Chelsea ready to sell midfielder to fund Rice move, Arteta offers Aubameyang contract update and more transfer news


Frank Lampard is keen to get rid of the £60m-rated midfielder to raise funds for the signing of the West Ham midfielder.

Chelsea are ready to cash-in on N’Golo Kante in order to raise money for the signing of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, claims Goal [via Football Insider].

The Blues have already spent more than £130m on bringing the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell to the club, with former Nice defender Malang Sarr joining them on a free transfer.

Former PSG centre-back Thiago Silva is also expected to sign a three-year deal with the Blues in the coming days. The arrival of the Brazilian is expected to be followed by Kai Havertz joining from Bayer Leverkusen in a transfer that could cost the Blues £90m including add-ons.

With such a massive outlay on transfers already, it shouldn’t be surprising to note that Frank Lampard’s side need to raise money to fund another move. They will reportedly make Kante available for £60m and use the funds generated by his potential departure to fund money for England international Rice.

Chelsea ready to sell midfielder to sign Rice
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Top News 2: Mikel Arteta offers Aubameyang contract update

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes Arsenal request
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Ligalive reported earlier this week that the 31-year-old Gabonese international is close to signing a new three-year contract with the Gunners.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is confident Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a three-year contract with the North London outfit.

The 31-year-old Gabonese international was the Player of the Season for the Gunners last term as his goals played a big part in Mikel Arteta’s side qualifying for the Europa League.

Aubameyang currently has less than a year remaining on his Gunners contract and is expected to sign a new contract that will keep him at the Emirates until 2024.

In addition to offering him a deal worth £250,000-a-week, Arsenal have fortified their bargaining position with Aubameyang by qualifying for next season’s Europa League by beating Chelsea in the FA Cup Final held earlier this month.

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Top News 3: Wilfred Zaha intent on leaving Crystal Palace this summer

Three clubs in race to sign Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace
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After failing to seal a move to Everton or Arsenal last time out, the Nigeria international is keen to force a departure from Selhurst Park in the ongoing summer transfer window.

Wilfred Zaha is keen to leave Crystal Palace after failing to seal a move away from the club in the previous transfer windows, as per The Guardian.

The 27-year-old winger seemed to be on the verge of signing joining Everton summer before Palace rejected a £52m offer from the Toffees. Zaha was unhappy over his side’s stubbornness and submitted a transfer request to force his move away from the Eagles.

Everton improved their initial offer for Zaha when they submitted a new offer of £70m plus James McCarthy for the forward. It was reported back then that then Everton boss Marco Silva was also willing to include Turkey international Cenk Tosun in the deal.

Palace rejected the 2nd offer straight away as well as they were adamant that there wasn’t enough time for them to find a replacement for Zaha, a valid excuse given the fact that Everton’s final offer for the forward came on the eve of last summer’s Transfer Deadline Day.

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