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Chelsea resume talks to sign Man Utd centre-back target as Rudiger replacement

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Chelsea have reportedly resumed talks with Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana in the race to beat Manchester United to his signature next summer.

The Champions League winners have four centre-backs out of contract at the end of this season, meaning that Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and club skipper Cesar Azpilicueta can all leave for nothing in 2022.

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And according to Footmercato, the Blues want Fofana as a potential replacement – with Rudiger the most likely to move on next summer.

London rivals Tottenham are said to be closing in on a deal for the Germany star. That would come as a huge blow to Thomas Tuchel, with Rudiger arguably emerging as the best defender since he took over from Frank Lampard in the role.

A host of clubs outside of England can move for any of the quartet from January. However, it’s likely that at least two of Christensen, Azpilicueta and Thiago will remain at the club.

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As for Fofana, the Foxes star is also attracting significant interest from United and Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old is currently on the sidelines after suffering a leg fracture in pre-season. He is not expected to be in action until the New Year.

A lot will not depend on how he recovers from the injury. However, he was outstanding before the injury, which led to all the rumours of an exit.

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The report on Footmercato adds that if Leicester do decide to sell they will look to recoup a fee similar to the one that saw Harry Maguire move to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils had to pay £80million to land the England star. To that end, the Foxes feel that Fofana, at the age, is worth just as much.

They actually paid £36.5m to land the centre-back from Saint-Etienne in October 2020.

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Meanwhile, Dinamo Moscow boss Sandro Schwarz wants Arsen Zakharyan and Konstantin Tyukavin to ignore the reported interest from the Premier League’s big guns.

Zakharyan, 18, is regarded as one of Russia’s most exciting prospects. Scouts from all over Europe have been flocking to see the attacking midfielder. More than a dozen Bundesliga clubs have watched him – including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Atalanta, Roma and Inter Milan have also made checks.

TEAMtalk revealed recently though, sources within Russia believe the Premier League interest could be the most significant with both Manchester City and Chelsea looking at him closely.

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Zakharyan’s Dinamo team-mate Tyukavin is also interesting the two English clubs. The 19-year-old forward has, like Zakharyan, come through the Dimano system.

Liverpool have also been credited with a interest in the former, who made his debut for Dinamo in 2020. Just a year later he was playing for the Russian senior team.

Zakharyan has scored twice and grabbed six assists in 13 league games this season. He has now been capped four times by Russia.

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Coach wants duo to stay put

He is though under contract until 2024 and Schwarz is hoping Zakharyan and Tyukavin stay put.

“It would be stupid of me as their coach to talk them down. I think they can have a great career,” he told Sport BILD, (via Sport Witness) when asked about City and Chelsea’s interest.

“The crucial thing is that they find the right time to take the next step in their development.

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“First of all, I want them to play for Dinamo for a while. We don’t want to just develop players and fall by the wayside ourselves.”

READ MORE: Prime suitors Chelsea on alert as Raiola seeks to drive down exit clause of top target

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Paper Talk: Rangnick wants £50m-rated Villa man to take Pogba spot; Everton line up shock Benitez replacement

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Ralf Rangnick wants to bring in Aston Villa star John McGinn to replace Paul Pogba at Old Trafford, while Sunday’s transfer gossip claims that Everton are lining up Roma boss Jose Mourinho to replace the struggling Rafa Benitez.

VILLA STAR PERFECT FOR RANGNICK STYLE 

John McGinn is still on Manchester United’s radar, with new interim boss Ralf Rangnick keen on landing the outstanding Aston Villa midfielder.

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United are expected to be in the market for midfield reinforcements, as doubts continue to surround the long-term futures of the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek.

Amadou Haidara is expected to become Rangnick’s first signing next month, but only if United pay his £32million release clause now.

England duo Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice have both been on the club’s radar over the last 18 months. However, McGinn has once again caught the eye with his superb displays for club and country.

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The Sun previously reported United’s interest back in the summer of 2019, but Villa refused to play ball at that time.

The report adds that Villa wanted £50million back then so would want even more now.

McGinn perfect for Rangnick style

McGinn currently has three-and-a-half years left to run on the deal he signed at Villa Park last December, leaving Steven Gerrard’s men in a strong position to demand whatever fee they like.

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The 27-year-old has scored three goals and provided one assist in 13 Premier League games so far this term.

His ability on the ball and unbelievable work rate is said to be something that United scouts are understood to have noted. McGinn’s endless energy also makes him a perfect option for Rangnick’s high pressing style.

Any move now depends on what sort of fee Villa will demand, although they could completely bat away any bids – given the player’s contract status.

