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Francesca Ceciarini


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According to Gazzetta dello Sport Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan just received yet another offer by Chelsea: the Blues were apparently willing to spend €40m ( £ 34.5m) for the midfielder, whilst offering the player a salary of €5m ( £ 4.3m) per year.

The offer was turned down yet again by both the club and the player, so Antonio Conte may finally give up, especially as a new deal between Roma and Nainggolan will be signed in September.

The Belgian midfielder will sign a contract until 2020, like in the old one, but his salary will be bumped up from €3.2m per season to €4m, making him the third best-paid player for the Giallorossi after Daniele De Rossi and Edin Dzeko.

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According to the Daily Mail Arsenal are really close to sign Chelsea target Shkrodan Mustafi by tomorrow.

It’s believed that the current Valencia defender has already agreed personal terms with the Gunners, that will pay around € 30m to the Spanish outfit to secure his services.

According to the Mail report the German international has already accepted a five-year contract with Arsenal, worth around 75,000 pounds per week, which works out to be 19.5 million pounds over the duration of his contract.

Another defense target gone for Chelsea.

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Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, targeted both by Chelsea and Everton to revamp their back four, asked the Black Cats to leave.

The Toffees are believed to have placed a £ 18m offer to the Moyes‘ side and Chelsea are ready to place a bid soon as well, that’s why Kone released this statement to ask to be sold:

“After a week in which there has been a vast amount of speculation with regard to my future at Sunderland Football Club, I think that it is only fair to the fans of the club to clarify the situation.

“At the end of last season, I was told by the club that I would be offered a new contract. Following numerous phone conversations and face-to-face meetings, the latest of which took place today with David Moyes and Martin Bain, no contract has been forthcoming.

“It is therefore with much regret that I can only assume that I do not figure in David Moyes’ future plans.

“With that being the case, it is with much sadness that I have asked the manager and the chief executive to be allowed to leave Sunderland Football Club.

“However until that time, I give my word that I will give my utmost in training and on the field.”

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New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has made some drastic changes since his arrival at the London club.

The most recent is his nutritional regime for players.

According to the Times, he has banned things like ketchup, brown sauce and fizzy drinks from the training complex, also the post-match tradition of pizza in an attempt for the players to lose weight and be ready for the upcoming Premier League season.

The players have endured 2 and 3 sessions a day in order to be ready for West Ham United on Monday night.

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Since the arrival of Antonio Conte at Chelsea, he has been looking to add strength in depth to his defence.

He managed to keep club captain John Terry for another year which was a huge boost for everyone involved with the Blues. Since then, he has been heavily targeting Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

The London club have had a bid rejected by the Italian side who are more than keen to keep him at the club.

Arsenal and Everton have also been monitoring the situation.

Koulibaly‘s agent, Bruno Satin, has told Goal that for the moment the discussions are confidential but his future will be decided and announced in the next 2 or 3 days.

“Our discussions at the moment are confidential.

“We will be able to announce something in the next few days, two or three days.”

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Speaking about José Mourinho’s new job at Manchester United former England and Spurs manager Glen Hoddle stated the Special One has got a tough job but, at the same moment, has a dig at Chelsea:

“There’s a pressure there, without a doubt,” Hoddle claims.

“I think he knows now that he might have thought Chelsea was a big club. I think he knows now that Manchester United is a bigger club.

“Through his pre-season he’ll realise the expectations are massive. But then again you’ve got to look at his pedigree, he’s already managed Real Madrid which is probably the biggest in the world.”

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Dutch club Ajax have agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign striker Bertrand Traore on a season-long loan.

The Burkina Faso international was targeted by Ajax after they sold Polish international Arek Milik to Napoli for them to replace Gonzalo Higuain.

Traore will be reunited with his former Vitesse coach, Peter Bosz. He joined Vitesse in 2013 on-loan from Chelsea and scored 14 goals in 16 appearances in the Dutch league.

Traore is said to be happy about the deal, he wants to gain as much first team experience as he can. The report also states that he could be available for Ajax‘s Champions League play-off on Tuesday against Russian side Rostov.

In addition to this, the sale of Traore could mean that the Blues will be in the market for a new striker to assist Diego Costa in an attacking sense, as they look to improve on last season’s campaign.

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Nemanja Matic is considering some offers to leave Chelsea and is no mistery the Serbian midfielder has been targeted by Antonio Conte‘s ex club, Juventus.

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Matic’s entourage had a meeting with the Chelsea sporting director Michael Emenalo and Roman Abramovich’s right hand woman Marina Granovskaia last Tuesday in London.

The player has been told that Conte wants to play him alongside N’Golo Kante in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Anyway, the ex Benfica player is still not convinced, and he wants a bigger assurance from the Italian coach.

Juventus are said to be pressing and this is why the Serbian midifleder is considering about leaving: the Italian side are looking for a top player to replace Paul Pogba, who officially joined Manchester United in the beginning of this week, but they won’t start a negotiation for the player until given a permission by Chelsea.

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No Chelsea for Riyad Mahrez: after being heavily linked to the Blues in the past days, it seems the Algerian winger will stay put to Leicester City

Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri told to Sky Sports:

“He stays with us. We wanted to keep all our players.

“Of course, N’Golo Kante had a buyout clause and Chelsea paid it but Riyad does not have the clause and he will stay with us”.

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Juventus are extremely interested in signing Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic to replace Paul Pogba who rejoined Manchester United earlier this week for a record-breaking £89m.

However, the Blues owner Roman Abramovich does not want to sell Matic this summer, despite acquiring the services of N’Golo Kante from Leicester City.

Abramovich still see’s the Serbian international as an important player for Antonio Conte‘s team this season and will do everything he can to keep him at Stamford Bridge.


Chelsea will close tomorrow their Asian tour after playing vs Inter Milan. Midfielder N'Golo Kante is enjoying this pre-season experience, who he is living for the first time with...