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Swansea striker Fernando Llorente is close to join Chelsea.

The Spanish forward could be soon reunited with Blues boos Antonio Conte, who worked with him at Juventus.

Following positive talks int the past days, the Welsh side and Chelsea are close to find an agreement.

Llorente has been targeted by the Blues for almost a year and was close to sign for the West London club also last January, when Diego Costa seemed on the brink to move to China.

The two Premier League clubs now have a little more than 24 hours to find an agreement on the fee.

 

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Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has handed in a transfer request, SkySports HQ revealed this morning.

The England international star is eager to join Chelsea and is reportedly pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge.

Leicester’s asking price is too high as the Blues’ have offered a fee in the region of £25m so far. Anyway, with an official request from the player, the deal could be completed until the Deadline Day.

 

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Arsenal wing-back Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a move to Chelsea as he desperately wants to join Liverpool, according to exclusive reports in BBC.

The 24-year-old would prefer to move to Liverpool or stay at the Emirates, despite a £40m fee between Arsenal and Chelsea has already been accepted. Chamberlain reportedly wants to be used a central midfielder and not at wing-back.

Chelsea are said to be ready to turn their sights on Everton star Ross Barkley if the move for the Arsenal star fails.

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New Chelsea midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko reveals he didn’t regret choosing the Blues over Paris Saint Germain.

The French side is believed to have placed a bid to AS Monaco before Bakayoko moved to London but, eventually, they were beat by the club owned by Roman Abramovich, who secured the French international services for the next five years.

“Did they make a bid? I don’t know. But it’s hard not to be interested in a club like PSG, the new Chelsea player admitted.

“I opted for Chelsea, and I don’t regret my decision”.

The French international started 25 Ligue 1 games last season, scoring two goals and making one assist.

Before his €40 million move to Stamford Bridge the 24-year-old told France Football:

“I can’t leave Monaco to go to PSG.

“It’s impossible, because I’ve just finished champion ahead of Paris. I can’t leave for a club that has finished behind me.”

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Three days to the end of this summer transfer window and still Diego Costa has to find a team after being left out of Chelsea first team squad.

The Spanish striker never came back from his Brazilian break after he fell out with manager Antonio Conte before going on holidays and was willing to be released by the West London club.

But a contract with the Blues is running until 2019 and the club directors want to do things in the right way, without breaking the deal and with a normal selling procedure.

A solution is near, as it seems Chelsea and Atletico Madrid found an agreement on the fee for £ 41m, with Costa set to move back to the Spanish capital in the next days, before the transfer window closes on Thursday night.

However, the Brazilian born forward won’t be able to officially wear the Colchoneros shirt until January 2018 for the Spanish side FIFA transfer market ban that will run out at the end of this year.

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Chelsea star Tiemoue Bakayoko told SFR Sport he won’t be scared to face competition in midfield if the Blues complete moves for both Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley in the next few hours.

“Danny Drinkwater doesn’t scare me, – Bakayoko said – It’s the competition. It’s good, I think every team needs that. It makes you improve.”

It is understood Antonio Conte wants at least three signings to strengthen his squad before the Deadline Day, with also Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reportedly on the verge of joining Chelsea.

Metro.com reported today that the Blues would spend a fee in the region of £105m for these Premier League stars.

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Football analyst Garth Crooks warned Chelsea they have only one chance of silverware this season: this chance is called FA Cup and not Premier League, as the two Manchester sides are obsessed in winning the title.

Naming Cesc Fabregas in his BBC team of the week, the English pundit claimed:

“Fabregas came back into the team [following suspension] and played like he had never been out, and scored an opening goal which oozed pure class.”

“With both Manchester clubs obsessed with the Premier League title I can see Chelsea winning the FA Cup. They are very capable of winning that but I can’t see Cesc Fabregas, or Antonio Conte for that matter, winning anything else, even with the Spaniard in this mood.”

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea vs Everton - London, Britain - August 27, 2017 Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their first goal

Antonio Conte believes Cesc Fabregas can still improve his playing style and urges the Spaniard to train his defensive skills to be a better pair for N’Golo Kanté, who, on the contrary, has to work on his technique skills.

Like this, the two Chelsea midfielders can bring more quality to the team and be almost unstoppable:

“Like Cesc, all of the players performed very well,” the Blues boss told the press following his side’s 2-0 win over Everton.

“He scored an important goal for us. We all know his characteristics, he’s a great player with good technique. When we have possession, with Cesc, we can play really good football.”

“But he’s also trying to improve in defensive situations to try and be more strong, to be a bit more like N’Golo [Kante]. But he has work to do, and N’Golo has to work be become more like Cesc with the ball,” Conte added trying to give more motivation to improve to his players.

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Chelsea might be on the verge of signing their fifth player after landing to Stamford Bridge Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Willy Caballero.

SkySports understand that has been agreed a fee in the region of £35m for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain between the Premier League champions and Arsenal, who have reportedly accepted to let the 24-year-old leave. And a large parts of his medical could be carried out at England’s training centre, SkySports reported a few minutes ago.

It is understood also Liverpool are interested in the Arsenal star, but have turned their attention to Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

 

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