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Everton manager Ronald Koeman is confident ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge, where the Toffees suffered a huge 5-0 defeat last year.

When asked about Chelsea‘s strength this season, the former Southampton head-coach claimed: “They’re still the champions, they showed that ambition and hunger in the last game against Tottenham”.

“They’re difficult to beat and they play with a high, winning mentality – Koeman added – Then we need to do better than last year because it was too easy for them. We will be stronger this time.”

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Chelsea winger Kenedy was hit by the Football Association wit a formal warning, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.

The 21-year-old Brazilian star received a formal warning following an investigation about misconduct during Chelsea’s pre season in China and Singapore.

The Blues had already fined Kenedy, who apologised after deleting the posts in which he offended China, but the FA slapped him with a formal warning.

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Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have a medical ahead of a move to Chelsea after today’s clash against Everton, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Gunners have reportedly accepted a £40m bid for the England international star, who would earn £185,000-per-week in wages.

Arsenal won’t allow Oxlade-Chamberlain to join Liverpool as they consider Jurgen Klopp’s team a real danger in the race for the top-four spot this season.

It is understood Antonio Conte is also targeting Ross Barkley.

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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has revealed how manager Antonio Conte is pushing him to improve as soon as possible in training sessions at Cobham.

The Frenchman told L’Equipe: “I wanted to work with him and I am convinced that he will make me progress and [help me] achieve my goals, both personal and collective.

“If we are talking of the coach and not the club, the choice makes sense. He will help me progress tactically, technically and mentally. He yells at me in training each day, so I have to be as precise as possible in everything that I do”.

“I know where I have signed and what the coach wants to do with me. – Bakayoko adds – It is only if I disconnect and I don’t work that I will not play.”

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Sport journalists and The Transfer Window podcast guests Duncan Castles and Ian McGarry spoke about both Chelsea targets Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld, with a theory regarding Barcelona’s interest in Willian.

“Toby Alderweireld is a target for Chelsea and has had enquiries from other clubs in the Premier League, – Castles said – He’s also an enquiry from Inter Milan and he’s dissatisfied with his contract situation at the club”.

“He feels he’s significantly underpaid at £49,000-a-week and thinks he can get substantially more elsewhere from another club”.

Then, when quizzed about Danny Rose, McGarry added: “Chelsea could still get Danny Rose,” 

“As we know Daniel Levy keeps his cards very close to his chest and will only sell at the last minute to get the premium amount of money and he will do so again. I suspect Danny Rose might get his way and leave Tottenham.”

Willian and Philippe Coutinho share the same agent, this is the reason why Barcelona could consider a late move for the Chelsea star in case of failure to land the Liverpool attacking-midfielder.

“Willian to Barcelona does intrigue me, – Castles said – Willian is represented by the same agent as Philippe Coutinho, Kia Joorabchian. It would make sense to me – although I don’t have any solid information on this – that the agent could have proposed Willian as an alternative if they can’t get a deal through with Liverpool”.“If Chelsea were to sell Willian they would want to sell him outside of England, so it ticks a box there. They could expect to make a huge sum, certainly more than from selling to Manchester United. And Chelsea are a selling club. They cash-in on their better players when a good offer comes in.”

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Chelsea defender Baba Rahman is edging closer to a first-team return as he’s undergoing the final phase of his recovery at Cobham training centre.

Manager Antonio Conte is seriously considering to bring him in the squad after struggling to land Alex Sandro to Stamford Bridge, as Marcos Alonso still needs a proper back-up in the wing-back role.

Rahman will reportedly play some games for the U-23 team, then will be allowed to join the first-squad.

Meanwhile, 23-year-old defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined Turkish side Kasimpasa on a season-long loan.

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“I have always said there will be a warm welcome for every good player here and he is a good player, – Everton manager Ronald Koeman said speaking at press conference, when asked about the possibility of signing Diego Costa to Everton.

“Diego Costa is a good player, so yes” the Dutchman noted.

It is understood the Brazilian star only wants to join Atletico Madrid on a permanent move from Chelsea, with also Everton, Deportivo La Coruna and A.C. Milan reportedly interested in the striker.

Anyway, Costa could consider a Premier League move instead of a reunion with former manager Diego Pablo Simeone in Madrid.

Meanwhile, Everton winger Ross Barkley could be heading to Chelsea as Antonio Conte is trying to hijack Tottenham Hotspur’s deal for the England international.

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Chelsea are planning to hijack Tottenham’s deal to sign Everton winger Ross Barkley, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Blues are reportedly set to hold talks with the Toffes’ board this weekend as Everton face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The England international won’t play under Ronald Koeman this season as he handed in a transfer request, despite he failed to join another side with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United reportedly interested in the 23-year-old.

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Eden Hazard has returned to action playing 75’ with Chelsea development squad in the club’s Under 23s match against Everton last night.

The Belgian impressed on the pitch despite the defeat suffered in Premier League 2, which means that Chelsea remains with 3 points on the table.

Hazard is expected to be fully-fit in the next weeks following his recovery from a fractured right ankle.

Antonio Conte, who watched the game from the stands, speaking about Hazard (who has been selected in Belgium squad for their upcoming World Qualifiers) said yesterday: “I knew it 15 minutes ago, I am surprised about that decision”.

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Pablo Simeone, speaking at press conference ahead of next La Liga clash against Las Palmas, analyzed the teams he’s set to face in the Champions League group stage: “Probably, both Roma, Chelsea and us have the same possibilities of advancing – he admitted – and the trip that we will make to Azerbaijan will obviously be complicated for all”.

“I know that Chelsea is a team that last season played a great season. They have very good football players and a coach who has the capacity to constantly reinvent himself and always makes his teams very competitive”.

About the Giallorossi, Simeone added: “Roma is a spectacular team. They play football very well and have a fantastic coach. Obviously, we are excited to be in this group.”

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