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Paulo Dybala

Palermo have revealed they are ready to surrender Paulo Dybala to the highest bidder.

The 21-year old, who has an initial £30 million price tag, is rumoured to be a target for a host of clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United. But, reports in Italy suggest Juventus are leading the race to sign him.

The Argentine striker has scored 12 goals in 27 appearances for the Serie A side, as well as seven assists. With a lethal left foot, reviews in Italy have highlighted Dybala’s trickery, pace and instinctive finishing.

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini said in January that if he was to sell his star player, as well as his strike partner Franco Vazquez, it wouldn’t be until June. But it now looks that he won’t have much of a choice. However, Zamparini won’t let the youngster go cheap “Dybala is worth £40 million. But I won’t sell him until June. He’s the best striker in Serie A. Within two years, he’ll be better than Ronaldo Ibrahimovic and Messi.”

“It is clear that Paulo will leave. In fact, we’re looking for another striker, as we only have (Andrea) Belotti at the moment. Next year Palermo will have to play without Vazquez and Dybala, so I’d like to see more players come in.”

According to Palermo, Dybala has rejected all of Palermo’s proposals for a new contract. His current one runs out next year. However, with the youngster in such good form, it would be no surprise should he move elsewhere in the summer transfer window.

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Chelsea are preparing a bid for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, according to recent reports.

The forward is a target for the Blues who are looking to replace their veteran striker Didier Drogba in the summer.

Jose Mourinho has already worked with Adebayor during his spell at Real Madrid. The Togo forward has built a reputation with many doubts about his strength at 31 years old, yet the Premier League leaders are ready to risk it if Drogba retires.

The deal could be enhance by the fact that London rivals Tottenham have no problem in letting Adebayor leave the club: currently he receives a wage of £100,000-a-week, something that Spurs find unnecessary and willing to get rid of: that’s why the money they may ask is considerably small.

The question is whether Adebayor is at Chelsea’s level or not.

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Chelsea are reportedly looking to replace Petr Cech with the Arsenal ‘keeper, Wojciech Szczesny , should the Czech, as is appears more likely every day, decide to leave Stamford Bridge.

Cech has been usurped as Chelsea’s No1 by Belgium international Thibaus Courtois after a decade of being one of the few guaranteed starters for the Blues. Cech has hinted recently that he may well leave Stamford Bridge in order to play first team football on a regular basis, something which only become less and less likely in the near future- Jose Mourinho appears to be building his latest Chelsea side with Courtois, who spent three successful years on loan at Atletico Madrid, the first choice goalkeeper, and with the current situation putting Chelsea on the verge of winning the Premier League title, it is difficult to see why it would change.

Szczesny, for his part, is unsatisfied with life at Arsenal and concerned over his position in the Polish national team after failing to play a game since the depths of winter away at Southampton, when he was fined £20,000 for smoking in the shower block after a defeat. Arsene Wenger is reported to be one of the many suitors for Petr Cech this summer, and Szczesny’s lack of first team football could lead to peculiar transfer exchange.

Petr Cech joined Chelsea in 2004 and has won numerous honours, the best of which being three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012.

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Khedira has experienced struggles throughout this season.

Chelsea legend Roberto Di Matteo is now managing Schalke 04 and the German side seem to be very keen on the market as the Italian manager confirmed they are interested in signing one of the main Chelsea target for next season, Sami Khedira.

The German midfielder declared a bunch of days ago he will leave Real Madrid in the end of this campaign, and now the battle to sign him is open.

Khedira suffered several injuries in the last two season, including a knee-ligament one, but still remains a top midfielder, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was the one who brought him to Real Madrid five years ago after he just arrived in the Spanish capital, so he knows the player very well and the respect is mutual.

Khedira is also chased by Arsenal and Man United, who have been keen on the player for more than one year.

However, many rumours in Germany are suggesting that Khedira will go back to his country next summer, and that his probable destination can be Schalke.

