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Chelsea offer Paul Pogba fresh £62m incentive to solve major Thomas Tuchel contract dilemma

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Thomas Tuchel could finally solve Chelsea’s next big contract conundrum, following Paul Pogba’s latest transfer admission.

N’Golo Kante’s contract in west London expires at the end of next season, with reports leaving the Blues in limbo following mixed signals from the 30-year-old’s entourage.

Standard Sport reported that Chelsea is working on a new contract for the midfielder. Meanwhile, Spanish outlet Fichajes claim that the Club World Champions are keen on selling and afraid that a fee will not be recuperated.

However, despite the mixed reports, Kante’s future at Stamford Bridge could hinge on Pogba’s next destination.

The Manchester United midfielder, who has formed an exciting partnership with Chelsea man at the heart of France’s midfield, sees his deal at Old Trafford expire at the end of this season, making him available via a free transfer in the summer.Pogba is willing to consider proposals from Premier League clubs as he plots the next step of his career, according to The Telegraph.

The 28-year-old has struggled to enjoy sustained form with the Red Devils since joining for a record-breaking £89.3m, contrary to the fruit-bearing displays on the international stage alongside Kante.

In 2015, Pogba rejected a £62m move to Chelsea despite Juventus agreeing on a deal to sell him to the then-Premier League champions, according to Italian newspaper.

Gazetta Dello Sport (via Daily Mail).So, should the Blues look to reignite their interest in the Frenchman, not only do Chelsea now have Kante as an incentive, but Didier Deschamps has already shown Tuchel how he can get the best out of the midfield duo with little to no risk deal.

Pogba and Kante have made 39 appearances alongside each other, losing just one of which inside 90 minutes and, rightfully, becoming the ‘dream’ duo who have become integral pieces to their country’s success in recent years.

“Listen, Paul is a complete midfielder,” said Deschamps, speaking ahead of Euro 2020.

“He has so many qualities – he can pass vertically, diagonally. All of this is part of his game.

Then, of course, we work on the positioning, but it’s not only about playing good passes, but it’s also about the positioning before the pass.His role is quite liberal. He’s not limited in the offensive approach. If there’s a need, he can also go back to win the ball behind, but on the pitch, sometimes he can play a little bit higher or lower.

The France boss then added by hailing Kante as the engine of his squad and somebody who is key to the side’s tactical blueprints, of which optimise Pogba’s skillset.With N’Golo, he deserves all the recognition he gets,” said Deschamps. “

For a coach, he’s a dream, for his teammates as well. He’s always the first to be picked in training routines.

He’s an engine in the squad.

“He’s not the most expressive guy, vocally expressive, but what he does on the pitch is really essential for the French team and all teams where he has played and plays now.”

If a deal between Chelsea and Pogba materialised, then the French would unite with Kante, arming Tuchel with a formidable midfield pivot.

The United man could be the key to the Blues retaining Kante’s services amid the uncertain contract situation aforementioned.

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Report: 25-years old twice ‘expected Arsenal transfer’ and has ‘always wanted’ Gunners move

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Youri Tielemans twice has expected to join Arsenal, according to reports. The Leicester star is claimed to have ‘always wanted’ to move to the Gunners and was close to joining before he left Monaco for the Foxes in 2019.

Tielemans remains a target for Arsenal this summer. Rumours regarding a potential move to north London have been rife since the turn of the year, with his Leicester contract expiring in 2023.

CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs claims the 25-year-old first thought a move would happen in January and then expected a deal to go through as soon as this summer’s window opened. Arsenal’s interest also dates back to his previous club Monaco.

Jacobs says the race is now open for Tielemans in this window as Arsenal are yet to act on their interest. He tweeted: “Tielemans has always ideally wanted Arsenal (he even almost joined before Monaco), and thought the move would happen both in January (for this summer) and when the window opened.

“Get balls through the line and Tielemans would be ideal. Let’s hope, with my Arsenal hat on, they can somehow get him over the line.”

Arsenal have made four signings so far this summer and are set to add Oleksandr Zinchenko after agreeing a £30million fee with Manchester City.

The Ukraine star will become the club’s second signing from City following the £45m acquisition of Gabriel Jesus.

Jesus scored in the 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Everton overnight on Saturday. USA goalkeeper Matt Turner was the only other new face to feature against the Toffees.

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Barcelona and Lewandowski believe they’ve tried everything, ball in Bayern’s court

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The Robert Lewandowski transfer saga is showing no signs of coming to an end anytime soon.

Barcelona have been hot on his trails for a while now and the striker is also keen on making the jump to Camp Nou, having publicly admitted as much.

However, Bayern Munich continue to stand in the way of a transfer as they do not wish to let go of their iconic goalscorer.

Indeed, the German champions have shot down as many as three bids from Barcelona for Lewandowski, with the latest one being worth €40 million in fixed payments plus €10 million add-ons, which would meet their €50 million demands.

However, reports claim that the Bavarian giants want the full €50 million in fixed payment to part ways with the Poland captain.

While it was recently suggested that Barça might return with yet another offer, journalist Toni Juanmarti of Relevo has issued a fresh update on the entire situation with Lewandowski, Bayern and Barcelona.

Speaking on Directo Gol, Toni Juanmarti claimed that both Barça and Lewandowski feel that they have done everything that they can to push for a move, with the ball now firmly in the court of Bayern Munich.

The 33-year-old striker went public with his desire to leave the Allianz Arena in a bid to put pressure on Bayern to sell him.

It has even been reported that he might not turn up for pre-season training next week in order to force through a transfer.

As for Barça, they had been promised by Lewandowski’s camp that a €40 million offer would be enough for them to sign him this summer.

Having submitted an offer of the said valuation, they too have held up their end of the bargain but Bayern have not blinked.

With the situation now hanging in the balance, it remains to be seen what course of action Lewandowski and Barcelona take as they look to get the deal across the line at the earliest possible.

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Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski’s camp not expecting new offer from FC Barcelona

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The Robert Lewandowski transfer saga of 2022 has been an ugly one, no questions about that. From Lewandowski’s public outcries of how Bayern Munich are keeping him captive, and from Bayern’s statements saying that the Polish striker will complete his contract,

it hasn’t been ideal for either party. Barcelona are interested in the legendary striker, but hasn’t quite met Bayern’s fee expectations.

Pini Zahavi, Robert Lewandowski’s agent, has recently told Brazzo that he would like to act as mediator between the two clubs.

Bayern are expecting Lewandowski back in training next week but it’s clear that Lewandowski wants to have his time with Bayern over.

It isn’t good to have a player like this at the club, and could cause drama in the locker room with other teammates upset about Lewandowski’s attitude.

The current situation has gone quiet, but Bayern could be willing to settle for around 50 million euros to let this situation finally end.

Moreover, Bild issued a report stating that Lewandowski’s camp is not expecting a new bid from FC Barcelona. In fact, Lewandowski’s people are hoping Bayern Munich will just decide to sell the player rather than wait for what they consider to be a fair bid:

According to BILD information, the Lewy side doubts whether there will be a new offer from the heavily indebted Spaniards at all.

They rather hope that Bayern will give in at some point and let the Poland striker go. After that it doesn’t look like it.

Even in circles close to Barca, a new offer for the goalscorer is not expected, at least at the moment. It is said that Barca still have some financial constraints to settle. At the earliest, something could happen next week, if at all. So it could be very tight that movement comes in before Lewy starts training…

With the training date coming up quickly, the next week should be vital in Lewandowski’s career in Munich. Should he stay or should he go?

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