Gossip: Arsenal waste time on Griezmann, Koulibaly set for Chelsea

Chelsea receive Kalidou Koulibaly boost after Arsenal waste time chasing £60m Antoine Griezmann
There is just one week to go before the summer transfer window slams shuts, with several Premier League clubs expected to continue chasing their top targets until then.

The rumour mill has predictably gone into overdrive in recent days as the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham are reported to be weighing up moves for players both in England and abroad.

Such rumours have continued on Wednesday so scroll down to see the best of today’s transfer gossip…
Chelsea have seemingly been aided in their pursuit of Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly after Manchester City agreed a deal with the Italian club to send their defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan there for the season, according to The Times.

Koulibaly has been on Chelsea’s radar this summer as Antonio Conte looks to strengthen his back line, with the player believed to be keen on a move to the Blues too.
Squawka have claimed that Arsenal are prepared to splash out more than £60million to sign Atletico Madrid’s star man Antoine Griezmann – although any transfer is now unlikely to happen.

The website reports that the Gunners may have been able to negotiate a move for the Frenchman had Atletico re-signed Diego Costa from Chelsea but, with the Spaniard staying at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal’s attempt to sign Griezmann does not look like happening this summer.
Chelsea are said to be preparing a £30million offer for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli, according to The Guardian.

Blues coach Conte has been keen to bolster his defence all summer and, The Guardian says if Milan can find a replacement for Romagnoli in time, they could be tempted to sell the 21-year-old to Chelsea in the coming week.
Arsenal have entered the race to sign Lyon’s Rachid Ghezzal, who is also wanted by West Ham, the Sun have claimed.
The Gunners are also said to have sent scouts to watch Kostas Manolas in action for Roma in their Champions League tie with Porto on Tuesday, the Mail have claimed.

The Greece international is a defender, a position Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen after injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel.

culled from :eveningstandard

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