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Southampton striker Graziano Pellè is set to turn down offers from Chelsea and Everton to join Chinese Super League.

According to The Mirror the Italian international is set to join Shandong Luneng.

The Chinese club is ready to pay £ 13m to secure the services of Pellè, who was one of the protagonist at EURO 2016 with Italy and new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

The Italian striker should be offered a £ 6m wages.

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Chelsea rejected a £ 5m offer from Celta Vigo for Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo, Today reports.

The Blues already reached an agreement to send the centre-back on loan to Besiktas and had to turn down the offer from the Spanish club.

Chelsea asked the same price to Kasimpasa, the club where Omeruo was loaned to last season, but the Turkish side was not able to meet their request.

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New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spent nice words for Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte in the day of his first official press conference for the Etihad side.

“Conte is a master tactician,” the Spaniard claimed.

“It’s a very good signing. It’s going to be very interesting competing against him.”

“It’s great that so many top managers are here,” he added speaking about the next Premier League.

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Chelsea’s have announced who and where they will be playing before next year’s Premier League football season begins.

16th July – Rapid Vienna vs Chelsea (5pm BST)

Who: Rapid Vienna

Where: Allianz Stadion (28,000), Vienna, Austria.

The Blues first match under new boss Antonio Conte. Some of the first-team squad won’t be in action due to their participation in the Copa America and Euro 2016 but will join the squad later in July.

 

20th July – RZ Pellets vs Chelsea (7pm BST)

Who: RZ Pellets

Where: Worthersee Stadion (32,000), Klagenfurt, Austria.

The two sides met two years ago when an outstanding solo effort from Chelsea youngster Jeremie Boga earned a 1-1 draw back in 2014.

 

27th July (28th July UK) – Chelsea vs Liverpool (International Champions Cup, 8:35pm PDT, 4:35am BST)

Who: Liverpool

Where: Rose Bowl stadium (92,000), Pasadena, California, USA.

 

The first stop on Chelsea’s tour of America which sees the Blues against Premier League rivals Liverpool. It’s a revisit to the Rose Bowl stadium where Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea met Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan back in 2009. The Blues came out on top then with a 2-0 victory. It’s one of the most iconic sporting venues in the US having hosted the 1994 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy so it’s a fitting venue for two of England’s powerhouses to do battle.

 

30th July – Chelsea vs Real Madrid (International Champions Cup, 3:05pm EDT, 8:05pm GMT)

Who: Real Madrid

Where: Michigan Stadium (107,601), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

Antonio Conte and his side next travel to America’s largest stadium to take on the European champions Real Madrid. The last time the two clubs met was back in 2013 in Miami where Real Madrid won 3-1. Chelsea’s last competitive fixture against the Spanish giants was 18 years ago when Chelsea claimed a 1-0 win to win the European Super Cup.

 

3rd August (4th August UK) – AC Milan vs Chelsea (International Champions Cup, 8:30pm CDT, 2:30am BST)

Who: AC Milan

Where: US Bank Stadium (73,000)

The last leg of the US summer tour sees the squad travel to Minneapolis to play AC Milan. The match will be played in the brand-new 73,000 seater US Bank Stadium. The new home the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL.

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Diego Costa has put rumours of an impending transfer to former club Atletico Madrid to rest after confirming he is ‘100 per cent’ staying at Chelsea to be part of a new ‘revolution’ under Antonio Conte.

Costa has struggled to settle in England and became frustrated with life at Chelsea last season after being left out of the side by former manager Jose Mourinho and getting into more disciplinary problems.

Despite completing the £33million signing of Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi at the weekend, Conte ideally wants to add young Italian forward Alvaro Morata to his squad and keep Costa to create a dynamic strike partnership.

Costa’s form improved dramatically under interim manager Guus Hiddink and he is said to have been ‘energised’ by the arrival of new head coach Conte and having the summer off after being left out of Spain’s Euro 2016 squad, meaning he wants to stay at the Blues.

The Morata – Costa tandem would likely keep Michy Batshuayi out of the starting XI for much of the season. The young Belgian would see most of his action off the bench, or during FA Cup and League Cup matches.

Speaking about his move to Stamford Bridge, Batshuayi said: “I’m very young and still have progress to make, but I’m a very technical player and like to use both feet.

