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Chelsea are on red alert as Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt is ready for a “new step”.

De Ligt is being tracked as a solution to the Blues’ defensive headache as Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen’s contracts expire in June.

De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola has said his client is ready to look beyond Serie A.

Raiola told NRC: “[De Ligt] is ready for a new step… he thinks that too.”

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed Real Madrid’s interest in Erling Haaland.

Haaland has also been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

Watzke told BILD TV: “No matter where I go, everyone speaks to you about Erling Haaland.

“All I know is a guarantee that Real Madrid are very interested in him. I could name 25 others now.

“But I know for sure, it can be that he leaves, but it can also be that he stays.

“A few days ago I had a very good conversation with Mino Raiola. When we are in a corridor, the conversations are always quite friendly.

“And that phone call was quite friendly. We will certainly have another meeting in the next few weeks.

“The overall development of Haaland is in the foreground.

“Just like with [Robert] Lewandowski, I would like to be proud of Erling at some point if he wins the Champions League.

“Personally, I think it’s good for him if he stays in the Bundesliga a little longer.”

And Newcastle are keeping tabs on both Anthony Martial and Edin Dzeko ahead of the January transfer window, according to SunSport’s Phil Thomas and Duncan Wright.

The Magpies are willing to pay a hefty loan fee of around £6million to tempt United’s Martial to St James’ Park.

The Toon are also eyeing Inter Milan star Dzeko, who scored 50 goals and recorded 24 assists for City in the Premier League.

Finally, Arsenal’s out-of-favour star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being targeted by Juventus ahead of the January transfer window.

That is according to Tuttosport, who report that Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is desperate for attacking reinforcements.

And Aubameyang is a serious option after falling out of favour at the Emirates.

A six-month loan deal has been touted, ahead of a possible permanent move in the summer.

Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in the centre-forward, who now seems destined to leave north London after his latest disciplinary breach, which cost him the captain’s armband

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