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Chelsea news live: Blues set to sign Menino, Tuchel handed Haaland transfer boost, Hakan, Oblak & Gourna-Douath latest

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Chelsea news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Stamford Bridge.

Erling Haaland

Blues handed Erling Haaland transfer boost after explosive Florentino Perez interview

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has seemingly ruled his side out of making a move for highly-rated forward Erling Haaland this summer after the collapse of the European Super League, handing a boost to Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and City.

The Dortmund striker has been scouted by several Europe’s most top club’s after scoring 35 goals and contributing 11 assists across all competitions for Bundesliga club this season.

Chelsea have made the Norwegian star their priority signing for the summer but face heavily competitions from Premier League trio Liverpool Man United and City while Barcelona and Real Madrid also said to be interested in signing in the prolific goalscorer.

The Spanish champions hoping of land the highly-rated forward doubt since European Super League collapsed after English top-six club’s pull out of the competition on Tuesday night before the Italian trio of teams bid farewell on Wednesday, as did Atletico Madrid, leaving just Real Madrid and Barcelona as the two teams yet to confirm their withdrawal.

Erling Haaland

Florentino Perez has confirmed the Spanish champions loss a lot of money because of pandemic and due to the ESL not going ahead and won’t be making any marquee signings this summer as a result.

‘It’s impossible to make signings like [Kylian] Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League.

‘This is a pyramid, and the money runs down, there would be money for everyone. The English clubs tried to do something, but they were being told they were killing football. But there is no other solution, than the Super League. Or somebody invents something else.’

Meanwhile, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly ready to back Thomas Tuchel in market, especially in complete the signing of Erling Haaland, who available for £180million this summer.

Hakan Calhanoglu

Blues remains interested in bringing AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu to Stamford Bridge this summer

Chelsea are remains interested in bringing in AC Milan attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The 27-year-old, whose current deal with the Rossoneri expires at the end of the season, yet to commit his future at the club by signs a new deal.

Hakan Calhanoglu

However, several club’s across the European, with including Arsenal and Chelsea are monitoring his situation at the Italian giants and they want to bring him in as a free agent.

And according to Il Milanista, claim Chelsea are plotting an end-of-season move for Hakan Calhanoglu, who scored eight goals and provided 11 assists in 37 appearances for the Serie A outfit in all competitions.

Jan Oblak

Chelsea eye move for Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak

Chelsea have reportedly positioned themselves in bids to land Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak, in case he decides to leave the club this summer.

The Blues are in market for a new shot-stopper aim Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future at Stamford Bridge doubt while Willy Caballero also pushing for exit this summer.

Jan Oblak

Chelsea have been tipped to swoop for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is due to become a free agent this summer, but they supposedly have other priorities in between the sticks.

According to Fichajes.net, Chelsea are set to do battle with French champions PSG for Oblak’s signature if he decides to leave the Wanda Metropolitano this summer, and Diego Simeone is already eyeing up replacements.

The reports explain in details that Atletico will move for former Arsenal and current Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez if Oblak does head for Stamford Bridge, with the Argentine impressing his compatriot Simeone this season.

Lucas Gourna-Douath

Chelsea to battle Paris Saint-Germain for Saint-Etienne starlet Lucas Gourna-Douath

Chelsea are reportedly preparing to battle Paris Saint-Germain and other top European clubs for the signature of Saint-Etienne starlet Lucas Gourna-Douath.

Gourna-Douath, 17, established himself as one of prolific young after made breakthrough into first-team under Claude Puel this term, making 25 appearances in the 2020-21 Ligue 1 campaign and starting 10 of those top-flight matches.

Lucas Gourna-Douath

The central midfielder has earned plenty of plaudits for his performances in the middle of the park, and with Saint-Etienne needing to raise funds as they search for new owners, the youngster could be on the market this summer.

According to Goal, Gourna-Douath could follow in the footsteps of former Verts youngsters Kurt Zouma, William Saliba and Wesley Fofana by moving to the Premier League, and Chelsea could sign him for a fee of £22million this summer.

