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Timo Werner could be on his way out of Chelsea after only one season as the Blues contemplate a bold move for Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Braut Haaland, Football Insider reports. The 25-year-old Werner was one of Chelsea’s most hyped signings of last summer but is said to have failed to live up to expectations. Striker Haaland has become the hottest commodity in Europe, and Chelsea are now mulling shipping out Werner in a part-exchange deal for the 20-year-old in a bid to beat a host of other clubs to the Norwegian’s signature.

Manchester United are one of those clubs, having made signing Haaland their top priority, the Manchester Evening News reports. United missed the boat in their bid to sign Haaland last summer but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and football director John Murtough have agreed the centre-forward should be their major target as a long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku up front. Haaland has scored 37 goals from just 35 games for Dortmund and Norway this season.

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Juventus’ Paulo Dybala could be a target for Chelsea (Martin Rickett/PA)

Gabon international striker Aaron Boupendza is keen on a move from Turkey to the Premier League, with a host of clubs interested, according to 90min. The 24-year-old currently tops the scoring charts in the Turkish league with 18 goals from 28 games, but wants to leave his club Hatayspor to join countryman, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in England. Southampton, Tottenham, Leicester, West Ham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Wolves are said to be interested, while Aubameyang has also had a word with Gunners bosses.

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Manchester United’s Donny Van De Beek could be leaving the club after just one season (Phil Noble/PA)

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Ousmane Dembele: The 23-year-old France forward has been linked with a potential move to Manchester United, but is about to receive a new contract offer from Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.

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Cristiano Ronaldo would reportedly be happier in Madrid than Turin (Ian West/PA)

Martin Odegaard: Arsenal want to keep the 22-year-old Real Madrid loanee at the club and are exploring an loan extension or permanent deal for the midfielder, the Daily Mail reports.

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