Chelsea and Arsenal have reportedly put Thomas Strakosha on their list of potential summer transfer targets, as both are looking for a successor for Kepa Arrizabalaga and Bernd Leno, their second-choice goalkeepers.
Thomas Tuchel, the head coach of the West London giants, has often praised the professionalism of the ex-club-record signing, who has not always pleased during his time at Stamford Bridge.
However, in addition to pouring praise on the Spain international, the German manager has hinted that talks concerning the future of the second-choice goalkeeper will take place.
Mikel Arteta is also seeking for a successor for Bernd Leno, who is expected to leave the Emirate Stadium after his agents acknowledged Arsenal’s interest.
Although it is unknown whether Kepa would submit a transfer request this summer, Chelsea is in a position where they must evaluate other options.
Stravosha, a soon-to-be free agent, has piqued the curiosity of Premier League heavyweights, according to trade expert Fabrizio Romano.
Fulham were said to be close to signing Strakosha earlier this month, but they are currently in discussions with Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
While Strakosha would become first choice if he moved to Craven Cottage, he would do so with the knowledge that Edouard Mendy would remain first choice at Chelsea.
- Arsenal plotting move for Wolves 24-year-old midfielder
Arsenal’s long-running pursuit of Ruben Neves has reportedly been thwarted, with Barcelona attempting to lure the star away from Wolves.
The Gunners were reportedly planning a summer bid for the Portuguese midfielder as part of a transfer revamp, according to The Sun.
According to reports, the 25-year-old former Porto captain is being eyed as a possible successor to Granit Xhaka.
Jose Mourinho’s Roma are said to be after the Switzerland international once more, with the Special One anxious to sign him after failing to do so in 2021.
However, according to Spanish media, the North London giants may miss out on Ruben’s signature to the Blaugrana.
According to Sport, Xavi has identified Neves as Sergio Busquets’ long-term replacement.
Also, according to the above source, the La Liga club would have to pay at least £35 million to persuade Bruno Lage’s team to sell.
Joan Laporta, the club president, is said to have an excellent rapport with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, according to the news outlet.
Barcelona and the Midlands club have a long history of cooperation, with the two clubs collaborating on a number of transactions in recent seasons.
- Arsenal considering £42m move for 27-year-old Serie A star
According to reports, Arsenal is planning a move for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The 27-year-old star has been linked with a move to a number of Europe’s biggest clubs for some time, but no deal has yet materialized, leaving him to enjoy a fruitful seven-year spell with Lazio.
Arsenal are supposed to be interested in bolstering their midfield this summer, with Youri Tielemans and others linked with a move to the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta has also been linked with Wolves’ Ruben Neves, but according to Corriere dello Sport, Arsenal is now keeping a close eye on Milinkovic-Savic.
The article also mentions Newcastle United’s apparent interest, although the midfielder is expected to turn down the offer due to his desire to join a ‘top’ club instead.
Regardless, the Gunners are expected to make a proposal of approximately £42 million for Milinkovic-Savic, according to the source, but Lazio are expected to want a sum of roughly £55 million for their star player, who has two years left on his contract.
Granit Xhaka has been linked with a move to AS Roma, and Milinkovic-Savic might be a suitable alternative.