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Arsenal and Chelsea are still keeping tabs on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata despite both failed to land him last summer, according to Don Balon.

The 23-year-old recently told Bild that new manager Antonio Conte placed a bid to make him the most expensive Spanish player of all time earlier in the summer, but Morata rejected the offer as he wants to succeed at Real Madrid this season.

“Chelsea showed the most interest – he claimed – Antonio Conte had already signed me for Juventus.”

“And it was a very good offer this time. I would have been the most expensive Spanish player ever.”

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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

Manchester United manager José Mourinho tried to land Paul Pogba to Stamford Bridge when he was in charge at Chelsea, according to the player’s agent Mino Raiola.

The move was reportedly blocked as the Frenchman reached an agreement to stay another year at Juventus: “Paul could have left them last year because Mourinho really wanted him - Raiola told Rai Sport But Juventus and I had agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go.”  

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Ex Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes N’golo Kante is still struggling to find his feet at Chelsea after his excellent performances for Leicester in their title winning season.

The France international initially made an impressive start to his 2016-17 Premier League.

But Kante couldn’t prevent Chelsea losing back to back games to Liverpool and Arsenal and Ian Wright believes Kante struggled in both games and insists it’s different for Kante playing for Leicester and Chelsea.

“Now Kante is in a team like Chelsea and we are starting to see little chinks,” Wright toldThe Sun Goals podcast.

“He was far too tight on Ozil for Arsenal’s third goal. He didn’t see the danger. That is something you couldn’t accuse him of last season.

“He is still finding his feet there. But there are worrying signs. Playing for Leicester and playing for Chelsea are two different things. Now we’re expecting performances from Kante. It’s the dreaded second album.”

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Three Chelsea youngsters are in the 40 nominees shortlist to win Golden Boy Award 2016:

Attacking midfielder and winger Nathan Allan (on loan to Vitesse Arnhem) defender Andreas Christensen ( on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach) and midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek were considered among the 40 best talents in the world.

The complete nominees list:

Dele Alli (Tottenham), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Leon Bailey (Genk), Riechedly Bazoer (Ajax), Gabriel Boschilia (Monaco), Julian Brandt (Leverkusen), Carlos Fernandez (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb), Amadou Diawara (Napoli), Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Monchengladbach), Danilo Barbosa (Benfica), Moussa Dembele (Celtic), Ousmane Dembele (Dortmund), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Breel Embolo (Schalke), Gabriel Barbosa (Inter),  Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Goncalo Guedes (Benfica),  Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Alen Halilovic (Hamburg), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Emanuel Mammana (Lyon), Nathan (Vitesse), Olivier Ntcham (Genoa), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Jairo Riedewald (Ajax), Ruben Neves (Porto), Tonny Sanabria (Betis), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Almamy Toure (AS Monaco).

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Bristol City coach Lee Johnson is delighted on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been named PFA Fans’ Player of the Month.

Over 30,000 votes were cast as the on-loan Chelsea striker beat off competition from Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey and Huddersfield Town’sAaron Mooyto land the prize.

Johnson told bcfc.co.uk: “It’s important we look after him, nurture him and ensure he improves and grows.

“If he produces and does get better and we enable him to make that step up then it will certainly be noticed in football.

“If that happens, who knows who we might be taking on loan next season? We’re trying to set ourselves up for the next Tammy Abraham.”

Although he doubts the possibility of the striker joining permanently but admitted he won’t rule out the chance on signing him if available.

He didn’t rule out a potential second season on loan, but added: “It’s still early days in his loan really and we should see it for what it is.

 He’s a bright, young player who has really hit the ground running.

“Who knows how things will pan out?Chelsea could go and sign five strikers in front of him or they could hand him a new deal and make him captain! Anything could happen in football.”

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After the defeat at the hands of a rampant Arsenal team,Chelsea have come under attack from former Blues striker Tony Cascarino.

 The former Chelsea player has singled  out Eden Hazard specifically as he accused the Belgian of failing to listen to Antonio Conte’s instructions. 

Chelsea were easily beaten  3-0 by their London rivals Arsenal, courtesy  of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Iwobi,andMesut Ozil goals.

