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Eccentric PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out-of-contract with the French Ligue 1 winners at the end of the season and is therefore able to discuss and negotiate contracts with other clubs.

There are several clubs said to be interested in signing the Swedish international, including Premier League teams Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.

However, the 34-year-old is said to be demanding a staggering, record breaking wage of £600,000 per week.

It’s quite obvious that even the richest clubs in the world would be slightly dubious paying so much to a player that is so far into his career. Despite Zlatan, in recent interviews, claiming he is ‘just warming up’.

 

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A trio of Premier League clubs are set to battle it out for the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Isco this summer, as Manchester City joined both Arsenal and Chelsea in a race to sign the 23-year-old.

Real are reportedly willing to let Isco move in the summer, with Zidane being angered with his poor attitude and lack of application since taking over from Rafa Benitez.

It is believed that Isco would command a fee in the region of £40m and Italian champions Juventus are also monitoring the player.

Isco has made 33 appearances for Real this season, although most of those have come from the bench, meaning the player would likely be happy to move onto a new club should the right opportunity arise.

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill was named England captain for next friendly game against Germany.

The Three Lions skipper, Wayne Rooney, has been out since Feb. 13 with a knee ligament injury and faces a race against time to get fit for the European Championship which begins in France on June 10.

Also Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling will miss next Saturday’s clash due to an injury.

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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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22-year-old Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford had a bad experience with Crystal Palace at the start of the season.

He returned to Stamford Bridge by the end of December after failing to have regular playing time and was loaned to Norwich City.

After two substitute appearances, he’s now named in the Canaries’ starting XI against Manchester City for today’s clash.

Bamford starts his first ever Premier League game, four years after signing for Chelsea.

Better late than never.

 

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is sure that José Mourinho joining Manchester United next summer can be a great deal for both parts:

“After Jose’s experience at Chelsea and how it ended, I think he’d like to go to a club the size of Manchester United,” the NYFC midfielder claimed.

“They are not happy with where they are at. It’s a good option for both United and Jose – a good fit.

“Jose will get the best out of the players there. He will recruit top players. If I’m in charge at United and I see Pep Guardiola going to Manchester City, Jose would be top of my list.”

Lampard believes he will remain a true a legend at Stamford Bridge, even if he will move to the Red Devils:

“It was a shock when he left Chelsea, the speed of the fall was unexpected.

“But he will be forever in the list of the top Chelsea managers because of what he achieved and what he won there.”

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It’s no mistery Paul Pogba has been a Chelsea target since last summer.

Now, with the new transfer window approaching, rumours of him moving to Stamford Bridge are increasing, but the Blues will have to challenge with Manchester City to sign the Juventus star.

The French midfielder, 23, got a great potential and the Italian club demands at least £85m to sell him.

But now it seems also Pogba put his conditions to next club that is going to sign him: his request is a £ 300,000 per week contract.

A huge wage that would make him the highest paid played in English football history.

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Nemanja Matic in action © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is optimistic and believes that the Blues, now 10th in the table with 40 points – 10 points under Manchester City that occupies the fourth spot with 50 points and one game in hand- can still finish in the top four.

“We’re a big team and we want to be closer to the top four,” the Serbian midfielder stated after the draw with Stoke City.

“It’s very difficult to catch them but we will try our best to win every game.

“We can certainly be in the top six and who knows what happens if we keep winning.

“It’s difficult – and maybe impossible – but in football anything can happen.”

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Zinadine Zidane didn’t let him go last January but Isco, 23, can move from Real Madrid next summer.

The ex Malaga player is liked by many English clubs and the Mirror write that the Blancos want £25m – around € 25m – to sell the midfielder.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are the clubs interested in the player.

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Chelsea legend Frankie Lampard spoke to the Mail on Sunday and revealed that he wondering if today’s the Blues got some real leaders in the dressing room:

I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are,” he claimed.

“To be a big team, you have to have big personalities.

“I don’t want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John (Terry) and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity.

“Maybe Chelsea are looking for a more beautiful way now. The club has been trying to push it down that route with the players they have recruited over the last four or five years.

“The problem is if you fall in the middle, somewhere between tough and beautiful. It’s nice football at times but it’s not that nice and it’s not really winning games. It’s not beautiful, beautiful stuff.

“They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.”

Last season Lampard played for Manchester City prior to his move to current club New York City, so he gives his opinion also on Citizens’ next manager, Pep Guardiola:

They will be a huge force under Guardiola. I think, yes, Man City can push on in a massive way. He’s an innovator.

There are two geniuses: Jose Mourinho and him. What a great rivalry that will be if Jose goes to Old Trafford.”

Speaking about his future he said:

“I don’t know yet whether this will be my last year as a player – but whether it is or not, I don’t want to go out with a whimper.”

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