Chelsea set to compete with Man City for Nice star Jean-Michael Seri

David Cooper 18/01/2018
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The transfer window is well and truly in full swing!

Here, we take a look at the biggest stories dominating the headlines on Thursday.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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JEAN MICHAEL SERI

Chelsea are competing against Man City to sign Nice star Jean-Michael Seri, according to The Sun.

The 25-year-old is one of the biggest talents in Europe, and Blues boss Antonio Conte is keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge before the end of the month.

The Italian is said to be unhappy with new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko – who has failed to make a positive impact since his switch from Monaco in August.

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The Nice playmaker has attracted plenty of interest from Premier League clubs after an outstanding 2016/17, scoring seven goals and providing nine assists in 34 appearances.

A totemic presence in Nice’s third place Ligue 1 finish, the Ivory Coast international has another two years remaining on his contract, but is expected to put pen to paper on a deal in the Premier League soon.

Seri’s greatest asset is his ability to keep possession and open up space for his teammates to exploit, an area that could potentially help Chelsea to score more goals through the influential Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.

Where he suffers is his successful tackles percentage, an area which will need vast improvement if he is to excel in England.

DANIEL STURRIDGE

Sevilla and Inter Milan are interested in signing Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge this month, according to The Telegraph .

The England forward is chasing game time in a bid to increase his chances of going to this summer’s World Cup.

Despite a lack of minutes in recent months, the 28-year-old is still a class act and would be a welcome addition to any squad.

At his best, Sturridge was one of the first names on the Liverpool and England team sheets – but since 2015 injuries have curtailed his development as a player.

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With Celtic and Newcastle also interested in acquiring his services, any of these moves would help Sturridge rediscover his form and goal scoring drought.

It may be hard to usurp Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham or Jamie Vardy for the four striker positions in the England squad, but the Birmingham native needs to chase first team football if he is to be named in Gareth Southgate’s side for Russia.

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Chelsea are looking to make a move for West Ham’s Andy Carroll, and the striker has told the Irons he is injured and unable to train, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper said that Carroll, 29, is wanted by the Stamford Bridge club owing to his height with Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke also among the options being considered.

Everton could be tempted to make a move for Juan Bernat from Bayern Munich to solve the left-back problem at Goodison Park, says the Liverpool Echo. The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour at Bayern and could be looking elsewhere to ensure he gets first-team football.

Hector Bellerin could be on his way out of the Emirates, writes the Daily Star. The paper says Juventus will look at making a summer bid for the Arsenal defender, and will tempt him with the opportunity to play Champions League football next season.

Jean-Michael Seri is hot property, with Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St Germain all looking at the 26-year-old, the Sun reports. Seri moved to Nice in 2015 for £750,000 but the Ligue 1 club can expect offers far north of that, the paper said.

Richarlison is angling for a summer move away from Watford, with his representatives holding talks with both Chelsea and Arsenal, the Watford Observer reports. The Vicarage Road side have said he will not be leaving in January which leaves the window open to a move at the end of the season, the paper said.

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The latest club to be linked to Leicester striker Islam Slimani are Turkish giants Besiktas, according to Sky Sports.

Juventus want a new number 10 – and are looking at either Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen or Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Corriere dello Sport says.

Marca reports that Real Madrid are looking to sign a new attacking trio, with Neymar, Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski in the frame.

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Chelsea ready to move on from Alex Sandro, Leon Goretzka close to agreeing Bayern Munich move

David Cooper 17/01/2018
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Alex Sandro may not be Chelsea-bound after all.

We are now over halfway through the transfer window!

Here, we take a look at the biggest stories dominating the headlines on Wednesday.

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CHELSEA LINE UP EMERSON AS ALEX SANDRO ALTERNATIVE

Roma’s Emerson Palmieri is the latest left-back to be linked with Chelsea, according to Goal.

Talks with Juventus over a move for Alex Sandro, Chelsea’s first-choice target at the position, have been slow-moving, and the Blues could turn their attentions to Emerson instead.

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It’s unlikely that Antonio Conte is out of the race for Sandro, given that the Juventus man has been a top target for Chelsea for quite a while. But at the same time, it’s been difficult to get that deal over the line, and there’s speculation that they’ll have competition from PSG if and when they revive their attempts to sign the 26-year-old – and PSG will win any bidding war.

The interest in Emerson is thus a smart play for Chelsea, especially given he’ll be much cheaper, with Roma’s valuation of their left-back reportedly an affordable £20m. Another reason Emerson might be the better buy is the effect on Chelsea’s incumbent left-back. Marcos Alonso would probably be knocked out of the starting XI by Sandro, but not Emerson – but signing the Roma man would give added impetus to Alonso as he’ll realise Emerson is gunning for his spot.

Emerson looks like the alternative to Alex Sandro for Chelsea.

Emerson looks like the alternative to Alex Sandro for Chelsea.

GORETZKA AGREES BAYERN DEAL

Sport Bild understands Schalke’s Leon Goretzka has agreed a deal to join Bayern Munich. The young German has been linked with some of Europe’s leading clubs, but the Bundesliga heavyweights have seemingly stolen a march on their rivals to secure Goretzka’s signature.

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A young German player whose already made a name for himself at a leading Bundesliga club and is looking for a step up – where does he go? The answer is usually Bayern Munich. This deal comes as no surprise at all – as well as Germans have done outside their home country, Bayern can offer players the same big-club experience they’ll chase elsewhere, but along with home comforts and a greater guarantee of trophies and overall success.

It would be surprising if any of the other contenders for Goretzka’s signature are able to persuade him to choose them over the Bavarians.

Goretzka to Bayern Munich looks like a done deal.

Goretzka to Bayern Munich looks like a done deal.

BARCELONA LOOK TO WARD OFF UMTITI SUITORS

Barcelona are ready to open contract talks with centre-back Samuel Umtiti, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Frenchman’s current deal runs until 2021, but also has a €60m release clause, which has interested the likes of Manchester City.

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Umtiti’s relatively affordable release clause has been a subject of concern at Barcelona for a while now, especially with clubs circling around the defender. There’s been no indication that Umtiti wants to leave the club, but why take the risk?

Better to tie him up in a new deal with a much more prohibitive release clause, and ensure that a player they bought with the intent of keeping him for a long spell is actually around for a long spell.

Barcelona want to make sure Samuel Umtiti is one of theirs for a long time.

Barcelona want to make sure Samuel Umtiti is one of theirs for a long time.

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