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Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko close to joining Monaco

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Tiemoue Bakayoko’s Stamford Bridge nightmare could be coming to an end as he is close to joining his former club Monaco on a season-long loan.

At the end of the loan, the Ligue Un side will have the opportunity to sign him permanently for £31.8 million.

Chelsea signed Bakayoko for £40 million two years ago but he failed to impress at Stamford Bridge and quickly found himself on the sidelines. He spent last season on loan at AC Milan, who were not impressed enough to offer him a permanent deal.

Bakayoko, who has one cap for France, is looking to reboot his career with the promise of regular first team action.

The deal is expected to complete before the French transfer window shuts on September 2.

Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Leicester City among clubs lining up to try to sign Youri Tielemans

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A raft of Premier League clubs are seeking to sign Monaco’s Belgian international midfielder Youri Tielemans on loan before the transfer window shuts tomorrow [January 31].

Clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, West Ham United, Newcastle United and Leicester City are all reported to be interested in taking the 21-year-old on loan.

Tielemans is one of the most highly rated young players in Europe. He played for Belgium at the World Cup last summer and joined Monaco from Anderlecht for £20 million in the summer of 2017. Yet he is deemed surplus to requirements at Monaco – despite their struggles at the bottom of Ligue Un this season – by returning manager Leonardo Jardim.

While Arsenal are close to tying up a loan deal for Barcelona star Denis Suarez, boss Unai Emery wants to add more to his midfield, with Tielemans an option alongside Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye.

Meanwhile Spurs need reinforcements to deal with a deepening injury crisis – and having sold Moussa Dembele – and Tielemans fits the mould of a Pochettino signing in being young and attack-minded.

West Ham and Newcastle are also looking for quality midfield reinforcements before the transfer window shuts.

However, Leicester City could beat all of these sides to landing Tielemans as they are apparently willing to do a swap deal for him with Adrien Silva moving in the other direction.

Ex-Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry appointed manager of Monaco

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Struggling Ligue Un side Monaco have appointed former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Thierry Henry as manager. 

Henry, 41, replaces Leonardo Jardim, who was sacked after a run of poor results that has left the side in the bottom three of Ligue Un.

This is jis first managerial job, having been an assistant to Belgium manager Roberto Martinez since 2016.

It is also a homecoming for Henry. He began his playing career at Monaco, making his debut in 1994 before leaving for Juventus in 1999.

Henry, who also played for Barcelona and New York Red Bulls during his career, has been linked with a number of managerial jobs in recent months, including Championship side Aston Villa.

“It seems like fate I will begin my managerial career here,” he said. “I’m incredibly excited to be given this opportunity but now the hard work must begin.”

Henry is Arsenal’s record goalscorer and also won the World Cup and European Championships with France in 1998 and 2000. Overall, he scored 53 goals in 123 appearances for Les Bleus.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in chase for Manchester United star Anthony Martial

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Premier League clubs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are both interested in signing Manchester United’s Anthony Martial – but could lose out to a European rival.

Martial has made it clear to United manager Jose Mourinho that he wants to leave this summer. The 22-year-old has become frustrated at his lack of a regular place in the team – he started just 18 games last term – which in part led to him not making the France squad for the recent World Cup.

Several clubs are believed to be interested in Martial, including Chelsea, who are rebuilding under new manager Maurizio Sarri and looking for attacking players.

Spurs are also interested as flops Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente are shipped out of the club, leaving them short of options up front to partner, or cover, Harry Kane.

And while United may be prepared to sell Martial this summer, they are reportedly reluctant to do so to a Premier League rival. But The Sun has reported that the player is determined to stay in England.

Martial has 12 months to run on his current contract but United could trigger a clause that extends it by a year, which would increase his market value.

He was signed from Monaco in 2015 for an initial £36 million, but it could rise to as much as £57 million. United would be looking for at least that amount if they were to sell. But that wouldn’t be a problem for either side.

Plenty of clubs in Europe would be interested, such as Italian champions Juventus, if Martial were to consider going abroad.

Manchester United and Manchester City could target signing Kylian Mbappe

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Manchester City and rivals Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Paris St-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, and could swoop to sign him if the French side has to abandon their deal to sign him.

PSG plan to sign Mbappe permanently this summer for £166 million, having initially taken him on a season-long loan from Monaco.

However, they are being investigated for potential Financial Fair Play breaches – having signed Neymar for £198 million last summer – and could face huge fines if found guilty. It may also lead to the abandonment of the deal to sign Mbappe permanently.

Should that happen, then both Manchester clubs would be interested in signing him, according to The Mirror. Real Madrid are also said to be interested in signing the French international.

The Mirror also speculate that United would be prepared to include Anthony Martial as a makeweight in any deal.

But any move will depend on what happens to PSG, and they remain hopeful that they will be able to hold onto one of their stars.