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Chelsea have reportedly reached an agreement with Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for the signing of English forward Noni Madueke for a £35 million permanent deal.

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Todd Boehly has made several signings this January transfer window most notably investing in players under the age of 23. The Chelsea board are building a structure of youth for the future and have now added another player to that list in PSV’s Noni Madueke. The forward who can play on both sides of the wing, has been more than impressive in the Dutch Eridivise catching the eye of various European big clubs seeking his signature.

 

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However, the Blues have won the race to sign him and have confirmed that an agreement has been reached between both clubs for a fee in the region of £35 million. Born to Nigerian parents in England, the 20-year-old will now fly to London for medical tests and will be officially announced a Chelsea player once the contract is sealed.

 

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Meanwhile, Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Leandro Trossard a fee in the region of £27 million. The 28-year-old will wear the number 19 Jersey at the Emirates and is available for selection for their top of the table clash against Manchester United on Sunday.

The Gunners entered the race to sign the Belgium international, after his agent confirmed his desire to leave the club after falling out with the Seagulls head coach Roberto De Zerbi. The Italian boss dropped the midfielder from their starting lineup in the FA Cup just after the World Cup break and it was reported that Trossard was unhappy with the decision and responded badly to the manager. His agent further claimed that De Zerbi “disrespected” the midfielder and that his client wanted a move away from the Amex

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Antonio Conte to undergo surgery after Tottenham boss became ill

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By Francesca Iwambe

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Antonio Conte could miss a number of games after Premier League club Tottenham announced he will go under the knife having suffered from “severe abdominal pain”

Antonio Conte was suffering from “severe abdominal pain”, Tottenham said.

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Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte is to have his gallbladder removed on Wednesday after suffering from “severe abdominal pain” earlier this morning.

The Italian could be absent for up to a couple of weeks following the surgery and his assistant Cristian Stellini is expected to take charge of Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Manchester City.

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“Antonio recently became unwell with severe abdominal pain,” a Spurs statement said. “Following a diagnosis of cholecystitis, he will be undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder today (Wednesday) and will return following a period of recuperation. Everyone at the club wishes him well.”

Conte will be determined to return as soon as possible but there is a chance that he will miss the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie away to Milan on February 14.

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Chukwueze Among LaLiga’s Prolific Players

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Villarreal forward, Samuel Chukwueze, has been listed among the top five prolific players in LaLiga since 2022

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Chukwueze is one of the five players in the Spanish topflight to have reached double figures for both goals and assists since 2022 in all competitions.

OptaJose, world leader in sports data, revealed this on their official Twitter handle.

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The Nigerian’s inclusion did not come as a surprise following his impressive performance, which was key to Villareal’s return to form after a poor start during the year.

The 23-year-old, a part of the squad that won the Europa League in 2021 after defeating Manchester United in the final, has been very influential for Villarreal this season, scoring eight goals and assisting seven across all competitions this season, and taking his total tally to 10 goals and 10 assists since January 2022 till date.

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Also on the list are Real Madrid’s Brazilian star Vinicius Jr and Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.

The Los Blancos forward tops the list having scored 21 goals and assisted 14, while Dembele occupies the second position with 10 goals and 18 assists.

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Jose Morales, who recently joined Villarreal from Levante, is third on the list with his 17 goals and 11 assists, with Madrid’s Rodrygo’s 15 goals and 12 assists placing him in fourth of the most prolific LaLiga players’ lists.

In 2022, Super Eagles forward Chukwueze made LaLiga Team of The Week for a record three times, a personal best for the Nigerian.

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So much is Chukwueze’s impressive form that the forward has grown to become one of the Yellow Submarines’ key men and has started in all of the club’s but one last 10 games.

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Transfer deadline: Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal two players to sign

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has told the club to sign Declan Rice from West Ham United and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo before 11 pm on Tuesday(today).

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The January transfer window ends today, and the Gunners are believed to be working hard to bolster their squad with at least two additions.

The Gunners keep the hope of signing the Ecuador international today despite their first two bids rejected by the Seagulls, who remain keen to keep the midfielder.

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Caicedo has made it clear to his club that he wants to leave, and his preference is to join Arsenal.

The Sun reports that Arteta also wants to sign Rice regardless of whether Arsenal succeeds in bringing in Caicedo today.

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