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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

Speaking to Telefoot Juventus star Paul Pogba gave hope to clubs, like Chelsea, that were keen on him in the last transfer window and that want to sign him.

In fact, the French midfielder didn’t assure he will stay at Juventus for a long time, hinting for a transfer in the next summer:

Why did I stay? Why not? It was not a certainty I would leave,” the 22-year-old told Telefoot.

“I am at Juventus, I am only thinking about Juventus.

I am at Juventus, but I do not know for how long. We will do this year and then see how things go.”


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According to Foot Mercato, Chelsea are ready to launch a bid for Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko in January.

A source close to the player has confirmed, that the Blues and several others Premier League clubs are keen on signing the 26-year-old midfielder.

It is said, that Newcastle United have put a £17m price-tag on their player, but the Magpies will try to convince Sissoko to stay at St James’ Park offering him a significant increase to his £35,000 per-week wages.

The rumors may be true, because some time ago player gave an interview in which he said:

” I want to play for one of the biggest clubs.”

“I would notably like to play in the Champions League, which I can’t do at Newcastle. One day or another, my time will come.”

Sissoko joined Newcastle from French outfit Toulouse for £1.5m.

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barcelona rakitic champions

Barcelona ace Ivan Rakitic won the treble last season with Blaugrana, scoring also a goal in the Berlin final against Juventus.

At 27, the Swiss-born Croatia international is considered among the best midfielders in the world, but few people know that when he was 16 he was approached by Chelsea but rejected the move to London.

Speaking to FourFourTwo he explained why:

I wanted to stay at home. I had a really special relationship with the president of Basel.

It was much better for me to do pre-season with the first team there and then work my way gradually to the top.

There was another guy in my situation, Jonas Elmer, who moved from Zurich to Chelsea at the age of 17.

“He ended up playing in the second division in Switzerland. Maybe that could have been me.”

When asked if moving to Premier League was a possibility, he added:

Of course, I like it very much. A lot of my friends are playing in the Premier League: it’s a different style of football and I always enjoy playing in Europe against English teams.

Maybe one day I can play there, too.

I like how every game is always intense and how everybody lives for football. You can have a game like Crystal Palace vs Stoke where both teams are strong, powerful, fully committed and the crowd are fully behind their team.”


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Zenit St Petersburg demand £70m for their midfielder, Alex Witsel.

Witsel is on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham. However, the Russian club have confirmed, that Witsel he has held talks also with AC Milan.

Zenit manager Andre Vilas-Boas has met with Witsel to discuss his future at the Petrovsky Stadium. Both of them came to an agreement, that midfielder will only leave Zenit if any of the clubs agree to pay his release clause worth £70m.

The club issued an official statement on Witsel :

“We have repeatedly said that he has a release clause and it is worth €100m (£70m),”


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According to Italian media there is no chance Chelsea can sign Juventus star Paul Pogba in this transfer window. 

Two days ago we exclusively reported that the French midfielder won’t move from Turin, after a source in his entourage confirmed it speaking to us.

Now, the confirmation comes also from many Italian media, including Gazzetta dello Sport: the Italian paper got confirmation from Juventus that the player will stay at the club managed by [Massimiliano] Allegri for at least another year, having rejected offers also from Barcelona and Manchester City previously in the summer.

Chelsea’s interest was really huge in the last week and the Blues offered £40m and Oscar to sign Pogba, but the Brazilian rejected the destination and so the deal was off.

British media insisted that Chelsea would make an unbelievable offer ( £83m, but some media also reported a possible £100m bid) to take him to Stamford Bridge but all these rumours were dismissed first by our source then by Juventus themselves, that leaked out to Italian media the fact that Pogba won’t move from the champions of Italy.

Allegri and the club consider Paul very important for the team and it’s understood that Juventus would reject even a £130m monster bid, since they want to build a winning team around him.

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Willian © Francesca Ceciarini

Two years ago Willian signed for Chelsea and the club official website celebrates this anniversary with an interview.

The players was on his way to Spurs, but suddenly Chelsea hijacked the move:

When the offer came I never gave a thought to anybody else, I said to myself that I would run here, and I’m happy to be here now.

Willian thinks he improved in this two years:

I think I am more confident,” is his rapid answer he gives to Chelsea website.

I know the players now and when we come to the pitch, we know what we have to do, so I think I have more confidence.

The two years have gone very quick and for me it has been good. I adapted well and in two years, two trophies, and I hope to win more titles this year.