Their manager, Roberto Di Matteo, hasn’t denied an interest in him while speaking to Sport 1:

“For Khedira, the door is open. Any coach would want him, but he has plenty of choices so I think it’ll be very difficult to bring him here”.

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Paulo Dybala is the new Argentinian and Serie A prodigy.

Being just 21 he netted 12 goals in 27 games in this campaign leading a team like Palermo, that two years relegated to Serie B and then was immediately promoted again to the major Italian championship in the past season, to fight for a place in the European competitions next year.

Rumours were saying that Chelsea, but also Arsenal and Man United, would have been keen on signing him in the next market window, but today Maurizio Zamparini, Palermo chairman, fixed the price for his little super-star:

“We don’t want players in exchange, only cash” he claimed while being intreviewed by Italian broadcaster Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

The player is worth €40m, even though there have been offers from foreign teams of €35m. We need to look after Palermo’s budget and accounts”.

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Sami Khedira has confirmed that he will leave Real Madrid this summer, according to reports in Germany.

Khedira has been the subject of transfer speculation for months with his contract due to expire in June, meaning he can leave for free and join one of the many clubs that have been linked with him. The Germany international, 27, has been largely linked with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea competing with London rivals Arsenal for the World Cup winner’s signature, although there are rumours that he wishes to return to his native country- Bayern Munich being the most likely destination in that case.

He is quoted in German football magazine Kicker as saying:

“It’s nothing against Real, but I just want a new challenge and to keep improving myself.”

Chelsea are favourites to sign Khedira, with Arsenal supposedly put off by his wage demands, but, should he join the Blues, it is difficult to see where he would fit into the team, or indeed what his role might be other than to give stern competition to the impressive Nemanja Matic in midfield.

Khedira has spent five years at Real Madrid and was one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings for the Spanish giants when he became manager in 2010.



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Chelsea will want their title push to be finished with ASAP

After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton, a result which left a small dent in the Blues title hopes, manager Jose Mourinho remained upbeat:

“I’m happy with the situation.  I’m happy with the six-point lead, but I’m not happy with the result. If somebody tells me in August that at the end of March we are six points in front and one match in hand, I would sign immediately.”

Jose Mourinho was eager to show his pleasure at his team extending their lead at the top of the Premier League after sharing the points with Southampton, a day after Manchester City’s latest capitulation at the hands of Burnley, as their push to the title seems to wain.  What would be a more worrying concern for the Chelsea manager would be the recent drop-off im clinical activity at the business end of the pitch, exemplified again by their inability to finish off the Saints.

Opposition ‘keeper Fraser Forster deserves an honourable mention as the Saints dented Chelsea’s title hopes, and both sides’ major penalty calls could have gone either way. But the bottom line is more quality is needed to ensure the blues are not bogged down in a title race that really should be over by the end of April.

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Arsene Wenger believes his team are capable of hunting down Chelsea to win the Premier League and has cited his first full season in England as an example.

The 1997/98 season is remembered for being one of the most unlikely title victories in living memory. Arsenal won the league in May having been 12 points behind eventual runners-up Manchester United in February, the first moment in a North-South rivalry which encapsulated the late 90s and early 2000s.

Wenger says his current squad is still aiming for the title, despite being 14 points behind Chelsea and 9 behind Manchester City, both of whom appear considerably superior to the rest of the Premier League.

“It (to challenge for the title) is our target, but we have to be realistic. What we want is to win every game we can, but at the moment we are 14 points behind Chelsea, they need to lose five games, and they have lost only two until now,” The Frenchman says.

Arsenal have had title challenges undermined in the recent past due to injuries, this year is no different, but players are beginning to return. Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are back and Jack Wilshere is about a month awy from fitness.

“Now we have a good squad, compact, but of quality and with the competition it will be very hard” says Wenger.

Wenger, 65, is the oldest serving manager in the Premier League and has not won the Premiership since 2004.


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