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Chelsea have offered £40m for Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes but the bid has been rejected, according to the Daily Mirror.

His ownership is reportedly esteemed £50 and also Juventus have placed a bid, which was turned down a few weeks ago.

Gomes is expected to be leaving the Mestalla this summer and new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is said to be a great admirer of the Portugal international, who is currently guiding his national team at Euro 2016.

Also Real Madrid and Barcelona have been heavily linked with a move for the 22-year-old.

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Chelsea 19-year-old midfielder Jeremie Boga is close to joining Granada on loan, according to the Daily Mail.

The Marseille-born youngster, who joined Chelsea in 2009, spent last season at Rennes featuring 31 times in the Ligue 1. He put the pen to paper on his first football professional contract in 2014.

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Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer has been targeted by Huddersfield Town, who are lining up a move to sign him on loan, according to The Sun.

The talented 19-year-old midfielder has impressed in the Chelsea youth sides scoring in the UEFA Youth League final and was also picked up by Gareth Southgate in the England Under-21s squad for the first time.

He said about Chelsea: “I’m going to do some of my own stuff before I go back into Chelsea and hopefully I’ll be involved with the first team and if I’m not, I’ll attack it and give 100 per cent.”

 

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Chelsea could move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain despite his £78.5m buyout clause, according to Spanish publication AS.

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly eager to land the Argentina international, who scored 36 times for Napoli last season.

Moreover, the incoming boss is keen also on Alvaro Morata despite having just signed Batshuayi for £33mAccording to the Daily Maila

The Blues have been heavily linked also with a move for Graziano Pelle, while Diego Costa is not expected to be leaving as he agreed to be a part of Chelsea plans in view of next season.

Chelsea has already released Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato from their squad before having officially signed Michy Batshuayi from OM.

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Chelsea’s have announced who and where they will be playing before next year’s Premier League football season begins.

16th July – Rapid Vienna vs Chelsea (5pm BST)

Who: Rapid Vienna

Where: Allianz Stadion (28,000), Vienna, Austria.

The Blues first match under new boss Antonio Conte. Some of the first-team squad won’t be in action due to their participation in the Copa America and Euro 2016 but will join the squad later in July.

 

20th July – RZ Pellets vs Chelsea (7pm BST)

Who: RZ Pellets

Where: Worthersee Stadion (32,000), Klagenfurt, Austria.

The two sides met two years ago when an outstanding solo effort from Chelsea youngster Jeremie Boga earned a 1-1 draw back in 2014.

 

27th July (28th July UK) – Chelsea vs Liverpool (International Champions Cup, 8:35pm PDT, 4:35am BST)

Who: Liverpool

Where: Rose Bowl stadium (92,000), Pasadena, California, USA.

 

The first stop on Chelsea’s tour of America which sees the Blues against Premier League rivals Liverpool. It’s a revisit to the Rose Bowl stadium where Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea met Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan back in 2009. The Blues came out on top then with a 2-0 victory. It’s one of the most iconic sporting venues in the US having hosted the 1994 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy so it’s a fitting venue for two of England’s powerhouses to do battle.

 

30th July – Chelsea vs Real Madrid (International Champions Cup, 3:05pm EDT, 8:05pm GMT)

Who: Real Madrid

Where: Michigan Stadium (107,601), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Antonio Conte and his side next travel to America’s largest stadium to take on the European champions Real Madrid. The last time the two clubs met was back in 2013 in Miami where Real Madrid won 3-1. Chelsea’s last competitive fixture against the Spanish giants was 18 years ago when Chelsea claimed a 1-0 win to win the European Super Cup.

 

3rd August (4th August UK) – AC Milan vs Chelsea (International Champions Cup, 8:30pm CDT, 2:30am BST)

Who: AC Milan

Where: US Bank Stadium (73,000)

The last leg of the US summer tour sees the squad travel to Minneapolis to play AC Milan. The match will be played in the brand-new 73,000 seater US Bank Stadium. The new home the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL.

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Diego Costa has put rumours of an impending transfer to former club Atletico Madrid to rest after confirming he is ‘100 per cent’ staying at Chelsea to be part of a new ‘revolution’ under Antonio Conte.

