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Friday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea urged to sign ‘new Varane’ as Rudiger replacement

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The latest transfer rumors from around the footballing world, including Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and much more.

Chelsea urged to sign ‘new Varane’ as Rudiger replacement

Former Chelsea full-back Glen Johnson has urged the Blues to do a transfer deal for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana.

Johnson rates the 21-year-old as an ideal replacement for Antonio Rudiger and likened him to French compatriot and Manchester United star Raphael Varane.

He told GGRecon: “Yeah, I love him [Fofana] to be honest, I think he’s fantastic. He reminds me of Raphael Varane; quick, good on the ball, strong.

“I think Wesley Fofana would be a very good replacement for Antonio Rudiger at Chelsea. Not long ago he wasn’t even in the France squad, which blew my mind because he was unbelievable. I like him a lot.”

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Man City eye move for De Jong

Manchester City have reportedly made Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong a summer transfer target.

The Premier League leaders want to sign at least three new players. They are favorites to win the Erling Haaland race, but also want a new central midfielder. [Mail]

Bailly and Jones set for Manchester United exits

Manchester United defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have reportedly told the squad of their plans to leave in the summer.

Bailly has started five games all season. The lack of game time has frustrated the Ivorian. While Jones has started two games in the last two years, he is back to fitness after a chronic knee injury. [Manchester Evening News]

Marcos Alonso wants to leave Chelsea

Dortmund make an offer to sign Dybala

Borussia Dortmund have made a late approach to sign Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.

The 28-year-old Argentine is available for a free transfer this summer once his contract at Juventus runs out. Allegedly, Dortmund have offered him a deal worth €4.5 million per season. [Corriere dello Sport – in Italian]

Juventus identify Sandro replacement

The Bianconeri have identified Emerson Palmieri as a replacement for left-back Alex Sandro.

Palmieri is on loan at Lyon from Chelsea this season. Lyon are interested in a permanent deal, but Juventus hope to sway the 27-year-old Italian into a return to Serie A in the summer. [Tuttosport – in Italian]