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Chelsea have made contact with Arsenal legend Marc Overmars to bring him to Stamford Bridge for a role in the academy.

Overmars is currently the director of football at Ajax but Sport, a source close with Overmars‘ former club Barcelona, claim that the 43-year-old is ready to leave Holland and is considering a move back to London to assist behind the scenes with Chelsea.

Overmars has made a name for himself in Holland, bringing youngsters through the ranks at a good level and Chelsea bosses are looking to link him with technical director Michael Emenalo.

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Chelsea have targeted Santos youngster Gabriel Barbosa, who has snubbed a move to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in Brazil.

The young Brazilian striker is reportedly set to turn down a move to the Blues and sign a new deal with his current club, despite a host of sides have been repeatedly linked with a move for the 19-year-old. Actually Barbosa is expected to be willing to join Real Madrid, but the move could be completed next summer.

Anyway, Chelsea are said to be still keeping tabs on the star, who might change his mind after the upcoming season.

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Former Chelsea forward Alexandre Pato is set to join Lazio after the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as new manager, according to Calciomercato in Sky Sport.

The current Corinthians man is said to be eager to leave Brazil, then Lazio have reportedly placed a bid for the former AC Milan star, who is expected to put the pen to paper on a two-year-deal.

Pato joined in January from Corinthians but managed just one goal during his time at Stamford Bridge, then he was released by Chelsea.

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Chelsea are lining up a summer move to sign Lazio winger Antonio Candreva, according to Sky Sport.

The 29-year-old has been heavily linked also with a move to Inter Milan and Napoli, who are said to have reached an agreement with the Biancocelesti, but Candreva would prefer a move to the Blues in order to rejoin his former manager Antonio Conte.

A key role could be played by Juan Cuadrado, who is reportedly set to move back to Juventus. The departure of the Colombian star would allow Chelsea to place a bid for the Lazio winger.

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For the past month or so there have been rumours circulating over the possible move of Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta to Barcelona.

Barcelona are reportedly looking to replace Dani Alves who left to join Juventus in the last couple of weeks.

Reports from the Sun suggest that Barca are ready to table an offer of around £20m for the defender who is just as comfortable at left-back as he is at right-back.

It seems that Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, has a fight on his hands to keep the Spanish international because it’s not just Barcelona who have set their sights on the 26-year-old, Atletico Bilbao are also keen.

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It was no secret that Chelsea winger Pedro was left frustrated at the lack of game time he received for Spain at Euro 2016.

In fact, he was criticised for the complaints he made but insists that he wants to work hard to stay a part of the set-up and also feels motivated to help Chelsea regain their Premier League reputation when he returns to Stamford Bridge ahead of the new campaign.

“I had a very good relationship [with Vicente del Bosque], despite everything that’s been said.

“We had good times together, besides becoming world and European champions. It’s good for everyone [that he is staying on in a different role].

“[On why he wants to remain part of the Spain set-up], it is most important [to me] and gives a player a lot of prestige.

“[On Del Bosque’s rift with Iker Casillas], sometimes [what’s reported] is more than what’s said because we’ve always had a good relationship with one another in the dressing room. It’s a shame that Del Bosque is leaving.

“I’m very motivated [about returning to] Chelsea to and taking the team back to where they should be.

“[My first season] was one of adaptation and difficulty, but I want to have a great [second] season.”

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Granada have confirmed the signing of Jeremie Boga, who joins the La Liga side a one-year loan move from Chelsea. The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at Rennes, scoring 4 times and featuring in 29 games.

Boga told Granada’s official website: “I am very excited to start working with Granada and to play in the Spanish league,”
“I hope to help the team as much as possible and to continue growing as a player and enjoy the new project of Granada.”

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The Frenchman joined Chelsea’s academy in 2008 and he won with the Blues the UEFA Youth League, FA Youth Cup and U21 Premier League before leaving Stamford Bridge on loan last season.

He is under contract with Chelsea until 2019 and embarks on the same path of his fellow Charly Musonda, who will also play in La Liga next season for Real Betis.

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Chelsea are weighing up an audacious bid for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, according to The Sun.

His father and agent, Jorge Messi, has reportedly met Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic on his yacht last week, before him and his son were sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud yesterday, despite they are not expected to spend any time behind bars.

It is understood Chelsea are ready to offer a £110m transfer fee and would be set to pay the forward £800,000-a-week to persuade him.

Manchester City are another club looking into into the 29-year-old’s situation.

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Roma’s sporting director Walter Sabatini was in London earlier this summer to enter talks with Chelsea over a move for their midfield star Radja Nainggolan.

But the Belgium international told La Gazzetta dello Sport“Everything is calm with Sabatini. Will I stay at Roma? Yes, I’m going to remain here.”

Moreover, Nainggolan is reportedly closing in on a new deal with the Giallorossi, then Chelsea are reportedly turning their attention to Valencia star Andre Gomes.

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Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford has been targeted by former Blues manager Roberto Di Matteo, who is keen on bringing him to Aston Villa this summer, according to the Birmingham Mail.

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.

Roberto Di Matteo is reportedly interested in signing Bamford on loan to allow him to get more playing time this season.

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