Costa has struggled to settle in England and became frustrated with life at Chelsea last season after being left out of the side by former manager Jose Mourinho and getting into more disciplinary problems.

Despite completing the £33million signing of Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi at the weekend, Conte ideally wants to add young Italian forward Alvaro Morata to his squad and keep Costa to create a dynamic strike partnership.

Costa’s form improved dramatically under interim manager Guus Hiddink and he is said to have been ‘energised’ by the arrival of new head coach Conte and having the summer off after being left out of Spain’s Euro 2016 squad, meaning he wants to stay at the Blues.

The Morata – Costa tandem would likely keep Michy Batshuayi out of the starting XI for much of the season. The young Belgian would see most of his action off the bench, or during FA Cup and League Cup matches.

Speaking about his move to Stamford Bridge, Batshuayi said: “I’m very young and still have progress to make, but I’m a very technical player and like to use both feet.

“It’s a real chance for me and I’m looking forward to starting with a new club and new coach. It’s a great opportunity. It feels fantastic to be here, it’s a childhood dream for me.”

Hazard and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois both helped Batshuayi make his decision to join Chelsea while on international duty with Belgium at the Euros.

“They told me I was joining a magnificent club with a magnificent stadium and magnificent fans,” said Batshuayi. “Myself and Eden get on very well both on and off the field.”

 

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Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is looking to bring Southampton forward Graziano Pelle to Stamford Bridge.

Pelle still has one year left on his contract with the Saints and the Telegraph reports that they are valuing the 30-year-old at around £20m.

Want-away striker Diego Costa could move back to Madrid and Pelle could be a good replacement for the Spanish international if a deal with Atletico was to go through.

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Michy Batshuayi has joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille for around 33 million £, we take a look at the striker who will be the blues first new signing under our new manager Antonio Conte

Born in Brussels on 2nd October 1993, Batshuayi had youth career with spells at Evere, Schaarbeek, FC Brussels and Anderlecht before joining Standard Liège (Belgian Pro League)

Batshuayi made his debut for the senior team on 20 February 2011 in a 4–1 loss away to Gent, replacing Franck Berrier for the last seven minutes. On 15 December he scored his first professional goal, the only one away to F.C. Copenhagen in the last match of Group B during the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group stage, sending his team into the knockout stages. In the 2013–14 season, Batshuayi contributed 21 goals in 34 games, putting him in second place for the league’s top scorer behind Lokeren’s Hamdi HarbaouThis tally included a first professional hat-trick on 15 September in a 4–2 win at Oostende. He was awarded the Ebony Shoe Award for the season’s best player of African origin. In total he scored 44 goals in 120 appearances for SL

Olympique Marseille

On August 8th 2014 Batshuayi had signed with French team OM for around 4.5m £. In his first season at OM he scored 10 goals in 28 appearances. After his brace against Troyes the club president Vincent Lebrune said “there is not a single top 15 world club that is not interested in Batshuayi. He is one of the most wanted players on the market. There were a lot of offers for him this summer, but he didn’t want to leave. He’s proving himself on the pitch, and if clubs want him then they are going to have to pay around €50m”. During his second season at OM he scored 23 goals in 50 appearances.

 

International appearances

Batshuayi was eligible to play for the DR Congo national team through his parents, but in March 2015 he ruled out this option, stating that although his Congolese heritage is important to him, he would rather represent Belgium.

The striker made his international debut for Belgium on 28 March 2015 replacing Benteke in the 77th minute and scoring 3 minutes later from outside the box.

 

 

 

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Former Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has been targeted by FA as a candidate to replace Roy Hodgson, according to the Daily Express.

Also Arsene Wenger, Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce are being considered for the vacant England after Hodgson who resigned last week.

The FA are reportedly ready to enter talks with the Dutchman over a possible appointment.

 

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Chelsea are in search of a central defender to strengthen the squad and have won the race to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Bulues are reportedly on the verge of concluding a deal in order to bring the Senegalese defender to Stamford Bridge, in spite of well-known interest shown also by Arsenal.

 

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