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Is Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek poised to become Crystal Palace’s first signing of the summer?

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Reports coming from The Sun this afternoon have claimed that young Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek could become Frank de Boer’s first arrival at Selhurst Park since taking over last month.

The Dutchman was announced as Sam Allardyce’s successor in late June on a three-year deal and it seems that Chelsea’s 21-year-old prodigy will become his first signing, with a medical due to happen.

It is understood that Loftus-Cheek will join up with Crystal Palace on a season-long loan as boss Antonio Conte wants him to gain more first-team experience to stand him in good stead at Chelsea.

What can Loftus-Cheek bring to Selhurst Park?

Since joining Chelsea at just eight-years-old it’s fair to say that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been in the perfect place to develop his raw potential, working his way through the ranks up into the first-team.

Making his debut in 2014, the 21-year-old has made 22 appearances for Chelsea across three Premier League seasons, keeping himself on the periphery of the Blues’ squad.

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Add to this his wealth of experience playing for England’s youth sides – most recently featuring prominently for the Under-21s – and Palace have really secured one of the coups of the summer.

Tall in frame and slender in physique Loftus-Cheek has shown his talent with the ball at his feet, willing to drive from the heart of midfield and join in with play in the attacking third when possible.

He likes to get himself involved in play on the edge of the area, always looking to shift a yard of space and get a shot away, and seven goals for England’s Under-21s shows that he knows where the goal is.

Defensively he’s come on strong under the management of both Jose Mourinho and current boss Antonio Conte too, learning when to dive in and when to hold the opposition up; there’s little surprise that he’s been likened to Yaya Toure in the past with his powerful style of play and dominant figure in the middle.

With Chelsea edging closer to the signing of Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko – as per ESPN sources – it’s a wise move for Loftus-Cheek to take a year out and prove himself in the top-flight.

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It seems that it’s just a matter of time before an agreement is struck between Crystal Palace and Chelsea to allow Loftus-Cheek to move across London in a move that will keep both parties happy. Conte sees the youngster as a potential part of the long-term future at Stamford Bridge and, with another year of Premier League football under his belt, he could return to Chelsea a better player.

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Willian could hold key to Tottenham landing Anthony Martial

If Manchester United land the Brazilian it would undoubtedly improve Tottenham’s chances.

Jamie Watts

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Manchester United are reportedly preparing a £60 million bid to bring Chelsea winger Willian to Old Trafford this summer, according to reports from the Daily Mail, with manager Jose Mourinho having been linked with an approach for his former star for some time.

Chelsea were unwilling to sell at that time, but it is possible that Willian could be interested in a new challenge after apparently growing frustrated with life at Stamford Bridge, according to recent reports from Sky Sports. He managed a combined 25 goals and assists in 55 appearances in 2017/18, but only 20 of his 37 Premier League outings actually came as a starter.

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Tottenham meanwhile, have become frustrated at United’s assertion that Anthony Martial will not be sold this summer (Sky Sports), after Mauricio Pochettino made the Frenchman his priority target last month (the Sun), as he looks to bolster the supply line to Harry Kane next term.

However, Martial’s revelation that he wants to leave the club could be vital for Spurs, as Mourinho has previously stated that he would never stop a player from moving if they really want the move and the money is right. And he’s backed up his words, selling two-time Chelsea Player of the Year Juan Mata to his current club in 2014.

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The Red Devils are currently stacked in terms of depth for the left wing, with Marcus Rashford struggling to start games over January signing Alexis Sanchez, but wide-right is somewhat scarce and Willian would undoubtedly improve United’s balance for the better.

Although the manager would prefer the Frenchman went abroad, if he asked for the move to north London, Willian’s transfer to United would undoubtedly improve Pochettino’s chances of securing his key man. United will also be buoyed by their recent business with the west Londoners, having surprisingly secured the signing of Nemanja Matic from Stamford Bridge last summer.

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Rafa Benitez should plot Fernando Torres reunion at Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez should plot a reunion with his former superstar.

Jamie Watts

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Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish.

The Spaniard is calling for the club to back him in pursuit of a “10 to 15 goals a season” striker this summer, with the likes of Salomon Rondon (Northern Echo) and Bas Dost (the Sun) circulating around the Newcastle rumour mill.

However, both would likely break the Magpies current club-record of £16 million – for Michael Owen from Real Madrid in 2005 – and perhaps Benitez would be better served going for a former favourite.

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Fernando Torres is a free-agent having left Atletico Madrid, following last month’s Europa League triumph and Newcastle should offer the 34-year-old a route back to England’s top flight this summer.

Under Benitez’s tutelage at Liverpool, Torres was widely recognised as one of the most formidable forwards in world football, and though his impact has diminished over the years, there’s no doubting the World Cup winner’s quality in front of goal.

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The prospect of an elite level striker arriving at St James’ Park on a free transfer is a no brainier if the player can be convinced and the club should make it happen.  He knows the league inside-out, having made 212 appearances for Chelsea – where he won the Champions League – and with Benitez at Anfield, and he could instantly propel Newcastle’s attack to higher levels.

Becoming a crucial part of a new project on Tyneside would be enticing for Torres, as his unwavering desire and tenacity on a football pitch is something that cannot be questioned. And he doesn’t seem the type to move to the States or China in pursuit of one last pay-cheque.

He has all the attributes to become a cult-hero at Newcastle, and the club should act now.

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Arsenal fans call for Aleksandr Golovin signing after dazzling World Cup display

Arsenal fans are calling for an impulse signing after the World Cup opener yesterday.

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Arsenal already possess any array of creative forwards, but Gooners are extremely keen on CSKA Moscow maestro Aleksandr Golovin, after seeing the midfielder dazzle in Russia’s World Cup debut againt Saudi Arabia yesterday evening.

The 22-year-old already had links to north London spanning back to January (the Sun), with Arsene Wenger revealing his admiration for the player’s talent ahead of the Europa League quarter-final clash against the Russian heavyweights in March.

And Golovin highlighted his obvious ability last night, as Russia routed Saudi Arabia 5-1 in Moscow, creating two goals for teammates, before rounding an impressive display off with a sumptuous free-kick in added time.

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His vision and technical ability led the hosts to a comfortable victory, with a superbly placed cross finding Denis Cheryshev in the box to open the scoring in the 12th minute. Before he again showed his class to pick-out Artem Dzyuba with a floated cross, which the striker converted comfortably 20 minutes from time.

And Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to demand that Unai Emery should re-ignite interest in the player this summer.

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Arsenal’s recent focus has been on landing Sampdoria’s industrious midfielder Lucas Torreira, as the manager looks to add balance to the team, according to the Guardian. 

But it seems fans want Emery to keep a close eye on the World Cup this summer, as it has become something of a shop window in recent years. And Golovin could earn himself a high-profile move if he continues performing at such a high level.

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