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Monday’s transfer rumors – Chelsea to rival Arsenal for £50m defender

Monday's transfer rumors - Chelsea to rival Arsenal for £50m defender
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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 set to rival Arsenal for Ben White

The European champions have reportedly told Ben White of their interest in signing him. The Brighton defender is a man in demand this summer. Arsenal are the alleged frontrunners in the transfer battle, with Everton and Manchester City also said to be in the mix.

It has been reported that Arsenal have ‘all but completed’ a reported £50 million deal. White is expected to resolve his future once England’s Euro 2020 campaign ends.

But Chelsea have apparently made a last-ditch attempt to sway White with the lure of Champions League football for next season. [Transfer Window podcast]

Barcelona could release two unwanted players

The Blaugrana have offered to release Miralem Pjanic and Samuel Umtiti from their contracts.

The pair, who struggled to nail a spot in the starting line-up last season, don’t fit into manager Ronald Koeman’s plans. Therefore, Barcelona hope to pay off their contracts with a suitable compensation package.

The debt-ridden Catalan club hopes to cut down the wage bill and free up space in the squad itself. [Goal]

Ronaldo’s agent in talks with Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, is reportedly in talks with Juventus over a new contract.

Ronaldo’s current deal expires next year and his future plans remain unknown. He has been linked with several clubs, including former side Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, for a transfer this summer.

But Mendes is allegedly working on extending Ronaldo’s contract at Juventus until 2023. [Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian]

Firpo closes in on move to Leeds

Junior Firpo has arrived in England ahead of a €15 million transfer to Leeds United.

The Barcelona left-back is in Leeds for a medical and the Yorkshire club could announce a deal this week. Firpo may become a direct replacement for Gjanni Alioski, who is now a free agent. [The Athletic – subscription required]

Villa to make a THIRD offer for Smith Rowe

Despite Arsenal having already rejected two transfer bids for Emile Smith Rowe, Aston Villa won’t give up.

Dean Smith’s side are determined to sign a new attacking midfielder and view Smith Rowe as the ideal candidate. They’ve already offered around £30 million for the 20-year-old, who remains in contract talks with Arsenal. [Football London]