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After signing N’Golo Kante from Leicester City and Michy Batshuayi from Olympique de Marseille Chelsea are now ready to complete their third signing of this summer transfer window.

The Blues will confirm soon the transfer of Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo that he is set to leave Dynamo Zagreb after claiming his next move is the ‘opportunity of lifetime’ that he could not turn down.

Also Sky Sports claim his transfer to Chelsea is a done deal.

It is unclear, however, what his fee, length of contract or wages will be.

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AC Milan rejected the second Chelsea bid for their centre-back Alessio Romagnoli: the Blues placed a £ 30m offer, plus £ 4 of add-ons, but the Rossoneri claimed with a note on their official website that the defender is “unsellable”.

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Now Chelsea will have to negotiate with other clubs to find the centre-back they desperately need to revamp their defence.

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James Rodriguez has got one week to decide over his future: the Real Madrid ace received an offer from Chelsea, that is ready to spend € 70m to sign him, and he is considering their proposal.

The Colombian forward would be an important player for Conte, while he will have to fight for a place at the Blancos, where he didn’t have much playing time last season.

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Antonio Conte praised again Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek that last night started against Bristol Rovers and was replaced only at 82′, by Oscar, for a well deserved rest after a great display:

“I liked it [ Ruben’s performance] because he played a good game with a good intensity. He did what I wanted. In defensive situations he became a midfielder, when we were attacking he became a forward.

“I am happy with his commitment and his attitude. Ruben has great potential. He is a young player who can improve a lot. I see him every day and during the training sessions he wants to improve, he wants to work very hard and I like this.

“He has the right characteristics to play in this role [as a striker]. He is physically very strong, he is very good playing with his back to goal, he also has good technique, he sees the goal very well, and he has a good shot. He can play in this role.

“It’s right to give opportunities to young players like Loftus with great talent to stay with the first team and help us. It’s the same for Ola Aina.”

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte spoke about the match against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup that the team won 3-2 last night:

“We must understand that when you have the opportunity to kill the game, you must kill the game,” the Italian coach said in the post match press conference.

It’s a pity because we were dominating the game but then we suffered. Tonight I knew the English cup, I knew the atmosphere, and I can tell these games are very tough for all.

“We created a lot of chances in the first half to score many goals, but I don’t like when you concede two goals in this situation, from a free-kick and a penalty.  

“When you leave it open a situation like tonight can happen when you stay afraid of drawing the game until the end.”

The Blues boss spent also some time speaking about the first goal Chelsea conceded to Bristol:

“We conceded one goal from a cross and we must improve on this aspect. We must feel the danger in every circumstance, above all when there is a free-kick or a corner, because in England usually there can be a great chance of conceding a goal after a corner or a free-kick.”

 

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Chelsea are desperately looking for a centre-back to revamp their defence in this transfer window but Blues manager Antonio Conte didn’t want to give any update on the situation in the press conference after the win on Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup last night.

“The situation with the market, I prefer to speak with the club. We stay in contact every day and we are trying to find the right solution.”

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Torino sport director Gianluca Petrachi admitted that Chelsea are interested in signing their defender Nikola Maksimovic.

The Serbia international defender has been AWOL for a week after abandoning training without permission.

He was trying to force through a transfer to Napoli, who are expected to offer €25m plus bonuses, but now the Granata are holding the negotiation with the Azzurri because there is a Premier League club interested in the centre-back: Chelsea.

Torino already sold two important defenders like Kamil Glik ( Monaco) and Bruno Peres ( Roma).

“Maksimovic wanted to be sold, but with Mihajlovic’s arrival, the situation changed. We had promised the Coach not to sell him and in turn promised the player a raise,” Petrachi said to Italian TV network Mediaset.

“Unfortunately, someone gave him bad advice. Maksimovic is not a bad lad, but his choice was not an intelligent one. We have taken action, we will evaluate.

“We’ve been talking to Napoli about Maksimovic since January, so there’s been too much talk and not enough action.

“Now he is wanted by a big foreign club too, but at the same time we won’t rule out him staying too.

“The transfer market isn’t closed yet. It’s not just Napoli who want Maksimovic, but also a big club from abroad.”

Petrachi was asked if that meant Chelsea:

“It is an English club and the Premier League does have greater financial resources than other Leagues.”

 

 

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Dropped off from the starting XI in the two first Premier League games, but fighting like a lion and being decisive when he entered during the match: this is what happened to Cesc Fabregas in the last week.

Blues boss Antonio Conte has praised the manner in which the Spanish midfielder has dealt with being dropped and believes the 29-year-old’s work ethic is an example to all of his players.

“I am pleased with his attitude,” Conte told the club’s website.

“He is working very hard during the training sessions to show me he deserves to play.

“I want to see this, that all the players show me they deserve to start the game.

“I am a very happy manager when I see this commitment. When you have many players thinking about the team and not himself, it’s important.

“This situation is happening at Chelsea.”

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