Chelsea ‘in talks’ over Arsenal target with future direction already clear

Date published: Sunday 23rd August 2020 4:58 - Steve Pearson

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Talks are reportedly underway for a French defender who Chelsea have already developed a clear plan for regarding the next step in his career.

The Blues’ summer window has been typified by purchases and chases for some of the game’s most exciting attacking talent.

But while German ace Kai Havertz could soon complete a fearsome Chelsea forward line, additions at the back have also been speculated.

Leicester full-back Ben Chiwell appears bound for Stamford Bridge, and could be joined by fellow England international Declan Rice.

The funds for those two deals have reportedly been freed up by Roman Abramovich, but the transfers are unlikely to stop there.

Sky Sports transfer guru Kavel Solhekol has revealed that Chelsea have opened talks with ex-Nice centre-half Malang Sarr.

The 21-year-old had formerly been linked with Arsenal, and is currently a free agent after talks over a new deal in Nice broke down earlier this summer.

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Solhekol added further information in his Twitter reveal, stating that Chelsea will opt to ‘send him out on loan’ if the move is completed.

Sarr’s development at Nice brought about nine caps at French under-21 level, and his potential acquisition could be viewed in a similar way to how Arsenal conducted business with William Saliba with one eye on the future.


Havertz to go through ‘in the coming days’

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Meanwhile, The make-up of Chelsea’s financial package to secure a deal for Kai Havertz has been detailed after the latest report claimed he would become a Blue ‘in the coming days’.

The 20-year-old has quickly developed into becoming one of Europe’s most promising attacking talents.

The Blues have been chasing his signature over the past few months, and recently got the greenlight from owner Roman Abramovich.

The issue of Leverkusen’s £80m-£90m valuation had thought to be a sticking point, with Chelsea reported to have had a lower offer rejected.

But now, according to FootballLondon, the two clubs are inching ever closer to meeting in the middle.

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