Chelsea agree deal for Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile
Chelsea have finalised an agreement to sign Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile, 90min can confirm.
After failing to convince RB Leipzig to part ways with Josko Gvardiol in January, Chelsea turned their attention to Badiashile and quickly moved towards a deal which is expected to be worth just over £30m.
Personal terms were not an issue and were addressed early in negotiations, and sources have confirmed to 90min that Chelsea and Monaco have now reached a full agreement over a transfer fee.
Paris Saint-Germain are understood to have shown late interest in the France international but Chelsea have managed to force through the transfer and he will now head to England to undergo a medical.
Should all go according to plan, the 21-year-old will join a back line which already includes Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Trevoh Chalobah, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella and Cesar Azpilicueta, and offer some much-needed help at the defensive end.
Chelsea kept just their fifth clean sheet of the season against Bournemouth on their return from the World Cup break, a win which ended a run of five games without a victory and eased the pressure on Potter.
Badiashile will not be the only new face at Stamford Bridge this winter. The Blues are pushing to sign Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez, who is keen to join Chelsea as soon as possible, while deals for David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos are already agreed. A new right-back and striker are also on the wish list.
Chelsea have also finalised an agreement to sign RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku, whose move to Stamford Bridge could be announced soon ahead of a transfer in the summer.
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Arsenal pre-season 2023/24: Fixtures and schedule
Having reached new heights in the Premier League in 2022/23, Arsenal will soon be beginning their preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season tour to get ready for 2023/24.
Preparations for last season took place in Germany for Arsenal but with the Covid-19 pandemic a bit more of a distant memory for many, it is expected that more teams will be heading further afield again to either the United States of America or Asia.
Arsenal are yet to announce a full training camp location for their pre-season but they do have one fixture already confirmed which drops a big clue.
The Gunners are going to be coming up against an MLS All-Star team in Washington D.C. which will be coached by Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney. That takes place on July 19 and it is hard to imagine that Arsenal will only play one game in America.
A semi-regular fixture of Arsenal’s pre-seasons in recent years has been the Emirates Cup, but there has not been any word on whether an edition of that will be taking place or not this summer. If there is, then Arsenal could be splitting their time between America and London.
All times BST.
As is the case for almost every big club in football now, all of Arsenal’s pre-season friendlies are expected to be televised live on Arsenal.com and their official app with a subscription.
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