Chelsea edge closer to naming Maurizio Sarri as new manager

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Chelsea are close to appointing Maurizio Sarri as their new head coach and signing midfielder Jorginho, according to Napoli‘s president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The Blues have reportedly lined up Sarri to replace current boss Antonio Conte following their poor Premier League title defence and failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Sarri remains under contract with the Serie A club, despite their decision to replace him with Carlo Ancelotti.

De Laurentiis, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday to unveil new coach Ancelotti, said: “The Sarri affair is nearly at its conclusion, it all depends on him. My lawyers have submitted papers to his lawyers.”

Referring to Italy international Jorginho, he added: “My agreement with (Roman) Abramovich is irrespective of whether or not Sarri ends up taking charge of the Blues.”

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Arsenal sign midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient

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French teenager Matteo Guendouzi has joined Arsenal from Lorient, the Premier League club have announced.

The signing of midfielder Guendouzi, 19, follows the capture of Uruguay international Lucas Torreira on Tuesday and becomes new manager Unai Emery’s fifth addition of the summer.

Guendouzi started at Paris St Germain before moving to Ligue 2 side Lorient’s academy in 2014.

He made his debut two years later, making 30 appearances, and has represented France at the nation’s under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels.

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Marko Pjaca headlines our Rumour Mill as Juventus offer Croatia star to Liverpool

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Marko Pjaca has helped Croatia to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia.

The summer transfer window is open and across the globe there is a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

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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MARKO PJACA

The Croatian winger could be on his way to Liverpool this summer after Juventus all-but confirmed they are willing to allow the World Cup star to leave the club.

Pjaca, who battled back from a serious knee injury earlier this year and spent the second-half of last season on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke, is expected to leave the Old Lady especially since the news of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s arrival in Turin.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the 23-year-old former Dinamo Zagreb attacker is available for around £22 million (Dh107m).

Having struggled to settle in Italy in an injury-blighted spell, Pjaca is apparently open to a switch this summer.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - JANUARY 21: Marko Pjaca of Schalke celebrates after scoring his teams first goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Hannover 96 at Veltins-Arena on January 21, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Pjaca made his comeback from long-term injury with Schalke last season.

MARIO FERNANDES

Valencia are leading the race to sign Russia’s World Cup right-back, UOL Esporte reports.

The 27-year-old was a key man during the host nation’s run through to the quarter-finals of the competition, although he did miss a penalty in the shootout defeat to Croatia.

Regardless, the CSKA Moscow defender is highly-rated and is wanted by Los Che.

Interestingly, Jose Mourinho is a reported admirer of the former Gremio man but it looks unlikely Manchester United will enter the race for his services.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - JULY 07: Mario Fernandes of Russia celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Quarter Final match between Russia and Croatia at Fisht Stadium on July 7, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Fernandes celebrates scoring against Croatia in Sochi.

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