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Chelsea’s young striker, Patrick Bamford has recently been linked with a variety of Premier League clubs looking for a loan move for the 22 year-old striker, but how good is he?

The Blues forward signed from Nottingham Forrest in January 2012, having only made two substitute appearances. But the Chelsea scouts saw enough in him at youth level to take a gamble on the then 18 year-old.

Bamford then spent the rest of the 2011/12 season in the Chelsea youth team and was ready for a loan switch to MK Dons when the opportunity arose the following season. Bamford spent just over a year there scoring 18 goals in 37 League One appearances.

The youngster impressed and his loan spell was ended in January 2014 for him to take the step up and move to Championship side Derby County for the remainder of the season in which he scored 8 goals in 14 starts. This prompted a battle for Bamford’s services within the Championship the following season with then boss Jose Mourinho electing to send him on loan to one of his old coaches Aitor Karanka at Middlesborough. Bamford excelled on loan at The Riverside scoring 17 goals in just 32 starts taking Boro to Wembly and the Play-off final, which they would eventually lose to Norwich. Bamford claimed the Championship player of the year that season and was touted for great things on his return to Chelsea.

Mourinho still didn’t quite believe Bamford could make an impact at Chelsea just yet and sent the forward out on loan, to his biggest test yet, Premier League side Crystal Palace. In which the test was a bit too much. The youngster cut short his loan spell earlier this month due to a lack of playing time, in which he only made 6 substitute appearances for The Eagles.

Chelsea will hope that Bamford is taken on by another Premier League club in order for him to show his potential in the Premier League. It’s all there for Bamford, he needs to take his chance in the Premier League and prove to the Chelsea hierarchy that he can make it in the first-team.

 

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John Terry took to Instagram last night to pay tribute to Brazilian midfielder Ramires, who recently switched the Premier League for China.

The Blues captain posted a photo of himself and his former team mate saying “Very sad to see @rami7oficial leave the club. Great player and a great man. Good luck mate.”

Ramires, 28, completed his move to Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning, believed to be in the region of £25 million.

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Chelsea are closing in on the signing of MLS star Matt Miazga.

Miazga, 20, who currently plays for MLS side New York Red Bulls, is due to fly to London before Saturday in order to complete his £3.5 million move to the Blues.

The 6ft 4in centre back is regarded as a promising young talent, having already made his debut for the U.S national team under former German international Jurgen Klinsmann.

This will come as some concern to Chelsea’s current centre back Gary Cahill, whose already finding it difficult to break into the first team under Guus Hiddink. With Chelsea captain John Terry and promising young Frenchman Kurt Zouma ahead of him in the pecking order.

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Chelsea looking to add quality and depth to their strike force to ease the load on Diego Costa, they are said to be interested in Athletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

The striker has scored 20 goals this season attracting the eye of Chelsea and also Spanish giants Barcelona.

Diego Simone, the Athletico boss has spoken about the importance of the Frenchman and this makes the player want to stay with the club.

“When the boss told the press that I’m such an important player, it made me want to stay even more.

“I wasn’t looking for another team or anything, but now I think about it even less.”

However, Diego Simone will not stand in the players way if he does change his mind.

“Of course he’s a very important player for us, but we can’t hold him here with chains.”

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Chelsea flop Juan Cuadrado is currently on loan at Italian giants Juventus until the end of the season.

Cuadrado joined Chelsea at the end of last year, for a staggering £26m. The winger made just 4 starts for The Blues before going on a season long loan to Juve.

The Italian sides director, Guiseppe Marotta, rates the player highly and would like to keep him in Turin for next season.

“He is on loan but for the squad and his tactical flexibility we really need him.

“He plays in a different way compared to all our other midfielders. Cuadrado could help us a lot and we are happy about his performances. We will try to hold on to him for the next campaign.”

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The past few days of the transfer window have heard rumours that Gary Cahill we be seeking a way out of Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool are clear favourites to sign the unfavoured 30-year-old. The Merseyside team are desperate to find some quality in defence. Cahill is worried that his lack of match time will have an immediate effect on his selection for England in this summers European Championship.

However, it is believed that Chelsea will not let the centre-back leave so easily after signing a new 3-year contract last month.

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After failing to secure John Stones from Everton last summer, Jose Mourinho the then Chelsea boss signed Senegalese international Papy Djilobodji from Nantes to add depth to his team.

The deal was between £3m and £4m and contracted the player to Stamford Bridge for 4 years. Since signing for Chelsea, the 27-year-old has appeared for just 62 seconds as a late substitute. The centre back is still unclear why he was given such little opportunity to prove himself.

“Really, I don’t know. I gave everything.” He told German newspaper gild.

“But the coaches have decided it. For me, it is also incentive for me to work hard.”

Djilobodji is currently on loan with Werder Bremen and it is believed the German side are trying to sign the player on a more permanent basis.

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Mark Hughes has emerged as a new candidate for the job of Chelsea manager.

Despite Guus Hiddink’s results as interim manager, Chelsea do not see him as a long term option and will certainly be looking to replace him.

Among 3 other managers, Mark Hughes is being considered for the role. He currently has a contract at Stoke City but his performance there during the current campaign has sparked interest from the Chelsea bosses.

 

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Chelsea have told Newcastle United that they must pay £12 million in order to sign striker Loic Remy. 

Several Premier League clubs have registered their interest in the Frenchman, including Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Leicester.

However, Newcastle are said to be very keen on Remy, who scored 14 goals in 26 games for the Magpies in a loan spell at St. James Park in 2014.

Remy has made just one start for Chelsea this season, with club owner Roman Abramovich reportedly keen on letting the former QPR striker go.

He has struggled to pin down a first team place since his £8.5 million move across London in 2014, and apparently wants first team football as he is well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

 

 

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BERTRAND TRAORE

Chelsea could be hit with a transfer embargo after a report in the London Evening Standard claims that the Blues broke FIFA regulations over the signing of Bertrand Traore. 

Traore, who is now 20, played in an Under-18 friendly against Arsenal in 2011, when he was aged just 16.

However, FIFA rules prevent the international transfer of any player who is under 18 years of age, with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all hit with hefty transfer bans and fines in recent years for committing the same offence.

However, Chelsea have tried to present the validity of Traore’s transfer. In a statement, the club said:

“Bertrand Traore was registered by Chelsea FC in January 2014 in compliance with FA and Premier League Rules.

“Prior to that date, he was party to an option agreement which enabled the club to acquire his registration in January 2014.

“The option agreement was registered with, and approved by, both The FA and the Premier League.”

The club have also said that they believe that the Burkina Faso midfielder had an option agreement in his contract, allowing him to play in friendlies.

International transfers are only permitted for players over the age of 18 – unless the player in question meets one of three qualifying criteria.

Minors can move to a club in a different country if their parents move there for non-footballing reasons, if they are from another nation within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 and 18, or if they live within 100km of the club.

Traore is yet to make an official appearance for the Blues first team, but impressed on a loan spell at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem last season.

It is unclear on what punishment Chelsea will receive if found guilty of breaking regulations, with FIFA stating:

“We are not in a position to comment on any investigations that are ongoing so as not to compromise the process, nor do we provide any comments as to whether or not any investigations are under way.”

 

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