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Chelsea and Bayern Munich lead chase for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic

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Premier League champions Chelsea are targeting a summer move for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, but will face strong competition for his signature from Bayern Munich and potentially other clubs.

USA international Pulisic, 19, has put in some stellar performances for Dortmund this season, and is regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Chelsea are thought to be preparing to overhaul their squad after falling behind both Manchester clubs in the Premier League this season. There are also rumours that star playmaker Eden Hazard could be the subject of bids from other clubs, such as Real Madrid.

But the Blues will face stern competition for his signature, not least from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. It is thoughts they will be in the market for a winger, as they are set to lose Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben in the summer. The path from Dortmund to Munich is a well-trod one in recent years with several players making the move including Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels.

Liverpool could also be interested in making a move for Pulisic, having tried to sign him in 2016, and still have the bulk of the £142 million they received for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona to spend. Manchester United are also thought to be interested.

However, Dortmund are reluctant to sell, and are thought to want £88 million for Pulisic if they were to consider parting with him, according to the Daily Mail.

But one player who could hold the key to Chelsea signing Pulisic is Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian forward is on loan at Dortmund from Chelsea currently and has impressed since joining in January, scoring 5 goals in 4 appearances so far.

Dortmund are thought to be keen to make the deal permanent, and Batshuayi could be sold in a player-plus-cash deal.

Manchester United target Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos to replace Michael Carrick in the summer

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos to replace the retiring Michael Carrick in the summer.

Mourinho has admitted he is in the market for a defensive midfielder given Carrick’s decision to retire and Kroos is his favoured option, according to The Independent.

While Kroos is an integral part of Real’s midfield, it is known that the club are preparing an overhaul of their squad in the summer and several high-profile stars could be on their way out. United could test Real’s resolve to keep the 28-year-old German international.

United have long held an interest in signing Kroos, and tried to land him in 2014 during the Louis van Gaal era, but at that time he opted to join Real instead.

Should Kroos join, he would slot into United’s midfield between Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.

Should that move not materialize, then Mourinho could turn his attention to Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl instead.

“We need to sign a midfield player,” Mourinho said recently. “Because we are going to lose Michael Carrick. Of course, we need balance in the team.”

Tottenham target Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha in summer swoop

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Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to make another bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in the summer, having been rebuffed twice in January.

Spurs retain their interest in Zaha despite signing Lucas Moura from Paris St-Germain for £25 million in January.

However, Spurs are likely to face competition for his signature from London rivals Chelsea and Premier League leaders Manchester City – both of which have made enquiries about the Ivory Coast international, according to The Mirror.

Zaha, 25, has recaptured his best form this season for the Eagles, having returned to the club in 2015 after two unsuccessful years at Manchester United.

It is thought he would cost in excess of £50 million, although he has a contract at Crystal Palace that runs until 2022, and the Eagles have indicated that they will try to keep hold of their star player.

But this could be largely determined by what happens in the final 11 games of the Premier League season. Palace are only one point above the relegation zone – and should they get relegated it is highly likely Zaha would be sold.

Zaha himself is currently out injured with a knee problem, but is stepping up his rehab in the gym and hopes to return before April.

Arsenal join Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool in chase for Timo Werner

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Arsenal have become the latest club to be linked to making a bid for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in the summer, following fellow Premier League clubs Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.

German international Werner, 21, has netted 16 times in 29 matches for RB Leipzig, and has recently turned down a new contract offer, alerting clubs across Europe. It is estimated he could cost up to £50 million.

An Arsenal scout was reportedly at RB Leipzig’s Europa League clash with Napoli last week.

As well as interest from the Premier League, Werner, who has scored 7 goals in 10 appearances for Germany, is also being coveted by both Madrid sides. Bayern Munich will also doubtless be keeping tabs on the player.

Werner started out at VfB Stuggart but moved to RB Leipzig in 2016 after the former’s relegation. Last term he was the Bundesliga’s top German scorer, with 21 goals in 32 appearances.

Mauro Icardi pushing for summer move to Manchester United – reports

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Inter Milan striker Maruo Icardi is hoping to push through a move to Manchester United in the summer, according to reports.

Argentina international Icardi has previously interested Real Madrid, but at the time he opted to stay with Inter, where he is captain.

Icardi has scored 18 goals in 22 matches for Inter this season and is second in the Serie A goalscoring charts, behind Ciro Immobile, which has increased interest in him from around Europe.

However, reports from Italy suggest that Icardi’s representative – his wife, Wanda – is working with super-agent Mino Raiola on a move to Manchester United. Raiola’s clients include current United players Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. A deal could be worth up to £135 million.

But this could be a bargaining chip, as Icardi is also in talks with Inter over a new deal. The Corriere Dello Sport reports Icardi is looking for a pay rise and a new release clause of Euro150 million.

But if Icardi was to leave Inter, clubs would be queuing up to sign him. Real would doubtless be interested as they look to refresh their squad, as would the other usual suspects in such deals, such as PSG.