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Barcelona presidential candidate Josep Maria Bartomeu is convinced that Arda Turan should spend the first half of next season on loan.

The Turkish player joined Barcelona for £24m from Atletico Madrid, but due to Barcelona’s transfer ban he will not be able to play until January.

Since several days there have been rumors that Luis Enrique may send Turan on a loan. It is said that Blaugrana will not allow Turan to join any La Liga rival but is considering other proposals.

Bartomeu told RAC 1 :

“This is a possibility but the final decision must be made by coach Luis Enrique and it must be a purely technical decision,”

It must be a team not playing in the Champions League.”

Before Arda Turan joined Barcelona, he was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea. Maybe Blaugrana will send him on a loan at Stamford Bridge ? We will find out soon.

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MOHAMED SALAH

Mohamed Salah was the hot name in Italian transfer market in the past month: the Egyptian player created a real saga, refusing another loan to Fiorentina, the club where he spent the second part of the last season, impressing with outstanding performances and 10 goals in all the competitions.

It was rumoured that Inter offered him a new deal, trying to get him on loan or negotiating with Chelsea for a permanent deal, so Fiorentina threatened to take the player and Inter to court.

At the end the player came back to his parent club, Chelsea, who will decide on his future, and many people were ready to bet about José Mourinho taking him to pre-season training camp in Canada and tour in the USA, to observe him and verify his progress after the Serie A spell.

But the manager decided not to take him in Montreal and selected players like Victor Moses, who was on loan to Stoke City in the last campaign, or youngsters Chalobah, Clarke-Salte and Ola Aina, with even new signing Kenedy joining them in Montreal, but he didn’t select Salah, that now is officially aside of first team squad and ready to leave Chelsea again.

Salah’s agent is now expected in London to negotiate with Chelsea board about the player future: the Egyptian star is a target Italian giants Roma and Inter, but in the last days also Liverpool entered the “battle” to sign him, an option that will allow him to stay in the Premier League and be more ready for Chelsea in case he will return in the future.

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According to the various reports, Chelsea are making a late bid to sign Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Serbian striker was believed by most to be on the verge of signing for Newcastle but it seems that he changed his mind at the last minute. It is said that Mitrovic expressed his will to join a club that will play in the Champions League and Chelsea definitely meets this condition.

The 20-year-old player scored 36 goals in 69 appearances for Anderlecht. This drew the attention of Jose Mourinho who is ready to sign the player as soon as possibile.

Mitrovic is valued by Anderlecht at £15m. While the player himself asks for wages of around £60,000 a week plus bonuses. Soon we’ll see if Chelsea will agree to the proposed terms.

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According to the Sky Sport, Everton have rejected a £20m offer from Chelsea for John Stones. But Daily Mail reveals that Chelsea will make an improved £26million offer for Everton youngster within the next 48 hours.

The young centre-back is on Chelsea’s radar since some weeks. It is said that Stones is considered as an ideal replacement for long-serving captain John Terry, who once in the end he will have to retire.

Sky Sport reveals that Chelsea £20m offer for the player was rejected by the Merseyside club. It is said that Everton demands minimum £30m for the 21-year-old player. But according to the latest words of Everton’s coach, the Toffees are determined to keep Stones at Goodison Park.

John Stones is currently in Singapore with Everton on Barclays Asia Trophy tournament. During the press conference he said :

“I am very happy at Everton. My aim right now is to try to nail down a regular spot in this Everton team and hopefully that will take care of playing for England. I have to keep learning from the likes of Phil Jagielka and keep progressing at this club.”

While Daily Mail reveals that Chelsea will make an improved £26million offer for Everton youngster within the next 48 hours.

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VICTOR MOSES
Victor Moses can be part of Chelsea squad next year

The Mirror  reports that Tottenham are keen to make a £8m bid on Chelsea winger Victor Moses, who spent last season on loan at Stoke City.

The Nigerian player is currently in Canada with the rest of the squad for the pre-season training camp and USA tour, a sign that means that José Mourinho can count on him for the upcoming campaign.

It is thought that Moses is keen on a return to London, where he grew up playing football at boyhood club Crystal Palace.

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OSCAR

Oscar spoke to Chelsea official website at the end of the first day of the pre-season in Canada.

For the Brazilian player is not very common to start a pre-season from the very beginning, since in the past years he always joined the squad in the middle of it, being busy with his national team.

This is the first time I have started pre-season and for me this is very, very important,’ Oscar says while smiling to Chelseafc.com .

“It is important to stay with the family and friends and the full holiday for me this time is very important because for five years I didn’t have that holiday, and in the last three years I played more than 200 games and this is a lot.