“It’s a real chance for me and I’m looking forward to starting with a new club and new coach. It’s a great opportunity. It feels fantastic to be here, it’s a childhood dream for me.”

Hazard and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois both helped Batshuayi make his decision to join Chelsea while on international duty with Belgium at the Euros.

“They told me I was joining a magnificent club with a magnificent stadium and magnificent fans,” said Batshuayi. “Myself and Eden get on very well both on and off the field.”

 

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Michy Batshuayi has joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille for around 33 million £, we take a look at the striker who will be the blues first new signing under our new manager Antonio Conte

Born in Brussels on 2nd October 1993, Batshuayi had youth career with spells at Evere, Schaarbeek, FC Brussels and Anderlecht before joining Standard Liège (Belgian Pro League)

Batshuayi made his debut for the senior team on 20 February 2011 in a 4–1 loss away to Gent, replacing Franck Berrier for the last seven minutes. On 15 December he scored his first professional goal, the only one away to F.C. Copenhagen in the last match of Group B during the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League group stage, sending his team into the knockout stages. In the 2013–14 season, Batshuayi contributed 21 goals in 34 games, putting him in second place for the league’s top scorer behind Lokeren’s Hamdi HarbaouThis tally included a first professional hat-trick on 15 September in a 4–2 win at Oostende. He was awarded the Ebony Shoe Award for the season’s best player of African origin. In total he scored 44 goals in 120 appearances for SL

Olympique Marseille

On August 8th 2014 Batshuayi had signed with French team OM for around 4.5m £. In his first season at OM he scored 10 goals in 28 appearances. After his brace against Troyes the club president Vincent Lebrune said “there is not a single top 15 world club that is not interested in Batshuayi. He is one of the most wanted players on the market. There were a lot of offers for him this summer, but he didn’t want to leave. He’s proving himself on the pitch, and if clubs want him then they are going to have to pay around €50m”. During his second season at OM he scored 23 goals in 50 appearances.

 

International appearances

Batshuayi was eligible to play for the DR Congo national team through his parents, but in March 2015 he ruled out this option, stating that although his Congolese heritage is important to him, he would rather represent Belgium.

The striker made his international debut for Belgium on 28 March 2015 replacing Benteke in the 77th minute and scoring 3 minutes later from outside the box.

 

 

 

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Speaking after Italy‘s defeat in Bordeaux to Germany, Antonio Conte stated he was excited to be joining Chelsea in the Premier League next season, although he admitted there was a time when he hoped his stay as Italy’s manager would extend beyond Euro 2016. He stated:

“The decision to leave the national team after two years was taken early and I don’t deny there were moments when I’d have liked to have the opportunity to continue. But, because of certain developments, I wasn’t able to go back on that.

 

“In November I thought I was continuing with the national side,” he added. “Then I told the president of the Italian football federation of the great opportunity to join Chelsea Football Club.

 

“I wanted to return to the cut and thrust of club football. Now, I have the opportunity to start this exciting adventure.”

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Germany defeat Italy on penalties to proceed through to the European Championship semi-finals, meaning Italy boss Antonio Conte will be making his way to Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.

A strong start from Germany in the first half as they dominate possession and chances in the first half, leaving Italy frustrated and at times under pressure.

Germany  started the  game confidently, with crisp, rhythmic passing. However, Italy are not down and out. In-fact by the confidence Italy showed when they got the ball makes it seem that Germany were falling into Conte’s carefully laid plans.

Kimmich on Germany’s right wing saw a lot of action in the first half. Despite the possession Germany had in the first half, they did not work Buffon very hard. The only time the Italian legend seemed at all challenged in the first 45 was  when Schweinsteiger had a goal disallowed. It was the correct decision. Hummels drove an angled pass into the box, and Schweinsteiger shoved De Sciglio over before heading past Buffon.

The game at this stage seems more like a duel between Low and Conte. Italy played the first half very defensively and tactically, allowing the Germans possession. Whereas, Germany played aggressively and skilfully making use of the crossing and passing skills of their midfielders. Conte’s strong defensive mindset will fit in well at Chelsea.