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EVERTON READY TO TURN TO MOURINHO

Jose Mourinho has emerged as a potential target for Everton if they decide to pull the plug on Rafa Benitez’s reign. (Sunday Mirror)

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Everton’s board is divided over the future of Benitez. But the Spaniard is safe while he still has the full backing of club owner Farhad Moshiri. (Sunday Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has admitted striker Erling Braut Haaland, who is rumoured to have a £75m buyout clause in his contract, can leave the club “under certain conditions”. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham have joined Manchester United and Newcastle in wanting to bring in winger Ousmane Dembele, whose contract with Barcelona runs out in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

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Newcastle United have prioritised the signing of England attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard in January. They are likely to make him the club’s highest earner. (Sunday Times)

SHOCK PICKFORD EXIT A POSSIBILITY

Jordan Pickford reacts during Everton vs Watford, October 2021

Rafa Benitez is open to selling keeper Jordan Pickford to raise funds at Everton. However, the asking price makes that hard. (Sun on Sunday)

Amadou Haidara will become Ralf Rangnick’s first signing next month – if Manchester United pay his £32m release clause now. (Sun on Sunday)

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Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri is a shock £30m target for French giants Paris Saint-Germain. (Sun on Sunday)

Eddie Howe wants Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier plus Burnley’s Ben Mee and James Tarkowski at Newcastle. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United have no interest in signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona. However, they are interested in Barca’s Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong. (El Nacional)

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Mikel Arteta has insisted there is no rift between him and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Mail on Sunday)

Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has turned down an offer to become Newcastle United’s director of football after the club could not match his ambitious plans. (Sunday Telegraph)

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Leeds have agreed a deal with Espanyol to sign striker Mateo Joseph Fernandez from the Spanish club. The 18-year-old was born in Spain, but qualifies for England through his parents. (Mail on Sunday)

Samuel Umtiti is one of the options being considered by AC Milan as they look to reinforce their defence following an injury to Denmark centre-back Simon Kjaer. (Sport)

Yaya Toure is a phone call away from gaining a coaching role with Arsenal. (Mail on Sunday)

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Paper Talk: Rangnick wants £50m-rated Villa man to take Pogba spot; Everton line up shock Benitez replacement

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Ralf Rangnick wants to bring in Aston Villa star John McGinn to replace Paul Pogba at Old Trafford, while Sunday’s transfer gossip claims that Everton are lining up Roma boss Jose Mourinho to replace the struggling Rafa Benitez.

VILLA STAR PERFECT FOR RANGNICK STYLE 

John McGinn is still on Manchester United’s radar, with new interim boss Ralf Rangnick keen on landing the outstanding Aston Villa midfielder.

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United are expected to be in the market for midfield reinforcements, as doubts continue to surround the long-term futures of the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek.

Amadou Haidara is expected to become Rangnick’s first signing next month, but only if United pay his £32million release clause now.

England duo Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice have both been on the club’s radar over the last 18 months. However, McGinn has once again caught the eye with his superb displays for club and country.

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The Sun previously reported United’s interest back in the summer of 2019, but Villa refused to play ball at that time.

The report adds that Villa wanted £50million back then so would want even more now.

McGinn perfect for Rangnick style

McGinn currently has three-and-a-half years left to run on the deal he signed at Villa Park last December, leaving Steven Gerrard’s men in a strong position to demand whatever fee they like.

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The 27-year-old has scored three goals and provided one assist in 13 Premier League games so far this term.

His ability on the ball and unbelievable work rate is said to be something that United scouts are understood to have noted. McGinn’s endless energy also makes him a perfect option for Rangnick’s high pressing style.

Any move now depends on what sort of fee Villa will demand, although they could completely bat away any bids – given the player’s contract status.

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The Ralf Rangnick effect? How Man Utd’s top-four chances are changing under the German tactician


EVERTON READY TO TURN TO MOURINHO

Jose Mourinho has emerged as a potential target for Everton if they decide to pull the plug on Rafa Benitez’s reign. (Sunday Mirror)

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Everton’s board is divided over the future of Benitez. But the Spaniard is safe while he still has the full backing of club owner Farhad Moshiri. (Sunday Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc has admitted striker Erling Braut Haaland, who is rumoured to have a £75m buyout clause in his contract, can leave the club “under certain conditions”. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham have joined Manchester United and Newcastle in wanting to bring in winger Ousmane Dembele, whose contract with Barcelona runs out in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo)

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Newcastle United have prioritised the signing of England attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard in January. They are likely to make him the club’s highest earner. (Sunday Times)

SHOCK PICKFORD EXIT A POSSIBILITY

Jordan Pickford reacts during Everton vs Watford, October 2021

Rafa Benitez is open to selling keeper Jordan Pickford to raise funds at Everton. However, the asking price makes that hard. (Sun on Sunday)

Amadou Haidara will become Ralf Rangnick’s first signing next month – if Manchester United pay his £32m release clause now. (Sun on Sunday)

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Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri is a shock £30m target for French giants Paris Saint-Germain. (Sun on Sunday)

Eddie Howe wants Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier plus Burnley’s Ben Mee and James Tarkowski at Newcastle. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United have no interest in signing Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona. However, they are interested in Barca’s Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong. (El Nacional)

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AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang applauding the fans 2021

Mikel Arteta has insisted there is no rift between him and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Mail on Sunday)

Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has turned down an offer to become Newcastle United’s director of football after the club could not match his ambitious plans. (Sunday Telegraph)

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Leeds have agreed a deal with Espanyol to sign striker Mateo Joseph Fernandez from the Spanish club. The 18-year-old was born in Spain, but qualifies for England through his parents. (Mail on Sunday)

Samuel Umtiti is one of the options being considered by AC Milan as they look to reinforce their defence following an injury to Denmark centre-back Simon Kjaer. (Sport)

Yaya Toure is a phone call away from gaining a coaching role with Arsenal. (Mail on Sunday)

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