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Chelsea news live: Blues want both Aguero & Haaland, Dembele, Lukaku, Hakan & Kounde 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.

Haaland and Aguero could both be heading to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are willing to sign two frontmen this summer, with City’s Sergio Aguero and Dortmund’s Erling Haaland reportedly wishlist of their prime target.

Despite recruit of Timo Werner in attacking options last summer, Stamford Bridge outfit season has been hampered by a lack of goals from their strikers, with Abraham, Mount and Jorginho tied on six as their leading scores in the Premier League.

As a result, the west London club are desperate to sign top striker as they aim to complete for honours under Thomas Tuchel after a transitional period.

And reports by 90min, claim Dortmund’s Erling Haaland remains Blues top priority, but discussions have also taken place with Aguero, who will soon be out of contract at Manchester City.

Haaland, who scored 33 goals in 32 appearances for Dortmund this season, subject to plenty of interest from top clubs across Europe while Aguero, who expected to leave Etihad at end of the season when his contract expires, also monitoring by top club’s, so the Blues will face huge battle for their signatures.

Blues keeping eye on Ousmane Dembele

Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on Ousmane Dembele’s situation at Barcelona.

Reports in Spain, claim the Frenchman is yet to sort out his contract situation with the La-liga side and is aware of the sides that are interested in him ahead of summer transfer window.

The left-footed winger made a slow start to life in Barcelona but has shone under Ronald Koeman this season as he playing a more prime role for the Catalan giants and has managed to stay clear of injuries.

And Reports in Spain by publication SPORT, claimed Chelsea have positioned themselves in land the 23-year-old, should contract situation with Catalan giants remains unresolved.

It explains in details that, the Frenchman interest in switch to Stamford Bridge due to his compatriot Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kante.

Also played under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund, in which he scored the opener that led German coach’s first trophy in Bundesliga while also team-mates with Christian Pulisic, who won the penalty for the winner in that final.

Dembele has made 36 appearances for Barcelona this season, scoring 10 goals and contributing four assists.

Chelsea register interest in signing Hakan Calhanoglu

Chelsea have expressed their interest in signing attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu when his contract with Serie A side AC Milan expires in the summer, a report claims.

The 27-year-old, who able to play as an attacking midfielder or winger, spent four years at Milan, in which netted 30 goals and furthermore 47 assists in 163 appearances.

Despite his impressive performances, Rossoneri are unable to offer him contract worth £4.5 per season to renew his deal, with leading to speculation about his potential exit ahead of upcoming window.

Sky Sport Italia, claimed last week that the Blues’ interest in signing the attacking midfielder, however, Italian publication Tuttomercatoweb have now elaborated on their pursuit.

According to the Italian website, Chelsea have not begun negotiations, but have made their interest known. A renewal with Milan is looking increasingly unlikely, so Chelsea could have a chance to sign him.

Meanwhile, Manchester United, Arsenal are also said to be interested in signing the Turkey international.

Chelsea, Man Utd also battling for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde

Chelsea are entering the race of capture the signature of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, who also monitoring by top club’s across the Europe with including Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The 22-year-old has proven to become one of Europe’s rising stars this season, creating a formidable defensive partnership alongside Diego Carlos, in which Sevilla have conceded just 21 goals in 29 matches – second best defensive record in La Liga this season.

The France U21 international has made 40 appearances this season and because of testament to his abilities, Chelsea have entered the battle for his signature, according to La Colina De Nervion, who claimed Manchester United, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich also want Sevilla centre-back.

The Blues have identified him as potential replacement of Thiago Silva, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but has impressed and may earn a one-year extension.

Even so, Chelsea will still need to find younger competition for him and they don’t come much better than Jules Kounde.

Chelsea ready to step up their interest in Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea are reportedly willing to offer £86million to tempt Inter Milan into letting Romelu Lukaku return to Stamford Bridge this summer, but only if they miss out on Erling Haaland.

Dortmund frontmen Erling Haaland is understood to be the prime target on Thomas Tuchel’s wishlist, with Belgian striker Lukaku an option if a move for the Norwegian fails to materialise.

According to Italian publication Calcio Mercato, the Blues are “ready to take concrete action” by bidding more than £86 million for the Belgian international, who only made 15 appearances in all competitions during his four years in west London between 2011 and 2014.

Lukaku, 28, has enjoyed a hugely prolific spell with Inter, bagging 61 goals in 87 appearances for the Serie A club and especially this season helping his side’s to the top of Serie A by eight points with a game in hand.

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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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