Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Blues ‘agree’ £53m deal, Maurizio Sarri announcement expected

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Wednesday July 4

Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea

Chelsea have agreed a £53m deal for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, it is claimed.

The Argentina international has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks.

And Italian outlet SportMediaSet claim Chelsea have now agreed a £53m (€60m) deal to land the Juve hitman.

They say the move could be made official once Maurizio Sarri is unveiled as Chelsea’s new manager.

Former Napoli boss Sarri is expected to replace Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge in the coming days, and Higuain, 30, tops Sarri’s summer wish list.

The pair worked together at Napoli, with Higuain netting a record 36 Serie A goals in the 2015-16 season.

Alisson Becker update

Chelsea transfer target Alisson Becker will not leave Roma before the World Cup ends, according to his agent Ze Maria Neis.

Alisson has forged a reputation as one of the globe’s top goalkeepers and he went to the World Cup as his country’s No 1.

The 25-year-old is wanted by Chelsea as Thibaut Courtois look set to head for the exit door having failed to sign a new deal.

Liverpool are likewise interested in getting Alisson on-board as they seek to replace current first-choice stopper Loris Karius.

Neis says a deal for his client to head to the Premier League is not going to be pushed through imminently though.

“Nothing will happen in the next few days,” Neis told Italian station Tele Radio Stereo. “Alisson is 100 per cent focussed on the World Cup.”

Arsenal favourites to sign Andre Gomes

Arsenal lead Chelsea in the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, the bookies claim.

The Gunners are keen to spend this summer, with Unai Emery said to have a £70m transfer war chest.

Arsenal have already signed Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno, and according to the bookies, Gomes could be Emery’s next summer signing.

“Andre Gomes could be set for a transfer to the Premier League, with Arsenal the clear 6/4 favourites to sign the 24-year-old,” said BetStars spokesman Ian Marmion.

“The Blues can be found at 4/1 to complete a deal for Gomes, whilst Tottenham are also in the mix at 8/1. AC Milan round up the betting market with odds of 16/1 to snap up the Portuguese international.”

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