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Chelsea are reportedly lining up a summer move for Everton superstars Romelu Lukaku and John Stones, according to Belgian newspaper HLN.

The paper claim the negotiations to sign the duo will be “difficult and tough” and this is the reason why the Blues have started them so early.

Lukaku might leave Goodison Park with Paris St. Germain, Bayern Munich and Juventus also reportedly keen on him, after his father confirmed his son is going to chose his new club before Euro2016.

Stones is reportedly eager to move from Everton to another Premier League side, with Manchester City and Chelsea interested in the highly rated centre-back.

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Gary Cahill missed England first training session towards EURO 2016.

The Three Lions are playing a friendly game against Turkey next Sunday and the Chelsea centre-back was one of those who sat out of today’s training session.

Cahill had picked up ‘a knock’ playing for Chelsea against Leicester last Sunday but it seemed it wasn’t anything too serious.

England coach Roy Hodgson said Eric Dier could easily be used as a central defender too, and it seems the Spurs defensive midfielder will start along with John Stones against Turkey if Cahill will be injured, as Chris Smalling will play the FA Cup final with Manchester United this Saturday.

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Chelsea incoming manager Antonio Conte is keen on Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain, Paris St-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and Belgium international Romelu Lukaku, according to Don Balòn.

Higuain has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United and Arsenal.

Uruguay international Cavani has reportedly entered talks with Atletico Madrid far-back, but Chelsea might join the chase to sign him.

Lukaku is expected to leave Goodison Park before Euros 2016 after his father confirmed the club want to sell him for £65m.

 

 

 

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Paul Merson, speaking about Chelsea‘s plans for the future, claimed he believes Antonio Conte has put Everton centre-back John Stones on top of his whishlist in view of the summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old centre-half has been selected in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016 and last summer the Toffees rejected several bids from Chelsea, since the Blues were already reportedly keen on him.

Merson told Sky Sports: “I see Stones going to Chelsea personally,” 

“I think the way Conte plays with a back three, there’s nobody better in Europe that could play in the middle of a three than Stones. I don’t think there will be anybody better.”

 

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Chelsea stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois were both name by Belgium coach Marc Wilmots for the upcoming EURO 2016 tournament.

With Vincent Kompany set to miss the tournament through injury, Hazard is expected to captain Belgium in France this summer.

Eden’s brother, Thorgan, has been placed on a seven-player standby list, while Spurs midfielder Nacer Chadli and Everton winger Kevin Mirallas were left out of the list.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillett (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels (Club Bruges), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Moussa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg)

Forwards: Michy Batshauyi (Olympique Marseille), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Divock Origi (Liverpool)

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With Thibaut Courtois suspended following his red card against Manchester City, second choice Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has a chance today to prove himself in goal against Bournemouth.

Begovic left Stoke City last year in the move Stamford Bridge but has yet to cement his place as a first team regular. Statistics suggest that Begovic has had more success between the posts at Chelsea, keeping 8 clean sheets to Thibaut Courtois‘ 6.

There is much speculation over the future of Courtois leaving an opening for Begovic to get first team football at Stamford Bridge, however, there is also speculation that Begovic could be keen on leaving in the summer seeking more game time at another club.

Reports suggest that if Begovic doesn’t receive the game time he wants, he too will leave the club with teams like West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace waiting in the wings to sign him.

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Romelu Lukaku wants to solve his “unfinished business” with Chelsea, that’s what The Sun reports today about the Belgian star future.

According to the British paper Lukaku would like to come back to Stamford Bridge, that he left a couple of years ago having really few chances to prove his talent: he made just 10 appearances with the the Blues, spending most of his time on loan, first to West Bromwich Albion and then to Everton, that he joined on a permanent deal in summer 2014 for a £28m fee.

Now the Belgian striker thinks the moment to become a real Chelsea star has come.

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Manchester City are looking for a defender with a bright future ahead and in the last days they were linked to Everton defender John Stones.

Stones has been a Chelsea target for at least one year but the Blues didn’t succeed to sign him despite several attempts in the last transfer windows.

The Toffees rejected three bids from Chelsea last summer, including a last one of £40m, but now they seem keen to accept the same offer from Citizens.

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According to Sky Sport Germany Romelu Lukaku is keen for a move to Bundeslinga.

The TV network reports that the Everton striker was caught in Dortmund, probably to hold the first talks with Borussia‘s directors for a move to Westfalen Stadion.

Lukaku, that was sold from Chelsea to the Toffees two years ago after a one year loan deal at the same club, was recently linked again to the Blues, that were wishing on his return.

But this news coming from Germany can ruin their plans.

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Romely Lukaku moved from Chelsea to Everton on a permanent deal in summer 2014, after spending a successful first campaign on loan at the Toffees and soon became one of the Premier League best strikers.

Many Chelsea fans still regret this deal and would like to see again the Belgian forward at Stamford Bridge.

Now  Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, give them a hope saying that his player is ready to compete in a top team:

“He’ll keep getting stronger,” Raiola told DH.

Everything depends on his work and on luck. He’s already ready to play in Europe’s best teams.

“I’m not surprised by his performances. He has a heart of gold, which is very important in football, and has a lot of talent.”

Also Lukaku himself didn’t dismiss any speculation on his future:

Champions League football is really the next step [for me],” he said.

“If something happens, it will be for the good of the club. I don’t want to leave in a fight, if it happens. I won’t say this or that. It is going to be good for me personally and for the club.

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