Italy almost took the lead on the stroke of half-time. A wonderful long pass from Bonucci found Giaccherini on the left of the box, a very similar ball to the one that led to the first goal against Belgium. Giaccherini almost overrans it but manages to cut it back across the face of goal. Eventually it went to Sturaro, whose first-time shot hit Boateng and deflected just wide of the far post with Neuer beaten.

The game opened up more in the second half with Germany beginning to pile on the pressure. Italy conceded 3 yellow cards in the first 15 minutes of the half and Germany actually got some shots on goal. Muller, blasted a left-footed shot towards the far post from just inside the box. Florenzi’s momentum took him past the line of the ball but he improvised brilliantly to produce a kind of flying kick to divert it wide of the post – spectacular defending.

In the 64th minute, Germany finally found a way through. Gomez broke down the left, waited patiently for support and then played a fine pass infield to the underlapping Hector. His cross deflected off an Italian defender and Ozil, arriving late at the near post, swept a first-time half-volley past Buffon from eight yards.

However, Italy were not to be kept down. An Italian corner lead to Boateng making an absurd handball giving Italy a penalty. Boateng was marking Chiellini, and attacked the ball while his hands stupidly high in the air. Bonucci, hit the penalty precisely into the bottom-right corner. Neuer went the right way but was nowhere near. The first penalty of Bonucci’s career and it was a beauty!

After Italy’s goal momentum turned starkly in their favour, and they began creating chances. However, the game fizzles out in the last 5 and the game is forced into extra time.

In extra-time Pelle was booked inside the first minute for planting his studs into Boateng’s Achilles tendon.The break worked in Germany’s favour, and they began passing like they did in the first half again. However, Italy still looked relatively comfortable defensively.

Italy fans will feel robbed of a free kick. That is ridiculous. Giaccherini  was clearly fouled on the edge of the area, falls over and in the process handles the ball. The referee books him, either for diving or handball. Giaccherini was one of the few remaining Italians not on a yellow card, and he was fuming at the ref’s decision.

In the 109 min Germany boke three-on-three through Draxler, who runs 50 yards but then overhit a fairly simple through pass to Muller, ruining the best chance of the game

Five minutes later Muller wins a foul from Chiellini on the right wing, going down easily. Chiellini gives Muller a nod as he walks off. Parolo heads the free-kick clear, after a reset after too much scuffling in the box.

Moments later Ozil makes a sweet strike towards Italy’s goal however Buffon stops the ball easily. Italy then attack fof the break and almost have an opportunity, but Neuer also snuffs out any attacking opportunity.

The ref soon blews the whistle and for the first time ever Italy and Germany face eachother in penalties in a major tournament.

The penalty shootout was a tense situation that never seemed to end. At the end of 5 penalties both teams had missed two. Each team took 9 penalties each before the game was finally resolved, Darmian will go down in the hstory books as the man who missed at the wrong time for Italy. Incidentally, Muller was the first German to miss in a shoot-out for the national side since 1982!

Germany finally defeated Italy in a major tournament, and win their 7th penalty shoot-out in a row.

The World Champions now go on to face either hosts France or rising minnows Iceland.

Italy should leave the tournament with their heads held high. For ‘the worst Italian team in generations’ they gave the World Champions a run for their money. High hopes for Conte to bring his talents to Chelsea this season.

Germany 1-1 Italy

Goals: Ozil 64’, Bonucci 77

Penalties: 6-5

Germany: Kroos, Draxler, Hummels, Kimmich, Boetang, Hector   Italy: Insigne, Barzagli, Giaccherini, Parolo , De Scilgo

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The Daily Star has reported that Diego Costa has told Chelsea officials that he wants to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.

He is thought to be unhappy with his treatment by the English press, as well as Premier League referees, according to the Daily Star.

He now wants a La Liga return, and according to the Daily Mirror, Atletico now hope to bring him back to the Spanish capital in a £35million deal.

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Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante is set to turn down a contract renewal with the Premier League winning side in order to sign with Chelsea, reports the Telegraph.

Leicester have offered Kante a new £100,000-a-week deal to stay with the champions, however, Chelsea, Juventus, Manchester United and Arsenal battling for his signature.

Of the four clubs, Kante is believed to prefer the opportunity of working with Antonio Conte at Chelsea the most but he has not yet ruled out the possibility of going elsewhere.

 

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