Lucas Gourna-Douath

However, the report adds that RB Leipzig and AC Milan are also keeping tabs on the Saint-Etienne academy graduate, who has already made four appearances for the France Under-17 team.

Gabriel Menino

Chelsea set competing the signing of Palmeiras midfielder Gabriel Menino

Chelsea have made huge step towards the signature of Palmeiras midfielder Gabriel Menino, who also monitoring by Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and Juventus.

The 20-year-old midfielder has established himself as one of best prolific since making his debut in January 2020 for Brazilian club.

Gabriel Menino

Menino, who scored four goals and contributed seven assists in 62 appearances for Palmeiras, will heading to Stamford Bridge, according to Italian publication Calciomercato.

The reports explain in details that Juventus, AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested but Blues remains favourite to secure Menino signature.

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Chelsea Team News vs Man City: Kante, Pulisic, Rudiger, Mount, Havertz, Kovacic & Jorginho

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Thomas Tuchel & co. will be trip to the North West England to take on Manchester City at Etihad stadium in the Premier League Matchday 35 of the 2020/21 season.

The Blues, who produced solid display in the Uefa Champions League semi-final second-leg tie against Real Madrid to reach final stage of the competition, head into the game, aiming of consolidate their fourth place on league standings by claim all three points.

The west London club defeat Real Madrid 3-1 over two legs to set up a European battle with their counterparts, City, who booked their tickets to Istanbul with a 4-1 aggregate victory over last year’s runners-up Paris Saint-Germain.

A win here for Manchester City would also confirm their status as Premier League champions, while Chelsea are still embroiled in a fight for a top-four finish.

And ahead of mouthwatering clash with City, who sitting top of the league standings by collected 80 points from 34 match, Thomas Tuchel & co. does not have any fresh issue on their plate.

The major absentee for Chelsea remains Mateo Kovacic, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury that has rendered him unavailable for nearly a couple of weeks now.

Moving on to predicted starting lineup, Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to make a lot of changes to the side that performed well last time out. So we can expect minimum changes to the team that defeated Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge early of the week.

Edouard Mendy should continuing in the goal after a brilliant display mid-week against Madrid. Kurt Zouma ought to return to the side, slotting in as left-sided centre-back in place of Antonio Rudiger while Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen should hold on to their places.

As for the two wing-back positions, club Reece James is expected to slotting in at right wing-back expense Cesar Azipilicueta while Marcos Alonso should start ahead of Ben Chilwell on the opposite side.

As for the midfield, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho should continuing in middle of park when Blues visit Etihad stadium this afternoon. Both are produced standout performances in Chelsea’s 2-0 won over Madrid and hope of taking that spirits into today mouthwatering encounter with The Sky Blues.

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Mason Mount, who has establish himself as one of the pivotal player in Blues’ squad, should hold on to his place as one of the two attacking midfielders while Christian Pulisic ought to return after came off the bench to setup Mount’s goal against Madrid.

Timo Werner had a good outing against Madrid but Kai Havertz, who continue to delivered impressive performances in Chelsea’s recent games, ought to line up as the centre-forward for Blues against City.

Chelsea predicted XI (4-3-3): Mendy; James, Zouma, Silva, Christensen Alonso; Jorginho, Kante; Pulisic, Mount, Havertz

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Time and Date: Saturday, 08 May, 2021 kick off at 5.30 pm (UK), 12.30 pm (EST, USA)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Assistants: Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn.

Fourth official: Jonathan Moss.

VAR: Stuart Attwell.

Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday.

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So Impressive: Watch Edouard Mendy top ten brilliant save for Chelsea this season

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Edouard Mendy has been in excellent form in England with Chelsea since arrived from Rennes last summer.

The 29-year-old, who was brought to replacing Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal, establish himself as one of best goalkeepers in the Premier League this season.

Edouard Mendy brilliant save against Real Madrid

The Senegalese is not even up to a year at Stamford Bridge but he is enjoying his best-ever season in the Premier League by recorded 16 clean sheets.

