Kalidou Koulibaly headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea prepare record bid for Napoli defender

David Cooper 29/05/2018
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The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs is open while international deals can be completed from early next month.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

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KALIDOU KOULIBALY

Chelsea are still monitoring the Napoli defender and could pounce for their long-term target as soon as Maurizio Sarri is unveiled to succeed Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge. According to the Sun, the Blues view the 26-year-old Senegalese international as the ideal replacement for Gary Cahill who turns 33 in December. Koulibaly, who has grown into being one of the standout centre-backs in the world, is available for around £80million (Dh404m) and is believed to be eager to re-unite with his former boss in west London.

CHRISTIAN PULISIC

Tottenham are interested in singing the resourceful Borussia Dortmund star, the Telegraph reports. The 19-year-old has been in impressive form for club and country – and is an icon in the American sports market. Pulisic would slot straight into the Lilywhites attack due to his versatility, with him being equally effective as either a winger or in a more central position. Dortmund currently value Pulisic at around £50million (Dh244.6m) and it remains to be seen whether any other Premier League club is prepared to get near to that price.

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Liverpool beat Man United to complete the signing of Fabinho from Monaco

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Monaco midfielder Fabinho.

Reports suggest that the transfer fee is in the region of £43.7 million.

The midfielder was heavily linked to Premier League rivals Manchester United over the last 12 months but the Merseyside outfit appears to have stolen a march on the Red Devils.

The Brazilian has been identified as a replacement for Emre Can, who is out of contract at Anfield this summer and has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus.

The 24-year-old would occupy a holding role in the middle of the park.

Fabinho spent two seasons on loan at Monaco from Portuguese club Rio Ave before making a permanent move to the principality in May 2015.

He has made more than 200 appearances for the club in all competitions and played a key role in their triumphant 2016/17 Ligue 1 campaign.

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Lyon in no rush to sell Nabil Fekir to Liverpool, says club chief

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Nabil Fekir is a target for Liverpool.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said Monday “there is no urgency at all” in completing a mooted sale of star playmaker Nabil Fekir to Liverpool.

“I do not have a rendezvous with the Liverpool directors,” Aulas said. “We are perfectly serene.

“We try always to go in the same direction as the players. We listen to them carefully,” Aulas said. “We will certainly know more after the World Cup. But for now, he’s a Lyon player.”

The 24-year-old Fekir is a Lyon native who has progressed through the club’s youth system before becoming their captain and star player.

He is part of France’s squad for the World Cup, with Les Blues due to play Ireland in a warm-up friendly on Monday.

“We are hugely proud that a natural talent we developed is in the national squad and I will be at the match tonight when he will play for France,” said Aulas. “If Nabil wishes to play in the Champions League at our Groupama Stadium next season, we will be delighted.”

Fekir scored 23 goals and had seven assists in 43 matches across competitions to lead Lyon to a third-place finish in Ligue 1 and spot in next season’s Champions League qualifiers. He has 10 France caps and one international goal.

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