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Chelsea are lining up an audacious bid to land Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso to Stamford Bridge before the transfer market deadline, according to reports in Italy.

Manager Antonio Conte is said to be ready to launch a £17m bid plus add-ons for the 25-year-old, after failing to reach an agreement for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli earlier this week.

The former Bolton youngster could reportedly consider a move back to the Premier League, where he spent three seasons featuring 35 times and scoring 5 goals.

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Juventus are still interested in Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado, who spent last season on loan at the Serie A champions and would be eager to rejoin his former side on a season-long loan, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Manager Antonio Conte is reportedly blocking the deal as he is a huge fan of the 28-year-old, but the Italian newspapaer claims he is delaying the deal until he can secure a replacement.

The Colombia international’s agent Alessandro Lucci is reportedly pushing for a deal before the transfer market deadline.

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Crystal Palace are interested in signing Santos star Lucas Lima, according to the Daily Star.

Alan Pardew wants to strengthen his side before the transfer market’s deadline and the Eagles are keen on signing him on a season-long loan with a £51.3m option to buy him netx summer, according to UOL Esporte.

Anyway, the 26-year-old has revealed he is not considering a move to Selhurst Park, but he would join another team in the Premier League: “I don’t want to leave for any club, I want to play for a big team from Europe – he told Globo Esporte – There are many such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea.”

It is understood the Blues had a bid rejected from Santos for Lima’s teammate Thiago Maia but Antonio Conte is not expected to be really keen on the Brazilian star.

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Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford is heading to newly-promoted Burnley on a season-long loan, according to The Guardian.

Also Aston VillaFulham and Queens Park Rangers are said to be interested in the striker.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan with Crystal Palace and Norwich City but struggled to break into the starting XI in both sides and new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is reportedly willing to let him join another team on loan to gain experience.

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A real estate company has revealed Real Madrid star James Rodriguez has decided to rent a villa in Turin, then the rumors linking him with a move to Juventus are growing up.

The Colombian star is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer and he has been heavily linked also with a move to Chelsea earlier this week.

An official statement from Proto Group Ltd. read: “Representatives of James Rodriguez will this – Wednesday – afternoon be in Turin to confirm the renting of a villa in the city,”

“For several weeks, we have been commissioned by the player to find a suitable home in Turin, and today we will close the deal.”

Chelsea are ready to spend a fee in the region of €70m to sign him and he is considering their proposal, according to reports in Spanish and English press.

The 25-year-old played only a few minutes in Real Madrid‘s opener against Real Sociedad but manager Zinedine Zidane told medias: “He is well and happy. He worked and helped us to gain the three points,” 

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Now it’s official: Chelsea signed Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo from Dinamo Zagreb.

The 33-years-old put pen on a one year deal with the Blues.

His first words after joining the West London side were:

“Having the opportunity to come to the Premier League and to Chelsea, to such a big club, it is an easy decision to make.

“For me this is the best and the most difficult league and it is another level from where I have been until now. So it is a new challenge, at this moment I feel very good, so I am ready for this.

“All the colleagues I have always say the dream is to come to the Premier League, where there are the best clubs and the best players, and the opportunity to come here arrived at this moment.

“I am happy to be here and I hope I meet the expectations people have for me.”

Eduardo was European champion with Portugal in France last month.

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After spending last season on loan at Monaco Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic will move on loan to AC Milan.

The 21-years-old signed for Chelsea in 2014 and spent a successful first season on loan to Elche, in Spain, scoring 3 goals in 31 appearances.

His playing style improvement was blocked last year while on loan to Monaco because of some back issues: now Pasalic is in Milan to undergo an accurate medical, so to exclude major damages.

The transfer should be completed by tonight or tomorrow.

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After signing N’Golo Kante from Leicester City and Michy Batshuayi from Olympique de Marseille Chelsea are now ready to complete their third signing of this summer transfer window.

The Blues will confirm soon the transfer of Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo that he is set to leave Dynamo Zagreb after claiming his next move is the ‘opportunity of lifetime’ that he could not turn down.

Also Sky Sports claim his transfer to Chelsea is a done deal.

It is unclear, however, what his fee, length of contract or wages will be.

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AC Milan rejected the second Chelsea bid for their centre-back Alessio Romagnoli: the Blues placed a £ 30m offer, plus £ 4 of add-ons, but the Rossoneri claimed with a note on their official website that the defender is “unsellable”.

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Now Chelsea will have to negotiate with other clubs to find the centre-back they desperately need to revamp their defence.

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Chelsea star Ruben Loftus-Cheek spoke after the Blues’ win over Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup second round at Stamford Bridge.

The 20-year-old played alongside Belgium international Michy Batshuayi as a striker and he spoke about his own performance during the game: “I think I did alright and in a position that is still a bit foreign to me, but I gave it my all and I am kind of satisfied with it,”

“We were 3-1 up but we made the game more complicated for ourselves. We wanted to come out and kill off the game but that didn’t happen so we had to dig in right to the end”.

“We said at the start that this was the game of Bristol Rovers’ lives and we have to match that in motivation, and we got to 3-1 up but a little lapse in concentration and they are back in the game so it is a lesson to be learned”.

“To win these games when you’re not playing too well on the ball you need to dig in and fight together and stick together. It shows the spirit of the team. Even though they have been tight games we are still winning and that is the sign of a good team. As a team we are really happy”.

Then, when asked about the season, he added: “There is no Champions League this season but we want to win trophies. We can concentrate on the Premier League and the cups as well. It is a minus not being in the Champions League but it is a plus in a way that we can focus on these two cups”.

About new manager Antonio Conte, Loftus-Cheek ended: “He is a very patient manager and he realises it is a new system and a new way he wants us to play, and he respects that it is not going to come overnight”.

“We are still getting used to it but we have done really well to win these three opening games, and we can only get better”.

 

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