Mendy, who produced brilliant save in several occasions for Chelsea this season, has cemented his name alongside the likes of Ederson Morales, Martinez, David De Gea and Bernd Leno in term of best stopper in the Premier League.

Totals he keep 23 clean sheets in just 39 appearances and that’s a quite incredible record of 57%, the best of any keeper in the top flight this season.

Particular in Chelsea’s two previous games, Mendy produced remarkable performance especially against Real Madrid in mid-week.

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Arsenal news live: Arsenal makes decision on Arteta future, Gunners move for Onana, Bissouma & Kehrer latest

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Arsenal news and gossip is coming in thick and fast and Sportarena is on hand to bring you all the very latest from Emirates stadium.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke makes decision on Mikel Arteta future after Europa League exit

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke will not sack Mikel Arteta before the start of next season despite the club’s knockout of Europa League on Thursday, according to reports.

The Gunners had crashed out of European competitions with a whimper, drawing 0-0 at home to Villarreal to lose the 2-1 on aggregate.

Despite Mikel Arteta start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka in front-line against Villarreal, they managed just one shot on target and they failed to broken the deadlock in a match they simply had to win.

As a result their hopes of qualifying for European football next season is over due to their miserable form in the Premier League that saw them sit ninth position on league standings.

However, according to several media, including Mirror and Daily Mail, Arsenal hierarchy are prepared to give the Spaniard the summer window to rebuild a hugely-underperforming squad.

It is understood the Arsenal hierarchy are not convinced that an immediate change in their managerial position is necessary, with the unusual circumstances of this Covid hit season providing some mitigation.

Arsenal eye move for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana

Arsenal have reportedly positioned themselves in bids to land Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana if his appeal against a 12-month ban is successful.

Bernd Leno disappointing display entirely this season and Mat Ryan temporary deal end at the season, means the Gunners could be in market for a new stopper.

And according to a report from Goal, Mikel Arteta’s side monitoring the situation surrounding the Cameroon star, who’s currently serving a 12-month ban handed to him by UEFA for using banned substances.

Onana is fighting the ban, however, and is expecting a verdict from an appeal in June and currently, he won’t able to play until February 2012 but if his suspension is reduced a summer move could be on the cards.

Arsenal have held a long-term interest in the goalkeeper, with the Gunners contacting his representative in January, however, reports by Goal explain in details that the north London club could launch a region of £7million on Cameroon star in summer if his appeal against a 12-month ban is successful.

Gunners ahead of Tottenham and Everton in race for Yves Bissouma

Arsenal are reportedly close to winning the race for Yves Bissouma’s signature, with club boss interested in services of Mali box-to-box midfielder.

Mikel Arteta is eager to strengthen his midfield options after landing Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid last summer.

And according to The Daily Star, Arsenal believe they are winning the race to land Yves Bissouma in a £30 million deal.

The reports explain in details that Mikel Arteta is a huge admires of Bissouma and Gunners chief have already made a move ahead of summer transfer window.

The Mali box-to-box midfielder still have two years remaining on his deal with Brighton this summer but the club will be happy to cash in on a player who they signed for £15million in 2018.

Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Everton also made approached for Bissouma but it appears that the midfielder is likely to heading to Emirates this summer.

Arsenal make €9m offer to PSG for Thilo Kehrer

According to Paris Fans, Arsenal have made a bid for Paris Saint-Germain defender Thilo Kehrer, with Gunners starting their recruit ahead of next season.

The French news outlet claim that Mikel Arteta’s side have submitted a €9million (£7.8 million) bid for the 24-year-old, who PSG signed from Schalke 04 for €37million (£32 million) in 2018.

But reports by Paris Fans, explains in details that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are happy to sell Kehrer this summer, the Gunners want to using the opportunities to bringing in the 9-camp Germany international.

It is mentioned in the report that PSG would like €25 million (£21.6 million) for their No.4, means Gunners need to increase their offer if they want to signing the defender.

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