Arsenal and Chelsea told asking price for 22-year-old Brazilian defender
Arsenal and Chelsea have reportedly been told that they must fork out €30m (£27m) if they want to sign Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes next month.
The 22-year-old centre-back has been persistently rumoured with a move away from the French top-tier recently, with Everton, Real Madrid and Chelsea all credited with their interest.
However, according to Le 10 Sport, the Gunners are at the head of the queue for 22-year-old defender’s services, and the Brazilian centre-back could be an ideal cut-price alternative to their long-term target Dayot Upamecano.
The report also suggests that Lille will be forced into selling at least one of their prized assets to balance the books, with Boubakary Soumare and Victor Osimhen also has been on the radar of the hosts of European teams.
Osimhen has been rumoured with several Premier League teams after a stunning season in the French top tier, and the Gunners have supposedly identified the Nigerian forward as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Gabriel has turned out 34 times across all competitions during the 2019-20 season as Lille finished fourth in the French top-tier.
Chelsea see Gabriel as a perfect defensive partner for Antonio Rudiger, despite Fikayo Tomori’s fine form Lampard is keen on to strengthen his backline for the next campaign.
Chelsea identified Dortmund goalkeeper as a perfect replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga
Chelsea are reportedly planning to make a summer move for Borussia Dortmund stopper Roman Burki.
The West London club could be in the market for a new goalkeeper ahead of the 2020-21 season, with current No.1 Kepa Arrizabalaga struggling for form since joining them from Atheltic Bilbao in a record £71.6m deal.
Willy Caballero was the team’s first-choice stopper in English top-tier before the action was postponed in March, however, the experienced Argentine is not believed to be in the running to be the number one next season.
According to The Sun, Frank Lampard’s team have identified Dortmund’s Burki as a possible signing in the upcoming transfer window.
The report claims that the West London club are lining up a £15m offer for the Switzerland international stopper, who only has one year left to run on his current deal at Signal Iduna Park.
Burki has kept 12 clean sheets in 33 games for Borussia Dortmund this campaign.
Meanwhile, Chelsea playmaker Ross Barkley has reportedly emerged as a surprise transfer target for Newcastle United.
At a time when a Saudi Arabia-based consortium are believed to be on the verge to finalising a takeover of the Magpies, Rafael Benitez has been rumoured with a return to the St James’ Park dugout.
According to The Telegraph, the Spaniard has already begun talks with several players to make a switch to St James Park and on of them has been Ross Barkley.
The report suggests that former Everton man appears high on Benitez’s shortlist having failed to secure a place in the Chelsea starting XI ahead of the next season.
London rivals eyeing move for Chelsea £40m star
Premier League outfits West Ham United are reportedly interested in securing the services of Chelsea midfield star Tiemoue Bakayoko when the transfer window will be re-opened.
The 25-year-old midfielder has made the switch to Chelsea from Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco for £40m back in 2017, however, has only spent one full season at Stamford Bridge before being sent out on loan.
Bakayoko has spent the previous two season with Serie A giants AC Milan and back at his former club AS Monaco respectively, although the latter are not believed to make his loan deal permanent at the end of this campaign.
The Frenchman stays surplus to requirements in West London club, and Le 10 Sport suggests that he could stay in the capital with the Hammers are planning a move for his signature.
The Hammers would reportedly be interested in making a loan move for Bakayoko, although they could face stiff competition from AC Milan, while Ligue 1 champions, Paris Saint-Germain have also previously been credited with a strong interest.
Bakayoko has played 23 games for AS Monaco across all competitions this campaign, founding back of the net only once and creating two more in the process.