That is what I want, I want to be at the top, so I have to keep going and that is the way.

“There were no doubts for me. Always I wanted to come to Chelsea and when I arrived here I was happy – myself, my family, everything.

I love this club and I love to play here.

In the 2013 interview Willian revealed Jose Mourinho’s words to him when he joined the squad.

The manager welcomed me to the club and told me he was happy that I was here. He told me to work hard. He said we have a very strong team but when you work hard there are rewards.

Willian worked really hard in these two years and last campaign he did 49 appearances: only Eden Hazard did better and in 2013/14 the Brazilian played 42 games.

Many people hinted that with Pedro’s arrival there was no place for Willian in Chelsea squad and that he could leave but in his pre-match conference on Friday, Mourinho made it quite clear that the move has no impact on Willian’s future at the club.

When I came I said to myself I have to work a lot, I have to try to do my best in training and in the games, so after that I improve. I am improving a lot and I play so many games. Now I have more experience in the best league in the world for me, and every game is hard, so to play here you have to work hard and improve yourself.

For me it is no problem to play in the middle or on the left side or the right side. I want to help the team, and always when I was a young player in Brazil at Corinthians and when I play in Shakhtar, I took the set plays, so for me no problem either, I like to do that.

Willian was also one of Brazil’s most important players in the Copa America in the summer, especially after Neymar’s suspension:

“I am happy about that and I feel good. My confidence goes up and I play good on the pitch. I try to do skills and to shoot and score goals and I want to do more.

Willian was then asked to choose his favourite memory from his time at Chelsea so far, other than the days when the league and the Capital One Cup were won, he goes back to his first season and a home Champions League night.

When we played against PSG and we win 2-0 at home and in the last minutes of the game Demba Ba scored. At this moment the atmosphere in the stadium was so amazing and this was a great day.

Throughout these two years at Chelsea fans often sang ‘Willian, he saw the light’ song during the matches. It is one of the most constantly sung and clearly isn’t fading away.

They are not forgetting about this situation and the song is a very good song.It is good for me and I think they have to continue.

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A source in Paul Pogba’s entourage just confirmed to Chelseanews24, that Chelsea have offered  £40mln plus Oscar and Juan Cuadrado on loan to sign Paul Pogba.

Chelsea have just started negotiations to sign the French midfielder. According to the latest information, Chelsea have offered  £40mln plus Oscar and Juan Cuadrado on loan to sign Paul Pogba.

Coach Allegri since the beginning of the transfer window was trying to sign Oscar from Chelsea. He called him ,,a football innovator” and has never hide, that he would be delighted to have him in the team.

The offer was presented to the president of Juventus Andrea Angelli. The final decision belongs to him.

However, this is just the beginning of negotiations with the club from Turin. In the case of acceptance of the offer, a further step will be direct negotiations with Paul Pogba.

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Pogba stayed at Juventus last summer but hinted an exit soon

A source in Paul Pogba’s entourage just confirmed to ChelseanNews24 that the French star can leave Juventus.

It’s understood that, with the right offer, the player will move suddenly.

According to The Sun Chelsea placed a £70m bid, but it couldn’t be enough as Juventus are asking around £100m €, around £80-85m.

The Blues can include players like Oscar, Ramires and Cuadrado in the deal to decrease the price: Juventus’ manager Massimiliano Allegri never hid the interest for them, stating he likes all of them very much. Of course, just one or two of them would be included in the deal.

The opportunity window, as José Mourinho calls it, is still open for other nine days and everything can happen.

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According to an exclusive report from The Sun Chelsea are negotiating for Juventus star Paul Pogba.

The Blues are ready to offer a monster fee to the Bianconeri to sign the French midfielder, around £70m, and according to the English paper the two clubs already reached an agreement over it.

In Italy nobody is confirming the deal, but in England many people are sure that it will be done before the transfer window shuts in nine days.

In yesterday’s press conference Chelsea boss José Mourinho dismissed talking about Pogba saying:

Pogba is a Juventus’ player, and I cannot speak about him. I know that Allegri had been speaking about Oscar and Ramires for the whole summer, but he’s a Juventus player, only Allegri can speak about him.

But he also added:

“In the last two weeks I call the transfer window the opportunity window, so let’s see what can happen”.

Actually, players like Ramires, Oscar or Cuadrado can be included in the deal to decrease the transfer fee.

Pogba would be the most expensive transfer in the history of both Chelsea and Premier League.


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