He said, “There are a few Chelsea players who are playing for themselves. They are more interested in how they play but it is not helping the team.

 ‘You can certainly accuse two or three. Hazard would fall into that bracket.

He continued, ” We all know how good he is and how good he can be but I would say he is one of the players who did not follow instructions at theweekend. There were probably two or three others and you only need two or three others. Then your team is finished. You are going to get beaten. ” Hazard was very poor on the night as he was substituted in the 71st minute.

The former Chelsea striker also slammed Chelsea’s shambolic defense as he said, “Defensively, they are awful. I think you can question all the back four. Azpilicueta has not played anywhere near as well. Ivanovic has beenpoor for 18 months. Cahill has really struggled tobe the number one. David Luiz drops far too deep and keeps people onside. The goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as well just looks disinterested.”

Chelsea have now lost back to back games and sit eight on the premier league table.

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Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen had to face the mighty FC Barcelona. Though the Catalans had to play without Leo Messi, it was a tough challenge to face Luis Suarez and Neymar for Gladbach’s defense.
André Schubert side showed a quick movement between several tactical directions during the game, and the Danish defender played either with Nico Elvedi as two-men strong CB-line or as last men at the centre. His job was to close the room to prevent passes into the cut. He did that successfully.
With his deep role, he regular faced Luis Suarez at the centre, who beat him only once when Christensen slipped at the box while the Barcelona star striker overran him – but he missed the target. The Chelsea loanee seemed very concentrated and therefore he managed to get the ball away before one of Barcelona’s strikers even reached it. In addition, he opened the game sometimes with passes to his defense neighbours Elvedi or Korb.
Luis Enrique’s team tried to come behind the defense with crosses, but also there Christensen showed his class. At both goals he was not to blame, Elvedi lost the one-to-one against Arda Turan and then the goalkeeper made a mistake which helped Barcelona to win the game with 2:1. The Chelsea Academy product continues to underline why Chelsea & head coach Conte should be keen to get him back next summer.
Benjamin Neubauer

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Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin had his say about Antonio Conte‘s main problem at Stamford Bridge. He claimed that the Blues’ defence has to improve in view of the next Premier League games.

“There is no hiding from the fact that losing 3-0 to Arsenal is a hard one to take for the manager, the players and of course the fans as well, – Nevin told Chelsea’s official website – It is particularly painful as Chelsea have had Arsenal under their spell for such a long time.”

“The magic wasn’t there at the Emirates and there is no option but to get back on the training ground and work out where the problems are stemming from.”

“It will not be an easy task for Antonio Conte, even if most people immediately look at the defence. When you have got into the habit of shipping goals when you didn’t used to (that is nine in four games during September) then the eyes are drawn in that direction. It is of course never that simple.”

Nevin added: “Gary Cahill knows who was at fault for the first goal against Arsenal, but what about midfielders shielding those defenders? How about strikers tracking back when a full-back runs off them and what about overall work-rate compared to the opposition? It can be one, all or a combination of the above reasons.”

“Personally, I do not think many players will have arguments about what Antonio Conte has to say this week. There have been problems, the players know this and it is his job to sort them out.”

“This could be the most difficult season for a while to gain a top-four finish in the Premier League – the Scottish ended – Even Manchester’s red team have embraced the fact you can’t have a Ferrari team without them having top-quality engines in this particular race.”

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Burnley centre-back Michael Keane has confirmed he’s not thinking about a possible move away from the Turf Moor as he is ‘really happy’ with the Clarets.

The defender told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s flattering when teams like that come in, but I am really happy here.”

“I won’t be looking at them in the Champions League thinking that it could have been me, because I tend to think what will be, will be - Keane added - Hopefully at some time in the future I will get to that level anyway. Leicester have done brilliant and I will be supporting them because I was there on loan anyway but I’m not disappointed I am not there.”

It is understood both Leicester and Chelsea are interested in the 23-year-old, who is contracted until June 2018 but has been offered a new deal.

Anyway, Chelsea are lining-up an audacious £25m bid for Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, who scored the second goal in the Monday Night against Watford, according to the Daily Mirror.

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