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Chelsea keen on Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar

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Premier League champions Chelsea are said to be interested in making a bid for Monaco’s French international winger Thomas Lemar in the January transfer window.

Arsenal and Liverpool were both keen on signing Lemar last summer, but the 22-year-old elected to stay in the principality. However, both are thought to retain an interest in signing him.

But now Chelsea are also keen on Lemar, and are prepared to tempt Monaco with an £80 million bid, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

Lemar was one of the few Monaco stars not to move on in the summer, as Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernard Mendy all departed for big-money moves. However, Lemar has since struggled for fitness and form, scoring only once in 15 games so far.

As usual, the sources are unnamed so it has to be taken with a pinch of salt, but Chelsea are known to be looking for reinforcements as Antonio Conte seeks to try and catch the Manchester sides in the race for the Premier League crown.

Everton target Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January

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Mid-table Premier League side Everton are targeting Borussia Dortmund’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the upcoming January transfer window, according to reports.

Everton, now managed by former England boss Sam Allardyce, are in the market for a striker, having failed to replace Romelu Lukaku who left for Manchester United in a £75 million move last summer. It appears Allardyce is aiming high by targeting prolific Gabon striker Aubameyang, with a bid of £60 million mooted.

Reports from Germany say that Dortmund are prepared to sell the striker, even though he has scored 19 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions this season for the club.

While Everton cannot offer European football – having been knocked out of the Europa League at the group stage – they do have the finances for such a deal, and Allardyce is targeting a marquee signing as a statement of intent about the Toffees’ ambitions.

However, if Aubameyang is available for sale, there will be no shortage of clubs from the Premier League around Europe who would also be queuing up for his signature – no doubt many who could offer Champions League football in the future.

File this one under ‘ambitious’.

Chelsea target Alex Sandro says he wants to quit Juventus

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Juventus left-back Alex Sandro has said he is unhappy at the club and wants to quit – which will be a boost to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who has a long-standing interest in the player.

Chelsea had attempted to sign Brazilian Sandro last summer, but weren’t prepared to pay Juve’s £80 million asking price. But with news he is unhappy in Turin, they could rekindle their interest, either in January or the summer.

It is reported that Sandro’s relationships with key staff at Juve have broken down, and he has endured a difficult season on the pitch so far.

If Chelsea do make a move, they could bag Sandro for as little as £50 million, as they may not be willing to keep an unhappy player at the club. However, whether Juve sell could depend on whether they can find an adequate replacement.

Conte has been searching for a left-back as Marcos Alonso is the only recognized one in the squad. The Blues have also been keeping tabs on Porto left-back Alex Telles recently – as have Juventus – and he could be an alternative should a move for Sandro not materialise.

Chelsea are also not the only club that would want to move for Sandro. Paris St-Germain and Premier League rivals Manchester City have also shown an interest – City especially since their first-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy suffered a serious injury earlier in the season.

Real Madrid line up summer bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard

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Spanish giants are reportedly lining up a bid for Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard in the summer, as manager Zinedine Zidane’s marquee signing.

Hazard has been in sparkling form for Chelsea this season, with 5 goals in 12 games, and Zidane believes that pairing the Belgian with Cristiano Ronaldo could bring out the best in the latter, according to Spanish news outlet Dario Gol.

Ronaldo has struggled for form this season, with just 2 goals to his name so far in La Liga – well below his usual high standards.

Hazard would not come cheap: the 25-year-old is approaching his peak as a player and, if he has a good showing at the World Cup in Russia, it could push his value even higher. It would certainly take a British record fee for Madrid to entice Chelsea into selling – the current record involving an English club is £89 million, which Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba – and probably north of £100 million.

However, in Madrid’s favour is that Hazard is a known fan of Zidane, as he told Belgian TV channel RTL recently. “Everyone knows the respect I have for Zidane as a player, but also as a manager. He was my idol. “To play under Zidane would be a dream.”

But Hazard did add that he was happy at Chelsea and is focused on playing for them.

Arsenal and Manchester City set to launch January bids for West Brom star

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Arsenal and Manchester City are said to be both preparing to bid for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans when the transfer window reopens in January.

Both sides tried to sign Northern Ireland international Evans, 29, in August – including a £25 million deadline day bid by Arsenal – but were rebuffed.

However, West Brom could be open to bids for their star defender in January. The Baggies’ Chinese owner Guochuan Lai wants to run the club on a profitable, sustainable basis so new boss Alan Pardew may have to sell before he can buy. It is also thought that Evans may be open to a move to a club playing in Europe, although Pardew has said that he would like to keep the player at the Hawthorns if possible.

“I think the assurance I need is probably from Jonny more than anybody, and I haven’t met him yet,” said Pardew. “I think he’s a fabulous player and very important for the club.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is known to be looking for another centre-half to bolster his squad – especially as Per Mertesaker is retiring in the summer – and retains an interest in Evans.

Likewise, City manager Pep Guardiola is also in the market for a centre-half, following the recent injury to John Stones, and Vincent Kompany’s recent injury record – although the Belgian is currently fit and playing.

It is thought that a bid of £30 million would be enough for West Brom to part with the defender.