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Mauro Icardi’s agent, his wife Wanda Nara, is set to fly to London this week to meet Chelsea and Arsenal representatives, as the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero reports.

The Inter captain is in talks with his current club for wage’s rise, but the Nerazzurri are not really keen to satisfy his request in this moment, so the Argentinian striker is consider offers from other clubs, despite new De Boer’s side considering him not for sale.

Napoli offered € 60m plus € 2m of add-ons to convince him to move to South Italy to replace their ex star Gonzalo Higuain, that transferred to Juventus last month, but Inter don’t want to sell him to a direct rival in the Italian league, so Chelsea and Arsenal are in pole position to sign him placing the right bid.

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He scored the opener at 16′ and put the game on the right path, then he used his experience to lead his team to a really important win: this is what Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel made for Nigeria U23 at the Olympic games last night.

The African team won 2-0 over Denmark U23 in the Games’ quarter finals ( the other goal was scored by Aminu Numar) and qualified for the Rio 2016 Men’s Football semifinals.

Nigeria will face Germany next Wednesday.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte may seem calm on the outside but he has admitted that he is not very relaxed at all.

His reason for not being relaxed is because it is his first time with a new team, in a new league, in a new country. Also it is a very exciting time for him and his family in London and that adds to the nervousness.

“I think that I’m not very relaxed, because it’s the first time I have managed a new team in a new league in a new country.

“That’s a fantastic challenge for me, also for my family. And for this reason I’m not very relaxed.

“I know that we are working very hard to be prepared for this new season.

“I know that we have to do a lot of work to improve, but we started and for this reason I’m very happy to start this fantastic experience. This is the best for me and I’m excited for this.”

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New Manchester United manager hit out at the other Premier League managers with a comment saying that only he is not afraid to declare that his side can win the title this year.

His comment was clearly aimed at the likes of Antonio Conte, Josep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp.

However, Chelsea boss, Conte has hit back saying that the results of games don’t scare him and that there are 6 or 7 teams in contention of the Premier League title this year.

“Other things scare me, not to say if I will win or lose in football.

“In this league it is very tough. At the moment six or seven teams can fight to win the title.

“Chelsea is a great team and we must work hard to be in that group.”

 

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Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has been a Chelsea target for months but the Italian side rejected all the Blues offers until now.

But now the Senegal international gave some signal of interest for the Conte’s team: in fact, he just followed two Chelsea players on Twitter: Nathaniel Chalobah, that was a team-mate of his last season at Napoli, and Kurt Zouma.

Nothing so serious, but this can be the first little step to become a Blues soon.

 

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Chelsea have been linked with Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly for some time now, it was reported that the Italian club were unwilling to let him leave this summer.

However, according to Goal Italia, Koulibaly has now handed in a transfer request in order to move the Stamford Bridge.

The Senegal international’s agent is hopeful that the club’s can come to an agreement, although the asking price is €45m, a sum that no club has come close to reaching.

There is something to leave Chelsea fans optimistic though. Koulibaly has a strong desire to play under new Blues boss Antonio Conte.

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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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