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Deadline Day 2017-18

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Chelsea agree deal for Torino’s Zappacosta

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Cesar Azpilicueta may soon have some competition for having the coolest name at Chelsea…

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Reports from Sky Italy say that Antonio Conte‘s side have agreed a deal for Torino and Italian national team right back Davide Zappacosta.

Conte gave Zappacosta his first call up with Italy so knows all about the full back.

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The 25-year-old will be able to travel to London to complete the move before the World Cup qualifiers over the coming days.

According to the reports out of Italy Zappacosta will cost Chelsea $30 million plus add-ons.

Zappacosta is expected to compete with Victor Moses for the right wing-back spot at Chelsea.

Report: Man City make bid for Alexis Sanchez; Lemar to Arsenal

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Here we go. Things are heating up.

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Sky Sports claim that Manchester City have made a second bid for Alexis Sanchez.

City offered $64 million earlier this week for Arsenal’s 28-year-old Chile international but that was flat out rejected.

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Now, Pep Guardiola‘s side are said to have offered $77 million and it has also been reported that Man City have sent a delegation of officials to Santiago, Chile for Sanchez to undergo a medical and sign paperwork if a fee is agreed for the man who scored 24 goals and added 10 assists last season in the Premier League.

Despite having less than 12 months left on his Arsenal deal, Arsene Wenger has insisted all summer long that Sanchez would not be sold.

However it seems as though plans are being put in place for the Gunners to replace Sanchez…

Spanish soccer expert Guillen Ballague has stated that Arsenal have are confident of pushing through a move for Lemar as a direct replacement for Sanchez.

Lemar, 21, is currently on international duty with France and although AS Monaco insist the winger is not for sale, an offer of over $60 million could turn their heads.

The winger could play for France against Holland tonight at the Stade de France, but could he have a new club by the time that game is over?

Liverpool and Barcelona have also said to be keen on Lemar after Arsenal had two bids turned down for him earlier this summer.

Riyad Mahrez leaves Algeria squad for possible move

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Riyad Mahrez seems to be readying himself for a Deadline Day move.

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Mahrez, 26, was allowed to leave Algeria’s national team squad on Thursday as the team traveled to Zambia for a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Reports claim Mahrez has flown to Paris where he is currently hanging out as he waits for a bid to be accepted by Leicester, but other reports claim he is in both London and Barcelona.

This is turning into a real “Where’s Waldo” situation…

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A statement was released from the Algerian FA which said the following.

“Riyad Mahrez was authorized by the national coach Lucas Alcaraz and the Algerian Football Federation to make an express trip to Europe to formalize on Thursday his transfer to his new club. The national team will fly without him on Thursday morning to Lusaka to face Zambia on Saturday.”

Roma had three bids turned down by the Foxes earlier in the window, while Mahrez has been linked with a move to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona as his future could become the main topic of debate between now and 6 p.m. ET when the summer transfer window closes.

The mercurial winger was named the PFA Player of the Year in 2015-16 as Leicester won the Premier League title.

Mahrez released a statement at the start of this summer saying he wanted to leave the King Power Stadium but heading into the final hours of the window Leicester have reportedly received no fresh bids as he looks to force through a move.

Liverpool sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal

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Liverpool have completed the $45 million transfer of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, had his medical and agreed personal terms while on international duty with England ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Malta on Friday.

The Ox has signed a five-year deal for a reported $150,000 a week, as he is said to have turned down a new $230,000 a week deal at Arsenal to move to Anfield.

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In a statement Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed his excitement at joining Liverpool but his focus remains on the Three Lions.

“I’m currently away with England, so I’m at St George’s Park. Firstly, I’m delighted to have signed for Liverpool and a big thank-you to everyone here at the FA that has made this possible, using the facilities. It has been a massive help,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said. “I’m not going to say too much today; I’m here with England and we’ve got two big games coming up, so I want to focus on them. But I can’t wait to get to Melwood and you’ll hear first from me on LFCTV.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain becomes Liverpool’s fourth signing of the summer after Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke, while Jurgen Klopp broke Liverpool’s transfer record to sign Naby Keita for $71.2 million with the RB Leipzig midfielder to arrive next summer.

Klopp was happy to land Oxlade-Chamberlain and hinted that no decision has been made about where Oxlade-Chamberlain will line up on the pitch as the Ox is said to prefer a central midfield role.

“I hear a lot of talk about positions but let’s talk about the player; he is someone with really good abilities who always gives everything for his team. A player that is positive and willing to take risks to try and make positive things happen,” Klopp said. “He may still be young but he has a lot of experience in the Premier League, Champions League and for his country. Already he is a very, very good player and I think he has the mentality and desire to get even better – and that excites me. This is someone making a tough decision to leave one great club and come to another great club and I think he had many options, so to get him means I am delighted.”

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