willian has confirmed that his preference would be to stay in the PL beyond the end of his current deal, which expires this summer.

Talks over an extension for the attacker have so far proved fruitless with the two sides failing to agree on the length of any fresh deal, meaning that as things stand the Brazilian will be a free agent from the start of July.

“My desire is to stay in the Premier League, but I don’t rule out playing in other leagues, no,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN.

Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko wants to move back to Serie A giants

Chelsea misfit Tiemoue Bakayoko is ‘dreaming’ of returning to Serie A side AC Milan to put his horror stint at the Blues to an end, reports claim.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who joined the Blues from AS Monaco for £40 million back in 2017, has spent the past 18 months shipped out on loan at former club AS Monaco and AC Milan.

His best patch of form in that stint was with the Serie A giants, where he impressed with a string of fine performances under Gennaro Gattuso.

He was close to sealing a return to Rossoneri in January but a deal failed to materialise due to the club’s failure to sell Frank Kessie, who is also a holding midfielder.

And according to an Italian outlet Calciomercato, Tiemoue is desperate to return to the Serie A side, where he made 42 appearances and scored once.

It is believed the Blues would be happy to allow the Frenchman to depart this summer as they aim to generate some cash to fund a move Borussia Dortmund attacker, Jadon Sancho.

The France international recently expressed his regret that his move to Chelsea had not been a success.

“When I leave Chelsea, I have a feeling of failure because it’s a club I loved,” he told a French newspaper and TV channel L’Equipe earlier this season.

“There was a trigger because I had gone through all the stages and it was like I had a break in my ambition. I couldn’t do enough. Now I work a lot more.”

Liverpool head coach prepared to axe Arsenal-linked Dejan Lovren

Dejan Lovren is keen on a move to a London club and Liverpool are content for the defender to leave, reports say.

The Croatian star is behind Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip in the centre-half pecking order at Liverpool and is about to enter the final year of his deal.

Lovren has made just 14 appearances this term and wants to return to playing regularly.

Jurgen Klopp blocked Dejan’s exit last summer, but the Daily Mail state the Liverpool boss has given the green light to an exit in the next transfer window and will not stand in his way a second time.

Arsenal and Tottenham are keen to land Lovren and the centre-back likes the idea of a transfer to London.

Both Mikel Arteta and Jose Mourinho are poised to add a defender to their ranks and although error-prone, Dejan has a wealth of experience in the Premier League.

The Reds will be able to demand a transfer sum and prefer that option over allowing Dejan to leave the club for nothing in the summer of 2021.

It seems 30-year-old could have the pick of several London sides, with West Ham and Crystal Palace expected to submit an offer for him.

Lovren’s plans to find a new team though may be complicated by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Football has been suspended, as has the Reds’ march towards their first Premier League title, and is said to be resumed during the summer.

The transfer market may have to be delayed or extended and UEFA are set to hold discussions this week about the issue of what to do with transfers and expiring deals.