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Thursday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal set to meet €10m-a-year salary demand for Chelsea & Spurs target

Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus
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Arsenal set to meet €10m-a-year salary demand for Chelsea & Spurs target

The Premier League leaders have joined Chelsea and Tottenham in the transfer race for Adrien Rabiot.

The Juventus midfielder is out of contract next summer and is unlikely to sign an extension. His €10 million-a-year salary demand has put Juve off, just like it did with Manchester United in the previous transfer window after the Red Devils agreed on a €20 million fee with his club. [Calciomercato – in Italian]

Chelsea won’t sign Ronaldo

The Blues don’t intend to sign Cristiano Ronaldo as they have done a deal for RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku worth around €50 million.

Ronaldo is available for a free transfer after agreeing to end his contract with Manchester United. Chelsea’s co-owner Todd Boehly had an eye on CR7 last summer, but it seems he won’t be revisiting his interest. It’s understood the forward won’t suit new manager Graham Potter’s style of play. [Evening Standard]

Marco Asensio wants a new Real Madrid deal

Xavi told how Barcelona can sign players in January

Barcelona have told manager Xavi Hernandez that January transfer deals are possible, but only if they sell players first.

Despite their financial troubles, Barcelona signed seven players in the summer. Four of them – Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Hector Bellerin, and Marcos Alonso – joined on free transfers. The other three – Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, and Raphinha – arrived for a combined fee of €153 million. [Marca – in Spanish]

Ronaldo is set for another mega offer from Saudi Arabia

Despite Cristiano Ronaldo rejecting an offer worth €350 million from Al-Hilal last summer, interest from Saudi Arabia remains high.

Now Ronaldo is available for a free transfer after leaving Manchester United, he is set to receive another lucrative offer to play in the Saudi Arabian Pro League this winter. [Telegraph – subscription required]

Roma sign Ola Solbakken from Bodo Glimt

Laimer says no to Chelsea, wants Bayern Munich instead

RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer has rejected a move to Chelsea.

The 25-year-old Austria international will be available for a free transfer next summer when his Leipzig contract expires, and he has his sights set on joining Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. [Christian Falk – Bild]