Transfer gossip: Telegraph say Chelsea are set to sign Giroud for £18m

Some of the recent transfer speculation involving Chelsea…

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Chelsea have agreed a fee with Arsenal for Olivier Giroud, according to The Telegraph.

The Telegraph say the Blues are poised to sign Giroud for £18m and that this will pave the way for Arsenal to complete the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, with Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi joining the German club on loan as Aubameyang’s replacement.

Earlier, The Sun claimed Chelsea will move for Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente if they cannot land Giroud.

And the Daily Star claimed Chelsea are ready to let David Luiz join Arsenal in exchange as part of a deal involving Giroud.

Speculation over Hazard and Courtois

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The Telegraph say Chelsea will refuse any bid from Manchester City for Eden Hazard – even an offer of £200m.

The Mirror have claimed City are looking to buy the Belgian for £150m this summer and that he is boss Pep Guardiola’s number one target.

There also continues to be speculation over the future of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

It comes after Real Madrid, who have long been linked with the Belgian, apparently missed out on the signing of Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Real were apparently keen to sign Arrizabalaga, who has signed a new contract.

A number of newspapers, including the Telegraph, suggest this could put Courtois’ future in doubt.

It is claimed that Real do not want him to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge and could make a move to sign him.

Rochdale youngster linked

Chelsea are interested in Rochdale teenager Daniel Adshead, it is claimed.

ESPN say it has been told by “sources close to the League One club” that the Dale prospect, 16, is being monitored by the Blues and Arsenal.

Midfielder Adshead broke into the first team this season and has been touted as one of the Football League’s brightest young players.

Sun say Sunderland boss wants Ampadu

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Sunderland boss Chris Coleman reportedly wants to sign Ethan Ampadu on loan from Chelsea.

Wales international Ampadu, 17, has impressed for Chelsea’s first team when selected this season and The Sun say Coleman is looking to take him to the Stadium of Light.