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Arsenal transfer news: Gunners ‘closing’ on Youri Tielemans as Spanish giants remain in the hunt

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Arsenal are reported to be closing in on a £40million swoop for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans but Real Madrid are still in the hunt and could pounce if the Gunners miss out on the top four.

Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his squad in the summer and midfield is a key area. Mohamed Elneny is set to fall out of contract and will leave on a free transfer. Granit Xhaka’s future is also shrouded in doubt so reinforcements are needed.

Tielemans has long been linked and according to reports in the Sun, Arsenal are close to doing a deal. The 25-year-old has just over a year remaining on his current contract.

There is no sign of his him penning a new one and the summer is the last real chance for Leicester to cash in and get the big money they think he is worth. The Foxes are tipped to cash in on at least one big name this summer. And Tielemans will be easy to move on such is the amount of interest.

Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid are all said to be in the hunt. But is is the Gunners who are leading the race. The Sun report that as long as Championship League football is achieved, he will sign.

The former Monaco ace has made it clear he wants to to play in the Champions League. Should Arsenal miss out, the door will open for Real Madrid.

Los Blancos, who inflicted Champions League heartbreak on Manchester City in midweek, want a new midfielder. Tielemans is an option and they are keeping an eye on developments.

So much is riding on Arsenal’s final four games of the season starting with Leeds on Sunday. After Tottenham drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Saturday, they are in the box seat. A win over Leeds will hand them a four-point lead over Spurs with three games to go.

Youri Tielemans a great signing for Arsenal

Tielemans ticks all the boxes as far as good midfield signing is concerned. If the Gunners get deal over the line they have a top player. He is a definite upgrade on Elneny and Xhaka.

The Belgium international is a class act and has proven he can shine in the Premier League. This season alone he has chipped in with seven goals and four assists.  He has made 153 appearances in all competitions for the Foxes scoring 24 goals.

£40million also represents good value for a 25-year-old with his best years ahead of him. Now it looks as though Arsenal just need to stay in fourth to get the deal done.

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Chelsea takeover: Todd Boehly makes Mount, James contract calls as exciting transfer plan outlined

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Prospective new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly and his consortium have reportedly made fresh contracts for Reece James and Mason Mount a priority.

The Blues have faced an uncertain few months following the sanctions on previous owner Roman Abramovich. The situation has affected every aspect of the club, from fans’ attendance to player retention.

Indeed, key centre-back Antonio Rudiger has decided to move on as a free agent to Real Madrid. He grew frustrated at waiting for Chelsea, who still cannot tie players to new deals.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the Stamford Bridge club. LA Dodgers chief Boehly is leading a group who have agreed terms to take Chelsea over.

And according to the Daily Mail, player contracts will subsequently be high on the investment agenda.

Indeed, Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjorg Wyss are ready to offer James and Mount new deals.

The England internationals rose through Chelsea‘s academy and have become a vital part of Thomas Tuchel’s team.

And partly because of the connection with the academy, the Blues want the pair on bumper new deals.

Mount’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2024 after he last signed on the dotted line in July 2019. James, meanwhile, last penned a new deal in 2020. His terms therefore expire in 2025.

Right wing-back James has made himself a crucial part of manager Thomas Tuchel’s system. Attacking midfielder Mount has scored 12 goals and assisted 15 others in 50 appearances this season.

Boehly plans key Chelsea talks

The Daily Mail adds that Boehly will pursue ‘A-list’ signings this summer.

At least one new centre-back is a key transfer mission, with Andreas Christensen leaving alongside Rudiger.

Boehly will in fact begin work on Chelsea’s summer spending this week. He will first look to meet with Tuchel to get the coach’s thoughts.

Boehly will also ask current transfer chief Marina Granovskaia and technical advisor Petr Cech for advice.

Blues need to get back on track

Chelsea came into the current season full of optimism following their Champions League triumph last season.

And they looked firm Premier League title challengers alongside Manchester City and Liverpool in the first few weeks of the season.

While the developments in Russia and Ukraine – and how they have affected Chelsea – could not have been predicted, the Blues need to refocus.

They can start by winning the FA Cup final next weekend, their second cup final clash of the campaign against Liverpool.

Indeed, Chelsea lost to the Reds on penalties in the Carabao Cup showpiece in February.

From there, Chelsea need a strong summer in the transfer market, addressing the issues at centre-back. Only then can they look towards putting up a proper fight for the Premier League title, which they have not won since 2017.

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Sam Johnstone future latest: Tottenham to win race as reasons for Man Utd reluctance emerge

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Tottenham Hotspur are set to win the race to sign out-of-contract West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer, according to a report.

The England international decided to run down his contract at the Hawthorns, making him available for free once the season has ended. A number of clubs were said to be interested, including Manchester United. However, it seems another top six club is now favourite to land the shot-stopper.

According to The Mirror, Spurs are set to sign Johnstone once his contract is finished.

The north London club are in need of some quality back-up for Hugo Lloris. Approaching 36 years of age, reinforcement is needed for someone who could take first-choice spot in the not-so-distant future.

Tottenham‘s current back-up is Pierluigi Gollini, who has been restricted to cup games this season. What’s more, he is only on loan from Atalanta and is unlikely to stay in London.

However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy views Johnstone as someone with higher quality that can go head-to-head with Lloris for a spot in the team.

Johnstone has spent the last four years with West Brom and has been consistent between the sticks throughout.

However, he was left out the Baggies squad for the last five games of the season. Boss Steve Bruce decided to stand down the England keeper, accepting he would leave at the end of the season.

“With five games left, it’s only right that David Button plays,” Bruce told BBC Sport.

Sam Johnstone unlikely target for Man Utd return

There had been rumours that Man Utd were keen on landing Johnstone for free.

The keeper was first-choice for United’s academy in 2011, however, failed to make a league appearance for the club.

After a number of loan spells, Johnstone finally secured a permanent move to West Brom in 2018.

But following news Johnstone would not be renewing his contract in West Midlands, Man Utd reportedly had Johnstone back on their radar.

Now, it is believed his former club have pulled out the race for his signature. The board at Man Utd are believed to be happy with David De Gea and Dean Henderson already on their books.

The club believe that recruiting in other positions during the summer should be seen as more of a priority.

Indeed, incoming new manager Erik ten Hag faces a massive rebuilding job. Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brighton made that even more crystal clear and the new boss is eyeing up a new centre-back, midfielder and striker.

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TRANSFER GOSSIP – MARCOS ALONSO IN BARCELONA MOVE

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Marcos Alonso has reportedly decided to leave Chelsea for Barcelona to follow in his father’s footsteps.

The Blues left-back initially developed in Real Madrid’s academy and moved to Stamford Bridge from Fiorentina in 2016.

But after six years in London, his future is unclear. He is also preparing to enter the final year of his Chelsea contract.

Reports in the past few weeks have claimed that Alonso has his heart set on moving back to Spain.

Furthermore, a move to Barcelona is his priority and negotiations are ongoing. According to The Mirror, Alonso’s big reason for wanting to move to Barca is to try to emulate his father.

Marcos Alonso Pena played for the Camp Nou club between 1982 and 1987 as an attacking midfielder and made 161 appearances for the club.

What’s more, he picked up 22 Spain caps in his career and so wants to take on the inspiration he has gained from his father.

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