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Alisson Becker‘s agent Ze Maria has refused to confirm Chelsea have already set personal terms with the current AS Roma goalkeeper on a £100,000-a-week contract.

He told TeleRadio Stereo: “Nothing will happen in the next few days. Alisson is 100 per cent focused on the World Cup.”

Brazil face Belgium tomorrow (7PM BST) in Kazan. Chelsea stars Willian, Thibaut Courtois, and Eden Hazard are expected to start the game.

 

 

 

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Chelsea have joined Real Madrid in the race to land Brazilian international goalkeeper Alisson from AS Roma, according to SkySport in Italy.

It is understood the La Liga giants are also keen on Blues’ keeper Thibaut Courtois, and Alisson would become Chelsea’s main target should the Belgian star leave Stamford Bridge.

However, AS Roma are reluctant to sell the Brazilian star, who’s going to face the World Cup in Russia alongside with Chelsea winger Willian.

SkySport in Italy understand the Giallorossi put a £87m price-tag on the highly-rated 25-year-old.

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Chelsea have made an offer of €60m for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, reports from Italy claim.

The Brazil international, who is expected to be his country’s number one at this summer’s World Cup, has seen his stock rise dramatically after an impressive season with Eusebio Di Francesco side.

He has been heavily linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool in recent times, with both of the Champions League finalists thought to be in the market for new goalkeepers.

However, according to Pagine Romaniste, it is the Reds’ English Premier League rivals Chelsea who have made the first official offer for the 25-year-old.

It is thought that the Blues have made a €60m ( £ 50m) bid for the player, while they would offer Alisson wages of €4.5m a season.

According to the report, though, it is highly unlikely that sporting director Monchi will accept the offer.

Instead, Roma will wait until after the World Cup before considering doing business – by which time Alisson’s performances at the tournament will hopefully have increased his value still further.

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Kloop believes tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Chelsea will be very similar to the game the Reds played vs As Roma this week.

Chelsea is a similar situation to the [Roma] game – fighting with all they have, they don’t have anything to lose,” Klopp told Liverpool official website. If we draw it’s not good for them; if we win it’s not good for them. They have to win and they will try to do so. It’s like a Champions League semi-final, to be honest”.

The German manager, so, said his team will do all they can to win tomorrow at Stamford Bridge and guarantee a place in the Premier League top-four.

“We will see what we can do there. The good thing is that we have another game but we don’t think about that at the moment. We need to be ready for the game.” Klopp went on. “We had a few really nice moments already this season but you never have time to celebrate it for a second! There is always the next one. Now we have to play that game – Chelsea are waiting.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes Mohamed Salah was a different player and Serie A spell was a key moment in his development. The Italian boss told journalists: “We have to compare Salah of four or five years ago, and not this Salah now. Salah in the present has improved a lot, developed a lot his football”.

“The experience in Italy was very important for him. Now I’m sure that he’s a different player compared to in the past. For this reason, this comparison is very difficult with the players.”

Chelsea sold the Egyptian star in 2016 following his loan spell at Fiorentina and AS Roma, who signed the 25-year-old on a permanent move.

 

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Mohamed Salah is the man of the moment in the football world: with his top performances he has brought Liverpool a couple of steps far from the Champions League final, adding three assists to his two goals in the first leg of the semifinal against Roma the other night.

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho defends himself from critics who accused him to have sold the Egyptian player.

Salah was bought from Chelsea in 2014, when the Portuguese was in charge, but he wasn’t ready for English football and went on loan in Italy in two different spells firstly to Fiorentina and then to Roma.

The Giallorossi eventually signed him on a permanent deal in summer 2016, but then they were forced to sell him to Liverpool one year later to respect FPF.

Speaking to ESPN Brazil, Mourinho claimed:

“I think everything has surprised even him. It has been fantastic,” the Manchester United boss said of Salah’s breakout season.

“But he is a great player that has reached the peak of maturity, he has already lived several other experiences and now has fitted perfectly into the style of play of the team, of the coach and of the club as well. So it doesn’t surprise me that much.”

Salah’s sensational campaign has left many to question Chelsea’s decision to sell him, and Mourinho defended himself from those queries, adding:

“It is the first time that I am going to say this, but it is another injustice that has been talked about me.

“People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite.

“I bought Salah.

“It is the opposite. I was the one that bought Salah. I was the one that told Chelsea to buy Salah. It was with me in charge that Salah came to Chelsea. But he came as a young kid, physically he was not ready, mentally he was not ready, socially and culturally he was lost and everything was tough for him.

We decided to put him on loan and he asked for that as well. He wanted to play more minutes, to mature, he wanted to go and we sent him on loan to Fiorentina, and at Fiorentina he started to mature.

“Chelsea decided to sell him, OK?

“And when they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary, I thought that Chelsea had wingers… Some of them are still there like Willian, Hazard and all those players already in a different level.

“So the decision to send him on loan was a decision we made collectively, but after that, the decision to sell him and to use that money to buy another player wasn’t mine. But even if it was, in football we make mistakes a lot of times, so many times some players develop in way we were not expecting, some other don’t reach another level like we thought they would, so I don’t even think this is a mistake, it is just part of the job.

“But effectively I did buy Salah, I didn’t sell Salah, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that he is a fantastic player, and I am really happy for everything that is happening for him and especially because he scores against everyone and he didn’t score against us in two games.”

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Speaking to Copa90 Chelsea star Eden Hazard revealed that he would like his former team-mate Kevin de Bruyne to rejoin him at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues forward was asked which of his Belgian teammates he would like to join him in the capital, Hazard said:”Kevin De Bruyne.”

However, when he was reminded that De Bruyne had already played at Chelsea, Hazard revealed which other Belgian international he would like to play alongside for the Blues.

“Go on, I’ll give another one… Radja Nainggolan! He’s good, he’s good.”

Nainggolan has been linked with a move to Chelsea in the past and he would be a major hit at Stamford Bridge, but the midfielder has just renewed his deal with AS Roma and is not sure if he will be able to move next summer.

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah reveals his Chelsea flop was due to lack of playing time:

“I didn’t do well because I didn’t play many games,” the Egypt international claimed.

“I was there for one year, but I only played during the first six months. After that, I hardly participated.

“I went to Fiorentina, scored goals, then in Rome I played very well and returned to England. But it’s not a matter of succeeding or not…”

“This year I’m scoring more goals. In any case, I want to help the team to win titles or be in a good position in the league.”

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According to many speculations and reports across Europe, Chelsea are looking for a new manager for next season to replace Antonio Conte.

Spanish newspaper SPORT, for example, claim the Blues are working to sign Luis Enrique, but, at least at the moment, they don’t want to sack Conte, as, in doing so, they would have to pay him a huge compensation fee.

The name of the former As Roma and Barcelona manager isn’t however the only one linked to Chelsea as it is understood Roman Abramovich is keen on Maurizio Sarri, Napoli’s coach as reported, for example by the Gazzetta dello Sport in the last few days. 

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Tonight Chelsea will play Watford in a Premier League game which can mark the debut with the Blues for new signing Emerson Palmieri.

Speaking to Chelsea official site, defender Antonio Rudiger, has tried to describe the Brazilian who played with him also with As Roma.

He’s a player who did very well at Roma, especially last season,” Rudiger said. “We played in Rome with the same system as we do here, so he was the left wing-back. Most of the time I was playing on the left of the back three so I was next to him, and he was a big help. He’s good at the offensive part, and also good at the defensive part. He is not afraid to make tackles, and he can play one against one because he’s physically good. He also has good pace. For me he is a very good young player with potential.”

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