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Lucas Piazon has joined Serie A side Chievo Verona on loan until the end of the season, Chelsea have confirmed via their official website.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan with Fulham before returning to Stamford Bridge ahead of a further move.

Piazon was an unused substitute in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg victory over Tottenham earlier last week.

Chievo Verona are currently struggling at the bottom of Serie A table having earned just 8 points from 21 games (the club also received a three points deduction).

 

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Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on loan until the end of current season on Deadline Day a few hours ago.

An official statement from Chelsea read: “Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on loan for the remainder of the season, having returned from Valencia”.

The Belgian starlet failed to complete a loan move to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Selhurst Park to remain in London following Bundesliga and La Liga spells with Borussia Dortmund and Valencia.

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Kurt Zouma has today joined Everton Football Club on a season-long loan from  Chelsea.

A deal had been agreed by both clubs before 7PM deadline and was eventually confirmed earlier this afternoon.

The Toffees have now completed four siginings on Deadline Day after Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Bernard joined the club on the last day of the transfer market window.

Zouma, who joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne back in 2014, has enjoyed a successful loan-spell at Stoke City collecting 34 appearances in the 2017/18 season despite the Potters were eventually relegated.

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Everton have confirmed the signing of talented attacking-midfielder Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk on Deadline Day.

The Brazilian star had been recently linked also with a move to Chelsea, before joining the Toffees a few minutes before the transfer market window was closed.

Bernard told Everton’s official website: “I chose Everton because of all the things I had heard about Marco Silva and after speaking to him I was happy with what he said to me. The manager made me feel confident about playing here. He is a very good coach and he has achieved really good things at other clubs”.

“Everton is a club with a great structure and a lot of tradition, historically the fourth most successful club in England. When I found out about this opportunity and what the manager wanted out of me I was happy. That is why I made my choice, because of the confidence both the manager and the Club showed in me. I did not need any convincing to come here. I believe I will be able to show my best as a player here.”

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Chelsea have unveiled latest signing Mateo Kovacic this morning. The Croatia international joins Maurizio Sarri’s team on a season-long loan from Real Madrid without an option to make the deal permanent at the end of 2018/19 campaign.

However, speaking at his first interview as a Chelsea midfielder, Kovacic explained he wanted “too badly” to come to Stamford Bridge this summer.

He told the club’s official TV: “I am really really happy, excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. Yes, the World Cup was bad for England but Croatia did good.

I will try to do my best for the club. I want to wish all the best to Kante and Giroud for the new season. I wish for us together to play good football and I hope I will come straight to the team to show my best, which is now the most important thing”.

On potential trio in midfield alongside with former Serie A star Jorginho and N’Golo Kante: “It will be nice to play with Kante, of course, but there’s a coach who needs to decide. I have to give myself to prove the best, I don’t like to talk about myself. I played against Jorginho in Italy when he was at Hellas Verona and then SSC Napoli. I am excited to play alongside him, I think we are gonna enjoy together on the pitch: of course I am excited”.

“I am excited because everything is new. It’s a new league, the beginning is always tough but I am really excited to be at aChelsea. My teammates will help me. This team has been winning a lot in the recent years,  so I am coming to a team that is winning all the time. I am happy to be in a such great club and city – I knew it also before – and I will give my best. Thanks to Chelsea for this opportunity”.

Kovacic also admitted he asked Luka Modric some thoughts on the Croatian’s Premier League spell at Tottenham Hotspur, before he joined Real Madrid in 2012.

“I am speaking to Luka always, of course he is happy for me. He was sad for me leaving because we were very close there [in Madrid], but London is an amazing city. He said the Premier League will be tough at the beginning, but is a nice league with amazing football, the stadiums are always full of fans”.

“I haven’t trained a lot at Real Madrid because I badly wanted to come to Chelsea so I didn’t do much training. I will give my best to be ready [as soon as possible]”.

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Reports claim Antonio Conte was furious with Chelsea board after failing to sign Fernando Llorente on transfer market deadline day because of a derisory bid to Swansea.

In fact, it seems the Blues directors only offered £ 5m to secure the Spanish striker services, but the Swans rejected the bid and preferred to sell Llorente to Spurs, who offered £ 11.5m.

Conte was really keen to sign the 32-year-old and it’s believed he was really upset after the deal was called off.

Llorente could have been a precious substitute of Alvaro Morata, who picked up a hamstring injury against Manchester City and will probably be out for the rest of the month.

 

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On the deadline day of 2017 summer transfer window, it seemed striker Fernando Llorente was very close to a move to Chelsea.

However, the player chose to sign for Tottenham and now Llorente himself reveals which was the decisive aspect in his choice:  “The truth is that Chelsea have been after me for a long time but at the end you know how this works,” – Llorente told Sky Sports – “At the very last minute Pochettino called me and convinced meThe Tottenham project is very impressive. They have done very well in the last few years and I think I fit very well with this project. I think I can help them a lot. I’m very happy because at the end everything came out perfect. Tottenham are an amazing club with a wonderful project and I think I fit in very well. I want to put my contribution on it and hopefully I can score many goals to help the club to achieve their targets”. 

 

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Ronald Koeman has confirmed Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will receive a warm welcome as ‘he is still an Everton player’.

It is understood the England international star refused a last-minute move to Chelsea on Deadline Day, as he wanted to reconsider his situation at Goodison Park despite a £35m move accepted by the Toffees.

With the arrival of Wayne Rooney and Davy Klaassen, Barkley is not expected to be Koeman’s main choice for the starting XI, anyway the Dutchman claimed:

“His Everton career is not over because he is still an Everton player,”

“To the end of this season he has his contract of course the player, at this time, is injured and it will take another two or two-and-a-half months before he is available”.

“So I don’t need to take that decision now and I can wait and see what will happen. Then we will see what the decision will be at that time.”

Chelsea are expected to be ready to place a further bid for the England international next January.

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Yesterday we reported you the reason why, according to former Premier League player Joey Barton, Ross Barkley didn’t join Chelsea on transfer window deadline day in the past week: the ex midfielder claimed that Antonio Conte switched his phone off and Barkley couldn’t speak to him before completing the move to Stamford Bridge.

Today The Times reveals that it was Chelsea itself to leave the Italian manager out of negotiation, after he failed to convince Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a few days before, as the winger eventually joined Liverpool after the Blues already agreed a fee with Arsenal.

This is what one of the main English newspapers writes about that:

“The Times has learnt that Chelsea decided to keep the head coach away from transfer negotiations after his unsuccessful talks with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the same week, which ended with the Arsenal midfielder opting to join Liverpool.”

This could mean the club has lost his confidence and trust in Conte, who doesn’t feel trust in him despite an improvement of his deal during the summer.

 

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