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Real Madrid have received a ‘very interesting’ offer from Manchester United for striker Alvaro Morata, according to his agent Juanma Lopez.

The Chelsea target was monitored also by AC Milan before the Rossoneri signed Andre Silva from Porto yesterday, as Lopez confirmed: “Milan? Yes, we have had frequent contact in these days, I can confirm it. – he told Calciomercato.com Real Madrid have rejected the offer from the Rossoneri club”.

About Manchester United he said: “It’s a club with charm, a very interesting option. I can only say that it is very interesting and now the decision is up to [Real] Madrid. We’ll see.”

With Chelsea not mentioned by Alvaro Morata’s agent Juanma Lopez, Romelu Lukaku seems to be the Blues’ main target.

 

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Chelsea are plotting a summer move to lure Real Madrid star James Rodriguez from Santiago Bernabeu but are not willing to meet their £70m asking price for the Colombian international.

James Rodriguez, who did not take part in the Champions League Final win over Juventus in Cardiff, made just 13 starts for the La Liga champions this season and would consider a move to Stamford Bridge.

It is understood that Chelsea already tried to land the former Monaco star in the last transfer window following Oscar’s move to Chinese Super League.

Inter Milan have reportedly had a £36m bid rejected by Real Madrid a few days ago.

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Antoine Griezmann has put the pen to paper on a new five-year-deal committing his future to Atlético Madrid until 2022, according to reports in English and Spanish press.

The Frenchman, who has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League, will maintain a €100m buyout clause.

Chelsea reportedly made enquiries for Griezmann, despite Manchester United were leading the race to sign him.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger won’t let Alexis Sanchez join another Premier League side if the Chilean star leaves the Emirates Stadium this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

It is understood that both Manchester City and Chelsea are considering to make a move for the 28-year-old, who would be eager to leave after refusing a contract extension with the Gunners.

Then only Bayern Munich would be an option for Sanchez, despite Pep Guardiola reportedly wants a reunion with the former Barcelona winger at Manchester City.

 

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Former Blues goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, now at Bournemouth, warns Chelsea over Diego Costa‘s exit:

“These players don’t come around very often, centre forwards who have got everything – pace, right foot, left foot, he can finish each and every way, he can hold the play up,” he told Sky Sports UK.

“He’s got the total package and is someone that Chelsea will miss very much if they lose him.”

“I hope this situation can resolve itself and they can have a good relationship going forward.”

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Chelsea are still interested in Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy.

The 22-year-old has been targeted by the Blues over the past season as he was a key player for the Ligue 1 side to win  the French title last season, but he is interested in a potential move to the Premier League.

Monaco are currently demanding at least £40m for the 23-year-old, who is also wanted by Manchester City.

 

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After being “sacked” by Antonio Conte via sms Diego Costa is preparing his next move,  looking for another club.

Speaking after the Spain World Cup 2018 qualifier against Macedonia the ex Atletico Madrid striker praised AC Milan, a club with whom his agent, Jorge Mendes, spoke in the past weeks:

Milan are a great club, they’ve got a huge history,” he told reporters.

But today the Rossoneri officially announced the signing of Portuguese striker André Silva from Porto for € 38m plus add-ons, so it’s unlikely they will sign another expensive forward like Costa, as they’ve already spent € 100m on the market to sign four players ( Silva, Musacchio, Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez).

 

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba showed once again all his skills during his debut with Phoenix Rising in a Usl game vs Vancouver Whitecaps II.

Drogba, who his Rising’s captain and co-owner, scored the first goal of the game, which Phoenix won 2-1, with a powerful header.

After the game the striked dedicated his goal to Cheick Tiote: “I want to dedicate this win to Cheick Tiote who passed away a few days ago while doing what he loved,” – Drogba wrote on Instagram. -“My thoughts and condolences go out to his family, the Ivory Coast and the whole of Africa, mourning the passing of one of their own”.

 

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa added fuel to fire following his recent admission about a farewell message received by manager Antonio Conte, who has reportedly told him he is not part of his plans at Stamford Bridge.

When asked about his future, the Spaniard told AS: “I do not know. I have a contract with Chelsea, they have to know what to do with me and I have to wait and know the decision that my club takes.

Anyway, Costa seems determined to leave the club this summer: “Things do not work in that way. The fight for the place has to be fair to stay and fight, but the fight is not fair and I have to leave.”

“I have a contract of two years with Chelsea, they have to decide. If they sell me, I will look for the best choice. Atletico is among them, it would not mean not playing, they can loan me out to some team in Spain, Brazil or wherever, but I have to play”.

“Everyone knows that I have a lot of affection for them. Of course I rule out China, I have to think about the World Cup. Atletico is a club that I have a lot of affection for, independently of whether I go there or not, I will continue to love them.”

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