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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.

Midfield stars to stay at Arsenal – at least until the summer, says Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that midfield stars Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshire will stay at the club until the summer at least.

Ozil and Sanchez are both out of contact in June, and so far they have indicated that they want to leave the club when their contracts expire. It was thought that Arsenal may look to cash in on at least one of the players in the January transfer window, rather than risk losing both for nothing in the summer.

However, speaking in his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s match with Huddersfield Town on Wednesday Wenger said: “In my head, they stay until the end of the season. Unless something unbelievable happens I don’t see that changing.”

There has been no shortage of speculation about the future destination of Ozil and Sanchez – with numerous clubs believed to be interested in both players – and bids could yet come in for the players in January, although they would be below their market value, given the length of time on their contracts.

When pressed on the players’ future beyond this season, Wenger said: “I am not the only one to decide that. They have to decide that as well.”

Meanwhile, Wenger has said that he wants England midfielder Jack Wilshire to stay at the club. Wilshire, who spent last season on loan at AFC Bournemouth, has yet to start a Premier League match for Arsenal this season, and has struggled with injuries throughout his career. However, Wenger wants to retain him “because he’s a top-quality player.”

Liverpool considering January loan move for PSG star

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Liverpool are planning to make a move to sign German international midfielder Julian Draxler on loan in January from Paris St-Germain, according to reports.

The Reds have already made contact with PSG about the possibility of a move for a player that Jurgen Klopp has rated for some time, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.

Draxler only joined PSG in January of this year, but has been shunted down the pecking order by the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and has not often been used in his favoured attacking midfield positions this season.

However, a move is by no means a certainty. If Draxler were to become available, there would be no shortage of clubs wanting to sign him, including Arsenal, who also have a long-standing interest in him and are looking for a marquee signing to replace the probably-departing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

But perhaps most importantly it is thought that Draxler is currently unwilling to leave PSG and wants to fight for his place in the side.

Quite where Draxler would fit into the Anfield side is a question too – with the front three of Philippe Coutinho, Mohammad Salah and Roberto Firmino in fine form this season. Unless, of course, this is Klopp planning for the departure of Coutinho – Barcelona are said to be preparing another bid for him in January, having been repeatedly rebuffed by Liverpool in the summer.