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According to Spanish sources Chelsea are ready to arrange a swap deal to sign Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan.

The German midfielder is also followed by his former manager Jurgen Klopp that would like to bring him to Liverpool.

But the Blues would close the deal offering Ramires and a money compensation to Borussia Dortmund in a swap move that can satisfy everyone.

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alexandre lacazette

According to reports in the British press Newcastle is ready to make a £25m offer to sign Lyon star Alexander Lacazette.

The French striker has been an Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea target for months but it seems the Magpies are desperate to revamp their attack, due also to Mitrovic‘s struggles in the Premier League.

Lacazzette, who score 7 goals in 16 in this season so far, recently spoke to The Telegraph about a possible move to England:

“Yes, I am thinking about it and the Premier League is very attractive for a player.

“But I know that to go there I have to do well this season. So I am very concentrated on doing well and maybe, after that, I will go there.

“So I know that it is possible that I will move to the Premier League and Lyon are aware of that also.”

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bertrand traore

According to The Sun Everton is interested in signing Bertrand Traore on loan from Chelsea in this January transfer window.

Abramovich‘s side would accept the deal if the Toffees were ready to pay the youngster’s £40,000-a-week wages full.

Traore didn’t have much playing time this year, but boss Guus Hiddink recently pointed out that he will have his chances, also because of the continuous injuries of the other Chelsea strikers.

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Mourinho Van Gaal Old Trafford 2014
Mourinho and Van Gaal at Old Trafford in October 2014 © Francesca Ceciarini

Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho expects to become new Manchester United manager within six months, according to an exclusive report of The Sun this morning.

The British paper states:

The Special One has even asked his trusted staff who would be willing to join him.

Louis van Gaal is clinging on as Red Devils’ boss but defeat at Liverpool today would push the Dutchman closer to the brink.

Mourinho is liked by Alex Ferguson and there has been informal contact between the Portuguese coach and United.

Mourinho will be in pole position to take over if LVG is axed.

But there are plenty among the United hierarchy who are desperate for Van Gaal to succeed.

Mourinho hasn’t left England after his sacking for Chelsea and a in a statement released two days after he claimed he was ready to go back to work immediately.

 

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Terry celebrating his last second equaliser with fans © Francesca Ceciarini

John Terry dedicates his last second equaliser to Chelsea fans with a post on his Instagram account.

The message read:

If I could have climbed in amongst everyone and hugged you all I would have.

Always dreamed of diving in the Matthew Harding and the booking was so worth it.

At 2-0 I watched everyone standing up and singing and getting behind the team.

Unbelievable support and the way we got back in the game was excellent.

Thank you

Well done @diego.costa and @cescf4abregas on their goals

 

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Frank Lampard and John Terry at Stamford Bridge during Man City V Chelsea last year © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard paid tribute to his old pal John Terry on his Instagram account after the Chelsea skipper scored the equaliser with Everton at the last second of the game.

The message, with a photo of Terry’s celebration with the fans, read:

Sometimes you need the big boys to stand up. Centre half and captain in the box in the last minute to score the equaliser.

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Diego Costa is injured again © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea striker Diego Costa was sent to hospital for a scan after the shin injury he suffered in the game against Everton.

He is in the hospital now and they will have a check with a scan,” Blues boss Guus Hiddink revealed in his post-match press conference.

“We don’t know the result yet. I hope it’s not bad. It’s on his shin.

“Whenever the report is released we will give information as soon as possible. It’s true he was in a lot of pain.

A bad news for Chelsea that continue to suffer losses in their attack: Falcao fell again into his muscular injury last week, after he was stopped for almost two months; Remy just recovered from another injury and came back on the pitch today.

With all this forfaits it’s possible Chelsea will look for another striker in this transfer window to revamp their attack.

 

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JOHN TERRY
Chelsea captain John Terry can end his adventure with the Blues at the end of the season © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea skipper John Terry was the hero this afternoon at Stamford Bridge, with a last second equaliser that fixed the result on 3-3.

His goal was slightly offside but, as he said to Sky Sports after the final whistle, it was not important to him:

“I don’t really care [that it was offside] as it was my first this season. It’s an important one as we’re still undefeated since the manager has come in.

“To keep that little momentum, ideally we needed three points, we’re not happy where we are in the league, we need to start winning games but every game’s tough and every opposition seems to be stepping up their game.”

“It was difficult especially after going 2-0 down. A lot of teams would have thrown the towel in, but the fight and the desire from the squad was unbelievable to come back, and we were unlucky not to win the game I think.

