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Carabao Cup final: Chelsea suffer injury blow ahead of Liverpool clash

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Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount has emerged as an injury doubt for the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool next week.

Mount suffered an ankle issue during the early stages of the Club World Cup final victory over Palmeiras last weekend.

The England international was replaced after just half an hour.

Mount, who has scored seven goals and laid on eight assists in a season, is now set for at least two weeks on the sidelines.

Chelsea midfielder, Mason Mount has emerged as an injury doubt for the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool next week.

Mount suffered an ankle issue during the early stages of the Club World Cup final victory over Palmeiras last weekend.

The England international was replaced after just half an hour.

Mount, who has scored seven goals and laid on eight assists in a season, is now set for at least two weeks on the sidelines.

This means he will miss the Blues’ trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday and their return to the Champions League when Lille visit Stamford Bridge next week for their last-16 clash.

Thomas Tuchel’s side then take on Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday, February 27 in the Carabao Cup final.

It will be a shot at a second trophy this month for Chelsea, although Mount is unlikely to feature.

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Juventus give Arsenal three players in exchange deal for Giorgio Chiellini’s replacement

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Juventus are so desperate to land defender, Gabriel Magalhaes this summer and will offer Arsenal three players, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The Old Lady have identified Gabriel as a possible successor to Giorgio Chiellini, who will leave Turin this summer, and are keen to reach a quick agreement with Arsenal.

It is understood that the three players Juventus will offer Arsenal to force the deal for their 24-year-old centre-back are Arthur Melo, Weston McKennie and Moise Kean.

The report added that Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini has travelled to London for talks with Arsenal over a deal for Gabriel.

Juventus are in the market to replace Chiellini, who is leaving the Serie A giants this summer after 17 years.

However, it’s claimed that Arsenal are demanding at least £42.4million for Gabriel.

Gabriel joined the Gunners from Lille in a £27million deal in 2020.

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EPL: Man Utd warn Barcelona over De Jong transfer

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Manchester United have made it clear to Barcelona, they will not meet their £70 million asking price for Frenkie De Jong, according to Daily Mail.

The Premier League side are keen on signing De Jong, as Paul Pogba is set to leave on a free transfer this summer.

The Barca midfielder has already been identified by incoming manager, Erik Ten Hag, as a potential option having already managed him at Ajax.

Barcelona are open to a deal, as they are also seeking funds to put together a deal for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

However, United have informed the LaLiga club that they do not want to spend a significant part of their summer budget on signing De Jong.

Barca are looking to recoup the £65 million they spent on signing the 25-year-old from Ajax in 2019.

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Aubameyang announces retirement

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Gabon and Barcelona striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, on Wednesday, announced his retirement from international football.

Aubameyang has decided to focus on his club career.

The former Arsenal captain represented his nation for over ten years and also wore the captain’s armband

The 32-year-old appeared 72 times for Gabon, scoring 30 goals.

In a letter to the Gabonese FA, Aubameyang wrote, according to Mundo Deportivo: “After 13 [thirteen] years of pride in representing my country, I announce that I’m ending my international career.

“I would like to thank the Gabonese people and all those who have supported me in the good and the bad times.

“Sharing it with all the people was an unforgettable moment. I thank our President, his Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba who has always supported the Panthers and has always worked for football to evolve in our country.

“I would also like to thank all my coaches, staff and the players that I have come across during this career.

“Finally, I thank my father who gave me the desire to do like him, hoping to have made him proud by wearing our colours.”

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