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EPL: Juventus reject Pulisic, Werner, give condition to let De Ligt join Chelsea

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Juventus have responded to Chelsea’s move for defender Matthijs de Ligt.

While Chelsea are offering either Christian Pulisic or Timo Werner as part of the deal for De Ligt, the Old Lady will only accept a straight cash for the player..

A new centre back has become a top priority for the Blues following the departure of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

De Ligt has now emerged as Chelsea’s top choice to reinforce their back-line and the Blues are believed to have opened the bidding with a player-plus-cash deal worth £40million plus the choice of either Werner or Pulisic.

However, Tuttosport reports that Juventus’s hierarchy have turned down the proposed swap deal.and made it clear that neither player is of interest to them.

Juventus boss, Max Allegri is said to be in search of a more traditional striker with physicality and strength who has similar characteristics to Dusan Vlahovic and can fill in for the giant Serbian frontman.

But Werner does not fit that profile and Allegri would rather sign Marko Arnautovic, who netted 14 goals for Bologna last season.

Similarly, Pulisic is not particularly highly rated by Juve and Allegri’s top target to play on the wing is Angel Di Maria.

With a player swap deal off the table for De Ligt, Juventus – who do not want to sell – will only accept a massive cash offer.

Juventus value De Ligt at closer to €100m (£86m), around £10m more than they paid Ajax three years ago.

The Blues are yet to bring in any player this transfer window, but that could change soon with club’s new owner Todd Boehly having held a crucial meeting with manager Thomas Tuchel on this regard.

The American wants to spend over £200 million this transfer window on new players in a top striker, having sent Romelu Lukaku out on loan to Inter Milan.

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Aubameyang wins league title despite playing just 8 minutes

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Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become a league champion this season.

This is despite the Gabon international playing just eight minutes of football.

Aubameyang was recognised as part of LaLiga champions Barcelona’s title-winning squad despite the former Borussia Dortmund star being a Chelsea player since last summer.

The Catalans were handed the Spanish top-flight title on Sunday after a 4-2 win at Espanyol.

The African star was part of Xavi’s side at the very start of the season before he joined Chelsea and came off the bench for a late cameo in their opening game against Rayo Vallecano.

In the top flight of English football, players need to have made a minimum of five league appearances to be considered a member of the title-winning squad.

But in Spain and elsewhere in Europe that is not the case, meaning that Aubameyang’s eight minutes game for Barca are all he needed to be crowned a champion this term.

Aubameyang has endured a dreadful season at Stamford Bridge, having scored just three goals in 21 appearances.

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Messi’s replacement: PSG to sign Arsenal star for €65m

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Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly set sights on signing Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard as Lionel Messi’s replacement.

As per a report in El Nacional, PSG are keen on signing Odegaard following his impressive season with Arsenal as Messi’s future with the French Ligue 1 champions is at the moment unclear.

The Parisians have been keeping tabs on the former Real Madrid midfielder and have decided to make a €65 million move to bring him to France.

PSG will have to battle Bayern Munich, who are also interested in Odegaard.

The report added that Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel is also a big fan of the Norway international and has asked the Bundesliga champions to make a move.

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Torres vs Arbeloa: What ex-Liverpool teammates told each other during clash

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Former Liverpool teammates, Fernando Torres, and Alvaro Arbeloa, were involved in an on-pitch argument during Atletico Madrid Juvenil’s cup clash against Real Madrid on Sunday.

Torres’ Atletico Madrid side were knocked out of Division de Honor Juvenil after losing 4-2 aggregate against Real Madrid.

During the second leg of the last-eight encounter, Torres got involved in a serious verbal altercation with Arbeloa.

Due to the duo’s war of words, the referee was forced to intervene as Arbeloa was shown a yellow card while Torres was waved a red card.

However, according to Relevo, Torres threatened to hit Arbeloa.

The former Chelsea striker said: “I will blow your head off!”

Arbeloa responded: “Start whenever you want.”

Torres and Arbeloa played together at Liverpool between 2007 and 2009.

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