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Papy Djilobodji turned down by Newcastle United, Sunderland?

New Chelsea signing Papy Djilobodji was reportedly offered to Newcastle United and Sunderland for £4m before being brought to Stamford Bridge by Jose Mourinho.

Newly-signed Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji was turned down by Newcastle United and Sunderland prior to moving to the Premier League champions, according to a report.

Senegalese international Djilobodji joined Jose Mourinho's side from Nantes on a four-year deal on deadline day after the Blues gave up the chase for Everton's John Stones.

However, according to Chronicle Live, Sunderland were offered the chance to sign the 27-year-old just days earlier, while North-East rivals Newcastle were also apparently made aware of the potential for a £4m transfer.

Both clubs turned down the opportunity to follow up on a deal, and Chelsea instead swooped in to bring Djilobodji to Stamford Bridge.

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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