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Chelsea and Barcelona will place further bids for Napoli defensive star and Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports in The Sun and Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.  face competition from Barcelona for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, according to The Sun.

It is understood the Serie A giants are confident they can keep the 26-year-old at San Paolo this season, having rejected several bids from the Blues last summer. 

Chelsea reportedly made a £53m bid for the centre-back in June, but Napoli‘s president Aurelio De Laurentiis rejected any offer as he rates Koulibaly a key player in Maurizio Sarri‘s system.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea puts pressure on Danny Welbeck of Arsenal during the The FA Community Shield final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 6, 2017 in London, England.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal when he left the La Liga giants in 2014.

“Once I made the decision to leave Barcelona, Arsenal had the first option, and Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal first. – the Spaniard revealed – Then they had a week to basically respond yes or no to the buy-out clause”.

Chelsea signed Fabregas on a £30m move, with former Blues’ manager José Mourinho in charge at Stamford Bridge.

“I knew Chelsea were on the side, among other clubs, but after I spoke to [Jose] Mourinho in the meantime he convinced me that it was a great place to come. – Fabregas confirmed – The week passed, Arsenal never responded, never contacted me either, so I took it as them having enough players in their squad, so I made my move to Chelsea.”

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Chelsea are growing ever more confident of signing Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City until the end of transfer market deadline, according to reports in England.

The Blues have a £45m bid accepted by Leicester City for the Algerian star, with also Barcelona interested in the player.

And given that Spanish transfer window will be closing tomorrow, the La Liga giants would have two days remaining to sign Mahrez if a move to Chelsea failed tonight.



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Chelsea have offered a fee in the region of £45m to Leicester City as they hope to land Riyad Mahrez to Stamford Bridge until the end of Deadline Day.

Also Leicester Mercury and beIN Sports believe the Algeria international, who has been allowed to set personal terms with another side earlier this morning, will join Chelsea in the next few hours if Leicester agree the fee offered by Blues.

Anyway, some reports in Algeria and Spain believes the winger would prefer a move to Barcelona instead of Chelsea. Mahrez, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge also last summer, has more time to finalize a move to the La Liga giants, since their transfer market deadline is set for tomorrow September 1st.

Chelsea are said to be confident that they can sign both Mahrez and Drinkwater today, despite Leicester are reluctant to sell their duo in one shot.

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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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Barcelona will set sights on Chelsea winger Willian if they fail to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, according to reports in the English press online tonight. The Spanish giants have reportedly opened talks with the former Shakhtar Donetsk star.

On the other hand, France Football reports that Paris Saint-Germain are considering to place a bid in order to land the 29-year-old to Parc des Princes.

Anyway, Chelsea board are expected to reject both offers as they don’t want to sell a key player without an adequate replacement.

It is understood Manchester United and José Mourinho tried to sign the Brazilian star in January, but Willian himself snubbed a move to the Premier League rivals.

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Ex Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is going to reject higher wages at Chelsea to join his former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, according to reports from Brazil.

Goal.com Brazil reports that the 34-year-old right-back has received a €7m-per-year offer from the Blues but will reject it in favour of a €5m-per-year deal with Citizens, so that he can team up with his former coach at Blaugrana, Pep Guardiola.

Dani Alves played in Juventus in the past season but decided to leave the Italian side after losing the Champions League final in Cardiff against Real Madrid, claiming he wanted to play in the Premier League before the end of his career and that before that he needed to play in Serie A to improve his tactical skills.

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Juventus right-back Dani Alves has been targeted by Premier League trio including Chelsea, according to Calciomercato.com.

Manchester City, Tottenham and Antonio Conte are all reportedly considering to make a summer move for the Brazilian star, who took part in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Cardiff tonight.

With all the teams involved in the next group stage of Champions League, former Barcelona right-back Dani Alves could consider a move to England following his successful experience at Juventus despite failing to get the Treble.

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Ernesto Valverde is the new Barcelona head coach after leaving Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish side have announced the appointment on their official website.

Also Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had been linked with a move to Barcelona before the Italian himself confirmed his stay at Stamford Bridge also next season. The 53-year-old joins the Blaugrana on a two-year-deal


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