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Monday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea eye €120m bid for top defensive target

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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 prepare €120m bid for De Ligt

After failing to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla in the previous transfer window, Chelsea have turned their attention to Matthijs de Ligt.

The Blues are prepared to offer Juventus as much as €120 million for the defender, whose agent, Mino Raiola, has stated he could leave Turin next summer. [AS – in Spanish]

Juventus consider Witsel bid

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel could become a target for Juventus in the January transfer window.

As the 32-year-old is out of contract next summer, Juventus could sign him for a small fee in January or arrange a pre-contract agreement so he can join them in July as a free agent. [Calciomercato – in Italian]

Bayern Munich respond to Rudiger rumors

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has played down transfer rumors linking the club with Antonio Rudiger.

The Chelsea defender is set to become a free agent once his contract expires at the end of the season.

Read the full story here on Ace Football.

Arsenal name their transfer price for Leno

Aaron Ramsdale has taken over as Arsenal’s first-choice keeper, leaving Bernd Leno’s future in further doubt.

Inter Milan have since emerged as a suitor for the Germany international. The Nerazzurri consider him and Ajax’s Andre Onana as potential replacements for goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

But to tempt Arsenal into a sale, Inter would have to offer around €15 million (£12.8m) for Leno. [Rudy Galetti]

Chelsea target wanted Spurs move

Niklas Sule, who was a reported target for Chelsea in the summer, wanted to join Tottenham in 2019.

Leaked WhatsApp messages between the Bayern Munich defender and his agent, Murat Lokurlu, exposed his wish to leave the Allianz Arena, adding that Spurs was his preferred destination.

Sule was keen on a move to England and told his agent he would go to Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, and ‘maybe even Arsenal’. An ACL injury in October 2019, however, ended his transfer hopes. [Der Spiegel – in German]