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Brazilian club set asking price for midfielder

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Arsenal could be set to sign another player from Brazilian football this summer. They have already agreed a deal for winger Marquinhos from Sao Paolo – confirmation of that is expected imminently – but now there are reports that they are interested in midfielder Danilo as well, currently playing for Palmeiras. The Gunners though are not alone – both Juventus ...

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First Emirates departure confirmed

The first departure from Arsenal has been confirmed in what is likely to be another big summer at the Emirates. Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos has made his move to Stuttgart permanent. He had been on loan to the Bundesliga side for the past two year and his agreement included an obligation to make his switch permanent if Stuttgart confirmed their ...

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Footballers who excelled at other sports (Part Two)

Continuing the series about footballers who excelled at other sports. (For Part One please click here). Petr Cech As a boy growing up in the Czech Republic, Cech loved ice hockey and played it as a boy. However, he was forced to choose between it and football when he was a  teenager and, having made his choice, could not play ...

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Gallagher and Broja to get pre-season chance

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Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja will be given their chance to impress Thomas Tuchel in pre-season training before any decision is made about their Chelsea futures. Both have enjoyed productive loan spells away from the club this season, Gallagher with Crystal Palace and Broja with Southampton. Gallagher’s form, in particular, has seen him capped by England and he has a ...

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Chelsea want Brighton full-back

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Chelsea want to sign highly rated Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella in the summer. However, they face competition with both Manchester City and Tottenham reported to be interested in the player who is valued at £30 million. The Spaniard, with his distinctive hair style, has made a big impression in his first season in English football following his £15 move from ...

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Bellerín return confirmed

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Real Betis have confirmed that full-back Hector Bellerín is returning to Arsenal now that his loan spell is about to end. However, they have not ruled out a return for the player at some point in the future, after he helped the club he supported as a boy win their first trophy since 2005, when they beat Valencia in the ...

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Arsenal linked with Gundogan

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Arenal are being linked with a  move for German international Ilkay Gundogan, who has been told he can leave Manchester City this summer. He has been at the Etihad since 2016, and despite an injury plagued start to life In England, he went on to establish himself as a key figure in the centre of the park for them. Last ...

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Koundé complication for Chelsea

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Notwithstanding the current uncertainties surrounding the sale, Thomas Tuchel has still been having discussions with the club’s new owner Todd Boehly about transfer targets. The German has already complained that it will be impossible to close the gap to teams like Liverpool in one transfer window, especially if they continue to lose players without replacing them. In fact, the club ...

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Azpilicueta wants agreement honoured

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Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta wants the club’s prospective new owner Todd Boehly to honour an agreement made when Roman Abramovich owned the club. The Spanish defender’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season but, because he has made more than a stipulated number of appearances, an automatic extension has been triggered which will keep him at ...

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Marquinhos deal agreed

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Arsenal are reported to have reached full agreement with Sao Paolo over the transfer of winger Marquinhos. The Gunners will pay £2.9 million for the teenager who is set to sign a deal until 2027 at the Emirates. Marquinhos had a £45 million release clause in his current contract, but that has now been declared illegal in Brazil under what ...

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