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Calafiori in Transfer Tug-of-War: Arsenal or Serie A?

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Calafiori in Transfer Tug-of-War: Arsenal or Serie A?

Arsenal Target Calafiori Faces Transfer Tug-of-War as Former Director Questions Move (BBC) / Arsenal Transfer Target Calafiori Warned Off Move by Serie A Legend (CNN)

 

Italy star Riccardo Calafiori finds himself at the center of a transfer tug-of-war, with Arsenal reportedly close to securing his signature but a Serie A legend urging him to stay.

Arsenal Nearing Calafiori Deal, But Sabatini Raises Concerns

Arsenal are inching closer to signing Calafiori from Bologna, with reports suggesting a transfer fee is nearing agreement.The Gunners outmuscled competition from Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea, and Juventus for the €45 million-rated defender.

Calafiori, who impressed with his performances at Euro 2024, has emerged as a key player for Bologna since joining from Basel last year.

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However, former Serie A sporting director Walter Sabatini expressed his disappointment at the potential loss of such a talent.

“It’s a disaster when strong, young players like him leave our league,” Sabatini lamented to Radio Sportiva.

Calafiori’s Allure and Arsenal’s Vision

While acknowledging Calafiori’s hefty price tag, Sabatini believes it reflects his potential.

“He’s left-footed, imposing, and has real personality on the pitch,” Sabatini praised. “Remember his run against Croatia?That takes quality, courage, and the ability to execute – traits of a great player.”

 

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Arsenal, meanwhile, have reportedly presented Calafiori with a long-term vision that appeals to him more than other offers. Their focus on signing young talent aligns with their strategy of building a competitive squad for the future.

Calafiori: Arsenal’s First Summer Signing?

The acquisition of Calafiori could be Arsenal’s first summer signing, fulfilling manager Mikel Arteta’s promise of an “aggressive” transfer window.

Will Calafiori choose Premier League glory or stay and develop in Serie A? Only time will tell.

 

 

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Ballon d’Or 2024: Spain Coach Snubs Vinicius and Bellingham, Picks Euro 2024 Best Player as Favourite

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The debate over who deserves the 2024 Ballon d’Or continues to divide fans and pundits. Initially, Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior were the frontrunners, especially with their performances leading up to the European Championship and Copa America.

However, their outings in these tournaments have seemingly diminished their chances.

Spain’s manager, Luis de la Fuente, fresh off leading La Roja to victory in the European Championship, has weighed in on the matter. Following Spain’s 2-1 triumph over England in the final at Olympiastadion on Sunday, July 14, the 63-year-old coach revealed his pick for the prestigious award.

De la Fuente’s team, widely praised as the best at the tournament, secured their reputation with a well-deserved victory. Consequently, de la Fuente’s endorsement carries significant weight, further shaking up the Ballon d’Or race.

 

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PSG Tables €200m Bid for Osimhen and Kvaratskhelia

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French giants PSG have reportedly made a stunning €200m bid for Napoli stars Victor Osimhen and Khvicha  Kvaratskhelia.

Osimhen, whose summer transfer market release clause is €130m, could be sold for €100m as Napoli appears ready to offload the Nigerian international. The proposed deal splits as €110m for Osimhen and €90m for the Georgian winger.

Reports from Corriere dello Sport indicate that PSG and Saudi club Al Ahli are keen on signing Osimhen. However, the striker dreams of playing in the Premier League and is not considering a move to the Saudi Pro League.

Despite the offer, Napoli has maintained that Kvaratskhelia is not for sale, having previously rejected a €110m bid from PSG in June. The Serie A champions remain firm on their stance regarding the talented winger.

Meanwhile, Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea have shown interest in the 25-year-old Osimhen but have balked at the full €130m release fee. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis might accept a lower offer if it arrives soon, allowing the club to pursue Romelu Lukaku, their primary target.

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Transfer News Live: Chelsea Renew Pursuit of Osimhen with Blockbuster Swap Deal

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Chelsea is reigniting their interest in Napoli’s star striker, Victor Osimhen, by reportedly offering one of their top talents in a blockbuster swap deal.

The transfer saga surrounding Osimhen continues to unfold. Despite having a verbal agreement to leave Napoli this summer, no European club has met his €130 million release clause.

 

Chelsea’s Tempting Offer for Osimhen

According to transfer expert Rudy Galetti, Chelsea is determined to secure Osimhen and is proposing a deal that includes Cesare Casadei, Romelu Lukaku, and a significant cash sum.

 

New Napoli manager Antonio Conte is eager to reunite with Lukaku, his former Inter Milan star, but negotiations have been challenging. Chelsea is also looking to offload Armando Broja and Trevoh Chalobah, though Napoli has shown no interest in these players.

 

With Arsenal reportedly out of the race for Osimhen, Chelsea remains hopeful that Napoli will accept their swap deal to finalize this high-profile transfer.

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