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Everton are keen to be protagonist in this transfer window after appointing Ronald Koeman as their manager.

The Toffees promised a £ 100m investment to the Dutch coach in the market and now are ready to sign a couple of top players, that’s why they are in the race for several of them with other European top clubs.

The Liverpool side are trying to challenge Arsenal, Chelsea and Bayern Munich for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Azzurri already rejected a £ 30m offer from the Blues in the past weeks.

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Chelsea target Alvaro Morata will stay at Real Madrid: the Champions of Europe decided to reject all the offer for the Spanish striker this summer, as confirmed the other day, when the Merengues refused a £ 51m ( € 60m) offer from Chelsea.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane communicated to the chairman, Florentino Perez, that he would like to keep the ext Juventus striker, as he considers him the natural addition for BBC ( acronymous for BaleBenzema– Cristiano Ronaldo).

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Chelsea don’t give up on Leonardo Bonucci despite Manchester City challenging them with an insane offer: in fact, the new Pep Guardiola side are keen to place a € 60m ( £ 51m) bid on the Italian defender.

Juventus would like to keep their centre-back, that has been so important to achieve last years successes, but Antonio Conte knows him really well from his experiences at the Bianconeri and as Italy’s coach and would like to bring him at Stamford Bridge to revamp his defense.

Meanwhile, Citizens want to beat Chelsea with this huge offer that probably is too high for a defender that is almost 30 years old, but the Blues don’t give up and count on Conte’s feeling with Bonucci to try convince him to land in West London.

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Ex Juventus and Italy star Alessandro Del Piero spoke about the arrival of Antonio Conte to Chelsea.

The ex Bianconeri number 10 played alongside the new Blues coach both in his club and in the Italian national team, so he knows very well.

According to Del Piero, Conte can do a great job at Stamford Bridge:

“He’s a good guy, he loves to work a lot,” Del Piero told Sky Sports.

“If he has a chance to talk to players in the right way, and if they understand what he wants, Chelsea can have a very good season and probably win the title.

“It’s not easy, the Premier League is amazing this year in terms of players and coaches, but he has a chance.”

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According to Spanish newspaper Marca Real Madrid just rejected a € 60m (£ 51m) offer from Chelsea for Alvaro Morata.

The Champions of Europe signed back the Spanish striker for € 30m ( £ 25.5m) after he had a significant improvement in his playing style in two seasons at Juventus and now want to re-sell him for at least € 75m ( £ 64m) so Antonio Conte and the Blues will have to raise their bid to secure the ex Bianconeri forward services.

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João Mario has been, without any doubt, one of the protagonist of EURO 2016 with Portugal.

The Sporting Lisbon midfielder impressed in the international tournament in France and was heavily linked with many European top clubs, among them Chelsea, Manchester United and Inter.

But in this moment, he wants no distractions:

“Two days away from playing a final – my only focus is on playing this final,” he claimed in an interview today.

“My future is only two days – to the European Championship final,” added about the transfer market rumours.

Then he went on speaking of next Sunday’s final against France:

“Critics are a part of football. We don’t care about them. We don’t want to win to have our revenge, we want to win for the fans.

“We above all believe in ourselves, the coach was the first one to transmit this spirit. There will always be criticism but we believe in ourselves.”

 

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Southampton striker Graziano Pellè is set to turn down offers from Chelsea and Everton to join Chinese Super League.

According to The Mirror the Italian international is set to join Shandong Luneng.

The Chinese club is ready to pay £ 13m to secure the services of Pellè, who was one of the protagonist at EURO 2016 with Italy and new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

The Italian striker should be offered a £ 6m wages.

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KENNETH OMERUO

Chelsea rejected a £ 5m offer from Celta Vigo for Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo, Today reports.

The Blues already reached an agreement to send the centre-back on loan to Besiktas and had to turn down the offer from the Spanish club.

Chelsea asked the same price to Kasimpasa, the club where Omeruo was loaned to last season, but the Turkish side was not able to meet their request.

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New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spent nice words for Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte in the day of his first official press conference for the Etihad side.

“Conte is a master tactician,” the Spaniard claimed.

“It’s a very good signing. It’s going to be very interesting competing against him.”

“It’s great that so many top managers are here,” he added speaking about the next Premier League.

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Chelsea have made contact with Arsenal legend Marc Overmars to bring him to Stamford Bridge for a role in the academy.

Overmars is currently the director of football at Ajax but Sport, a source close with Overmars‘ former club Barcelona, claim that the 43-year-old is ready to leave Holland and is considering a move back to London to assist behind the scenes with Chelsea.

Overmars has made a name for himself in Holland, bringing youngsters through the ranks at a good level and Chelsea bosses are looking to link him with technical director Michael Emenalo.

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