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Francesca Ceciarini

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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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Eden Hazard is one of the best footballers on the planet. Nobody can put that in doubt. The best player at Chelsea, that’s for sure. And to keep him at the club is absolutely crucial.

Antonio Conte’s work has been undoubtably amazing, picking up a group that needed new motivations and bringing them to the Premier League title. But, at the end of the day, it’s the players who are on the pitch, and the man who gives quality to this current Chelsea side is Hazard.

Looking at the sums in the recent transfer windows, and considering the Belgian’s age, a price tag of roughly 100 million pounds seems about the right one. But Chelsea should say no to any offer was someone to come with that sum. Because Hazard is in many ways irreplaceable.

If Real Madrid were to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, Hazard would be one of the natural replacements. And the price tag would be accessible for Los Blancos, who could try their luck. Chelsea would then have to reinvest that sum immediately to find a starter that brings that many goals and assists: not an easy task.

Hazard is the extra spark. Moving on to play in the Champions League as well as trying to retain the Premier League title, these are the kind of players Chelsea need to hold on to, trying to add similar level footballers to raise the bar.

Any offer would be too little for Hazard. Not that he seems like wanting to leave or the club intend to sell him. But if Real Madrid were to try their everything, Chelsea should still say no. Who could replace him? Who knows English football this well and could adapt immediately?

Names such as James Rodriguez – great players who need to change to find playing time – could be decent options, but would have to be tested in the top English league. Not an easy one for Chelsea. The truth is, one can let go of Diego Costa, and find another number ‘9’, although even that is difficult, but someone like Hazard is almost unique.

To claim to be a possible challenger for the upcoming Champions League campaign and to repeat themselves domestically, Chelsea absolutely need to keep the key players, Hazard being the most important one. Add quality and depth to the squad, without having to say no to anyone. This will be the key to another successful season at Stamford Bridge.

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Another breaking news coming to confirm this afternoon exclusive ChelseaNews24 report about Blues next signing Alex Sandro.

According to transfer market expert Tancredi Palmeri the Brazilian full-back already agreed personal terms with Chelsea but there is a last hurdle, that is Juventus: the Italian side is not keen to get rid off one of his stars, but Conte desperately wants Alex Sandro and Alex Sandro wants Chelsea.

The Bianconeri already rejected an offer from Roman Abramovich, thought to be in the region of £ 50m, but they will probably sudderender if the West London side will increase their offer soon.

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Juventus full-back Alex Sandro is soon set to sign for Chelsea, according to our exclusive sources.

Bianconeri CEO Beppe Marotta revealed that the Italian side rejected an offer believed to be in the region of £ 50m for the Brazilian player from Chelsea, but our source told us Blues boss Antonio Conte wants to sign him no matter what and that sooner or later he will sign for the Stamford Bridge side.

Marotta also claimed that Juventus are not intentioned to sell their best players, but this is probably a way to ask Chelsea to increase their offer for Conte’s first target to revamp his squad to chase Champions League, Alex Sandro.

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Speculations this morning claimed Robert Lewandowski wanted to leave Bayern Munich after breaking up with ex Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti, now in charge at the German side,

The Polish striker immediately became a target for many European top clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United, but this afternoon the Bundesliga Champions stated that Lewandowksi has no intention to leave them, dismissing rumours on his imminent exit.

Lewandowski does not want to leave Bayern. There are no talks with other clubs and there won’t be any.

“Lewandowski does not want to leave Bayern. There are no talks with other clubs and there won’t be any.
“Lewandowski’s contract expires in 2021. He signed it not long ago. If other clubs negotiate with long-term contracted players they risk a FIFA penalty.”
Anyway, the ex Borussia Dortmund forward is not really happy at Bayern Munich at the moment, as he stated earlier this month: the reason is that he was “disappointed” over a perceived lack of support from Bayern in his hunt for the Bundesliga’s golden boot award:
“I was not really happy with how my team helped me. I was annoyed and disappointed with the team’s attitude,” he told the Polish Super-Express newspaper

And his agent Maik Barthel told German football magazine Kicker:

“He was disappointed as I have ever seen him before.

“Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach, Carlo Ancelotti, gave no call to help him win the top-scorer title in the last game.”

 

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Juventus full-back Dani Alves is set to join Manchester City despite being targeted by Chelsea.

The ex Barcelona player is ready to cancel his contract with the Bianconeri to reunite with his former boss Pep Guardiola at Citizens.

The Brazilian full-back claimed that, at 34, he feels ready to play in the Premier League.

Alves is expected to earn around £85,000-a-week at the Etihad.

Man City are in desperate need of adding a right-back to his side following the sale of Pablo Zabaleta and the release of Bacary Sagna.

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Chelsea target Willy Caballero‘s agent confirms the goalkeeper, set to leave Manchester City, wants to stay in England.

Adrian Faija revealed his client received an offer from Newcastle United, where he will be a starter instead of a “number two” as he would be at Chelsea, and so now Caballero is considering the Rafa Benitez side offer, as some others:

“We have some offers from England, he wants to stay in England.

 “Newcastle is cold but pretty and the beaches in Brighton are beautiful as well and easily accessible from London. There isn’t an offer from Boca. To analyse it, first, we need an offer, it needs be real first.”

Chelsea would like to sign Caballero to replace Asmir Begovic, who moved to Bournemouth, so to have a good second goalkeeper to challenge or even replace Thibaut Courtois when needed.

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According to Mirror Sports Chelsea are planning to hijack Alvaro Morata’s move to Manchester United.

Diego Costa is set to leave after breaking up with Blues boss Antonio Conte and the Italian manager sees Morata as the Brazilian born striker ideal replacement in west London.

Roman Abramovich is said to have placed a £70m bid for the Real Madrid star while Manchester United have already had a £52.4m offer rejected by the Champions of Europe.

Red Devils boss José Mourinho was the man who let Morata debut in Real Madrid first team during his time in the Spanish capital and knows the forward really well, furthermore the pair has got a lot of mutual respect and are looking forward to get reunited, with the Spanish striker that has already set- apparently- a personal agreement with Manchester United: these are the main reasons why it won’t be easy for Chelsea to hijack this transfer, but the Blues want to try as Conte believes Morata is the perfect striker to replace Diego Costa.

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Juventus CEO and general director Giuseppe Marotta confirmed his club rejected a huge Chelsea bid for their full back Alex Sandro.

In an interview to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, he revealed:

Our desire is to not sell any of our most important players.

“We said no to a very good offer from Chelsea for Alex Sandro.

“But we know that we are competing with clubs that are in a position to offer wages that are not rational for us. And players are always their own boss.

“I do not know how Alex Sandro reacted.”

The 26-year-old has a contract with Juventus until June 2020 and the offer from the Blues for the ex Porto player is believed to be in the region of £ 50m.

 

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