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The reportedly incoming Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants £179m to be made available to revamp his squad next summer, Italian reports claim.

The former Napoli head coach was replaced by ex Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the 2017-18 season following another failed Scudetto bid, with rivals Juventus eventually pipping the Naples club to the title.

Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that he is keen to bring three players with him to London from the Azzurri: central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, full-back Elseid Hysaj and midfielder Piotr Zielinski.

Sarri is expected to be named as the new Blues boss soon, though the report claims he is waiting for Roman Abramovich’s approval.

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain is also a target, and there is a possibility that Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could be used in the deal for a swap.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has been granted Israeli citizenship after delays in the renewal of his UK visa, which some view as part of a crackdown on wealthy Russians.

Abramovich, who is worth an estimated £8.6 billion ($11.4 billion), exercised his right under Israel’s Law of Return, which allows Jews from anywhere in the world to gain Israeli citizenship.

Incidentally, with his new citizenship, Abramovich has instantly become Israel’s richest person and perhaps he’ll find it easier to get back into the UK as an Israeli citizen.

Unlike the Russians, the Israelis do get a visa-free stay in the UK for up to six months straight, but it’s not clear if the decision on the Tier 1 investor visa that he needs is actually affected by the citizenship of the applicant.

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Chelsea are working to appoint a new manager for next season. Blues’ legend Frank Lampard isn’t a candidate this summer, but he hopes he can sit on the London’s club bench in the future.

Chelsea, of course, is like a dream job that will be there one day. But that is not always the route that it takes, so it might take me to go somewhere else before I can ever do that”. Lampard told Goal.com. “We will see, but I certainly have ambitions to do it”.

Lampard it’s aware it not depends primarily on him, but he admits he will accept a Chelsea managerial role with no hesitation: “How could I not take it if Chelsea offered me the job?” the former Blues midfielder went on. “Chelsea are my club and I feel like I have a lot to offer. But that’s obviously for other people to decide, for important people, if and when I am ready to do that.”

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Italian TV  Premium Sport reports that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will part ways with the club in the next few hours.

Conte joined Chelsea in the summer of 2016 after having managed the Italian national team at Euro 2016: he won the Premier League during his debut season but failed even to reach the top four in this one, a frustration partially mitigated by the success in the FA Cup final against Manchester United in the past weekend.

According to Premium, the termination of the manager’s contract is a contentious issue though, as the club wants to end it by mutual consent but Conte intends to get sacked to cover also the year left on the deal or to get a good payout.

It’s well known that the Italian boss’ relationship with Chelsea board fell out in the last months, mainly because Conte reckons it wasn’t given enough credit to his work and also because he wasn’t trusted during transfer market negotiations.

Possible substitutes to replace him are former AS Roma and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, as Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri seems keen to join Zenit St. Petersburg at the moment.

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All ready for 137th Final of FA CUP, the third one final between Chelsea and Manchester United, it’s Mourinho against Conte: it’s Conte’ future face to face with Mou’s future.

These are guys chosen from two coaches:

Manchester United FA Cup Final XI:

De Gea; Young, Smalling, Jones, Valencia (c); Ander Herrera, Matić; Alexis, Pogba, Lingard; Rashford.

Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Darmian, Mata, McTominay, Lukaku, Martial

Manager: José Mourinho

Chelsea FA Cup Final XI:

(3-5-1-1) Courtois; Rüdiger, Cahill (c), Azpilicueta; Alonso, Bakayoko, Kanté, Fàbregas, Moses; Hazard; Giroud.

Substitute: Caballero, Zappacosta, Chalobah, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata.

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Out Christensen, who he has suffered a back problem, as Conte reveled few minuts ago

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Chelsea new 2018/19 home kit
Chelsea will wear the new home kit for the first time in the away game against Newcastle United at St.James’ Park on Sunday

 

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After home drew with Huddersfield, wasting possibility to surpasse Liverpool and approach Champions League qualifications, Blues supporters have enough!

Unhappyies and tired to bear another bad results Chelsea’ fans arised on social network.

In the blues’ supporters viewfinder there’s coach Antonio Conte: Bad results and bad choices. Fans didn’t share Conte’s choices tonight and fans conveyed his frustration through social network.

Hashtag #Conteout is depopulated on twitter and even appared hashtag #Sarriin

 

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It’s all ready for Chelsea clash against Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge., Champions League qualification is closer for Conte’s lads, who remain in 4th place with only two points less than Tottenham after their positive result against Liverpool.

Tonight winning is necessary to reach season’ goal but Huddersfield need to pick up points too, just three points more than Swansea, last but two, to avoid retrocession. These are both XI, out Courtois for a back injury, and Hazard on bench.

Chelsea XI: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; Zappacosta, Kanté, Fàbregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.Official line-up:

Huddersfield XI: Lössl; Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Löwe; Billing, Hogg, Mooy; Van la Parra, Depoitre

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During the press conference after the win of the semi-finals of the FA Cup against Southampton, Antonio Conte explains all his happiness for this results, a gift to Blues’ supporters for this season. Despite next and last step is Manchester United, hard opponent, Conte is proud about this final.

‘The most important thing in this type of game is to reach your target, in this case the final of this competition,’

‘It’s very important for the players, for the club and especially for our fans. I’m delighted for them. Always this season they showed great passion and pushed us in every moment, difficult moments and positive moments’

‘This final will be a game between two great teams. Last season we arrived in the final as favourites; this season we will arrive not as favourites, but last season we lost the final despite being favourites at that moment.’

The game was solved in the second half thanks Oliver Giroud and Alvaro Morata, who substituted Giroud two minutes before go in goal.

I knew we had to play against three central defenders who are very strong physically, so I decided to start with Olivier, but when Morata came on his impact was impressive, in the same way as Pedro and Bakayoko’s impact was.’

About Giroud: ‘He has been a good signing for us, for sure. I needed a player with his characteristics: strong physically, able to hold the ball up allow our no.10 to make combinations with him’.

About Morata: ‘He is an important striker. He is younger than Olivier and has less experience. He is less strong physically, but he is very fast to attack the space. I’m pleased for both of them.’

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After the last public attack from Mourinho Luke Shaw could be leaving Manchester United, his relationship with coach it’s getting worse every day and current situation is monitored by several clubs who look interested in the 22-year-old left-back.

Chelsea was interested also before his signing with Manchester,  and actual situation makes it re-emerge this interest. Not only Chelsea, also City, Everton, Tottenham and Arsenal are following him but Chelsea could think to quicken trusting in his love for Chelsea. Shaw and his family are Chelsea fan, could this be an incentive?

Blues are reportedly interested also in Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey who has a contract with Gunners until 2019 but has not received an offer yet. The Wales international is still waiting for a new deal, and also José Mourinho made an enquiry about him, then Manchester United could be a Chelsea’ competitor.

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