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Maurizio Sarri is expected to be announced as the new Chelsea manager in the next few days.

The former Napoli boss has reportedly targeted Dries Mertens, José Maria Callejon, Elseid Hysaj and Raul Albiol to bolster Chelsea team ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge.

DRIES MERTENS – €28m buy-out clause (30th June 2020)

JOSE MARIA CALLEJON – €23m buy-out clause (30th June 2020)

ELSEID HYSAJ – €50m buy-out clause (contracted until 30th June 2021)

RAUL ALBIOL – €8m buy-out clause (contracted until 30th June 2020)

Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Juventus defender Daniele Rugani despite his agent recently ruled out a potential move to Stamford Bridge as “no formal offers have arrived, he is happy to be there and Juve are happy with him”.

Moreover, it is understood contacts to land Jean-Michael Seri to Stamford Bridge have been productive.

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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as the new favourite to become new Chelsea boss after meeting the board yesterday, GianlucaDiMarzio.com reports.

The Blues owner Roman Abramovich is said to be an admirer of the Serbian coach and the fact that he also speaks Russian is seen as a bonus.

Jokanovic also spent two seasons with the west London club as a player, making a total of 46 appearances, between 2000 and 2002.

Di Marzio adds that at least one more meeting will be held with the Fulham manager as some concerns remain over his experience.

As a result of this, Maurizio Sarri and Laurent Blanc still remain the top contenders.

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Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is willing to take the reins at Stamford Bridge following a meeting with Chelsea‘s representatives yesterday, as London Evening Standard confirmed earlier this morning.

The Italian will reportedly ask Roman Abramovich to sign some players from Napoli and a two-year deal if Chelsea trigger the £7million buyout clause, which is valid until the end of the month.

However, reports also in England confirmed Sarri will be the successor as coach if Antonio Conte leaves the club in the next few days.

We reported Chelsea target Mauricio Pochettino has extended his contract at Tottenham Hotspur until June 2023 yesterday, while Serie A side Napoli replaced Sarri with former Blues’ boss Carlo Ancelotti.

BREAKING – Mauricio Pochettino signs new Tottenham Hotspur deal until 2023

 

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Maurizio Sarri is no longer Napoli manager, as the Azzurri appointed former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti today.

The deal was confirmed a couple of hours ago and now Sarri is free to look for a new club.

Yesterday he was close to sign with Zenit St. Petersburg and that was the reason why Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis decided to open a quick negotiation with Ancelotti, who signed in less than 24 hours, but today reports from Italy suggest that Chelsea are trying to convince him to move to Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich has been keeping tracks of the coach that almost guided Napoli to an historical Scudetto this year for months and tomorrow Sarri’s entourage is expected to meet Chelsea directors to discuss about a possible deal.

Meanwhile Chelsea has to find a way to part ways with Antonio Conte, who has still got a year on in contract and doesn’t want to break it without a payout.

 

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Conte has declared several times his desire to leave the Blues’ helm at the end of the season and Chelsea’ board isn’t regret to lose Italian coach who doesn’t feel supported enough about his ambition.

Conte appears on wishes’ list of PSG to replace Unai Emery who probably will divorce with Parisian team, especially after latest failure in Champions League. The track Conte – PSG could be strengthened by today’s rumors from Paris.

According to L’Equipe Federico Pastorello, Conte’s agent, will meet PSG’ board next Tuesday before Champions’ match against Barcelona.

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According to Goal.com Real Madrid is not the only club to pursue Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois but Paris Saint Germain has also target the Belgian player.

Goal reports that Courtois’ dad, Thierry, met PSG officials in London last Monday in order to discuss a possible deal for the next summer transfer window.

The Paris side are in the market for a new goalkeeper as they target an upgrade on current No.1 Alphonse Areola and the 25-year-old Courtois has been earmarked as one of the top candidates.

The Belgium international’s existing deal with Chelsea is due to expire come June 2019 and he is currently negotiating a + £200,000-a-week in contract renewal with the Blues.

Courtois has yet to make a decision on his long-term future, though, as he has admitted more than once that he would like to return to Madrid since his two children live there with their mother, so to be closer to his family.

 

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AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone confirms Diego Costa is a Rossoneri target.

The Italian club, that have been active in this transfer window, are looking for an experienced and prolific striker to revamp their attack.

Yesterday they met powerful football agent Jorge Mendes in Sardinia and speaking about possible deals for his players – they have already signed forward André Silva from FC Porto – they included Diego Costa in their talks.

After the meeting with the Portuguese agent Fassone claimed:

“Diego Costa is a great player, but he is a Chelsea player and I would prefer to avoid talking about players from other teams.

“We went to see Jorge Mendes; there is a lot you can talk to him about. Costa is a great player but he is of Chelsea. That’s all.”

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According to Spanish journalist Fran Nicolás from RadioSet Chelsea star Eden Hazard already signed a pre-agreement with Real Madrid, a rumour confirmed also by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo.

Nicolás claims that the Belgian player visited Valdebebas, the Merengues training ground, in February to meet Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez, and then he signed a pre-contract with the current Champions of Europe.

If the rumour revealed by the Spanish journalist is true, Hazard did something not legal, as FIFA regulations clearly express that a player cannot negotiate with another team without the express authorization of his original club.

Eden Hazard revealed that he’s really settled in London, a city loved also by his family, and it’s a news from today that Chelsea are keen to give him a new £ 300,000-a-week-contract, a way to convince him to stay at Stamford Bridge and reject Real Madrid’s proposal.

The Blancos are ready to splash at least € 115m ( £99m) on the Belgian top player, but they’ll struggle with Chelsea’s will to keep him.

 

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Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck met some of the richest Chinese businessmen as many companies from the Asian country are ready to invest in a Premier League club.

As Sportsmail reveals “The HNA Group — a Fortune Global 500 company with annual revenue of more than £20billion — have sent representatives to Stamford Bridge as they continue to search for an avenue into English football.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck met several members of HNA’s mergers and acquisitions team on January 7, the day before Chelsea beat Peterborough United 4-1 in the FA Cup.

The group also attended the Peterborough match, sitting in the directors’ box and posing for pictures with a replica Premier League trophy in an executive bar at Stamford Bridge.

It was the second meeting between the Chinese group and Chelsea, with Buck believed to have travelled to Asia for talks.

A source confirmed HNA are ‘serious about buying a club’ and it is thought they have made formal representations to at least one other Premier League side in recent years.

The content of the conversations with Buck remains unclear but Chelsea have grand plans which could benefit from outside financial support — most notably the Stamford Bridge expansion project that was given the go-ahead last month. The regeneration of the stadium, taking capacity to 60,000, is expected to cost £500million.”

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During his interview with Gary Lineker on BBC Two “Premier League Show” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted he initially struggled to make an impact on his team, claiming the players seemed to switch off in meetings dedicated to analysing games on video.

“Honestly, my players, they are not used to it.

“At the start we found a bit of difficulty because after five minutes, ten minutes… [They get bored? – to which Conte nods]

But then things improved and, with them, Chelsea’s results:

“Very difficult but then when we started to see in the right way. When we watch the game, not to find who is the fault because we conceded a goal, no. Only to improve.

“The most important thing for me is to be a team. Every single player must put their talent into the team.”

 

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