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Summer transfer: 25-year-old Brazilian star rejects Arsenal, prefers to join Chelsea

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Arsenal’s top transfer target, Raphinha has rejected the club and prefers to join Chelsea instead.

For this reason, the Gunners’ first open bid for the Brazilian has been turned down by Leeds United.

The Athletic reports that Arsenal face strong competition to sign Raphinha as Barcelona, Chelsea and Tottenham are also in the race for the 25-year-old.

According to The Athletic, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners tabled a formal offer but the bid is set to be ‘rejected out of hand’ by Leeds as it falls well short of their valuation for the player.

It added that should the player decide to remain in the Premier League for next season, Chelsea would be his destination.

Raphinha had chosen Barcelona as his first choice of clubs to join among many suitors, but the Spanish side are restricted by their finances and are looking to offload players first.

Raphinha, who joined Leeds in a £17 million deal from Rennes in 2020, still has two years on his current contract.

It’s understood that Leeds are holding out for a £50m fee for the Brazil international.

Summer transfer: 25-year-old Brazilian star rejects Arsenal, prefers to join Chelsea

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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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