For this reason, José Mourinho stated back in May: “Oscar is a fabulous player but he’s never had a pre-season in his life. He’s always been playing in tournaments everywhere, he’s never had a rest. Now, because he’s injured he’s not going to the Copa America and I have a feeling that next year Oscar can have the same kind of evolution as [Eden] Hazard had this season”.

“‘I think the same: I want to play better and I want to score more goals and to play my best football, because I know my quality and I know for sure I can make this season better than last season, and last season was a good season because we were champions and won two competitions. I want to be champion in more competitions this season

At the end of the past season Oscar made a little promotional tour in Malaysia with one of the biggest player of all the time, Pelè. He recalls:

It was good: Pelè is an idol for me, an unbelievable person and when I see him he is such a nice person. For Brazil and for football, he is very important and I liked spending two days together with him.

“He said he has liked my football for a long time and he always says good things about me and that means a lot. Of course I never saw him play but everyone in Brazil sees the videos and he is the king for football.

Last year Oscar won the Goal of the Year Award for Chelsea, a thing he would like to repeat:

“In these three years I have scored a lot of beautiful goals and I will try to score more. This season the Brazilians will try to win Goal of the Year again“.

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KOKE
Koke was impressive in La Liga last season

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has said that Filipe Luis would be welcomed back to the Vincente Calderon with open arms. 

The Brazilian defender left Atletico for the Blues last summer but failed to truly fend off competition from Cesar Azpilicueta for the left-back position.

That has since prompted a wave of speculation around the 29-year old, with a return to the La Liga side seemingly close.

And Koke, who himself was considered a Chelsea transfer target before signing a new deal with Atletico, has said that there would be no grudge should his old teammate return:

“Filipe decided to leave and now he has the chance to come back,” he told reporters on Thursday.

“If he comes he will be better and that is good.

“We will be a better team and fight for more things. Filipe is not a traitor. As long as he plays and does well there won’t be a problem.”

Luis, who has also played for Deportivo, Real Madrid Castilla and Ajax, moved to Stamford Bridge for a reported £14 million but only managed to make 26 appearances last season.

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MOHAMED SALAH

According to reports, Liverpool have contacted on-loan Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah.

The Chelsea midfielder, who signed from Swiss side FC Basel in January last year, was loaned to Italian side Fiorentina last January for 18 months after failing to cement a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI.

However, an eye-catching six months in Serie A won the 23-year old several admirers, with UAE side Al-Jazira and Italian sides Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus all expressing an interest. Fiorentina have also said they are very keen in retaining Salah’s services.

But, a war of words between Fiorentina and Inter have marred recent weeks – Salah has joined Chelsea’s training camp for the time being.

And now it seems that Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Liverpool have contacted the Egyptian, having reportedly followed developments on his situation for several months.

However, the Reds, who have already been busy this transfer window having signed the likes of Nathaniel Clyne and Roberto Firminho, are said to be holding off on making an official offer until they understand the full situation regarding the termination of Salah’s loan agreement.

It’s believed Liverpool foresee UEFAc sanctions being enforced should Chelsea and Fiorentina fail to come to an agreement – something they want to keep clear of.

 

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WEMBLEY STADIUM

A record crowd of over 24,000 is expected to watch Chelsea Ladies take on their Notts County counterparts in the FA Women’s Cup Final at Wembley on August 1st.

This year is the first year in which the final is to take place at the national stadium, which has a capacity of around 90,000.

But, in a statement released today, the FA revealed that they wanted to sell around 34,000 tickets, enough to fill the lower tier, although the whole stadium would be open.

The current record for an FA Women’s Cup Final is 24,582, set in 2008 when Arsenal beat Leeds United 4-1 at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

“We’re pretty confident that we’re going to exceed that record,” Katie Brazier, head of women’s leagues and competitions at the FA, told BBC Sport.

“I have no doubt we’ll have issued well in excess of that and hopefully we’ll be hitting our 34,000 target.”

Over 45,000 tickets were sold when England’s Women took on Germany at Wembley in their first international match there.

This year’s ticket sales have already well-beaten last year, when 15,098 people saw Arsenal lift the trophy again at MK Dons’ Stadium MK. Only 4,988 went to the final the year before.

However, according to Brazier, the recent Women’s World Cup, in which England came third, has boosted attendances hugely, with today’s statement coming after WSL attendances increased by 78% as domestic football returned last weekend.

“We’ve seen a great uplift following the success of the Lionesses in Canada. Their success has put women’s football on the map and people are realising it’s a great product to watch,” she said.

“That was proved last weekend with the WSL attendances, which were right up on previous years with crowds at several of the grounds at over 2,000.”

The FA says making Wembley the permanent home for the Women’s FA Cup final is part of their “long-term plans” and that next year’s event will also be held there.

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