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Chelsea target singled out for praise after display against Bayern, Tuchel’s attention drawn

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Glenn Hoddle and Owen Hargreaves have singled out Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi for praise following his impressive showing against Bayern Munich.

20-year-old Adeyemi, who spent time on Bayern’s books as a youth team player, showed why many of Europe’s elite clubs are monitoring him with Hoddle among those hailing his ‘fabulous’ performance.

No doubt, Thomas Tuchel’s attention has been drawn to the player for more pressing.

‘He was the star,’ Hoddle told BT Sport.

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‘It was energetic, but energetic with a little bit of thought behind things. I like the fact that he has looked up twice and he’s trying to get the ball on the money.

‘He is always looking to go in behind with the ball or without. He has stop start ability, he favours his left but he has got a right as well.

‘Give him half a yard and he will turn you. All round, he looks a fabulous player at 20 years of age.’

Hargreaves also lauded his performance, insisting a number of clubs will be chasing him this summer.

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‘That young man, a lot of teams are going to be getting the cheque book out,’ the former Manchester United midfielder said.

‘Because against a team like Bayern Munich, a team of world class players, he stepped up to the stage and at 20 years old, 17 goals already [this season], that is pretty staggering for such a young player.’

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Summer Transfer: Ambrose tells Chelsea, United why they should be worried about Arsenal

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A former Newcastle United star, Darren Ambrose has told Chelsea and Man United that they have reasons to be worried about Arsenal ahead of next season.

He said the summer transfer moves by the North London outfit suggests they could be out for everyone next season.

So far, Arsenal have signed goalkeeper Matt Turner, midfielder Fabio Vieira and winger Marquinhos while a deal for Gabriel Jesus is reported to have been agreed upon.

This is happening after the Gunners spent over £160 million last summer, bringing in Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, and Takehiro Tomiyasu, amongst others.

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Ambrose told talkSPORT, “I think it’s great for Arteta. He seems to be the only manager that realises there’ll be five substitutes next season.

“If they can get those two signings across the line, Jesus and Raphinha, they’re fantastic signings.

“If you’re Chelsea and Manchester United, where nothing is happening at the moment, just links, you’ve got to be a little bit concerned,” he said.

Confim Gabriel Jesus’ deal, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano tweeted “Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal, here we go! Personal terms fully agreed with his agent Marcelo Pettinati and his two partners. Gabriel signs until 2027, it’s 100% done.

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“Arsenal already agreed £45m fee with Man City as revealed on Friday.

“Edu & Arteta, key for the deal.”

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What United said about reported Ronaldo move to Chelsea

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A report making the rounds have claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo might be set for a shock move to join Man United rivals Chelsea.

Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford last season did not go as planned but he recorded his personal success by scoring 24 goals in 38 appearances and being voted for the PFA Player of the Year award.

In response to reports of his move to Chelsea, a senior club source told the Manchester Evening News: ‘Cristiano is not for sale. We want and fully expect him to be with us next season.’

Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who has won five Ballon d’Or awards, insisted last month that he was ‘happy’ at Manchester United and excited to work under new boss Erik ten Hag.

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‘I was and still am very happy to be here, and what I have to say to the fans is they are amazing,’ Ronaldo said.

‘Even when we lost games, they always support us, they always are with us. The supporters are always in my heart and it’s the people that we all should respect because they are always on our side.

‘For me, the most important thing is to try to win the games and try to win some championship or some cup but I believe that Manchester will be where they belong. As I say before, sometimes it takes time but I still believe.

‘What I know about him [Ten Hag] is he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he’s an experienced coach. But we need to give him time.

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‘Things need to change the way he wants. I hope we have success, of course, because, if you have success, all of Manchester is going to have success as well. I wish him the best.

‘We are happy and excited, not only as players, but the supporters as well. I wish him the best and let’s believe that, next year, we are going to win trophies.’

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Liverpool given reasons why they should beat Barcelona, Arsenal, Chelsea, for signature of EPL star

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Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has urged Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to enter the race for Brazilian winger Raphinha, who has been strongly linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona.

Raphinha is understood to be on his way out of Leeds but has been urged in his destination as he is one of the hottest in the current transfer window.

‘My message to Liverpool is, “Go on, get in there and get him, and future proof for the prospect of Mohamed Salah leaving in a year,’ Collymore told the Daily Mirror.

