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Transfer news and football gossip: Arsenal ‘table £43.5m bid’ for Atletico Madrid star, Liverpool dealt blow in Werner pursuit, Chelsea plotting swoop for Ajax goalkeeper rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…

Timo Werner has emerged as Liverpool’s top transfer target this summer as Anfield chiefs look to bolster their attacking options ahead of next season. The Germany international, who has netted 21 goals in 24 Bundesliga matches this season, is said to have a £51m release clause that expires on June 15. However, Jurgen Klopp’s plans to meet the player in person to finalise the deal have been thrown up in the air because of the coronavirus pandemic. (FULL STORY HERE)

Arsenal are leading the pursuit for Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey after tabling a £43.5m bid for the midfielder. Mikel Arteta is desperate to rebuild his Gunners side after a turbulent season in north London and reports in Spain claim the Ghanaian is just ‘one step away’ from joining the club. The 26-year-old has been a standout performer in Diego Simeone’s side since breaking through to the first team in 2015. (FULL STORY HERE)

Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Werner

Manchester United are looking to lure £135-rated Saul Niguez away from Atletico Madrid by offering him ‘£85,000-a-week more’ than what he is currently earning. The Red Devils have been long-term admirers of the 25-year-old, with Old Trafford chiefs sending scouts to watch him during their Champions League triumph over Liverpool. (Mail)

Chelsea are lining up a move for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana with the stopper said to be available in the summer for £25m. Frank Lampard is ready to sell club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer after he failed to impress during the club legend’s first season in charge. However, the Blues face competition from Tottenham, Barcelona and PSG for the Cameroon international’s signature. (The Sun)

Onana is a reported target for Chelsea

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Arsenal have been handed a massive boost in acquiring long-term transfer target Thomas Lemar, with Atletico Madrid ready to offload the France forward this summer. The winger has fallen out of favour in Spain following his £63.2m transfer from Monaco in 2018 and reports in Spain suggest they are looking to sell the player in order to finance moves elsewhere. (The Sun)

Chelsea and Arsenal are set to be offered the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer – either on loan or permanently. The former Liverpool star is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga giants have opted against signing the playmaker on a permanent basis. Despite a promising start to the campaign, the 27-year-old’s form has tailed off in recent months and Camp Nou hierarchy are ready to cash in on the Brazilian for a fee of around £75m. (The Sun)

Jose Mourinho wants to bring Inter Milan veteran Diego Godin to Tottenham when the summer transfer window opens, with the centre-back reportedly available for £7m. Godin joined the Serie A club on a free transfer after a nine-year spell at Atletico Madrid but has barely been used by Antonio Conte. (The Express)

Coutinho has been linked to both Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks
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Manchester United and Real Madrid’s hopes of activating Erling Braut Haaland’s release clause this summer have been scrapped after reports suggest it does not come into play until 2022. Both European giants were interested in signing the Norwegian forward in January but he opted for a move to Borussia Dortmund, where he has netted a staggering nine goals in five league appearances. (The Mirror)

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Werder Bremen star Milot Rashica in the summer as Klopp looks to strengthen his side in the summer. However, West Ham, Wolves and Aston Villa have joined the race to sign the 23-year-old, who has 10 goals and five assists to his name this campaign. (The Express)

Argentine club Independiente are ramping their efforts to bring Manchester City star Sergio Aguero back to the club where he started his career. Aguero has spoken in the past of his desire to finish his playing career in his homeland and City’s all-time top scorer only has one year left on his current deal. (The Mirror)

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