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Di Matteo and Malouda set for future talks, exit planned for first week of August

Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has planned discussions with wantaway midfielder Florent Malouda when the player returns from his summer break, indicating that the player might be on his way out before the start of the upcoming season.

Malouda enjoyed an extended break following his participation in the European Championships earlier this summer, and on Tuesday joined the Blues in the US, where the London club are preparing for the new season.

However, the Frenchman might not be sticking around at the club much longer, with discussions ongoing between the player and Brazilian outfit Santos over a deal to take him to the South American club.


Arsenal's initial offer for M'Baye Niang rejected by Caen

Arsene Wenger has been rebuffed by Ligue 2 outfit Caen over young striker M'Baye Niang as reports suggest that Arsenal's initial bid has been rejected. The 17 year old spent a week on trial with the Gunners, who have now moved to sign up the teenager for a reported fee of £6m. But with Tottenham and Manchester City also showing a keen interest in the striker, Caen are unsurprisingly orchestrating a bidding war.

Caen's president, Jean-Francois Fortin talked about the bid from Arsenal to Frenchman newspaper Ouest-France where he said: “Is not derogatory, but it's not yet quite what we want.” Caen want Niang to continue his development in France rather than make a big money move at such a young age.


Chelsea about to solve right-back woes with deal for Marseille's Azpilicueta

Chelsea have made Marseille's Cesar Azpilicueta their number one defensive target as the Blues turn their attention to the Spaniard after seemingly losing out on Maicon. Azpilicueta has been on Chelsea's radar for a while now but they are expected to go in with a serious bid reports the Daily Star, with £7m the price tag placed on him by Marseille.

The 22 year old has been in impressive form in recent times, which has won him a place in Spain's Olympic squad. He still has two years left to run in his Marseille contract but L'OM are prepared to offload him to free up finances, with the report suggesting that the deal could even be completed within 48 hours. Although, it seems highly unlikely considering the player's involvement with his National team at the London Olympics.


Arsenal prepared to play the waiting game with Walcott

Contract issues with players are a common occurrence at Arsenal these days as the Gunners have had to go through tedious negotiations with a number of their big name stars, which ultimately end in disappointment. Robin van Persie is the current poster child as the striker has refused to sign new terms with only a year left to run, thus pushing him closer to an Arsenal exit. Theo Walcott is also sailing in the same boat as the Englishman's contract expires next summer and the club are yet to begin negotiations. Chelsea and Liverpool have already declared an interest in the winger who broke through the ranks at Southampton.

The Guardian reports that Arsenal are prepared to play the waiting game, hoping to either kickstart talks during the pre-season tour of Asia or after the touring party returns to England. There have been reports suggesting a supposed disagreement over weekly wages, with Walcott demanding a significant pay rise, something which even Van Persie hasn't been able to garner.


Tottenham to hijack Chelsea's bid for Hulk

Ever since taking over at Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas has used every opportunity to throw punches at his former employers Chelsea. And, the Portuguese manager is set for further gratification at the expense of Chelsea as reports emerge linking Porto's Hulk with Spurs. Chelsea have courted the Brazilian for a long time, with the attacker seemingly set for a Stamford Bridge move this summer.

But Chelsea and Porto haven't seen eye to eye on the transfer fee, which reportedly stands at a £38m. The 25 year old's talents combined with his imposing physique has helped him establish himself as a regular with the Brazilian national team, for whom he will feature at the Olympics.The player has previously worked with Villas-Boas, who as the Daily Mail claims promises to offer regular first-team football.


Real Madrid planning swoop for Man City defender Micah Richards

Spanish champions Real Madrid have got in touch with Manchester City to open transfer talks for right-back Micah Richards, reports the Daily Star. The player is also considering the offer to move to Spain although Manager Roberto Mancini is unlikely to let him depart this summer without a fight.

24 year-old Richards is an academy graduate of City and has played for the first team since 2005. He played a key role in City's title triumph last season, and the defender has made over 200 appearances for the Premier League champions. Although he was left out of the England squad for Euro 2012, his performances have forced Stuart Pearce to include him in the Great Britain Olympics squad. The player is said to open to the switch after being left out of the starting eleven several times by Roberto Mancini last season.


Dave Whelan rejects third Chelsea bid for Victor Moses

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan claims that he has rejected another bid for Victor Moses rumoured to be worth £5 million from Champions League winners Chelsea. Roberto Di Matteo is keen on landing the Nigerian this summer and Chelsea had earlier submitted two unsuccessful bids for the player.

The 21 year-old was picked up by scouts from Crystal Palace and graduated to the first team in 2007. The forward joined the Latics in 2010 and put up several impressive performances for Wigan as they dodged relegation with a fine run of form near the end of last season. The upcoming player grabbed the attention of Chelsea officials after he added 6 goals and provided 6 assists last season.


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