Barcelona boss confirms move for Chelsea target Robert Lewandowski

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has confirmed the club are working on the signing of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski this summer.

Lewandowski, 33, still has one year to run on his contract but last week revealed his desire to leave Bayern after eight seasons at the German club.

After missing out on Erling Haaland to Manchester City, Barca’s striker search has turned to the Poland international with Xavi desperate to add more firepower to his side.

“Yes, Lewandowski is an option,” Xavi revealed.

“He has already said he wants to leave, there are negotiations, but he still has a contract at his club. It won’t be easy being Bayern, but it’s an option.”

Inter, AC Milan, Napoli, others battle for Chelsea youngster as Thomas Tuchel remains adamant

There are reports that Chelsea striker Armando Broja, who has been on loan at Southampton this season, is attracting interest from AC Milan, Inter, Napoli, Newcastle, and West Ham.

The striker, who has been on loan with Southampton this term, has enjoyed a decent campaign after scoring nine goals in all competitions for a struggling Saints side.

But the Albania international is unsure about his future at Stamford Bridge and could be persuaded to move if a club bids around £25m for his services.

While widespread interest in his services could lead to a move, Broja remains highly rated at Stamford Bridge with Thomas Tuchel suggesting that all of the club’s young players will have the chance to challenge for a spot in his plans during pre-season.

He said: “First of all, they will come back because they are our players.

“When we give them on loan, we do this for them but also for us to have better, more experienced players back. They are our players and I want to have them in pre-season and then we decide what’s going on.

“It’s heavily linked to them, to how they integrate and what they do and what our ideas are for them and what they want to reach. It’s heavily linked to our sanctions, the situation around the club.

“It is too early to predict the future for them given the role of the whole season, but they will be back for pre-season, that’s for sure.”

However speaking about Broja specifically in January, Tuchel specifically praised the striker.

He said: “Armando is getting better and better.

“He is a very unique player with some very unique strengths in his game. His speed, he is robust. He is a goalscorer.”

Antonio Conte set to hijack Chelsea move for veteran defence ace

Tottenham Hotspur are exploring the possibility of signing Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic on a free transfer, according to ESPN.

Although Inter are continuing talks with the 33-year-old in an effort to find an agreement before his contract expires this summer, Perisic is increasingly likely to leave the club with Juventus leading the race for his signature.

However, sources have told ESPN that Spurs have emerged as a possible alternative destination, with the player open to a possible reunion with Antonio Conte in north London.

Thomas Partey returns as Arsenal angle for final Champions League place

Thomas Partey returned to training ahead of the Gunners’ long shot at finishing fourth.

The midfield anchorman and striker Alexandre Lacazette looked hungry in practice.

But Arsenal will need fulsome luck as well as full commitment to nick back the final Champions League place from Tottenham.

The Gunners need victory over Everton at the Emirates plus Spurs to lose at bottom team Norwich.

Boss Mikel Arteta said: “We know we are back in Europe… Hopefully it will be the Champions League because I believe we will do what we need to do against Everton and then we will be cheering for Norwich.

“Maybe they have been saving all their goals for this final game and something special can happen.”

Arsenal can only nab the last Champions League spot with victory and Spurs losing at bottom side Norwich.

And Partey’s anchorman presence in midfield would offer boss Mikel Arteta more assurance if he’s fully recovered from injury

The Gunners won four and lost four without him.

PSG chief to lose his job after Kylian Mbappe shock U-turn to renew contract

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo could be replaced by Luis Campos in the wake of Kylian Mbappe’s shock U-turn to stay at the club, according to ESPN.

Mbappe signed a three-year deal, snubbing a widely expected move to Real Madrid, after a change of heart following months of negotiations between the two clubs.

The reports added that one of the key points in Mbappe’s discussions with PSG centered around Leonardo, with whom he has an uneasy relationship.

In one of the many rounds of talks held with the PSG hierarchy, Mbappe said he is not keen on Leonardo as the club’s sporting director next season and identified transfer guru Luis Campos as an alternative.

Campos was at Monaco when Mbappe burst on to the scene and won the Ligue 1 title in 2017, as well as reaching the Champions League semifinals. The 57-year-old has a reputation for unearthing top talent and securing large transfer fees for hidden gems, with Mbappe one of many notable successes.

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Napoli reject Arsenal “mega offer” for Victor Osimhen

Arsenal have reportedly had a club-record £76million bid for striker Victor Osimhen rejected by Napoli.

The Gunners have been linked with a move to bring the 23-year-old to the Emirates with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah set to depart as free agents.

According to Calciomercato, via The Sun, Napoli have knocked back the club’s £76m offer as they hold out for more money.

It has been stated that the Serie A giants will only part ways with the player should they receive a whopping fee in the region of £93m.

The Italian news outlet has claimed that it is possible Arsenal will come back in with a second bid.