Chelsea set to sell midfielder to fund Rice deal, Arsenal board overrules Arteta over midfielder’s future and more


Ahead of their Saturday night Champions League R-16 clash with Bayern Munich, the Blues have once again been linked with the West Ham midfielder.

Chelsea are ready to sell midfielder Jorginho to raise funds for the signing of West Ham star Declan Rice, reports The Telegraph [via Daily Star].

The Blues are preparing to offer the 29-year-old midfielder to a host of European clubs to attract a potential bidder. The Stamford Bridge outfit had signed Jorginho in a deal worth £50m from Serie A club Napoli in 2018.

Previous reports claimed that Juventus were interested in Jorginho but it remains to be seen whether the Old Lady would still want to sign Chelsea after sacking Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri, who has managed Jorginho during his stint as Napoli manager and made him his first signing as Chelsea boss, was reportedly interested in bringing the Italy international to the Allianz Stadium.

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Chelsea signed Jorginho in a deal worth £50m from Serie A club Napoli in 2018. Image Copyright: imago images / Colorsport / ASHLEY WESTERN

Top News 2: Arsenal board overrules Arteta over Ainsley Maitland Niles’ future

Arsenal change transfer stance on defender Ainsley Maitland-Niles
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Despite starting for the Gunners in their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea last week, the 22-year-old is reportedly on the verge of leaving the club.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been put up for sale by the Arsenal’s board despite manager Mikel Arteta’s repeated attempts to keep him at the club, according to The Telegraph [via Mirror].

Maitland-Niles, 22, had started 20 games for the Gunners in all competitions this past season and was in the starting XI for their FA Cup Final victory over Chelsea last weekend.

His versatility has proven useful for Arteta who has employed the English star in both defense and attack this season. WhoScored reveals that while Maitland-Niles started 15 games on the right of Arsenal’s defense last term, he also played as a defensive and attacking midfielder in separate games.

But with the Gunners looking to revamp their squad this summer, they could offload the 22-year-old alongside the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

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Top News 3: PSG receive double injury boost ahead of Atalanta Champions League tie

Having already qualified for the quarter-final of this season’s Champions League in which they will meet the Italian side, PSG jetted off to Lisbon earlier today.

Kylian Mbappe and Marco Veratti were both in the 28-man PSG contingent that traveled to Lisbon where the French side will face Serie A outfit Atalanta in their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, reports Daily Mail.

Thomas Tuchel’s side were worried Mbappe won’t be able to make it to the tie after suffering an ankle injury during his side’s French Cup final victory over St. Etienne last month.

But while the French World Cup winner was previously ruled out for three weeks, he has been a part of the 28-man traveling squad for the clash.

Another PSG star who was a major doubt for this game was midfielder Veratti who suffered a calf injury in the build-up to next midweek’s clash. He too has been included in the squad.

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