‘If Jurgen Klopp can show the boy how to play with more tactical discipline, the Reds will have one hell of a potential threat down the left or right with a promise of goals if he stays high up the pitch rather than drifting.

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‘I look at Chelsea and think they are all right for that kind of player, they have good players left and right.

‘People will say that if you can hone his talent and skills, he can give you the same ‘Wow!’ factor , or at least a similar one, to Eden Hazard, even though they’re different players. But I just don’t see him as an automatic pick there.

‘With Arsenal, he would go there and carry on in the same vein as he plays at Leeds, where I don’t think he is as tactically aware as I’d like him to be, a lot of what he does is off the cuff.

‘But if you’re looking at Klopp and what he has done with Salah and Sadio Mane then he could do the same with Raphinha.

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‘If Liverpool, on the back of good business with Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho, were to get Raphinha and tell him to watch Salah for the next year, not only will he learn but it would also put Mo under a nice bit of pressure to make him think, ‘Am I going to stay or am I going to go?’

‘Nobody is comparing Raphinha to Salah because you can’t compare anyone to Salah. But he has rapid pace, amazing skills and ability, and he can be polished to score more goals and get more assists.

‘If Klopp can do that then, all of a sudden, by this time next year, Liverpool could have an all-new front three and it will be as if people have blinked and not even noticed, which would be amazing.’

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Darren Bent reveals his would-be mood if this Chelsea star joins Arsenal

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Former attacker, Darren Bent has told TalkSPORT that he would be “over the moon” if Romelu Lukaku moved to Arsenal ahead of this summer transfer window.

It is no longer news that Arsenal want a striker and have given preference to Man City’s Gabriel Jesus but Bent said prefers the Chelsea striker to the Brazilian.

Lukaku struggled at the Stamford Bridge as he managed just eight goals in 26 Premier League appearances during 2021-22.

The Belgium international is now linked with a return to Inter Milan where he scored 64 goals in 95 games.

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Asked if he would have had Lukaku at Arsenal, Bent said he would be over the moon to sign him – and would even prefer him to Brazil international Jesus.

“I’d take Lukaku at Arsenal 100%. I’d be over the moon if we got Lukaku. I look at Lukaku and I think he wants to go somewhere where he feels most loved. He scored a lot of goals at Inter [in 20-21] and felt real passion from the fans.

“The fact he is taking a pay cut, it feels like he cannot wait to get out of this country quick enough.” Asked who he would rather – Lukaku or Jesus, Bent said: “I’d rather Lukaku. I’ve seen him score goals. He’s in the 100 club.”

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Jack Wilshere tells Arsenal why they must sign EPL star ahead of Chelsea, Tottenham

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Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has urged Mikel Arteta to sign Leeds United star Raphinha this summer ahead of rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.

The Gunners have shown interest in signing the Brazilian winger as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his attacking options ahead of next season.

Arsenal wants to add Raphinha to their books alongside his national teammate Gabriel Jesus this summer after already confirming the arrival of 19-year-old talent Marquinhos from Sao Paulo.

While Wilshere thinks that Raphinha would need little time to settle in at the Emirates Stadium, he should be signed ahead of Chelsea and Tottenham.

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Speaking on talkSPORT, Wilshere said: “For someone who’s only been in England for two years, he’s got a lot of experience.

“He came to England and just clicked straight away. He was in a relegation battle last year so he knows he’s up for a fight. I think he’d be a good one for Arsenal. He’ll be expensive, of course he will.”

Meanwhile Raphinha is valued by the CIES Football Observatory at around £34million, but Leeds are expected to hold out for a high fee for one of their key players.

The Gunners have hit the ground running with the summer transfer window as they are set to unveil Fabio Vieira from Porto.

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Why I snubbed Man United, Chelsea, new Real Madrid signing reveals

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Real Madrid’s new signing Aurelien Tchouameni has explained why he snubbed the lines of Man United and Chelsea for the La Liga giants.

Tchouameni disclosed that he once considered one of his suitors but immediately Real came calling, he had no interest in moving anywhere else.

‘I’m really happy to be here, to start a new chapter with the best club in the world,’ the player said.

‘I had the chance to choose other clubs, yes – but as soon as I knew Real Madrid wanted me, I never doubted. I spoke to my agent, my family and the club [Monaco] to try to get the best deal for everyone.

