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Chelsea are ready to beat Arsenal to the signing of Napoli’s Faouzi Gholam as they continue their search to replace left-back Filipe Luis.

Reports in England are today suggesting that Chelsea will indeed beat their London rivals to Gholam’s signature, and that Napoli are already planning for life without him. New Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is quoted as saying:

“We are going to really struggle if Ghoulam leaves now. I have no replacement for him, especially as Strinic is yet to recover from injury.

“We need his services as we don’t have enough back-up solutions. Ghoulam has a huge potential, he has plenty of room for improvement, especially defensively. I will be very disappointed if he leaves us.”

Chelsea have thus far been left frustrated in their pursuit of another defender having placed two bids in for Everton’s John Stones, both of which have been rejected. Jose Mourinho has spoken recently of his desire to sign a new defender. If Chelsea do buy Ghoulam then it will be considered yet another victory for Mourinho over rival Arsene Wenger.

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Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam has revealed that he is not considering leaving Serie A. And this means that the Algerian player has rejected Chelsea.

According to the reports, Faouzi Ghoulam has decided to remain at Napoli instead of joining Chelsea or his former coach Rafa Benitez at Real Madrid. He said, however, that he is flattered by the interest from such a famous clubs.

Faouzi Ghoulam told Le Buteur :

“Of course it’s pleasing to be linked with great clubs but I don’t pay too much attention to this,”

“I’m not losing my head about this and I’m enjoying my holidays, Napoli is a great club.”

“Benitez? I’ve worked with many coaches, and I have to say I got on very well with him,”

“He impressed me, he works a lot on details and is always trying to perfect his work.”

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According to the reports, Arsenal is really close to sign Napoli star Faouzi Ghoulam. Since some weeks the Algerian player is heavily linked with a move to England.

Sport Mediaset reveals that Arsenal is winning the race to sign the left-back. The Gunners have two really good left-backs Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal, but it is said that with Ghoulam arrival one of them will leave the Emirates.It is said that the Algerian player will cost Arsenal £11million.

However, let’s not forget that besides the Algerian, coach Wenger is keen on signing another Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain. However according to today’s news, Aurelio De Laurentiis put on the Argentinian really high price-tag.

Jose Mourinho is also monitoring the player as Ghoulam could be a replacament for Luis Felipe. Faouzi Ghoulam joined Napoli in 2014 from Saint-Etienne.

In his youth he played in France U-21.  Currently he is a memember of the Algerian national team.



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Ghoulam's experience in two different leagues could be an asset to Chelsea.

Recent reports reveal that Chelsea have shown interest in Napoli left back Faouzi Ghoulam.

It is suspected that with current Chelsea player Felipe Luis wanting a return to Atletico Madrid, José Mourinho has sought after a replacement in Ghoulam.

Chelsea may want to use Felipe Luis as a means to sweeten any deal with Atletico, but will be sure to leave money aside for the potential bid for Ghoulam, who is valued at around £10.8million.

Since Chelsea are yet to unveil any done deals, there is still a realistic chance that Ghoulam was the defender Mourinho was referring to when he stated he was in need of one earlier this month.

Ghoulam had already played in Ligue 1 before moving to Napoli Serie A of Napoli, where he was selected for this season’s Europa League Squad of the Season. In the push for more silverware, it appears Chelsea could benefit from a 24-year old with such experience.



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