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Marseille confirm Chelsea bid for Azpilicueta

Olympique Marseille have admitted that Champions League winners Chelsea have approached the Ligue 1 side enquiring about the availability of defender Cesar Azpilicueta, revealed ESPN Soccernet. Although the right-back did express his delight at returning to training at Stade Velodrome, the Blues have not abandoned their chase for the 22 year-old Spaniard's signature.

Chelsea have already made quite a few signings this summer including Marko Marin, Oscar and Belgian brothers Eden and Thorgan Hazard. But Di Matteo is still watching the market for another strike option as well as an able replacement for Jose Bosingwa at right-back.


Liverpool and Arsenal left hanging after Afellay's agent backtracks on loan possibility

Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool were put on high alert when Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay's agent revealed the possibility of his availability for a loan spell next season. However, his agent has now ruled out the chances and claimed that the Dutchman is happy at the Camp Nou, reported ESPN Soccernet.

The 26 year-old joined Barcelona from boyhood club PSV Eindhoven in January 2011. The former PSV skipper went straight into the first team at Barca making 29 appearances in the 2010-11 season. However, due to a seven month hiatus owing to a cruciate ligament injury, the Dutch international managed just 6 appearances for the Catalans last season.


Liverpool and Spurs target Ramirez available for £16 million, say Bologna

Serie A side Bologna have named a £15.9 million asking price for 21-year old starlet Gaston Ramirez, with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur believed to be chasing the Uruguayan.

Both Premier League clubs had scouts follow the youngster during the Olympics, and were not left disappointed by what they saw, as the playmaker was one of the shining lights in what was an otherwise disappointing campaign for the South Americans.


Galatasaray table £4 million bid for Arshavin, Arsenal want £7 million

The Sun reports that Turkish giants Galatasaray have made a £4 million bid for Arsenal's forgotten midfielder Andrei Arshavin. The Russian endured a torrid time at Emirates last season and has been widely tipped to leave the club this summer.

The 31-year old Russian however wasn't always a failure. In fact, Arshavin's start as a Gunner was quite explosive to say the least. He became a fan favourite very early and was seen taking on and beating defenders on a regular basis at the Emirates. However, he has endured a dip in form similar to Fernando Torres' fall into oblivion, and was subsequently shipped off to Zenit St. Petersburg for the second half of last season on loan so that he could get some regular playing time ahead of the European Championships.


Liverpool rekindle interest in Barcelona youngster Tello

Liverpool are back in the running for Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello, as rumours abound linking the young winger with a move away from the Camp Nou. The Merseyside club had previously expressed their interest in the youngster under legendary manager Kenny Dalglish, and now Brendan Rodgers is following suit and looking to snap up the impressive Spaniard.

The Welsh manager has been hired to instill an attacking style of play with the Reds, a task which he accomplished with flying colours at his previous club, Swansea. And he believes that Tello would fit perfectly into his system having watched him play in a possession centric attack-minded Barcelona team.


Laudrup says Joe Allen is better than Jordan Henderson, worth more than £20 million

New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is adamant on keeping his star midfielder Joe Allen and has attempted to ward off Liverpool by declaring that if they could pay close to £20 million to sign Jordan Henderson, they should need to cough up more for Allen. Former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers was planning a reunion with the 22 year-old at Anfield but the new price may prove to be too much for the Reds.

Allen has been a part of Swansea's youth system since 1999, making the transition to the senior side in 2007. The Welshman was also a part of Team GB at the London Olympics that lost to South Korea in the quarter-finals. The Welsh club have just rejected a £12.5 million offer for Allen as Laudrup finds the sum insufficient for a player of Allen's calibre.


Chelsea ready to swoop for 18-year old Wallace

Chelsea finally seem to be moving on from snapping up young and talented midfielders to addressing their main area of concern, i.e. the right back position. It looked as if the Champions League winners had forgotten about their most problematic area as skillful attacking prospects kept arriving at Stamford Bridge.

However, much to the delight of the Blues' fans, that is about to change. The Mirror brought forth the news today that Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Fluminense's right defender Wallace, and are considering him as a back-up option for primary target Cesar Azpilicueta.


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