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Chelsea and Leeds set to go to war over summer transfer for Brentford sensation Said Benrahma

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LEEDS could be set to battle Chelsea for the signature of Brentford’s star winger Said Benrahma.

Premier League new boys Leeds are reportedly planning to go head-to-head with their old rivals for the Algeria international. 

Leeds look set to join Chelsea in the race to sign Brentford winger Said Benrahma

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Leeds look set to join Chelsea in the race to sign Brentford winger Said Benrahma

Benrahma, 24, has won plaudits for his outstanding performances for the London side in the Championship. 


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The Bees player, who’s valued around the £25million price mark, has been on target 17 times and provided four assists so far this term. 

Benrahma’s knack for playing on the left and right wings reportedly attracted the attention of Frank Lampard’s club this season. 

And the player’s versatility has also piqued the interest of Leeds manager Bielsa, who had a public fallout with Lampard over a spygate row during his tenure as Derby coach.

With Brazil veteran Willian’s future still to be decided, Benrahma has been linked with a switch to the Blues, according to the Daily Express

However, with the club signing former Ajax star Hakim Ziyech, it remains to be seen as to whether a move down the road could be on the cards for the Brentford star.

Leeds, whose fierce rivalry with Chelsea goes back decades to the 1969-70 season when they faced each other six times, have reportedly compiled a list of transfer targets they believe will cement their Premier League place. 

And Marco Bielsa is believed to have made a Benrahma buy a top priority for the Elland Road side, according to reports. 

Marco Bielsa is reported to have added Said Benrahma to his transfer target list ahead of next season

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Marco Bielsa is reported to have added Said Benrahma to his transfer target list ahead of next seasonCredit: Alamy Live News

However, any swoop for the player could prove to be tough to push through if Brentford see-off Fulham in their Championship play-off game on Tuesday. 

But if Scott Parker’s players defeat the Bees, Leeds – who won the Championship by ten points – could make their move for the Brentford winger by the end of the week. 

On his playing future Benrahma said: “I was really flattered [to see myself linked with those clubs]

“But, at the same time, I am so focused about getting out of the Championship with Brentford that I do not pay too much attention.

“But it gives me confidence.

“It has always been a target of mine to play in the Premier League and I really wish to play in the Premier League with Brentford.

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“It would be magnificent for Brentford because it would be the first time and we have really been working hard on it. I am still confident.”

Leicester City and Newcastle were previously keen on the Algerian.

SunSport revealed the duo were willing to pay up to £15million to buy the winger, but his value has increased since then.

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Copenhagen star Zeca thanks Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his work with the club

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to have gained an unlikely fan after guiding the club to the Europa League semi-finals. 

The Red Devils sneaked a 1-0 win over Copenhagen and after the full-time whistle in Cologne, Solskjaer was greeted by the Danish side’s skipper Zeca – who was keen to thank him for the work he had done at Old Trafford.

United clinched the quarter-final victory in extra time thanks to Bruno Fernandes‘ penalty, and despite Copenhagen being dumped out of the competition after a plucky display, their captain was quick to hold a bizarre conversation with the Norwegian.

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was greeted by Copenhagen Zeca after their 1-0 win

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was greeted by Copenhagen Zeca after their 1-0 win

Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was greeted by Copenhagen Zeca after their 1-0 win 

He thanked him for his work at Old Trafford while Solskjaer said match-winner Bruno Fernandes (R) was 'helping' in the club's revival

He thanked him for his work at Old Trafford while Solskjaer said match-winner Bruno Fernandes (R) was 'helping' in the club's revival

He thanked him for his work at Old Trafford while Solskjaer said match-winner Bruno Fernandes (R) was ‘helping’ in the club’s revival

Zeca shakes hands with Solskjaer and pats him on the back while saying: ‘Thank you very much for everything you have done in Manchester.’

Solskjaer walks with the 31-year-old towards the touchline and replies: ‘We’re trying to get it back.’ He then points to match-winner Fernandes alongside him and says: ‘He is [Fernandes] helping, this boy is helping.’

Still in a complimentary mood, Zeca responded: ‘Yeah, this guy is amazing. He’s amazing.’

Fernandes scored the only goal of the game to steer the Red Devils to the Europa League semis

Fernandes scored the only goal of the game to steer the Red Devils to the Europa League semis

Fernandes scored the only goal of the game to steer the Red Devils to the Europa League semis

Greek international Zeca, clearly a United enthusiast, has been with Copenhagen since 2017 and previously made 249 appearances for Panathinaikos in a six-year spell.   

United fans will certainly be pleased with the job Solskjaer has done, with the team finishing third in the Premier League to secure Champions League football next season despite making their worst start to a season in 30 years.

