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Chelsea are keeping tabs on Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly and have placed a official £43m bid to land the Senegalese international to Stamford Bridge, according to Il Messagero.

The 25-year-old has started following two Chelsea players on Twitter: Nathaniel Chalobah, that was a team-mate of his last season at Napoli, and Kurt Zouma.

However, according to reports in Italy, Koulibaly has already handed in a transfer request in order to move the Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, when asked about the transfer market, confirmed: “There are two weeks and we’ll pay attention, if we find the right solution that’s fine.”

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill spoke about the pre-season that the squad underwent under new manager Antonio Conte in Austria and US this summer: “Pre-season is always hard but this was one of the hardest I have experienced in the last few years – definitely in terms of fitness,”

“We did a lot of running and intensive endurance work.”

The 30-year-old added: “I feel it has been only good for the body and got us in the condition you have to be in to play in the Premier League”.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has made Koln left-back Jonas Hector a top target to strengthen the Blues’ defense and are set to launch a £20m bid, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 26-year-old has just put the pen to paper on a new contract with the Bundesliga side but is expected to be willing to consider a move to the Stamford Bridge should Chelsea place a bid to sign him this summer.

Hector has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool earlier this summer, but Jurgen Klopp has reportedly decided to keep Alberto Moreno.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is not keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge and wants to be focused just on playing for the Blues, according to SkySports.

The 29-year-old has been heavily and repeatedly linked with a move to Real Madrid and Juventus, but he has reportedly decided to commit his future to Chelsea despite he was unused substitute against West Ham yesterday night.

Cesc Fabregas’s agent has reportedly offered him to Real Madrid, according to Sport.

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According to Spanish newspaper Sport Chelsea boss Antonio Conte targeted Real Madrid star James Rodriguez and will try to convince his club to make an audacious £78 million bid to try to sign the Colombian forward.

James is not a regular statted anymore at the Santiago Bernabéu but he recently claimed that his dream is to gain again a place in the starting XI.

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After being dropped off in the win in the Premier League opener against West Ham Cesc Fabregas must have not felt the best way and rumours of him leaving Chelsea before the transfer window shuts down in the end of this month arosed again.

But after the game Blues head coach Antonio Conte dumped water on fire saying: “Cesc is Chelsea’s player, and I’m happy about him, with his attitude and behaviour.

“He must know from before that when we are a great team like Chelsea it can happen that I have to take a decision before the game to choose a starting XI.

“That can happen that Fabregas is not in the starting XI, but it can happen for all the players. It’s important to see always the right attitude. Because we must fight this season and it’s important to stay together in every situation.

“But then the shape can improve and can change all the situations. Now I took this decision but the next game I can change or not.

“When a coach takes this decision there is always a reason but I prefer to keep this to myself.

“But I repeat I don’t see any problem and I’m very happy to have these players, to train these players.”

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Chelsea are set to launch a massive bid to land Real Madrid star James Rodriguez to the Stamford Bridge, according to reports in Sport.

The Spanish newspaper suggests the Blues would be ready to spend around £78m for the Colombia international midfielder, who is said to be willing move away from the Santiago Bernabeu after his last disappointing season with Los Blancos.

It is understood Chelsea had already been in contact with Real Madrid about a possible summer transfer move for the 25-year-old star earlier this summer.

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New Chelsea signing Michy Batshuayi, who joined the Blues from Olympique Marseille on a £33.5m move this summer, wanted to share his feelings after the late win against West Ham at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League opener yesterday night.

The Belgium international striker took a picture alongside with his teammates Diego Costa and Ola Aina.

“Great feeling to win at home and assist in my first minutes here, your messages are so appreciated” Batshuayi wrote later on his official Twitter account.

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After the opening game of the Premier League season last night between Chelsea and West Ham, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic was left more than a little frustrated after a late goal from Diego Costa won the game 2-1 for the Blues.

However, Bilic had some complaints during the game when Costa fouled West Ham keeper, Adrian, and should have received a second yellow card, according to the Croatian manager.

“It was late – very late – and nine times out of 10 when you see that challenge on a goalkeeper, it ends up with a booking.

“Unfortunately this was the 10th time, but I’m more interested in talking about the game than Diego Costa.

“From my point of view I’ve seen the incident again and I don’t think Costa was reckless. It was not a reckless or deliberate one but it was quite late, the ball had gone. He could have been booked again and so a red card.

“But I am not frustrated because of that, I am frustrated because of the late goal. When you lose a game and concede late, of course you are disappointed.

“We came back into the game, we played well after 1-1 but we made the mistake in the middle of the park. We gave the ball away and conceded a cheap goal.”

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