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Chelsea have shown a lot of interest in Roma and German international defender Antonio Rudiger.

However, according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Chelsea will be unlikely to sign the player after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the warm up for Euro 2016 and will now be sidelined for about 4 months.

“[Rudiger to Chelsea is now] very unlikely, after the bad injury.”

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He’s been one of the best players so far at EURO 2016 and his performances, of course, weren’t unnoticed.

Inter star Ivan Perisic was targeted by Barcelona and Chelsea after being the protagonist of the three Croatia matches in France, especially the one of the other night against Spain, where he provided the assist for Kalinic‘s equaliser and scored the winner with a couple of minutes to go.

Inter put a basic £ 30m fee on him, but if Perisic will keep performing like this his price will increase.

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Radja Nainggolan spoke about his future: the Belgian midfielder was heavily linked to Chelsea in the past months and he admitted the negotiations are going on:

“The two clubs are speaking, we will see,” he is quoted by Gazzetta.it

“If I have to remain here I would be happy, but in this moment I am thinking just about the euros.

“Vermaelen? He’s a great player, everybody would want him. I’ve already said to Roma they have to sign him.”

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Chelsea had been linked with a possible summer move for in-form Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

However, Griezmann showed very little desire to leave Madrid and has today signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2021.

The new deal includes a €100million buy-out clause for the striker who topped the goal-scoring for Atletico 2 seasons running since joining in 2014 from Real Sociedad.

Griezmann made a statement on the club’s official Twitter page.

“I can only thank the fans for all the support and ask them to keep supporting us.” 

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Chelsea and Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he thinks Belgium have been lucky enough to receive an ‘easy’ team in the first knock-out round of the European Championship.

Belgium will play Hungary in the last 16 round and have managed to avoid favourites of the group Portugal.

“We have to admit that we have an ‘easy’ half of the draw because obviously all the teams that are there deserve it but there are no big teams like Spain, France or Italy.”

However, Courtois told RTBF that his team will not underestimate Hungary after they topped their group with considerable ease.

“Of course we have to do everything but Hungary had three good matches and they are first in their group.

“We will be favourites in this match but we’ll have to be careful because they’re going to play defensively and we’ll have to be focused from the start.”

 

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Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill believes that England still have a chance in the European Championship and claims it’s still a wide open tournament.

“There are certainly teams who have impressed me but I do think it’s wide open.

“You see the French, Spanish and Germans who are always there, but is there one team that is going to run away with it? I don’t think there is.

“You see how hard teams are having to work, like the French in the second game [against Albania]. It was 2-0 and seemed like an easy game, but it was far from an easy game going into the last five minutes.”

 

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Barcelona are reportedly in the race to sign Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilcueta.

The Spanish side are looking to replace Dani Alves who is on his way to Italy to join Juventus.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told Sky Sports that Atletico Madrid are also keen on the signing of Azpilicueta and a battle with Barca will be on the cards.

“Some of the top clubs in Europe are after Azpilicueta’s signature, not least because of his versatility in being able to play in both full-back positions with equal confidence.”

Azpilicueta insists that he is happy at Chelsea but an appealing offer returning to Spain could lure him away.

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Chelsea star John Obi Mikel risked a ban from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after missing a farewell game for the ex-Nigeria skipper Joseph Yobo without a plausible reason.

Mikel was excused by the NFF from two recent friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg but not for that game.

An official source close to the NFF reportedly said: “Mikel was to be banned for staying away from the Yobo match because he was in Nigeria, he was in Lagos, and preferred not to be in Port Harcourt for the game even when he was specially excused to represent the NFF there,” 

“All the same, they still plan to discipline him one way or the other, but it won’t be as severe as a ban from the Eagles now.”

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Chelsea defender Baba Rahman has been targeted by Fenerbahce, according to Fanatik.

The Turkish side are reportedly ready to place a bid to sign the 21-year-old as a replacement for Caner Erkin, who is set to join Inter Milan after playing the Euros.

Baba Rahman moved to Stamford Bridge for £14m from Augsburg last summer but struggled to break into the Blues’ starting XI and Chelsea are expected to be keen on a move for Juventus Ghanian Kwadwo Asamoah, who might replace him.

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