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Wednesday's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup: Emiliano Martinez, Bernd Leno, Olivier Giroud

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Chelsea on Wednesday, September 16.

The summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Chelsea eye possible reinforcements.

The Blues failed to bring in a single player during the January window, despite seeing their transfer ban cut short by FIFA, but have already been busy this summer.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings from Stamford Bridge.

Wednesday morning's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup:


Emiliano Martinez confirms Arsenal exit

Arsenal's Emiliano Martinez in action against Liverpool in the Community Shield on August 29, 2020© Reuters

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has announced that he will be leaving the Gunners after a 10-year spell in North London.

The 28-year-old has been sent out on loan six times during his stint in the capital but became an integral part of the FA Cup-winning team last season following Bernd Leno's injury, starting in the 2-1 win over Chelsea in the final.

Martinez also helped the Gunners lift the Community Shield in what will turn out to be his last game for the club, with the Argentine confirming on social media that he is set to depart.

"For me, I could not be happier to leave through the front door with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me and the club supporting me," Martinez said in an Instagram video.

"I had 11 years at the club, and even if it was a hard road for me, and I suffered through my time at Arsenal, today I am happy and I tried to show young goalies how work pays off. When you work hard, you are not going to be happy the whole time, you are going to have frustration, bad times in life.

"They all understood at Arsenal and they support me for my decision. The Arsenal fanbase were always there for me, I felt their love.

"Even when Bernd got injured this season, I received loads of messages like 'we trust in you,' 'you are our goalie'. That made me confident, made me win games and made me the keeper I am today.

"They understood my story and they love the way I worked in the club. I am so glad to be part of the Arsenal family for 11 years."

Aston Villa are reportedly closing in on a deal for the shot-stopper, who made a total of 38 appearances for Arsenal, with 23 of those coming in the 2019-20 campaign.

Mikel Arteta's side have reportedly identified Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson as Martinez's replacement.



Chelsea 'refused to include Olivier Giroud in Edouard Mendy deal'

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud pictured in July 2020© Reuters

Chelsea reportedly turned down Rennes' request to include Olivier Giroud as part of the deal to bring Edouard Mendy to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Mendy is understood to be on the verge of completing his switch to West London in order to provide further competition for current number one Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Chelsea have reportedly agreed a £25m deal for the 28-year-old, but L'Equipe claims that Rennes' initial demands would have seen Giroud move in the opposite direction.

The Ligue 1 outfit wanted the French striker on loan for the 2020-21 season, in addition to a £37m fee.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard appeared to distance the club from the imminent arrival of Mendy following Monday's 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, but the deal is expected to be officially confirmed in the coming days.

Mendy was left out of Rennes' 4-2 win over Nimes on Sunday.


More transfer news from Chelsea:

Bayern Munich 'revive interest in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi'
Bayern Munich reportedly revive their interest in signing Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is also wanted by Juventus and RB Leipzig. Read more.

West Ham United to rival Inter Milan for Chelsea's Emerson?
West Ham United and Inter Milan will battle it out for the signature of out-of-favour Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri, according to a report. Read more.

West Brom complete signing of former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic
Branislav Ivanovic has signed a one-year deal at The Hawthorns. Read more.

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