Transfer news: Nabil Fekir is demanding Lyon reopen talks with Liverpool over a move
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Thursday, July 12
Sarri and Jorginho deals close
Chelsea are now confident of clinching a £57.5million double deal that will see Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho both join them.
Chelsea have moved to capture Jorginho from under the noses of Manchester City, who were last night left fuming at the loss of a player they thought they had captured.
But the signing of Brazilian-born Italy midfielder Jorginho is now expected to be the key to unlocking the release of Sarri, his coach at Napoli, to become Chelsea’s new manager.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis last night claimed that a compensation deal with Chelsea, thought to be worth £7m, for the remaining two years of Sarri’s contract, was at the “finishing line”.
Nabil Fekir could still join Liverpool this summer with Lyon set to re-open transfer talks in order to hand the play-maker his dream move.
That is the claim of the Daily Mirror, who report that Fekir has told Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas he still wants to join the Merseyside club.
It is reported that the France international has reached an agreement with the club’s owner for Lyon to re-enter negotiations with Liverpool after the World Cup.
Fekir will hope to be involved when his country face Croatia in the final of the tournament in Moscow on Sunday (4pm).
But the 24-year-old’s club future is also on his mind with the Mirror suggesting that Fekir has met with Aulas face-to-face twice during the World Cup.
Man Utd plan
Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus – and Manchester United could reportedly sign two players in the wake of his Real Madrid exit.
Ronaldo was previously linked with a move to Manchester United but, despite the Red Devils being offered their former No 7, Jose Mourinho chose not to opt for an emotional homecoming.
But the Manchester Evening News say United could still benefit by signing two players.
Gareth Bale remains firmly at the top of Mourinho’s wanted list.
The MEN say, however, Ronaldo’s Juventus move could also see United land Mario Mandzukic.
He may leave Juventus now Ronaldo is there to jostle with for the No 9 position.
The Serie A giants also have Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala at their disposal.
And, with Juventus’ attack so well-stocked, a United transfer could be in the offing.
Arsenal’s Pavon blow
Arsenal transfer target Christian Pavon has seen his release clause rocket after an impressive World Cup.
The Boca Juniors attacker stood out in what was a poor Argentina side during their brief stint in the tournament this summer.
his performances have since attracted interest from Arsenal and Barcelona.
But according to AS, both clubs will now have to pay more if they want to land Cristian Pavon this summer.
Boca have decided to offer the 22-year-old a new deal to keep him at La Bombonera.
And the contract offer will include a minimum release clause of €42.5m (£37.5m).
Chelsea closing in on Jorginho
Chelsea look set to land Napoli’s Jorginho after the Serie A club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis offered an apology to Manchester City.
The Premier League champions have long been linked with the defensive midfielder and while talks were at advanced stage, the two clubs are thought to have been well apart on their valuations.
De Laurentiis has previously claimed that Napoli rejected a £44million bid for Jorginho with it suggested the Serie A giants want closer to £53m to sell the Brazil-born Italian.
That has allowed Chelsea to swoop in and hijack a deal for the 26-year-old and they are said to have stumped City’s offer – although there was a deal in place for Jorginho to go to Manchester.
Speaking on the situation, Napoli chief De Laurentiis revealed: “These offers did not start
As a matter of fact, I will apologize to Khaldoon [Al Mubarak], because I found a deal with Khaldoon 15 days ago.
“He called me, we spoke on the phone and I said, ‘Ok, I don’t agree with you on A, B, C.’
“‘Let’s solve the situation the two of us’, he told me. And we did it, we solved it.
“However, if for personal reasons I won’t get into, the player prefers to live in London rather than in Manchester, I can understand him.
“If Chelsea pay him more, I can understand it too. So I can just apologize to Khaldoonfrom Chelsea, but from Manchester City.
“But it does not depend on me. If Jorginho moves to Chelsea, my agreement with [Roman] Abramovich does not depend on [Maurizio] Sarri becoming their next manager.”