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Former Brazil international Juninho believes Chelsea midfielder Willian is not far from the standard set by Barcelona’s Neymar.

Willian, who has been one of Chelsea’s good performers so far this season, has been on a consistent scoring run with three goals coming from free-kicks recent weeks for the Blues. He scored twice for Brazil as the five time World Cup winners beat Venezuela 3-1 as they seek to qualify for Russia 2018.

Juninho, who once graced European football with Ligue 1 club Lyon, believes his 27-year-old compatriot is not far away from attaining the heights of Brazil’s best player, Barcelona forward Neymar.

Speaking to Brazilian media, Juninho said this:

“William is at a level just behind Neymar.

“It deserves to be analysed and treated as such.

“Willian deserves greater prominence. As a commentator I feel obliged to value it.”

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Former Chelsea defender Alex says PSG centre back Marquinhos should leave the French Champions in order to get first team football elsewhere.

Chelsea had two bids for Marquinhos rejected in the summer transfer window, the biggest of which was €35 million, when they were also trying to sign Everton’s John Stones, and the Brazilian is also wanted by Manchester United.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Alex, who played for Chelsea fro 2007 to 2012, said this about his 21-year-old compatriot:

“Marquinhos would fit in at any big European club, his problem is that two of the best players in the world in his position are ahead of him.

“If I was in his place I would leave PSG – especially when all the big clubs want him. During every transfer window, he gets magnificent offers.

“He’s young and should be playing to show his worth.”


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Jeremie Boga has joined Rennes on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The 18 year old attacking midfielder Jeremie Boga has joined Ligue 1 club on a season-long loan from Chelsea. Young player have undergo medical at Rennes and signed a loan agreement with the Ligue 1 side.

The Blues want, that Boga gain some valuable first-team experience before returning to Stamford Bridge.

Boga is Chelsea’s 27 player out on loan at other clubs.

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According to several reports by English and French media Chelsea are set to sign Nantes defender Papy Djiolobodji, who will undergo a medical soon.
The 27-year-old could join the Blues for just €3million, with Tuesday’s transfer deadline fast approaching.

The Senegal centre-back made 31 appearances for Nantes in Ligue 1 last season:  the side finished 14th in the French league.


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Chelsea are interested in signing Layvin Kurzawa from Monaco and have made him their back-up plan should the deal for Baba Rahman not happen, according to reports in the French media today.

The Premiership champions have been looking for a full-back since Filipe Luis re-joined Atletico Madrid. Up until now, Rahman has been their first choice to do so but a deal has not yet been reached with Augsberg.

The Blues have not given up on signing the Ghanian by the end of the month, but have begun to look at other alternatives should they not- Kurzawa being the most prominent. Both players- Rahman and Kurzawa- are attacking minded full-backs which would give the team greater support going forward, but potentially leave the defence more exposed.

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Graeme Souness believes that Chelsea will see the best of Radamel Falcao despite the Colmbian’s poor form at Manchester United last season and his indifferent start to his Stamford Bridge career.

Falcao, who signed for Manchester United on loan from Ligue 1 club Monaco last summer, had a bad first season in English football when he struggled for form and for a regular place in Louis van Gaal’s team. He scored just four goals all season, and has lacked sharpness in both Chelsea’s final pre-season games- the defeats to Arsenal in the Community Shield and Fiorentina on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho defended his new striker in his post-match press conference, but Chelsea fans remain concerned about Falcao’s form, especially as Loic Remy is equally inconsistent, leaving the team almost completely dependent on Diego Costa up front.

Despite that, ex-Liverpool manager, now Sky Sports pundit, Graeme Souness thinks that Chelsea will give Falcao the chance to recapture his Porto and Atletico Madrid form with which he made his name, citing the champions’ more settled set-up as the reason.

The Scot said:

“He goes to Manchester United and was finding his feet after an ACL injury. That’s the injury players don’t want because there’s no guarantee you’ll come back the same player.

“No matter how good Falcao was before that injury, that would have been in his head.

“He went to Man United, who were chopping and changing their team at the start of last season, looking for a formula. He was in and out of the team and never really got a run of games and I just think he’s (now) gone to a team that’s settled.

“The system (at Chelsea) is settled and players are playing with confidence. They’re the current champions.”

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Angel di Maria has signed a four year deal with PSG, bringing about an end to his short, unhappy career at Manchester United.

The Argentine signed for the Red Devils last summer from Real Madrid when the 2014 Champions League bought James Rodriguez from Monaco, costing the 20 time English league champions close to £60 million making him the most expensive player in the club’s history. He has cost the Ligue 1 champions £44.3 million.

His one and only season in the Premiership was a poor one, despite scoring on his home league debut against QPR. Di Maria struggled for form and goals with his spell in Manchester United perhaps best summed up in an FA Cup tie against Arsenal, which United lost 2-1, where he was sent off for diving.

On his move to Paris, di Maria had this to say:

“I am very proud, and can’t wait, to wear the colours of Paris Saint-Germain.

“I want to win every competition we enter, both in France and Europe. I want to win the Champions League, which is a dream for all footballers, for a second time.

“We will do everything we can to bring Europe’s biggest trophy to France and the fans of Paris Saint-Germain.”

The deal is believed to make the United’s proposed signing of Barcelona’s Pedro more likely.

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Former Chelsea defender David Luiz insists Ligue 1 is competitive and dismisses claims the French is predictable, using French teams strengths in European football as evidence.

Luiz left Chelsea for PSG in 2014 for €50 million in a move that many considered to be far too expensive. He did, however, come back to hurt Chelsea that season when PSG knocked his old club out of the Champions League with the Brazil international scoring at Stamford Bridge in a 2-2 draw.

PSG were knocked out in the next round by Barcelona but did win the Ligue 1 title, giving Luiz a relatively successful first season in Paris.

With their being an apparent lack of competition in the French league, some have said that the country is not strong enough, but Luiz disagrees:

“Is Ligue 1 exciting? For me, yes! Of course, the intensity is different to the Premier League, but that is a matter of the culture,” he told L’Equipe.

He continued:

“In England, it is box to box permanently.. But in France there is also quality. We saw it last season in the Champions League with two representatives in the quarterfinals. Guingamp in the Europa League were good too. Ligue 1 is not easy, it’s exciting.”

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Stevan Jovetic  is set to end his unhappy career at Man City and join Inter Milan, according to the Italian giants Twitter account. 

Jovetic, who played just 30 times in two years for Man City after he joined from Serie A club Fiorentina, will have a medical in Milan on Tuesday.

He signed for Man City for £22 million, but the fee last season’s Premiership’s runners-up will receive for him is as yet undisclosed. He will be Inter’s second significant signing of the summer after the signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia from Monaco.


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