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‘Kylian [Mbappé] stayed at Paris Saint-Germain; he knew that I was going to go from Monaco at the end of the season and he wanted to see if maybe I would go to PSG. But my first decision was always Real Madrid, and he respects that.’

Tchouameni appears to be joining Los Blancos at the best possible time, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side winning La Liga and the Champions League in some style last season.

‘I want to leave my mark on football history, and I think Madrid is the best place to do that: the biggest club in the world, with incredible players and the best club for me,’ Tchouameni added.

‘I can now say that I’m a Real Madrid player and that’s a marvellous feeling. I really am accomplishing a dream.

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‘I have to show my quality in training and I’m really looking forward to doing so. I try to deliver my best out on the pitch. It’s a challenge, but I can’t just focus on the World Cup in November, but on the daily training sessions and matches with Real Madrid.’

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Former player tells Chelsea they will be sensible to beat Arsenal for another PL star aside Gabriel Jesus

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Glen Johnson has told Chelsea that Everton forward Richarlison would be a ‘sensible’ signing for the Blues if they are able to beat Arsenal and Tottenham for his signature.

The Gunners have been linked with the signature of the Brazilian alongside Tottenham as the forward is keen to leave Everton.

However, Glen Johnson said his former club should not be paying over the odds for Richarlison.

Asked if Chelsea should launch a move for Richarlison, former Blues defender Johnson told BettingOdds. ‘I certainly believe he would suit the way Chelsea play more than Romelu Lukaku.

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‘Whether he’s good enough to be their main man and get 20 goals a season, then I’m not so sure.

‘I do like him though and I think he’s a good player and it could be a sensible move if the fee is reasonable.’

Meanwhile, Richarlison was asked about his future at Everton earlier this month and said: ‘I’ve already made it clear to the board.

‘I’ve already talked to (Frank) Lampard too, with my agents and they know what I want. Let’s wait for June.

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‘Now I can’t talk, because when we talk about leaving a club I’m kind of like this, because of the history I have at Everton, the affection that the fans have for me. When we talk about leaving I’m a little speechless.’

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Former PL player gives valid reasons why he is worried about Gabriel Jesus’ potential move to Arsenal

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Stan Collymore has made it clear that he is worried about the potential move by Gabriel Jesus to

He therefore said the player should join Chelsea if he must leave Man City.

The Gunners are hoping to seal the deal after agreeing personal terms with the forward to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

The former Liverpool star told the Mirror: “I don’t think anyone can say Jesus has filled the boots of Sergio Aguero but his goals-to-games ratio has been very good and, when he has been asked to step up, he has done. There are rumours of Chelsea sniffing around as well and I don’t think Arsenal will be the only club in the race for him this summer.

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“But let’s say Arsenal get him, my general worry and concern about Arsenal, as ever, is could we trust Mikel Arteta to get the best out of Jesus, could he be the manager who makes him fulfil his potential, if Pep Guardiola couldn’t? I don’t think so.

“But if he goes to Chelsea he could be the player Romelu Lukaku was promised to be but wasn’t. At Chelsea, they create loads of chances, they will stick the ball in the box and Jesus can be the fox in the box I’ve so often said they need. If Jesus just concentrated on doing some really good work in the box, he could be that man.

“At Arsenal, with the support cast they have, which is still two rookies in Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka — and we don’t know for sure that they will still be wearing Gunners shirts in two years’ time, with Saka being linked with Liverpool and City — if I was Jesus I would be thinking of myself in the blue shirt at Stamford Bridge.

“I’d be thinking that Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and, if he stays, Timo Werner would be putting it on a plate for me and I’d be getting my 25 goals as a regular starter next season. What he’s not going to do is fire Arsenal into the Champions League next season because it’s not just a case of them needing a finisher.

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“They need to buy in players who have belief in the project and yet I don’t even see any of their big-name rookies putting out any signs that they have a massive belief Arsenal are going to get to the Champions League this time next year.

“So if you’re Jesus, signed as The Man , which puts a lot of additional pressure on you as well, then why go there when you could go to the Emirates when you could go to Stamford Bridge and be at a place where you’re much more of a natural fit. With that in mind, my advice is, ‘Go to London, Gabriel, but go to the blue side, not the red.”

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