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Chelsea ‘close to signing Malang Sarr on five-year deal’



images 2020 08 26T122645.487 Chelsea 'close to signing Malang Sarr on five-year deal'

The Blues have been the most active Premier League club in the transfer market this summer and look set to continue their recruitment frenzy with the addition of the centre-back.

Sarr’s contract at Nice has expired and according to the Athletic, the 21-year-old has almost agreed a five-year deal to move to Stamford Bridge.

They report that terms have not been fully finalised but he is anticipated to join along with fellow free agent centre-back Thiago Silva.

Frank Lampard is reportedly looking to send Sarr out on loan this season once he has joined with the Bundesliga the most likely destination, report Goal.

Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke are among those keen on a temporary deal and there is also interest from Serie A.

Sarr’s contract ran out at the end of June and he had been with Nice since he was just five years old. He’s played for France at youth team level since the age of 16.

He played 119 games for the club despite his tender age and may yet prove to be one of the bargains of the summer.He was given his big break under Lucien Favre after the manager was impressed when watching him in action for the academy.

Sarr was then picked for pre-season and seized his chance in the first team when an injury crisis at the back forced Favre’s hand.

At 17, he scored with a powerful header on his debut and has continued to progress ever since. The youngster has also proved to be versatile, playing both in the heart of defence but also at left-back.

He is comfortable on the ball and adept at bringing it out of defence, a trait Lampard will have no doubt be impressed by as it fits the way Chelsea want to play.

While Silva is very much a signing for the present with the 35-year-old expected to slot right in, Sarr could be considered as a more long term project at the club.

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Jesse Lingard to Tottenham transfer hinges on Dele Alli exit



images 28 4 Jesse Lingard to Tottenham transfer hinges on Dele Alli exit

Jesse Lingard moving to Tottenham this transfer window hinges on whether or not Dele Alli leaves.

The Manchester United ace has been octracised from the group by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After hiring Mino Raiola as his agent, Lingard has been looking at the exit door at Old Trafford.

A way back into the starting XI looks improbable, especially after the signings of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek.

Lingard had been linked with several Italian teams, including AC Milan, Fiorentina and Roma.

But that interest has died down after United slapped a whopping £30m price-tag on the England international.

With the transfer window eking out, it appeared likely that Lingard would be spending the season with United.

But Tottenham have emerged as shock contenders for his signature in the past few days.

The 27-year-old had played his best football under Jose Mourinho while he was in charge of the Red Devils and a reunion is on the cards.

However, Spurs already have a number of attacking players in the same position, including Giovani Lo Celso, Steven Bergwijn and Alli.

And unless Mourinho can shift one, the likelihood of Lingard joining remains slim.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, it is largely dependant on whether or not The Special One can offload Alli.

The former MK Dons star has suffered from a steep decline after a horror year that saw him suffer from injuries and poor form. With the arrival of Gareth Bale, there is no room for Alli and the club are trying to get him out before the transfer window ends.

Paris St-Germain are the most interested in his services with club officials keen on a deal.

Real Madrid had been notified but are opting against a transfer with their own house to get in order in terms of outgoing players.

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Man Utd ‘WON’T sign new defender this summer’ despite Crystal Palace horror show



images 27 4 Man Utd 'WON'T sign new defender this summer' despite Crystal Palace horror show

Manchester United ‘have no plans to sign a centre-back during the current transfer window’ despite their defensive horror show against Crystal Palace.

Their first-choice central defensive pairing of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof looked vulnerable to Palace’s pace during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

With other options in that department including Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Axel Tuanzebe and Teden Mengi, United did not feel it necessary to prioritise another centre-back this summer.

And, according to The Athletic, those plans haven’t changed despite Palace exposing a significant weakness in that area.

That’s despite United reportedly being offered players who could potentially reinforce their defence.

Instead, United have concentrated on recruiting another midfielder, with Donny van de Beek arriving from Ajax for £35million, and a right-sided attacker.

However, negotiations over Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho have stalled with the clubs still in disagreement over the England star’s £108m valuation.

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Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan tested positive for COVID-19



download 1 8 Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan tested positive for COVID-19

Manchester City have confirmed that İlkay Gundogan has tested positive for Covid 19.

Ilkay is now observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.

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