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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is really cose to reunite with his ex boss José Mourinho at Old Trafford.

In fact, the Serbian midfielder is set to undergo medical to sign for Manchester United within the next 48 hours.

The Red Devils are believed to have offered about £ 40m to the London side to sign Matic, who moved to Chelsea twice, in 2009 and in 2014, with a spell at Benfica in the middle.

Matic is set to join his new team-mates when United pre-season will start on July 9.

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Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan admits he’s thinking about his next step.

His future, anyway, is not set to be at Stamford Bridge but at Old Trafford instead.

Italian newspaper Il Tempo, based in Rome, claimed this week that United have offered the Roma midfielder a £130,000-a-week contract as José Mourinho looks to bolster his midfield with two new signings.

It is believed that the Portuguese manager personally told Nainggolan of his desire to sign the 29-year-old and offered to double his current wages, Roma have only offered to add an extra £17k to his weekly package.

The Belgian international is thinking about the Red Devils offer, as he suggested with a post on his Instagram personal account:

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Posting on the social media website while on holiday on Monday afternoon, he wrote: ‘”Thinking about what to do??’”followed by some very suggestive emojis.

Naninggolan has already commented reports linking him with Man United some weeks ago, saying:

“It can be true, it can be not true, that’s something that you have to know.

“When you play football you have to make choices and last season my choice was to stay [at Roma]. We’ll see [what will happen this summer]. I’m going to go on vacation and then we will talk about it.”

 

 

 

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Ex Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is going to reject higher wages at Chelsea to join his former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to reports from Brazil.

Goal.com Brazil reports that the 34-year-old right-back has received a €7m-per-year offer from the Blues but will reject it in favour of a €5m-per-year deal with Citizens, so that he can team up with his former coach at Blaugrana, Pep Guardiola.

Dani Alves played in Juventus in the past season but decided to leave the Italian side after losing the Champions League final in Cardiff against Real Madrid, claiming he wanted to play in the Premier League before the end of his career and that before that he needed to play in Serie A to improve his tactical skills.

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King Antonio Conte celebrating last season title at Stamford Bridge © Francesca Ceciarini

According to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard to extend Antonio Conte‘s deal this summer will be the best signing for the Blues in this transfer window.

Speaking to ESPN, Super Frank said:

“Antonio would be their most important signing. For me, he was their man of the season. You talk about player of the year, I’m all for giving the players credit but because it was such a dramatic uplift from the year before I think you have to give him huge credit.

“You saw the system change and how he made them play in that formation, it worked well. I think he’s a huge signing for them. I have no doubts, I don’t know but I’m pretty confident he’ll be there and they’ll bring in players to play in the system he wants to play.’’

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Alex Sandro chose Chelsea: the Juventus full-back, desperately wanted by Antonio Conte to revamp the left wing as ChelseaNews24 reported exclusively last week,  chose to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Bianconeri were keen to extend Sandro’s deal offering him € 5m, but Chelsea offered € 7m and this was a deal the Brazilian player couldn’t reject.

Despite Juventus didn’t want to let him go, the 26-year-old seems adamant to join Chelsea side and the deal now is really close.

The Blues would have allegedly offered about £ 50m to sign him.

 

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A sad day for José Mourinho and his family: the Chelsea boss is mourning the death of his father, José Manuel Mourinho Felix, who died today after fighting for two years following a brain hemorrhage in 2015.

Mourinho Sr, who was 79, was a player and a football coach as well: he played as a goalkeeper in Vitoria de Setúbal and Belenenses, gaining also some caps in the Portuguese national teams, and managed several Portuguese teams after he retired from played football.

His son José started to learn about football coaching doing opponent analysis for his father as a kid and their bond was special: Mourinho travelled a lot to Portugal to visit his ill father through-out these two years, especially in summer 2015 when he still was Chelsea manager.

Mourinho himself posted a photo of him as a child with his father on his Ïnstagram account, a message that preceded the news of José Mourinho Sr. death.

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Our condolences to him and his family.

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Antonio Conte‘s agent Federico Pastorello revealed Inter star Antonio Candreva, a client of his as well, was close to join Chelsea some months ago.

The Italian international was targeted by the Blues boss also last summer but it was in January that Candreva was closer to move to Stamford Bridge:

“There was a moment, in January, after Chelsea sold Oscar that they were looking for a player to replace him, and Candreva was a perfect substitute…but he had joined Inter only for six months and didn’t want to move,” Pastorello claimed.

The Italian agent didn’t dismiss Inter offer for Conte in the past months as well:

“Inter were looking for a manager in the past months…but now they appointed Luciano Spalletti, and they got a really important coach.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has reportedly demanded double his current £90,000-a-week wages, with talks being put on hold as a result, to stay at the Stamford Bridge side in the next seasons.

His contract expires in 2019, but talks to extend have already begun over the past month.

The Daily Mail reports he wants to double his £90,000-a-week salary before committing, which has forced the two parties to put talks on hold for the time being.

Even if the suggestion that talks are on hold due to the Belgian keeper and his demands remains a concern, both parties are seemingly pretty relaxed about it and will re-start talks at a later date.

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After Manchester Evening News claimed that Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic agreed personal terms with Manchester United yesterday, today The Telegraph dismissed the news, stating the Red Devils and the Serbian midfielder haven’t reached a deal yet.

United have already signed Swedish centre-back Victor Lindelof from Benfica, but they are still keen to revamp their squad: besides a central midfielder like Matic, José Mourinho also wants another full-back – the Red Devils targeted Monaco’s Fabinho- and at least a couple of strikers/wingers.

 

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