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Chelsea transfer news: Abramovich offers to break world transfer record, Conte wants Arsenal talisman, Pirlo linked

The British papers are filled with juicy Chelsea transfer news right now. We’ve rounded up the best bits below.

Abramovich offers to break world transfer record

It is being reported by The Times that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has offered to pursue Neymar, with the attention of breaking the world transfer record to sign the Barcelona star.

Brazil international Neymar has been in strong form this season, scoring nine goals and assisting a further 10 in 24 La Liga games.

Conte wants Arsenal talisman

However, The Times add that Conte has rejected Abramovich’s offer and that the Blues manager instead has his eye on two frontmen with Premier League experience.

According to The Times, Arsenal talisman Alexis Sanchez and Everton forward Romelu Lukaku are preferred targets for Conte.

Sanchez has scored 18 Premier League goals and registered nine assists in 28 matches this term, while Lukaku is the division’s leading marksman, having netted 21 times.

Pirlo linked

Finally, talkSPORT are linking Chelsea with an interest in legendary Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

The radio station quote Chelsea insider Ray Wilkins as saying: “I know for a fact he has been around Stamford Bridge on a number of occasions this year.

“He’s the one that Antonio Conte would like. He managed him at Juventus until he was 34.

“He is the one he will want to come in [to replace Holland].”

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