“Both teams were sussing each other out a little bit [in the first half], then it opened up slightly with more goals and chances, but it was a tireless effort from the boys.

“I think all we can do at the moment is give everything and I think the fans appreciate that even at 2-0 down, [with] everyone on their feet singing and applauding the players.

“[It was] different class from them, unbelievable desire from the players as well. As I said before, we want to get out of this position we’re in — we will do if we continue that fighting desire.”

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Terry celebrating his last second equaliser with fans © Francesca Ceciarini

John Terry: the leader, the captain, the legend.

With his last second equaliser he shoos the ghosts out of Stamford Bridge and gives Chelsea a 3-3 that is not so important for the table or for the mere point gained: it’s an incredible morale boost.

With the first defeat of the Hiddink’s second era aftr the sloppy draw with WBA on Wednesday night Chelsea would have precipitated again in a dangerous spiral and this time would have been even more difficult to get out of it.

Of course Chelsea haven’t solved all their problems with this wheezy last second draw, but to avoid the defeat was something really important for the self-confidence of the group and dressing room’s morale.

The game was poor in the first half, with Chelsea having another sloppy approach again.

Only two chances per team, with Willian and Mirallas, and the sensation that Everton was more in control of the game.

Chelsea’s attitude in the first minute of the second half was even worse: the team was totally out of concentration and pace, and after five minutes John Terry puts the ball in his own goal, trying to anticipate his ex team-mate Romelu Lukaku, after a nice playing among Barry, Barkley and Baines.

0-1 and Chelsea that seem to disappear from the pitch, with Everton easily controlling the game.

Not even six minutes passed, and the Toffees stroke again: Lennon eludes Terry’s tackle and give the ball to Baines, whose cross is a little behind for Mirallas, the Belgian magnificently controls the ball, swivels and sends an exquisite half-volley past Courtois and in at the near post!

This was the crucial moment of the game, with Everton believing to have it in their hands, and Chelsea finally finding a nervous reaction.

The Blues start to play with more concentration and determination and at minute 64, eight minutes after Mirallas’ wonderful goal, they find the 2-1 with Diego Costa: a great pass from Fabregas from the midfield surprises Everton’s defense, Jakielka is indecisive and even slips, the players stops for a while waiting for the referee’s whistle, but there isn’t any foul and the Costa can easily score.

Chelsea have now a furious reaction, and after two minutes another combination between Fabregas and Diego Costa leads the Blues to equalise: the midfielder’s shot is clearly deflected by Jagielka, and Stamford Bridge’s roar is impressive.

The game is stopped for almost five minutes due to a serious injury for Oviedo: the Toffees’ player is carried off in a stretcher and Funes Mori takes his place.

In the same moment, Kenedy enters for Pedro.

Costa suffers an injury and limps off the pitch, substituted by Remy. Meanwhile Barkley is replaced by Pienaar in Everton.

Hiddink’s guys now try to take the lead, but their nervous reaction ends after fifteen minutes.

That’s when Everton strikes again: Lukaku goes close to score and in the playing after a splendid cross by Deloufeu ( entered some minutes before for Lennon) is reached by Funes Mori, that beats Courtois with a stunning header.

Only four minutes to go and it seems the end for Chelsea, with the ghosts hauting back at Stamford Bridge.

Referee Michaeld Jones gives seven minutes of injury time due to the five goals, the five substitutions and the time lost for Oviedo’s injury.

In this moment Chelsea understand that they got some chances to equalise the game: the minutes pass by and it seems a mission impossible,  but at the last second here he appears: the captain, John Terry.

His nice touch  after a confused playing between Ivanovic and Oscar in front of Howard is slightly offside, but it was difficult to see for the referee and his assistants in this pacey moment.

Terry goes crazy in the celebration and jump among the fans, to hug them, a dedication that can be read like: this is for you, we are not going to surrender.

 

 

 

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The official line- ups of Chelsea v Everton

CHELSEA – Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Obi Mikel, Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian; Diego Costa.

Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Baba, Loftus- Cheek, Oacar, Kenedy, Remy

manager: Guus Hiddink

 

EVERTON –  Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, John Stones, Bryan Oviedo, Gareth Barry, Muhamed Besic, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon, Romelu Lukaku

subs: Robles, Kone, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Osman, Pienaar, Funes Mori

 

manager: Roberto Martinez

 

Referee: Michael Jones

 

Kick off: 3 pM GMT

Venue: Stamford Bridge

 

 

 

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