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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

AS Monaco shareholder Alessandro Prato reveals that the French giants are doing their best to lure Jose Mourinho to Ligue 1 club.

According to the latest reports Mourinho could be sacked if Chelsea lose to Liverpool in the upcoming Premier League clash. However it seems that the Portuguese coach will not be too long unemployed as AS Monaco shareholder has revealed that the French club have already established contact with Mourinho. Alessandro Proto claims that the French giants are ready to make a move for the Special One.

Proto told Spanish newspaper Sport:

“On Saturday night the first contact was made with Jose Mourinho about training Monaco,”

“We are still in a very early stage but we are convinced that Mourinho could train Monaco.”


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Radamel Falcao will call time on his miserable career in England in January and return to Monaco in order to consider his future, according to reports in the English press.

Falcao joined Chelsea on loan in the summer from the Ligue 1 side after failing to impress at Manchester United last season- he scored just 4 goals in 26 matches for the Red Devils in a season long loan move and has done no better at Stamford Bridge this term.

The 29-year-old has struggled for games and form with his only goal coming in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace. He has been relegated to third in the striking pecking order behind first choice Diego Costa and France international Loic Remy.

Falcao was once the most sought after striker in Europe after winning numerous domestic and European honours with Porto and Atletico Madrid.

In 2013, having just won the Spanish Cup with Atletico, beating Real Madrid in the final in what was Jose Mourinho’s penultimate game at Santiago Bernabeu, it was expected that the he would join one of the continent’s biggest clubs, but surprisingly joined Monaco.

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Chelsea are considering a move for PSG’s Javier Pastore in January in order to bolster their attack following their poor start to the season.

The Blues beat Aston Villa 2-0 on Saturday and went up to 11th in the Premiership table. This season’s start is the worst they have had in a generation and their impotence going forward has been exposed following terrible showings from a number of key attacking players.

The club is exploring the possibility of bringing in the 26-year-old Pastore as soon as January in order to  save their season and ensure that they at least qualify for the Champions League again.

Being ten points behind Manchester City it is already highly unlikely that Chelsea shall be retaining their Premiership crown, but a new attacking addition should at least give the club some optimism for the competitions it is still in as well as next season.

Pastore, once a first team choice at PSG, has made just eight appearances for the French champions as they, predictably, lead the Ligue 1 table once again. He has been pushed out of the team after the signing of Angel Di Maria from Manchester United in the Summer.

Should Chelsea acquire Pastore then it might lead to one of their under performing attacking players being shown the door. Oscar has constantly been linked with a move away and Eden Hazard was left out of Saturday’s win.

Pastore has also been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal.

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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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