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Roman Abramovich ‘opens talks’ to buy new European football team after quitting Chelsea

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Roman Abramovich is said to have opened talks to by a new football club in Europe after putting Chelsea up for sale – despite the Blues takeover not yet being completed.

The Russian oligarch was pushed into selling up at Stamford Bridge after being placed under sanctions by the UK government – and hasn’t wasted any time in looking at future investments.

The 55-year-old billionaire said it was with a heavy heart that he put Chelsea up for sale after a hugely successful two decades, and he could be about to channel his passion into Turkish outfit Goztepe.

Turkish outlet Fanatik report that negotiations between outgoing Goztepe president Mehmet Sepil and Abramovich’s representatives have already begun.

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Sepil recently announced that he would be leaving his role as president but would keep hold of duties until a replacement was found.

They say that Super Lig outfit had their eyes turned towards the former Chelsea chief due to recent developments, and that market assessments have been made by both parties.

Abramovich, an intermediary businessman, Sepil and club executives are said to be planning a face-to-face meeting for the coming days, with Sepil holding the majority of club shares.

Although Abramovich wasn’t likely to step away from football for good following his Chelsea departure, Goztepe wasn’t the most obvious destination.

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Founded in 1925, Goztepe play at the 20,040 capacity Gursel Aksel Stadium and played in the third division as recently as 2009.

Although they are known for having a large fanbase, Goztepe haven’t won the first division since 1950 or the Turkish Cup since 1970.

Not only have they struggled of late, but Goztepe are in serious danger of relegation into the second tier – sitting eight points from safety with eight games remaining.

Despite Super Lig giants Fenerbahce, Besiktas, and most notably Galatasaray having terrible domestic campaigns, Goztepe have lost seven league fixtures in a row.

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Former Croatian international Stjepan Tomas is the current boss at Goztepe, their fourth coach since the start of 2021.

One reunion that could be on the cards for Abramovich is with Goztepe striker Franco Di Santo, who played for Chelsea between 2008 and 2010.

As reported by Business Insider, the net worth of Abramovich has slumped to £10.21billion over the past few months – which is still more than enough to take control of a football club.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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