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Higuain moved to Napoli for £34.5 million

Chelsea are weighing up a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, despite the Italian side’s request is esteemed around £65m, according to Squawka.

The 28-year-old has finished the season as the top scorer in the Serie A with 36 goals in 35 games and incoming manager Antonio Conte is expected to be keen on the Argentina international.

Chelsea officials have reportedly entered talks with Napoli last week to discuss a deal.

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Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli stated that José Mourinho could still fix things at Stamford Bridge this season and that the club made a mistake in sacking him:

I don’t think I would have changed the manager, Vialli told Goal.com

“Obviously things improved slightly after Guus Hiddink took over, he is very good at giving everybody confidence and playing things down and so on, but I didn’t see that huge of an improvement.

Jose could have stayed and sorted things out his own way. It is always difficult. Now, they definitely need someone to turn over a new leaf and start another Chelsea successful era.

“Eventually Jose left but the season has been quite average, even after [his sacking]. I am a bit disappointed but I am sure the future is very bright.”

Vialli tried to analyse the reasons why Chelsea started so bad in the beginning of this last campaign:

“When [the squad returned to pre-season] they were looking strangely tired, as if they had not been able to recharge their batteries. They were not prepared to fight.

“Jose probably didn’t handle that situation in the right way because he was always very demanding publicly, criticising the players and trying to really push them to achieve more and play better. 

“I thought at the time that the players actually needed the opposite treatment. It you’re not winning, keep your mouth shut.”

Vialli also spoke about next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, that he knows really well since the pair shared the dressing room at Juventus in the 90s:

“He is a great manager,” Vialli said.

“I spoke to players at Juventus who have worked with Antonio Conte, and some of the greatest managers, and they reckon that Antonio Conte is the best.

“His team always plays with humility, with pride, with controlled aggression, his teams never give up and he is prepared to work really hard to achieve great things. So he creates that culture. 

“He is not a disciplinarian, he’s just somebody that demands that the players try as hard as they possibly can in training and on matchdays.

“I also believe that the Chelsea dressing room is used to having managers like that Ancelotti is demanding, Mourinho is demanding, they are used to the continental mentality.”

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Paris Saint-Germain should close part of their stadium for next season Champions League’s games.

Last April Sportsmail  had revealed that five Chelsea’s disabled fans have suffered horrific abuse while watching the first leg of last Champions League round of 16 at Parc des Princes in Paris.

Supporters were spat, and they had coins, bottles and chewing-gum thrown at them by PSG crowd.

Following these shameful facts UEFA opened disciplinary action against PSG for ‘alleged offences concerning racism, other discriminatory conduct and propaganda.’

PSG will defend themselves at a hearing scheduled for this Friday and the matter will then be decided by UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body on July 17.

 

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According to Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws Chelsea have made contact with their former striker Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku left Stamford Bridge for Everton for £28m in July 2014. He scored 45 goals in all the competitions played with Toffees in these last two seasons: 20 in 2014/2015 and 25 in the campaign that just ended.

Next Blues boss Antonio Conte would like to bring him back to Chelsea but Everton set a £ 65m fee to let him leave Goodison Park.

However, Lukaku has expressed strongly the desire to play next year’s Champions League but Chelsea are out of the European competitions next season.

 

 

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Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembélé was punished for appearing to eye-gouge Chelsea striker Diego Costa during the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on 2nd of May.

The Belgium international told SkySports: “I think it was just a very emotional game.”

“Things happen and my intention was not to do something bad to Costa”

“But it’s an emotional game, you react to things and now I have to learn from this.”

“I’m not proud of this, it’s not in my habit to be that emotional.”

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Chelsea are reportedly lining up a summer move for Everton superstars Romelu Lukaku and John Stones, according to Belgian newspaper HLN.

The paper claim the negotiations to sign the duo will be “difficult and tough” and this is the reason why the Blues have started them so early.

Lukaku might leave Goodison Park with Paris St. Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus also reportedly keen on him, after his father confirmed his son is going to chose his new club before Euro2016.

Stones is reportedly eager to move from Everton to another Premier League side, with Manchester City and Chelsea interested in the highly rated centre-back.

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas spoke about John Terry after his captain accepted new one-year contract.

The Spaniard told Goal.com: “He has had a fantastic career for Chelsea. It is not easy nowadays to start your career somewhere and finish it at the same club.” 

“Very, very few players can say that, especially nowadays when everything is so tough and everyone demands so much from you,”

“he has dealt with it very, very well and won a lot of trophies so it is very good from him.”

 

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Gary Cahill missed England first training session towards EURO 2016.

The Three Lions are playing a friendly game against Turkey next Sunday and the Chelsea centre-back was one of those who sat out of today’s training session.

Cahill had picked up ‘a knock’ playing for Chelsea against Leicester last Sunday but it seemed it wasn’t anything too serious.

England coach Roy Hodgson said Eric Dier could easily be used as a central defender too, and it seems the Spurs defensive midfielder will start along with John Stones against Turkey if Cahill will be injured, as Chris Smalling will play the FA Cup final with Manchester United this Saturday.

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Chelsea incoming manager Antonio Conte is keen on Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain, Paris St-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and Belgium international Romelu Lukaku, according to Don Balòn.

Higuain has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United and Arsenal.

Uruguay international Cavani has reportedly entered talks with Atletico Madrid far-back, but Chelsea might join the chase to sign him.

Lukaku is expected to leave Goodison Park before Euros 2016 after his father confirmed the club want to sell him for £65m.

 

 

 

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