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Tuesday's Premier League transfer talk news roundup: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jadon Sancho, Philippe Coutinho

Tuesday's Premier League transfer talk: Kepa, Sancho, Coutinho
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Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for the Premier League on Tuesday, July 28.

Sports Mole rounds up all of the latest transfer news in the Premier League on Tuesday, July 28.

Tuesday morning's Premier League transfer talk news roundup:


How Chelsea could line up next season with Jan Oblak

Whereas the coronavirus pandemic appears to have hampered the transfer plans of most clubs in world football, Chelsea continue to press ahead with their targets as they look to close the gap on the elite teams both at home and in Europe.

After successive transfer windows without signing a single player, the Blues have already secured the signatures of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, and reports suggest that there could be plenty more spending to come.

A new left-back, centre-back and another attacking midfielder are all thought to be on the agenda, but Frank Lampard's priority may have switched to a new goalkeeper following Kepa Arrizabalaga's underwhelming performances this season.

Chelsea are understood to have identified a three-man shortlist for their next shot-stopper, including Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how they could line up with the Slovakia international between the sticks.



CHE XI w/Oblak

Oblak would undoubtedly come straight in as first-choice goalkeeper, and his displays in recent years suggest that he would provide a much more stubborn final line of defence than Kepa has since his world-record arrival two years ago.

Most of the positions in front of Oblak would still be up in the air, though, while the formation itself is something Lampard must decide on having had success with 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 this season.

The problem with the latter is that it limits the number of central midfielders which, when you consider that Chelsea have N'Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour all battling for a place, leaves the Blues particularly bloated in that area of the field.

The rumoured interest in Kai Havertz would only add to the competition for places both in midfield and in the front three, where Werner and Ziyech will expect to start following their arrivals.

Christian Pulisic has been in fine form since the restart and, with age on his side, looks set to nail down that left-wing spot, but Callum Hudson-Odoi is another option on that side of the pitch.

Recent reports have claimed that Willian could yet stay at the club as well to challenge Ziyech for a place on the right, while Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud will act as back-up to Werner.

It is in defence where most of Chelsea's problems have come this season, though, and while this looks like a fearsome attacking lineup it may take more than just the addition of Oblak - or Nick Pope or Andre Onana for that matter - to solve those issues.

Cesar Azpilicueta's versatility has once again come in handy this season amid the emergence of Reece James, but questions remains over pretty much all of Chelsea's other defenders.



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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pictured on June 24, 2020
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'draws up four-man shortlist for Manchester United'

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pictured on June 24, 2020© Reuters

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly identified four transfer targets ahead of the new season.

While United finished in third place in the Premier League table, Solskjaer is expected to be given the funds to make several additions over the next six weeks.

According to The Mirror, the Norwegian has put together a four-player shortlist, which includes Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

Although United are allegedly against paying in the region of £110m, there is a desire to get a deal over the line as soon as possible.

Solskjaer is also said to be an admirer of Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish, who may be available after keeping his boyhood club in the top flight.

As far as defensive-minded players are concerned, approaches for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly and West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice appear most likely at this stage of the summer.


More transfer news from Premier League:

Arsenal 'tell Sokratis Papastathopoulos he is free to leave'
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reportedly tells defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos that he is free to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer. Read more.

Manchester United 'refusing to meet Jadon Sancho asking price'
Manchester United reportedly have no intention of meeting Borussia Dortmund's £110m asking price for Jadon Sancho. Read more.

Chelsea 'add Nick Pope to goalkeeper shortlist'
Chelsea are reportedly considering whether to reignite their previous interest in Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. Read more.

Manchester United target Jack Grealish 'worried about being priced out of move'
Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish is reportedly worried about being priced out of a summer move to either Manchester United or Manchester City. Read more.

Arsenal see second Thomas Partey bid rejected?
Atletico Madrid turn down a player-plus-cash offer involving Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal for midfielder Thomas Partey, according to a report. Read more.

Manchester City 'still in talks over Ferran Torres deal'
Manchester City and Valencia are locked in negotiations over a deal for winger Ferran Torres, according to a report. Read more.

