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Transfer news and football gossip: Chelsea target Milan defender, West Ham weighing up Lozano bid, Arsenal to lose Aubameyang and Lacazette but sign starlet rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Mikel Arteta is closing in on his first summer signing since becoming Arsenal manager with Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa reportedly set to seal a free transfer to the club at the end of the season. The Gunners expressed interest in the PSG full-back in January but the French champions were unwilling to sell him without finding a suitable replacement. – FULL STORY

The Gunners are also considering selling Alexandre Lacazette at the end of the season, with Atletico Madrid keen to take the 28-year-old to Spain. The France striker has struck 34 goals in 97 Premier League appearances since his £46.5m move from Lyon in 2017. (AS)

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly willing to accept a significant pay cut to join Internazionale this summer. The France forward’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire at the end of the season and Inter are readying another move after failing to secure a deal for the World Cup winner in January. – FULL STORY

The Blues have also identified Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli as a top target this summer. The 25-year-old has emerged as one of Serie A’s best central defenders in recent seasons. However, Chelsea may struggle to sign him as the Rossonerri are unwilling to sell their captain unless a sizeable offer is received. (Calciomercato)

Romagnoli is Milan captain but could leave the San Siro soon

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still interested in signing Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish this summer, reports claim. The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for the 24-year-old in recent months but a move was thrown into doubt when he defied the government’s lockdown rules to visit a friend’s house during the coronavirus pandemic. – FULL STORY

Bayern Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz has admitted he is open to a move abroad in the future amid reported interest from Liverpool. The 20-year-old has risen through the ranks at Leverkusen to become one of the most sought-after stars in Europe, having already scored 30 goals in 110 league appearances for the club at the age of just 20. The German midfielder joined the Leverkusen academy as an 11-year-old and worked his way up to the senior side. – FULL STORY

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane is reportedly edging closer to a £70m move to Bayern Munich. The Germany forward has not made an appearance for the champions this season because of a knee injury. The 24-year-old has scored 25 goals in 98 Premier League appearances since moving from Schalke in 2018. (Mirror)

Barcelona are weighing up a move for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer. The 29-year-old has struggled with injury this term and it is believed Frank Lampard is considering cashing in on the Frenchman to fund improvements in other areas of his squad. A swap deal involving Philippe Coutinho has also been mooted. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Sane could be on his way to Bayern Munich this summer
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Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo is hoping his loan spell at Estudiantes is extended as he has been limited to only one appearance for his hometown club – as a result of injuries and the league being suspended because of coronavirus. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are confident of capturing the goalscoring star this summer. Los Blancos are on the hunt for a new frontman to partner Karim Benzema for next season and are ready to take advantage of the Gabon international’s contract uncertainty to bring him to the Bernabeu. – FULL STORY

West Ham are considering a move for Napoli forward Hirving Lozano. The Mexico ace moved to the Serie A club from PSV last summer but has failed to make an impact, netting just two goals in 16 league appearances this term. (Marca)

Arsenal are in talks to sign Reims centre-back Axel Disas. Emirates chiefs had an initial approach for the player rejected by the Ligue 1 side last December. However, with the 22-year-old’s contract expiring in June next year, the club are now listening to offers for the defender. (Mail)

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