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Juventus defender Daniele Rugani looks set to join Chelsea on a £35m move as the deal “is virtually done”, Premium Sport journalist Paolo Bargiggia claimed today.

Maurizio Sarri, who’s expected in London in the next few days to complete his takeover at the club, has reportedly pointed out the centre-back as first transfer target ahead of next season.

Standard Sport understand Chelsea are willing to offer a £60-per-week contract to secure a deal for the 23-year-old defender.

Rugani ended 2014/15 campaign without getting a single yellow card in 38 Serie A games with Empoli under Maurizio Sarri’s management.

It is obvious to say that the Sarri question must first be resolved, then proceed with the negotiations and make them more or less concrete,” Rugani’s agent told Sportitalia earlier last week, when the uncertainty around Sarris future was stopping a potential move to Chelsea.

Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid on a €105m move today, and this could mean some players might leave the Serie A champions.

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Daniele Rugani‘s agent Davide Torchia has confirmed he will enter talks regarding a potential move only when “the Sarri issue” is resolved.

Torchia told SportItalia“It’s obvious to say that the Sarri issue must be resolved first,” he told Sportitalia.

“After that, we can proceed with the negotiations and make them more or less concrete.”

It is understood Chelsea placed a bid in the region of £35m to land Juventus defender Rugani to Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old is contracted with the Serie A champions until June 2021 and could reportedly be offered a £60,000-per-week deal from the Premier League giants.


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Antonio Rudiger was selected in Germany’s XI to face Sweden in Soči last night.

A last-gasp goal from Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos completed a clinical turnaround as Germany scored twice to bounce back in the second half.

The Chelsea defender came in to replace injured star Mats Hummels, who suffered a problem on his neck ahead of the game.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill could start for England in their second game of 2018 World Cup against Panama this afternoon.


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Daniele Rugani’s agent Davide Torchia has played down talk of a move to Chelsea this summer.

The Juventus defender has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer amid links both to Arsenal and Chelsea.

“I know that nobody will believe me, but I met with Juventus sport director Paratici because it was already scheduled,” Torchia claimed.

“I didn’t know there was going to be this storm the day before. We talked about how to improve the player and what to do going forward, but we didn’t set up any negotiations.

“We can’t say for sure in life that the player is off the market completely, but we can confirm no formal offers have arrived.

“He is happy to be there and Juve are happy with him. It was purely a coincidence we had this meeting after those reports. I can assure you we did not talk about Chelsea.”

Rugani has made seven appearances for the Italian national team since making his debut in 2016.

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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly backs Azzurri‘s former manager Maurizio Sarri and believes his imminent move to Chelsea is going to be a success.

It is understood the Blues are keeping tabs on the Senegal international defender, but new Napoli manager and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly asked Aurelio De Laurentiis to stand firm and refuse any offer for the centre-back.

Koulibaly, who won a crucial opener against Poland in the World Cup last evening, told journalists: “They [Chelsea] can expect nice football because he is a very good coach.

“I’m disappointed that he leaves like this but we have now a big coach [Carlo Ancelotti]. We know we can win something with him”.

“I hope he will win something with Chelsea because he’s a nice coach. When a coach like this comes he needs time. So I think they have to give him time because he will change the football of Chelsea, I think.

“At Napoli we enjoyed it very much as players and the supporters enjoyed it very much. At Chelsea I think it will be the same.”

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Chelsea are set to appoint Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, with Gianfranco Zola reportedly eager to become the Blues’ next director of sport.

With the Italian boss at Stamford Bridge, some reports suggest a number of players could be signed by Chelsea from Napoli and Senegalese centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly seems to be their main target.

However, Azzurri’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed “not just one” player will leave the Serie A side when the transfer market window reopens in July.

He said: “Koulibaly is unapproachable and with him also [Piotr] Zielinski and with them [Marko] Rog.”

It is understood Napoli rejected a massive £58m bid for Koulibaly earlier last summer, before completing the signing of Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma.

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Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen limped off the pitch with ten minutes left to go in Denmark‘s World Cup opener today.

The defender, who looked in some discomfort following a knock, left the pitch due to a cramp, according to head-coach Age Hareide.

The Danes will miss defensive midfielder William Kvist, who’s reportedly a broken rib following a clash with Perù winger Farfan.

Hareide said: “We think he has broken the rib. If that is the case, Kvist is out of the World Cup. We can not pick up another player. We could only do that (bring in a replacemnet) if he had been injured 24 hours before the first match.”

Good news for Chelsea as Christensen’s experience with Denmark goes on.


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According to the French media Le 10 Sport,  new Arsenal manager Unai Emery has launched a bid to sign Chelsea‘s defender David Luiz.

It is claimed the Gunners have offered £17,6m, but the Blues have refused the proposal and it is now unclear if Arsenal will launch another bid for the Brasilian defender.


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Chelsea and Juventus are in talks to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Stefan Savic, as reported SkySport in Italy this morning.

The Montenegro international had a Premier League spell with Manchester City before joining Fiorentina in 2012 as a part of the deal to sign Matija Nastasić from the Serie A side.

Savic spent three seasons with Atletico Madrid and made 36 appearances for the club last season.


Chelsea are reportedly monitoring also Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles.

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Chelsea will rival Tottenham Hotspur in the race to acquire Jamaal Lascelles from Newcastle United, London Evening Standard reported earlier this morning.

The 24-year-old, who made an impact in Premier League with the Magpies this season, is believes to be allowed to leave for a bid in the region of £40m.

Should David Luiz leave the club in summer, Chelsea board would strengthen the squad with a defensive replacement.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly leading the race as they are expected to sell Toby Alderweireld on a £55m move with Manchester United still interested in the Belgian defender.

Also Everton, who recently appointed Marco Silva as their new manager, are said to be keeping tabs on Lascelles.


Chelsea defender Todd Kane has been loaned to Championship side Hull City, both clubs have just confirmed the deal. The 24-year-old told the Tigers' official website: “I feel...