Paper Talk: Arsenal alarmed as Chelsea efforts to steal £40m winger gather pace

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Chelsea push forward to steal a winger target from Arsenal’s grasp, while an Everton star faces the axe from Carlo Ancelotti – all in the latest Paper Talk.



Chelsea are to hold further meetings with agent Kia Joorabchian about signing winger Joelson Fernandes this week, according to a report.

Previous reports have heavily linked Arsenal with the 17-year-old Sporting Lisbon star.

Indeed, the Gunners have reportedly made two bids, both of which Sporting have knocked back because they do not trigger Joelson’s €45million (£40million) release clause.

According to A Bola (via Sport Witness), however, Chelsea have now entered the running. They have held initial discussions with Joorabchian and felt happy to proceed.

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In fact, the Portuguese outlet claims there are “serious possibilities” that the Blues could go one better than their London rivals and trigger Joelson’s exit fee.

The report also mentions Manchester City as a candidate in the race. Either way, he is likely to end up in the Premier League, the newspaper adds, with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus cooling their interest.

Joelson made his Primeira Liga debut after the coronavirus lockdown and has three caps for Portugal’s Under-17s side.



Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is considering axing goalkeeper Jordan Pickford because of his shaky form (Daily Star)

Jack Grealish will hold crunch talks with Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow after his holiday (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City are refusing to give up hope on Sergio Aguero’s fitness after his knee injury (Daily Star)

Bernardo Silva is vying to be among the first City players to win the Champions League (Daily Express)

City have made an initial offer of £57million plus bonuses for defender Kalidou Koulibaly (The Sun)

Willian has passed his Arsenal medical and the north London club will unveil him in the next 48 hours (The Times)

Wolves will offer manager Nuno Espirito Santo a new £5million per year contract (Daily Mirror)

However Wolves are on a collision course with the Premier League about next season’s start date (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, Fulham will offer their boss Scott Parker a new deal that includes a Premier League survival bonus (Daily Mail)

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Benfica are confident of signing Jan Vertonghen after the defender’s exit from Tottenham (The Times)

Sheffield United are prioritising a deal for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale ahead of Manchester United‘s Dean Henderson (Daily Star)

West Ham value Declan Rice at £80million after continued reports of interest in the midfielder from Chelsea (The Times)

Trabzonspor are in advanced negotiations about a deal to sign Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny (The Sun)

Manchester United’s move for Jadon Sancho is in danger of collapsing (Daily Mail)