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Report: Arsenal want to beat Bayern Munich to signing of excellent young defender

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According to Le10Sport, Arsenal and Bayern Munich are ready to battle for the signature of Monchengladbach defender Nico Elvedi. The 23-year-old is one of the best young defenders in Europe and so with just one year remaining on his contract, it is no surprise that Arsenal (and Bayern!) would be amongst the clubs alerted.

The report states that he could be valued at just £25million, a modest price considering his age and ability.

Nico is well known for his on the ball ability, with 91.3% passing accuracy in the Bundesliga so far this season. He averages 53.2 passes and 2.3 interceptions, 1.6 tackles and 3.5 clearances. Elvedi’s ability to play all across the defence, previously covering at both left and right back, will also make him an even more attractive signing.

Nico Elvedi in action

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – DECEMBER 01: Nico Elvedi of Borussia Moenchengladbach and Janik Haberer of SC Freiburg battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Sport-Club Freiburg at Borussia-Park on December 1, 2019 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

But whilst Arsenal certainly need reinforcements at the back and Elvedi would probably improve them, the club will need to shift some defenders if they can make room for the Swiss international.

Currently, the club are set to welcome William Saliba and Mavropanos back from loan, he will join Mustafi, Luiz, Holding, Chambers and Sokratis at the club, whilst it remains to be seen whether or not the Gunners will make the loan deal for Pablo Mari permanent, but he appears to fit in well, especially being left-footed.

Considering the situation, Arsenal are only likely to bid seriously for Elvedi, or any other defender this summer, if they can sell at least two of their current crop.

Who would you like to see leave and join? Personally, if the asking price if too much for Upamecano then Elvedi and Mari in would be my preference, with Mustafi and Sokratis making way, and Holding and Mavropanos going out on loan.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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