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Destro's agent explains how Chelsea can sign him

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Chelsea have been tasked with finding a suitable buyer for their club record transfer asset before they can make a move for AS Roma’s blossoming forward Mattia Destro. There had earlier been reports that the Blues were interested in a swap deal for Destro, which would see Fernando Torres going the other way, but Destro’s agent Renzo Contratto has clarified that while there exists considerable interest from Chelsea, a swap deal was never on the cards.

In excerpts of an interview carried in the Metro, Contratto said, “It’s true that Chelsea are interested in Mattia. But the reports regarding a swap deal have no foundation, it’s all speculation. If Chelsea sell Torres, maybe it’s possible they make an offer for Mattia. Otherwise no [a deal cannot happen].”

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French clubs line up to ‘Cech’ on Chelsea’s dilemma

Chelsea will be hard pressed to keep hold of their legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech, after reports in the Daily Mail indicated that the twin French clubs of Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco were waiting in the wings to take the Czech away from Chelsea on a year long loan.

Cech only recently became Chelsea’s second choice goalkeeper after Jose Mourinho decided to favour Thibaut Courtois ahead of the 32 year old in Chelsea’s Premier League season opener against Burnley. Jose Mourinho has reiterated that he would ideally like both Courtois and Cech to fight for the number one spot at Stamford Bridge, but even ‘The Special One’ will struggle to keep one of the world’s best goalkeepers on the bench.

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Der Kaiser stands in Arsenal’s way

If Arsenal were to go on and sign Sami Khedira in the remaining few days of the transfer window, they will have done so against the wishes of the Kaiser himself. German legend Franz Beckenbauer has urged Bayern Munich to sign World Cup winner Khedira.

In excerpts of an interview carried in the Mirror, Beckenbauer said, “Khedira would be good in any team. He would be excellent at Bayern. He is extremely talented in the No 6 role. He could play alongside Schweinsteiger or Lahm. He would be very good."

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Arsenal look for Vermaelen replacement closer to home

Arsene Wenger has a problem of plenty in the attacking department but the Arsenal manager faces a shortage of defenders. Following the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, Wenger has been on the lookout for a central defender and the Mirror reports that the Frenchman is tracking West Ham centre-back Winston Reid with an eye for a possible move this summer.

The New Zealand international joined the Hammers in 2010 and has since become an integral part of the side, making close to 100 appearances. The 26-year old will be a free agent next summer and could leave Upton Park for free if West Ham are unable to convince him to ink a new deal.

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Man United favourites to sign Di Maria after PSG withdraw from hunt

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Manchester United fans revisited days from last season during their club’s loss to Swansea at home on opening day of the campaign. United have been chasing a marquee signing ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and the club could have their wish fulfilled soon. According to the Daily Star, United moved into prime position to land Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid after PSG pulled out of the race due to financial reasons.

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Arsenal and Liverpool suffer setback in Belgian's pursuit

Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their attempts to secure a prospective future star. The Express reports that PSV Eindhoven have rejected all advances for their 18 year old midfield prodigy Zakaria Bakkali.

Bakkali currently has one year remaining on his contract with the Dutch giants, but PSV’s sporting director Marcel Brands insisted that the club will take their chances and try and get the teenager to pen a new deal during the course of this season, “He's a good guy and I think he said he wants to stay with us. We'll see what we can do to renew his contract, because during this season a lot will happen and other teams will want him very much."

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Premier League Transfer Rumours: Friday, 22nd August

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Pardew confident Tiote will stay at Newcastle

Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew has dismissed rumours that Ivorian midfielder Cheikh Tiote could be leaving the Magpies to join Arsenal this summer. Pardew declared that Newcastle had received "a couple of derisory bids" for the 28 year old midfielder and told the Daily Telegraph, “I’m confident Cheick will still be here next month. We’ve not really entertained any serious thought of him leaving. I’ve had no indication from him that he wants to go.”

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