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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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Chelsea directors want to give Antonio Conte the new signing he’s asking for to complete his squad, this is the reason why Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater became a priority in their transfer window in the last hours.

According to reports coming from the UK, Marina Granovskaia stepped up to speed the transfer process in order to sign the English player and she is ready to place a £ 30m offer to secure the England international services.

The alternative to Drinkwater is Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who was linked to Manchester United as well.

 

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“Antonio Conte is frustrated for lack of Chelsea transfer activity,” Italian historical sports-paper Gazzetta dello Sport were reporting this morning.

According to the Italian media the ex Juventus coach relationship with the Blues board has turned to “cold” after the Chelsea directors showed their disappointment for the “Costa gate”: it seems Abramovich, Granovskaia and the other members of the board didn’t like how Conte handled the issue and liked even less the way he “sacked” Diego Costa from Chelsea.

Conte, from his point of view, is not happy for the club immobilism in the beginning of this transfer window: it is rumoured that Chelsea are close to sign Bakayoko from Monaco and Koulibaly from Napoli, but those deals are not official yet and we know that until then everything can happen.

Furthermore, this is the main reason why the Blues boss was keen to consider Inter offer in the past months: he wanted to see a reaction by Chelsea board on the matters he cared the most, and one of these was to have the guarantee of 3/4 top players signings.

Anyway, the transfer window has still to officially open but the start of this new season it’s not as good as many Chelsea fans and Conte himself were expecting.

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Negotiations are still going on between Juventus and Chelsea for the loan of Juan Cuadrado to the Italian side.

The Colombian winger already spent last season on loan to the Bianconeri and really made an impact, while he never impressed in the games played with the Blues shirt.

Cuadrado himself is pushing for a Juventus return, as he doesn’t feel comfortable in the English league, but Antonio Conte always had a huge respect for him since he was the Juventus’ manager, and the failed signing of the Colombia international from Fiorentina in the summer of 2014 was the beginning of some issues with the Bianconeri‘s directors that then led to a divorce between the two parts, this is the main reason why Conte is reluctant to authorize the deal.

Juventus would like to sign Cuadrado on loan for a € 2.5m fee ( £ 1.8m) and are confident to make it happen before the transfer window closes tomorrow night.

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Juan Cuadrado’s agent, Aleassandro Lucci, admits a return to Juventus “is not easy” but he’ll fly to London to meet Chelsea today.

The Bianconeri are trying to bring the Colombian international back for another loan spell after the successful one of the past season but the situation is complicated since Blues manager Antonio Conte has always had a soft spot for the winger.

“It’s not an easy situation,” Lucci explained to Italian TV network SportItalia.

“However, I’ll fly to London tomorrow to try and unblock it.”

According to Italian sources, Cuadrado is pushing Chelsea to go back to Juventus also for personal reasons.

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With a post on his Instagram account Chelsea captain John Terry revealed that during the meeting with Bruce Buck and Marina Granovskaia a couple of days ago he was offered a different role and now he needs time to make a decision:

“Thanks to everyone for the kind wishes,” he started.

“The contract extension the club has offered me is a different role.

“I hope everyone will understand I want to take the time to consider it carefully before making a decision.”

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Swiss luxury watch company Hublot launched new Chelsea exclusive watch today with an event at Cobham.

The watch is named Classic Fusion Chelsea and produced in a 200 pieces limited edition.

Here is the gallery of the watch and the even at  with Hublot directors and Chelsea players, photos were taken from Chelsea Snapchat and Hublot Instagram accounts.

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KEVIN DE BRUYNE
De Bruyne was unable to break into Chelsea's first team.

Kevin De Bruyne impressed again last night with Manchester City taking Pellegrini‘s side to Champions League semifinals with a stunning goal in the tight clash against PSG.

He also scored in the 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes last week and those were not the only two games where he made an impact this year with Citizens, after being back to the Premier League one year and half later Chelsea sold him to Wolfsburg.

The Belgian star was signed in 2012 from Genk and was loaned to Werder Bremen: he came back in summer 2013 and had time to play nine games with the first team, before being sold to Wolfsburg in January 2014.

It was revealed later that was his request to leave since he wanted a guaranteed place in the starting XI that José Mourinho couldn’t assure to him in that moment.

Anyway, Chelsea directors will probably regret their decision for the rest of their lives, since De Bruyne played wonderful with Man City this season after coming back to England in a £55m deal last summer.

Ex Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino was really disappointed by the Stamford Bridge club letting him go, like every Blues fan around the world and expressed this feeling on an article he wrote for The Times:

“What did Chelsea not see in Kevin de Bruyne?

“I can’t understand how they and Jose Mourinho decided to let him go.

Then he goes on:

“He may not have played that many games for them but surely he showed his potential in training every day?

“Top clubs these days have a wealth of coaches to spot talent and this lad has the lot.

“I think he is probably the most gifted young player in Europe when it comes to using either foot.

“His goal was superb but some of his incisive passing was fantastic.

“One first-half pass in particular finding David Silva and splitting the Paris Saint-Germain defence —was one that only a few players could pull off.

“I don’t know how Chelsea couldn’t see his potential.”

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According to the Sunday Times is not so sure that Antonio Conte will the next Chelsea permanent manager.

The English newspaper reports that Blues directors recently met Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino‘s representatives and they got a good feeling at the end of these meetings.

Chelsea were impressed by the Argentinian coach’s ability to bring through young players at Tottenham and also by his previous job at Southampton.

Pochettino and Spurs are currently in the title race with Leicester and Arsenal and, of course, it won’t be easy for Chelsea to sign him from their worst London rival, that could mean a big cost in terms of compensation.

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Roma sport director Walter Sabatini is in London to negotiate the signing of Mohamed Salah to the Italian capital side.

Sabatini was spotted dining in a London restaurant last night with Franco Baldini, Spurs Italian sport director, but today or tomorrow he’s expected to meet the Chelsea board directors to try to close the deal.

Roma is ready to offer around £14m for the Egyptian Messi, that in the last months of the past season made an impact while on loan at Fiorentina.

Sky Sport Italia also reports that Mourinho wants to include in the deal the 20-years-old defender Alessio Romagnoli, for whom Milan’s  £20m bid was rejected in the last days by Roma.

Romagnoli is considered the new Alessandro Nesta and spent last season on loan to Sampdoria, where he impressed with his performances.

 

 

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