Chelsea target encouraged to move – Blues target makes statement – £72M star a wanted man

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Long-term CHELSEA transfer target Lautaro Martinez has said he is happy at Inter Milan, despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

The Argentine has started this season in blistering form, with the 26-year-old scoring 12 goals in his opening 13 matches this season in Serie A and the Champions League.

His performances this season has already started all the speculation about his long-term future at the Italian club, as many of the worlds top teams are all lining up a possible move for the man.

The club have been linked with a move for Lautaro over the past couple of transfer windows,but have been unable to get a deal done as they are simply not prepared to pay the massive asking price for the World Cup winner.

Real Madrid are the latest club to be linked with a move for the player as they seek to sign a proven goal-scoring forward that has the ability to lead that attack, but it seems that they may even miss out on the striker after his latest transfer statement.

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID –

“Obviously we are talking about a very important team [in Real Madrid], but my thoughts and my mind are always turned towards Inter,” Martinez said at the Balon D’Or ceremony.

“I am very happy there, I have a contract and my family is very happy in Milan. This evening is special for me, I thank Inter and the Argentine national team.

“What do I hope for 2024? To be able to continue competing, bring Inter as high as possible and represent Argentina in the best way. And win titles, because this is sport.”

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The interest from us has wavered in recent months, but we are still a club that would be interested should Martinez ever decide to test himself in another League in the next couple of windows.

RAMSDALE CLAIM MADE – 

Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted CHELSEA target Aaron Ramsdale’s chances of playing for England at Euro 2024 could depend on him quitting Arsenal in January.

Ramsdale featured in the opening four games of the season for Arteta and co. But David Raya has started to establish himself in that Arsenal side and there is a feeling that Arteta believes the Spaniard is the way forward.

And that has led to many reports in the media suggesting that Ramsdale is open to the idea of leaving Arsenal if he does not get more game time, as he wants to be on that plane for the England Team at the European Championships.

Now, amid the speculation that we are keen on a deal, Agbonlahor has opened up and told Ramsdale that his place on that plane may depend on him leaving the club this January window.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “100%, it’s on his mind. and he’s thinking of quitting in January.

“The problem with goalkeepers is that they rarely get injured.

“They’re not really going to pull a hamstring or a calf – so when’s he going get his football?

“Raya has played every game since coming in.

“Ramsdale knows now that his career and chances of going to the Euros with England could well depend on him moving in January.

“Sometimes you’ve got to accept that you’re number two. The manager isn’t going to come out and say it, but he’s not thick.”

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If he is not good enough for them, why is he good enough for us?

KEPA WANTED – 

Real Madrid want to make Kepa Arrizabalaga’s loan move from CHELSEA permanent and are willing to offer their second choice goalkeeper as part of the deal.

Kepa has made 12 appearances so far this season and has helped Real Madrid to the top of La Liga and three straight Champions League victories.

But come next summer, he’ll have just one year left on his contract meaning Real could secure his services for a cut-price fee if the Blues decide that they no longer wanted to keep him at the club, which is very much a likely option.

Having signed Kepa on loan during the summer, Real Madrid are prepare to strike a permanent deal. But The Sun reports Los Blancos will only pay £17.5 million ($21m), which would mean a huge loss for Chelsea on the £72m ($88m) they paid for him in 2018 – which remains a world-record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.

The player is said to be willing to accept a wage cut for it to happen, though.

The Spanish star recently come out and revealed that he would like to stay at Madrid on a permanent deal, telling Spanish TV, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano: Of course I’d love to stay at Real Madrid in the future.

‘Who doesn’t want to stay at this club? I’m very, very happy here.’

Kepa has also spoken about the decision to leave CHELSEA in the summer: ‘The loan to Madrid was very quick,’ Kepa told AS. ‘Everything was sealed in a few hours, with just two phone calls.

‘I had spent five seasons at a big club, Chelsea, and I thought a change could be good for me. It’s true that there was the option of Bayern… but Real Madrid called and I didn’t have to think about it.

‘If there were other opportunities before it didn’t matter, what matters is that it became a reality last summer.’

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