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Friday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea name their top striker target for the summer

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Chelsea name their top striker target for the summer

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is Chelsea’s top forward target for the summer transfer window.

The Blues need more firepower up front and believe Osimhen is the man for the job. They’ve kept tabs on the 24-year-old Nigeria international’s performances this season and have been left impressed. He may cost up to €150 million, but it does not deter Chelsea. [90min]

Barcelona will pursue Pavard in the summer

The Blaugrana will pursue a deal for Bayern Munich right-back Benjamin Pavard in the summer transfer window.

The 26-year-old France international may opt-out as competition for a starting spot heats up. Bayern rejected a January bid from Inter Milan, but would consider a €30 million offer once the season is over. The club recently signed Joao Cancelo on loan from Manchester City. The Portuguese may stay on a permanent deal. [Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish]

Santiago Arias joins FC Cincinnati on a free transfer

A squad revamp awaits Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid may revamp their squad completely for the 2023/24 campaign.

Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar, and Jose Maria Gimenez are among the stars that could leave. Atletico have several players in mind for the summer transfer window. These include Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu and Real Betis midfielder Guido Rodriguez. There are also doubts over Diego Simeone’s future as the club’s manager. [AS – in Spanish]

Aubameyang’s MLS move is in doubt

Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has not given his consent to join MLS club Los Angeles FC so far.

Despite only joining Chelsea for €12 million from Barcelona last September, Aubameyang is surplus to requirements. The Blues are willing to loan the striker to LAFC for the rest of the season. However, he has yet to agree to the transfer, sparking doubt that the deal won’t go ahead. [Daily Mail]

Free agent Jese Rodriguez to join Sampdoria

Barcelona to appeal Araujo decision to CAS

The LaLiga leaders have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over their failed transfer of LA Galaxy defender Julian Araujo.

On January 31, Barcelona and LA Galaxy settled on a $4 million agreement for Araujo. Barca filed the paperwork to complete the deal, but only 18 seconds after the transfer deadline had passed. They claim a computer error caused the delay. Therefore, FIFA ruled the move out. [ESPN]