The former Cardiff boss found himself under severe pressure after a string of poor results early on in the 19-20 campaign but inspired his players to a remarkable comeback.

Solskjaer has a chance to lift his first trophy with United after reaching the last four in Germany

Solskjaer has a chance to lift his first trophy with United after reaching the last four in Germany

Solskjaer has a chance to lift his first trophy with United after reaching the last four in Germany

He was able to get big performances out of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood and also guided his side to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

And after seeing off Copenhagen at the World-Cup style Europa League finals in Germany, United now face a semi-final against either Sevilla or fellow Premier League outfit Wolves. 

Should they make their way past the winner of that tie, Solskjaer will have a chance to lift his first trophy with the club at the grand final on August 21. 

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Arsenal ‘told to pay close to £27m to land Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira’

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Arsenal are lining up a move for Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen the Gunners’ midfield options. 

The 28-year-old has been an integral part of a title-winning Porto team this season and has made 40 appearances across all competitions for the club.

And Portuguese news outlet O Jogo have reported that the 28-year-old will be available this summer and have set an asking price of close to £27m.

Danilo Pereira has been linked with a move away from Porto join Mikel Arteta's Arsenal side

Danilo Pereira has been linked with a move away from Porto join Mikel Arteta's Arsenal side

Danilo Pereira has been linked with a move away from Porto join Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side

The 28-year-old has been an integral part for Porto and played 40 times in all competitions

The 28-year-old has been an integral part for Porto and played 40 times in all competitions

The 28-year-old has been an integral part for Porto and played 40 times in all competitions

The club rejected a bid of £27m for the player last summer but now feel that figure is a fair price.

However it is believed Arsenal are not willing to pay as much for the player as the Portuguese champions would like.

Mikel Arteta’s side is only willing to spend £18m on the player, and it is said a bid of this price would be instantly rejected by Porto.

This could mean Arsenal will need to increase their offer for Pereira who could add some steel to the Gunners’ midfield.

The Gunners have a restricted transfer budget this summer on the back of the covid-19 pandemic. 

Arsenal are hoping to clear funds by offloading Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil this summer which could prove to be a tough ask in terms of the latter.

Mikel Arteta is hoping to strengthen Arsenal's options in midfield in the summer window

Mikel Arteta is hoping to strengthen Arsenal's options in midfield in the summer window

Mikel Arteta is hoping to strengthen Arsenal’s options in midfield in the summer window

Pereira though is a no-nonsense type midfielder who could be seen as a cheaper alternative to Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey who the Gunners have also been linked with in recent months.

The midfielder has spoken out in the past about a potential move to the North London Club.

He told Stats Perform News as per The Sun: ‘I think he (Arteta) is doing a really, really, good job there. He is a really good coach who started as the second coach at [Manchester] City, so he has a little experience and Arsenal play very good football and I think he is doing very well there.

Pereira is valued at £27m  though Arsenal reportedly only wish to pay £18m for the midfielder

Pereira is valued at £27m  though Arsenal reportedly only wish to pay £18m for the midfielder

Pereira is valued at £27m  though Arsenal reportedly only wish to pay £18m for the midfielder

‘He is a Spanish coach, he is a bit similar to Portuguese coaches, they also want to play with the ball and improve with the ball, so I think he is a good coach.

 ‘The style I think I can fit there, the way he plays also thinking on the ball, the team always has to be together – I think it is a good way to play.’

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Ibrahimovic, 38, expected to sign new £104k-a-week AC Milan contract this week after returning from Saint-Tropez holiday

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AC MILAN are set to hand Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new one-year deal with the club delighted by his performances following his arrival in the winter transfer window.

The 38-year-old chipped in with 11 goals and five assists in 20 games in all competitions as he helped the Rossoneri secure a Europa League spot.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly set to sign a new one-year deal at the San Siro

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly set to sign a new one-year deal at the San SiroCredit: Reuters

SunSport reported last month how the Serie A side were ready to hand the Swedish striker a £104,000-a-week contract at the San Siro.

And now it has been claimed that he will put pen to paper on a new deal this week once he returns from his break in Saint-Tropez.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ibrahimovic will sign a contract at the club that will last until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

It has been claimed that Ibrahimovic’s signature is all that is needed for the announcement to become official.

After weeks of negotiations, it is believed that news of his stay will be confirmed later this week.

Gazzetta dello Sport reported in July that Ibrahimovic could sign a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

This would mean that the ex-Manchester United star would be 40 by the time his second spell ends in Milan.

There were rumours that Leeds were eyeing up a move for the maverick forward after the former Barcelona man stated he is unsure whether he will remain in Italy.

But Ibrahimovic put an end to speculation regarding his future after he appeared in Milan’s kit launch for next term.

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