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It is reported that Manchester United are keen to sign long-term Chelsea target John Stones.

The Everton centre-back has been on Chelsea‘s radar for a long time but the London club failed to lure Stones away from Goodison Park.

Now, Jose Mourinho is in line to become the new boss at Manchester United,  he could be looking towards Stones to strengthen the defence at Old TraffordMourinho always had a clear admiration for the 21-year-old and it would make sense for Mourinho to sign Stones for United as he is already developing a good partnership with Chris Smalling at an international level.

However, it is said to be a staggering £40m+ offer to persuade Everton to part ways with John Stones.

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The Sun claims that Antonio Conte has put Romelu Lukaku on the top of Chelsea’s wishlist.

It’s rumoured that the Italian national team manager will move to Chelsea this summer and he’ll need to revamp Blues attack given that Falcao and Pato are going to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

Belgian striker Lukaku was sold by Chelsea in 2014 to Everton after a seaosn on loan at the Merseyside club. Chelsea fell in love with him again, but Lukaku’s current value has highly increased, estimated around £35m.

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Chelsea are keen to pursue PSG defender Marquinhos after the Daily Mail revealed he was ready to leave the French club at the end of the season.

Chelsea tried to sign the player last season after the they were unable acquire the signature of Everton youngster John Stones, unfortunately for Chelsea, PSG were unwilling to do business at that time.

Now, with the departure of John Terry imminent and other injuries at the back, they are more than keen to try and lure the 21-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

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The FA Cup clash with Everton last week took John Terry past a milestone in terms of appearances for the club.

The 35-year-old is only the third ever player to make it to 700 games for the club behind Ron Harris (795) and Peter Bonetti (729).

Terry insists that former team-mate Frank Lampard was his inspiration to keep going.

“Me and Frank Lampard spent ages talking about it, saying we’d love to catch this player or that player.

“We’d set ourselves targets: keep playing, stay fit, look after ourselves and get there. 

“We have done, we have surpassed so many players on the way and we did it together which makes it even more special.

“I am hoping in years to come we aren’t forgotten. That’s what everyone wants.

“I really hope we’re not and I don’t think we will be.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa will not face any action over the gesture he made to Everton supporters during last Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Goodison Park.

The FA had given Spain striker Costa until 6 p.m. today to explain the gesture at half-time in the match, lost 2-0 by Chelsea.

The Football association could have charged and banned him for one game but they just released a statement that read:

“Having considered the evidence and Diego Costa’s observations in relation to a gesture made towards Everton supporters, the FA is satisfied no further action is required.”

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After Chelsea failed to sign John Stones from Everton, despite taking their offer to a massive £38m. They now face another similar challenge in the pursuit of Roma defender Kostas Manolas.

Chelsea are clearly desperate to land a centre-back and it’s speculated that the London club are willing to offer a staggering £27.5m for the Greece international.

According to Italian newspaper Il Tempo, Roma are unwilling to sell Manolas, after purchasing the player in 2014 and Manolas playing well in his 37 appearances for club and country. Chelsea could face a bidding war with Roma to help persuade the Italian club to let the player leave at the end of the season.

 

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The FA has charged Diego Costa with misconduct after the Chelsea striker was sent off last Saturday in the FA Cup clash at Goodison Park.

Costa, who has until Thursday to respond to the charge, was sent off after an angry reaction to a tackle from Everton’s Gareth Barry just after Lukaku’s second goal, in the end of the game.

Replays appeared to show the Blues forward opening his mouth towards Barry’s neck while the pair were tangled together, but Barry later said he was not bitten.

“It is alleged his behaviour, after being shown a second yellow card in the game, amounted to improper conduct,” the FA statement read.

The FA also stated that Costa has until Wednesday to explain a gesture directed to Everton fans at half-time.

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Chelsea sent a scout to Milan last Saturday to watch Bologna young stars playing against Inter at San Siro.

A person working both for the Blues and Arsenal watched Ghana Under-20 international Donsah, 19, and the Guinea-born Diawara, also 19.

Also Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City also had representatives there.

Bologna lost 2-1 to the former José Mourinho‘s side and the pair of youngsters din’t make a big impact in that match, while they impressed in other games of the league throughout the season.

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In a statement issued by a club spokesman, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has insisted he didn’t bite Gareth Barry: “Diego spoke to club officials after the game and expressed regret over his reaction to the challenge from Gareth Barry that led to his red card.”

Then, he added: “But Diego was also very clear that he did not bite him at any point during that altercation.”

Costa, who had already been booked, reacted to a foul by the Toffees veteran, jumping to his feet and pushing his head into his opponent.

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Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink © Francesca Ceciarini

It was a disappointed Guus Hiddink the one that appeared in the press room after the defeat at Everton that knocked Chelsea out of the FA Cup.

The Blues boss complained about the games schedule, that could have been better for Chelsea:

You mustn’t underestimate playing in the Champions League, then two days later having to play an intense game here.

“That’s not a complaint but they had a week to prepare which was an advantage in the last 15 minutes of the game. One more day of rest favoured by the FA would have been very suitable for us.

“Television is demanding, sometimes against the health of the players. That’s a bit of criticism from my side and not because we lost.”

Hiddink also spoke about the bad mood in the dressing room after this defeat:

“When you have a defeat after a well-controlled game until around the 70th minute, then it’s a disappointment and you must let people be disappointed. There is no time in that moment to speak.

“The players like to win. Most of them are used to winning. It has been difficult to try and achieve a Champions League place and maintain two roads to have success, which were the FA Cup and the Champions League. They are gone now. That’s a pity.

“When you play for a big club you must play with responsibility and pride when the season is as it is now. We will stipulate that. We have to go on with pride for the club. We have the obligation to do so and we will emphasise that to the players.”

About Diego Costa red card following the incident with Gareth Barry he said:

“I haven’t seen it and when I do then I will give a fair judgment. It’s difficult now to talk about this incident.

“I don’t want to give a judgement on this but he was chased a bit in the game as well. They went after him. They knew it. It’s within the rules but also as a referee you must protect the situation a bit. I’m not saying protect with capitals, but knowing and feeling the atmosphere when there are very small but many provocations. Then comes the moment to give judgement, but I haven’t seen it so I would only be speculating.

“I like him and I still like that he goes towards the edge. He desperately wanted to play today. It would have been better to rest him but it’s not the type of game to rest players. You like to have all the big players on board.”

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