Chelsea 'open to offers of £50m for Kepa Arrizabalaga'
Chelsea are open to selling goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalga for £50m this summer, according to a report. Read more.

Manchester United 'told to pay £80m for Jack Grealish'
Aston Villa will not let Manchester United-linked Jack Grealish leave for less than £80m this summer, according to a report. Read more.

Jurgen Klopp unconcerned by Liverpool squad size
The Reds boss used 24 players for their record-breaking Premier League title win and run to the last 16 of the Champions League. Read more.

Adam Lallana completes Brighton switch after leaving Liverpool
The 32-year-old was out of contract at Liverpool. Read more.

Leicester decide against making Ryan Bennett move permanent
The centre-back moved to Leicester on loan from Wolves in January. Read more.

Manchester United 'in talks with Dean Henderson over future'
Manchester United are reportedly holding talks with Dean Henderson regarding the goalkeeper's long-term future at Old Trafford. Read more.

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Philippe Coutinho in Bundesliga action for Bayern Munich on February 29, 2020
Arsenal considering £27m Philippe Coutinho loan deal?

Arsenal are reportedly contemplating whether to push through a big-money loan deal for Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Read more.

Kai Havertz 'wants Chelsea deal done by next week'
Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz is reportedly keen to secure a transfer to Chelsea by the end of next week. Read more.

Barcelona 'make Manchester City defender Eric Garcia a key target'
Barcelona reportedly have no intention of giving up in their bid to tempt Manchester City defender Eric Garcia into a return to Camp Nou. Read more.

Paul Pogba hints at Manchester United stay
Midfielder Paul Pogba suggests that he intends to continue his career at Manchester United next season. Read more.

Norwich sign 18-year-old Bali Mumba from Sunderland
The teenager has signed a four-year deal at Carrow Road. Read more.

Japhet Tanganga signs new long-term deal with Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho has opened the door for Jan Vertonghen to return to Spurs one day. Read more.

Dejan Lovren completes £10.9m Liverpool exit
The Croatia international ended a six-year spell at Anfield after making only 15 appearances this season. Read more.

Barcelona offer Arsenal Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal for Matteo Guendouzi?
Barcelona reportedly tell Arsenal that they would be willing to include both Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal in any deal to sign Matteo Guendouzi this summer. Read more.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga in action for Chelsea on July 22, 2020
Chelsea 'identify two-man goalkeeper shortlist to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga'

Chelsea reportedly identify Ajax's Andre Onana and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak as their preferred targets to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer. Read more.

Chelsea make breakthrough in Willian contract talks?
Chelsea reportedly make an important breakthrough in negotiations with Willian over a new contract at Stamford Bridge. Read more.

Manchester United see opening £89m Jadon Sancho bid rejected?
Manchester United reportedly see an opening bid of £89m for Jadon Sancho rejected by Borussia Dortmund, who are holding out for a £109m offer. Read more.

Manchester United, Chelsea 'turn down chance to sign Philippe Coutinho'
Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly among the Premier League clubs to have turned down the chance to sign Philippe Coutinho after being offered him by Barcelona. Read more.

Sean Dyche keen for Burnley contract talks to be resolved soon
Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon and Joe Hart all left during Project Restart. Read more.

Transfer window opens: Which Premier League players could be on the move?
Villa skipper Jack Grealish, Bournemouth's Callum Wilson and Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell will be in demand. Read more.

Jan Vertonghen confirms Tottenham Hotspur exit after eight years
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm is also departing at the end of his one-year contract. Read more.

Gary Neville urges Manchester United to make £170m summer investment
Gary Neville warns former club Manchester United that they will have to spend big this summer if they are to challenge on multiple fronts next season. Read more.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen told by Josep Maria Bartomeu to take a pay cut
Barcelona have prioritised contract talks with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the goalkeeper must accept a reduced salary if he is to stay on at Camp Nou. Read more.

Borussia Dortmund 'open talks for Jadon Sancho replacement'
Lille star Jonathan Ikone is being eyed up by Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Jadon Sancho, according to a report. Read more.

Chelsea 'step up Kai Havertz talks after sealing Champions League spot'
A report claims that Chelsea are in advanced talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a deal for young attacker Kai Havertz. Read more.

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